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Stony Brook Receives $2.5 Million DOE Grant for Transformational Energy Technology

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A Stony Brook University research team has been awarded $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to develop a system that condenses water vapor from power plants in order to provide supplemental cooling for the plant and reduce water use. Led by Professor Jon Longtin, PhD, from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stony Brook University, the goal of the research is to condense water out of flue gas to provide additional cooling that may enable power plants to be built in dry and land-locked areas, not located near a large body of water, at a time when using open bodies of water for cooling has become a national and global concern.

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SBU-Led Research Team Receives DOE Award

sample image Prof. Jon Longtin and his team have been awarded a Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP) 2012 R&D award from the United States Department of Energy for research entitled “Thermoelectric-Driven Sustainable Sensing and Actuation Systems for Fault-Tolerant Nuclear Incidents.” This award is part of America’s commitment to promote higher education in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The three-year $600,000 project will develop thermoelectric devices for sensing and diagnostics for nuclear reactors. “The Fukushima incident in Japan last year was a wake-up call in terms of how even the best-engineered systems can fail,” said Longtin. “Thermoelectric devices produce electricity directly from heat, which tends to be available in abundance with nuclear power plants. The idea is that, even if all else fails in a major catastrophic event at a nuclear facility, we can use the heat available from the system components to power a network of sensors that will provide critical information on plant health.”

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