Energy Conversion and Efficiency

Society makes use of energy by converting it to valuable products, such as home heating, light, manufacturing, and transportation. Unfortunately, more than half of the energy consumed by society is simply wasted due to lack of efficiency. Society’s energy demands can be significantly reduced by improved efficiency. Energy conversions include, for example, thermal-to-electrical or chemical bond energy to energy-related molecules.

Energy efficiency is improved by reducing the amount of energy consumed while achieving the same level of energy service. Energy is wasted by imperfections in equipment and materials to deliver power, and in many cases, because of old technologies. 

ND Energy is focused on ways to convert energy resources to available electrical energy, thermal management of energy, energy efficient wastewater treatment, and energy efficient separations.


Building Energy, Catalysis, Conversion of Energy, Fuel Cells, Hydrogen, Solar to Fuels/Chemicals

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