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2012 Mississippi Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Report

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RENEWABLE ENERGY and ENERGY EFFICIENCY RENEWABLE ENERGY and ENERGY EFFICIENCY RESEARCH RESEARCH The activities of the state's research institutions are an important strength for Mississippi. From biofuels to environmental effects, colleges and universities in Mississippi are providing valuable insight into the future of energy in our country. Below are highlights of some of the work being done at the state's major research institutions. Jackson State University Research at Jackson State University (JSU) has covered a wide range of disciplines related to renewable energy development. A textbook, titled Energy Resources, Utilization, and Technologies, was published by two JSU professors to provide an introduction and overview of energy topics related to solar, wind, biomass and other forms of energy production, as well as the application of nanotechnology to clean energy. Other research has focused on the production of bioethanol from non-food resources such as corn stalks and woody biomass. Mississippi State University Mississippi State University (MSU) has a well-established research program related to sustainable energy. The Energy Institute, which was created in 2008, helps to coordinate activities among various colleges and departments associated with energy research. MSU's Energy Institute is composed of various research organizations, including the Institute for Clean Energy Technology (ICET), the Micro-Cooling Heating and Power group, Save Energy Now (Southeastern Center for Industrial Energy Intensity Reduction), the Southeast Clean Energy Application Center (CEAC) and the Sustainable Energy Research Center (SERC). Ongoing developments amongst these groups include the conversion of pyrolysis oils and synthesis gas into hydrocarbons, economic analysis of biofuel production, reducing energy intensity and distributed electric power generation with heat recovery. The Mississippi State team designed a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu (figure 24 – Courtesy MSU) to be a series-parallel plug-in hybrid electric vehicle that is fueled by E85 or electricity in the EcoCAR: 333333339933 333333339933 The NeXT Challenge is a student led design competition co-sponsored by General Motors and the Department of Energy. The 2012 goal of the competition is to pi Renewableimprove vehicle efficiency Energy and reduce emissions gy Efficiency without sacrificing customer Report Figure 24: MSU EcoCar with some team members utility. These goals are accomplished via hybridization, biofuels, and plug-in energy. he Status of Renewable Energy ciency in the State of Mississippi 30 | P a g e

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