UNH has been selected to lead an initiative that aims to support the region’s large energy users — industrial, commercial and institutional — in adopting clean energy technologies. With $1.3 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, UNH, along with Olin College of Engineering and Watson Strategy Group, will establish the New England Onsite Energy Assistance Partnership, one of nine regional Technical Assistance Partnerships (TAPs). These efforts will accelerate U.S. industrial decarbonization, productivity and competitiveness.
“This is an exciting opportunity for UNH to help large energy users in New Hampshire, and throughout the region, realize the economic and environmental benefits of cleaner energy technologies,” says Matt Davis, associate professor of Earth sciences and principal investigator for the New England TAP. “Through this partnership, UNH scientists will reach out, engage and educate local industries on ways to reduce carbon emissions by providing screening and technical assistance on various clean energy options like solar, geothermal, renewable gas, battery storage, thermal storage and combined heat and power, among others.”
“Through this program, UNH and companies around New England will make tangible progress in the clean energy transition which will benefit our environment and our economy for years to come.”
“The industrial sector is a key part of our economy and adopting new technologies to increase energy efficiency and reduce operating costs will be essential to creating jobs, reducing energy costs, meeting our climate goals and remaining competitive globally,” said U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). “Through this program, UNH and companies around New England will make tangible progress in the clean energy transition which will benefit our environment and our economy for years to come.”
In addition to facilitating on-the-ground efforts to increase the adoption of clean energy technologies around the region, UNH — one of the nation’s most sustainable institutions of higher education — will be responsible for the development of educational materials and outreach efforts.