Energy and Sustainable Infrastructure
Georgia Tech’s research initiatives in energy and sustainable infrastructure focus on a broad range of challenges involving energy production, conversion, and efficiency; water resource management; infrastructure development; and the issues associated with a changing climate.
Combining economic analysis and policy assessment with fundamental and applied research, Georgia Tech’s framework for energy and sustainability research embraces a holistic approach to solving complex problems. Working with experts across the Georgia Tech community and partners in both industry and government, Georgia Tech researchers focus on interdisciplinary efforts to analyze, model, and develop innovative technologies designed to provide an economically viable and environmentally friendly future.
Georgia Tech’s new Carbon-Neutral Energy Solutions Laboratory serves as a hub for research into clean energy and sustainability. Development of clean fuels for transportation and power generation, optimization of and pollution control for combustion processes, and creation of new technology options for carbon capture and water purification represent some of the innovative research associated with the lab. Georgia Tech is also home to the University Center of Excellence for Photovoltaics Research and Education, and has spun off a successful company that is commercializing technology developed there.
Georgia Tech graduate student Brandon Polander
prepares for his FT-IR experiment. The green laser light
is used to photo-excite the spinach photosytem II sample.
(Credit: Gary Meek) Full Story >
Additionally, sustainability and energy management programs in smart building design, urbanization research, and sustainable manufacturing practices are advanced through interdisciplinary programs at Georgia Tech. These include incorporating geographic information systems for optimizing location, modeling, and development of more efficient and environmentally friendly materials, and addressing efficient thermal heating and cooling processes across a broad spectrum of facility and community scenarios.
Georgia Tech is also a leader in areas such as power grid management and electrical testing, collaborating with local, regional, national, and global energy companies. Professional education programs in power and energy further strengthen industrial relationships in this area.
As with other Georgia Tech research areas, the Institute’s graduate and undergraduate student researchers collaborate with faculty members on energy and sustainable infrastructure research initiatives.