Power Area News

NASA FUNDS AVIATION RESEARCH ON A NEW FUEL CONCEPT
Debra Levey Larson
5/13/2019

Researchers at the University of Illinois are leading a newly funded project from NASA to develop a novel approach for all-electric aircraft.

Although improvements in vehicle configurations and engine systems have increased flight efficiency over the past few decades, the continued dependency on hydrocarbon fuels makes aircraft operation costs volatile. It also means that commercial aviation will continue to contribute a significant amount of greenhouse gas emissions across the national and international transportation industry.  And the forecast for air travel in the United States is expected to increase 90 percent within the next 20 years, leading to even greater emissions. Read More.

Artist’s rendering of an advanced commercial transport aircraft concept utilizing CHEETA systems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ECE ILLINOIS BUILDING’S SOLAR PANELS PUSH TOWARDS NET-ZERO GOAL
Joseph Park, ECE ILLINOIS
5/30/2019 9:50:10 AM

Beginning in April, sunlight powered about 25% of the labs, offices, and classrooms in the ECE Building. Thanks to a $3 million rooftop solar array, the building is pushing closer to its ultimate goal of “net-zero” energy use. With 950 solar panels spanning two levels of the rooftop, 60 are dedicated to research use and can produce up to 275 kilowatts. Read More.

ILLINOIS ENGINEERING IS NOW THE GRAINGER COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
Bill Bell, The Grainger College of Engineering
5/20/2019 2:49:51 PM

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s College of Engineering has become The Grainger College of Engineering, recognizing a new $100 million gift from The Grainger Foundation and more than $300 million in total support, after consultation with the Chancellor’s Joint Advisory Committee on Investment, Licensing, and Naming Rights and with approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Read More.

PUTTING THEIR EDUCATION INTO PRACTICE: ECE ILLINOIS BUILDING IS GENERATING ELECTRICAL POWER
Ryann Monahan, ECE ILLINOIS
5/14/2019 10:49:54 AM

The solar panel installation on the top of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) building at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is now generating renewable electricity for the state-of-the-art building and contributing to the campus-wide power grid. Read More.

ECE SOLAR PANELS

AN OFFSHORE WIND ENERGY HARVESTING SYSTEM AMPLIFIES OPPORTUNITIES IN GREEN ELECTRICITY
Ryann Monahan, ECE ILLINOIS
4/22/2019 1:13:43 PM

A new invention developed by an ECE ILLINOIS team is creating new possibilities for the use of offshore wind as a competitive source of energy. The team’s award-winning system is set to make this critical renewable energy resource more attainable and cost efficient, producing significant environmental benefits.

ECE ILLINOIS Assistant Professor Arijit Banerjee and PhD student Phuc Thanh Huynh received a prestigious outstanding presentation award for their offshore wind-energy system at the Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) 2019. Read More.

Asst. Prof. Arijit Banerjee

PhD Student Phuc Huynh