UA Researcher Dr. Greg Barron-Gafford Publishes High-Profile StudyA paper published in Nature Sustainability presents the first field-data assessment of outcomes of a multi-year study of agrivoltaics in dryland regions led by UA biogeographer Dr. Greg Barron-Gafford.
Indige-FEWSS students working together to solve Energy-Water-Food insecurity issues"Trainees in the Indige-FEWSS program are not doing research to be put on the shelf, but we're doing research to have real impact and solve real problems that our community has," said Chief, who grew up on the Navajo Nation. The Indige-FEWSS program is only a first step towards addressing food, energy and water insecurity among indigenous communities.
IES September Energy TalksIES Energy Talks | Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 5:30pm | "Printing our energy future: sunlight into electricity and fuel" - Erin Ratcliff, PhD; Assistant Prof. of Materials Science and Engineering; Director, Laboratory for Interface Science of Printable Electronic Materials & "Big Machines and Big Science: Peering into the Atomic World of the Next Solar Cells" - James Stanfill, PhD Candidate, Chemistry & Biochemistry
AZSEC 2019 Heads Back to Biosphere 2AzSEC 2019 welcomes students and faculty from NAU, UA, AUS and Universidad Nacional Autónoma (UNAM) and Universidad de Sonora, Mexico. Keynote speakers, industry mentors, poster sessions, student policy panel and Grand Challenge interdisciplinary team competition confronting issues along the Energy-Water-Food nexus. November 13-15th, Biosphere 2 | Pre-Conference November 12th at UA campus & accessible via video streaming. Seating is limited! Register before September 30th. More information and registration at https://energy.arizona.edu/azsec-2019
2019 IES Summer Fellowship SymposiumJoin the Institute for Energy Solutions at the IES Summer Fellowship Symposium were the five graduate student awardees from the department of Physics, Materials Science & Engineering, Systems and Industrial Engineering, and Biosystems Engineering will discuss their energy-water projects conducted at research laboratories across the United States. Each student will present for 15-20 minutes followed by a poster presentation. Refreshments will be served. Located at UA Campus ENR2 Building, Conference Rm 604, on October 1st from 1-3pm.
SBAR Teachers and Fellows prepare emerging water resource topics for K-12 classrooms
WRRC Director Gives Talk to SBAR Educators
A message from IES Interim Director, Neal Armstrong, PhD
Welcome to the Institute for Energy Solutions (IES) at the University of Arizona!
IES is at the forefront of innovation in energy-related research. Through cross-disciplinary programs, training and outreach activities, we develop solutions to emerging problems pertinent to Arizona, the Southwest U.S. and similar global areas. We leverage the depth of expertise among our University affiliates to address challenges in energy and its relation to society, water, climate and the economy. Within UA, IES facilitates collaboration between faculty, students, and other research centers. We also engage with stakeholders from local and regional industries, public utilities, government agencies, and other universities to tackle big questions and meet critical problems head-on. This site offers information on the many exciting programs recently developed at UA that have been initiated or supported by IES:
- SBAR (Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions), a USDA-NIFA sponsored research activity, focuses on co-producing biofuels and bioproducts using minimal water and nutrients from guayule and guar.
- Indige-FEWSS (Indigenous Food, Energy, and Water Security and Sovereignty) brings intercultural awareness and multidisciplinary skills to their high priority research in sustainable food, energy, and water systems. Indige-FEWSS is a National Research Traineeship (NRT) sponsored by the National Science Foundation, paving the way for diversity in the STEM workforce.
- Solar Forecast 2, a Department of Energy funded program comprised of eight teams, is working to create reliable weather-based forecasting models to improve the efficiency of solar power utilization in power plant operations.
These are but a few of the new activities at IES. We will continually update our sites to celebrate our new programs, educate on energy and sustainability, and provide opportunities for the outside community to connect with us and with UA.
Neal Armstrong, PhD
IES Interim Director