Syracuse Architecture assistant professors Elizabeth Krietemeyer and Tarek Rakha, and iSchool professor Jason Dedrick are among the first to receive S&CC grant support since the inception of the program.
The award will support a collaborative planning project to study the feasibility of a community energy project in Austin, Texas, and create knowledge and tools for a program that will serve as a model for other communities across the U.S.
The concept of community energy involves integrating small-scale solar power, demand management and energy storage at the community level to create economic, environmental, and social value for individuals and communities while improving the reliability and resilience of the electric grid.
Says Krietemeyer, “It’s an honor for us to represent Syracuse University at the forefront of interdisciplinary research. Over the next year, our team will develop designs for community energy dashboards for the Mueller neighborhood in Austin, and we’ll conduct field work through community workshops to enhance visualization and simulation of built environment energy performance.”
Jason Dedrick is principal investigator (PI) on the team; Krietemeyer and Rakha are co-investigators (Co-PI).
The S&CC grant complements another recently awarded to Krietemeyer, Rakha, and Dedrick by the Syracuse CoE Faculty Fellows program for their project “Community Energy Dashboard: A Tool for a Community Energy Approach.” (by Elaine Wackerow)