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Energy Science and Technology Program

This program has been terminated. The UC Energy Institute administered this grant program from 1982 through 2009, at which point funding from the Office of the President for the grant program ceased. This program played a critical role in fostering new energy research and in supporting the early careers of UC energy researchers and graduate students.

 

For a complete list of EST projects (1982-2009), please email ei[at]haas.berkeley.edu

 

Description of the Energy Science and Technology Program

The Energy Science and Technology (EST) Program stressed the technical side of the Energy Institute's mission, by focusing on scientific and technical energy problems. It supported faculty research, both basic and applied, in the natural sciences, engineering, and the health sciences. A major objective of the Energy Science and Technology Program was to foster the development of extramural funding for energy research. The program provided one-year seed funding for projects targeted at specific government or private sponsors of energy research.

Areas of research fell within the traditional categories of energy supply, energy use, and environmental and health effects. A fourth category, fundamental studies, included research projects that, while unlikely to have an impact in the short term, had the potential to make major contributions to future energy systems. These categories were further subdivided into focal points that included specific disciplinary subfields, energy supply technologies, end uses, and environmental problems.

The Energy Science and Technology Program was initiated in July, 1982 with the award of seed grants to 19 projects. The program supported approximately 8 projects each year, selected by a multi-campus competition.


Energy Science and Technology Subject Areas

Fundamental Studies

This program area encompassed disciplinary subfields that were intimately related with energy systems. That is, the understanding and solution of energy problems was a major objective of, if not the raison d'etre , for the subfield. Focal points included:

  • Chemistry of Fuel Conversion example
  • Mechanics and Chemistry of Combustion example
  • Heat and Mass Transport example
  • Materials for Energy Applications example
  • Energy Production (Resources and Supply Systems)

Energy Production (Resources and Supply Systems)

The program area encompassed conventional and alternative sources of chemical fuels and electricity. Focal points included:

  • Fossil Fuel Resources, Extraction, and Processing
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Renewables
  • Renewables
  • Renewables - Solar
  • Renewables - Biomass
  • Renewables – Wind
  • Geothermal Energy
  • Electric Power Systems
  • Efficient Use of Energy

Efficient Use of Energy

The subject area encompassed longer-term technical research on energy efficiency. Focal points represented sectors in which the energy-use technologies were employed in:

  • Industry
  • Agriculture
  • Buildings
  • Transportation
  • Environmental and Health Effects of Energy Production and Use

Environmental and Health Effects of Energy Production and Use

The subject area encompassed longer-term technical research on energy efficiency. Focal points represented sectors in which the energy-use technologies were employed in:

  • Industry
  • Agriculture
  • Buildings
  • Transportation
  • Environmental and Health Effects of Energy Production and Use

 

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