Dominion Virginia Power has selected several Virginia universities to receive renewable energy research and development funding totaling $1.4 million from Dominion Virginia Power, as part of the company's new R&D Partnership Program. (> View news release for details.)
For more details about each project, select "Renewable Energy Research and Development Grants" below.
As featured in the news release dated Jan. 16, 2013, projects receiving Renewable Energy Research and Development Grants are detailed below. Dominion is discussing potential additional projects with the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and George Mason University in Fairfax.
Appalachian School of Law, Grundy, Va., $95,000
Removing Barriers to the Development of Onshore Wind Energy in Virginia
An analysis of the legal, regulatory, policy, and public opinion obstacles and opportunities for onshore wind development in Virginia, primarily with respect to siting and permitting. This includes cataloging the policy incentives and disincentives that exist for permitting and siting onshore wind facilities.
Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Va., $50,000
Overview of Offshore Wind Energy in the United States and the European Union
The study will focus on drivers, incentives, mandates, and other market considerations that affect the supply and demand for offshore wind energy.
George Washington University Virginia Science and Technology Campus, Ashburn, Va., $150,000 over 2 years
High-Efficiency Intermediate-Band Solar Cells with Quantum Dots
Motivated by advancements in nanotechnology, this project will seek to engineer solar cells that will use the unique properties of quantum dots to raise conversion efficiency of solar light into electricity.
Longwood University, Farmville, Va., $50,000
Biomass Optimization Prototype
A multi-phase project to develop a prototype biomass processing plant with the goal of improving the energy gained from the biomass when burned. RPS R&D funding will support Phase 1 Pre-planning Study to identify the most efficient and sustainable way of processing, drying, and storing biomass.
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va., $500,000 over 3 years
Development of a Test Facility for Photovoltaic Systems
Establishes a test facility to study issues related to economics, operation, maintenance, and performance of large-scale solar installations. Areas of study include 1) Cost and operational comparison of various solar mounting structures; 2) Side-by-side comparison of different photovoltaic technologies; and 3) Real time analysis of performance degradation of solar tracking systems.
Virginia State University, Ettrick, Va., $150,000 over 2 years
Green Roof Initiative
This study seeks to combine green roof and alternative energy technologies in novel ways to improve both the energy efficiency of buildings and the sustainable use of water for irrigation.
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va., $300,000 over 3 years
Center for Natural Resources Assessment and Decision Support
Supports the establishment of a new center with a goal of ensuring that the forests of Virginia are used and managed sustainably so they may continue to provide an array of products and services for the benefit of current and future generations.
Virginia Union University, Richmond, Va., $150,000 over 2 years
Sustainable Design Strategies
The project will collect baseline energy usage data at campus facilities. This information will later be used in the design of energy efficient buildings and to conduct comparative analysis of sustainable design strategies.
Dominion Virginia Power's Solar Partnership Program encourages and supports the growth of solar energy in Virginia in partnership with our customers. The program is comprised of two SCC-approved demonstration projects:
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On March 16, 2012, Dominion Virginia Power received approval from the Virginia State Corporation Commission to convert three Virginia power stations from using coal to using biomass, a renewable energy source. The conversions would provide environmental and customer benefits and generate statewide economic development benefits of up to $120 million annually when compared to continued operations on coal.
The power stations in Altavista, Hopewell and Southampton County, which would generate about 51 megawatts each, are nearly identical and went into operation in 1992. The conversions are expected to begin burning biomass by the end of 2013.
Dominion’s Alternative Energy Solutions (AES) group serves as the hub for all things related to green and emerging energy technology research and development.
AES consists of three departments:
Technologies Under Review
Examples of alternative energy technologies under review by AES include:
Dominion Resources Innovation Center
The goal of the Dominion Resources Innovation Center, founded in 2009, is to provide start-ups and early-stage companies with mentoring, engaged guidance, and business support services so that those ventures will become financially successful, high-growth companies in Hanover County, Va.