The Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment Institute (RAPID) focuses on the application of process intensification — a fundamental area of knowledge in chemical engineering — to manufacturing processes as a means of lowering costs, improving energy- and resource-efficiency, and increasing overall productivity. The effort is led by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and was developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River National Laboratory and the Georgia Institute of Technology. It’s supported by the U.S. Dept. of Energy.
Researchers from Iowa State University’s Bioeconomy Institute are managing the project’s biorefinery efforts. They are supporting development and testing of biorefineries that will feature modular design and construction for ease of manufacturing and mass production. See the news release from Iowa State University.
An ambitious Iowa State University-based, this USDA sponsored, research project is investigating the creation of a Midwestern sustainable biofuels system for producing fuels from feedstocks derived from potentially high biomass producing herbaceous perennials using the pyrolytic conversion process.
The Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) was founded in 2008 with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) creating a NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) focused on advanced manufacturing for sustainable biobased chemicals. The ERC program creates multi-year, interdisciplinary, multi-institutional centers that join academia, industry and government in partnership to produce transformational engineered systems. The ERCs also develop engineering graduates who are adept at innovation and primed for leadership in the global economy.
This statewide program worked to build Iowa’s research capacity in renewable energy and energy efficiency. The effort was composed of four major platforms: bioenergy, wind energy, energy utilization, and energy policy. The project ran from 2011 until 2017 and was funded by the National Science Foundation and the Iowa Power Fund. It was a joint effort by Iowa’s Regent universities: the University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, and Iowa State University. The program’s Website will remain working until 2019.