The Center for Carbon-free Power Integration (CCPI) at the University of Delaware (UD) fosters interdisciplinary and collaborative scientific research; engages decision makers, industry and civil society and acts as an “honest broker” among them; and enhances the education of the present generation of students with the goal of facilitating the transition to power generation using carbon-free geophysical flows. These power sources include surface wind, geostrophic winds, and ocean currents. CCPI’s primary areas of inquiry are offshore wind power as a means of electricity generation and grid-integrated vehicle (GIV) technology as a means of electricity storage using vehicle-to-grid power (V2G). In 2013, CCPI researchers began to explore marine geothermal resources as another potentially fruitful carbon-free energy source. Please follow the links for additional information about the UD Wind Power Program and the V2G program.
The Center’s focus is on electricity and transportation because these two sectors account for the largest fractions of human CO2 emissions, responsible for approximately sixty percent of the carbon and seventy percent of the CO2 emissions in the United States. Acting locally, CCPI researchers conceived of and were instrumental in the development of the 2 MW wind turbine on UD’s coastal campus in Lewes, Delaware, and in the related establishment of the partnership between UD and turbine’s manufacturer. We remain involved in the business of running the wind turbine and with use the wind turbine as a research and educational platform. Likewise, CCPI researchers also have implemented a pilot V2G project at UD’s main campus, and continue to work with industrial partners and automobile manufacturers to provide V2G capable electric vehicles.
Founded in 2008, CCPI traces its V2G roots to the mid-1990s and its offshore wind power roots to 2003. As well, CCPI researchers have appointments in four colleges—Earth, Ocean and Environment (CEOE); Engineering; Business and Economics; and Agriculture and Natural Resources, with the center housed administratively within CEOE.
Below we provide reports summarizing Center activities since 2010.
2013 Annual Report
July 2011-December 2012 "Annual" Report
January 2010-June 2011 “Annual” Report and Executive Summary.