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University of Maryland Energy Research Center

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This article prepared by:  Jordan Baker, The Johns Hopkins University

University of Maryland Energy Research Center

Location:  College Park, Maryland

Mission: The University of Maryland Energy Research Center (UMERC) focuses on multidisciplinary research to advance the frontiers of energy science and technology, with a special focus on alternative energy generation and storage.

  • Develop energy efficiency and environmental sustainability
  • Educate public about energy and environment
  • Help shape global debate on urgent issues of sustainable energy and the environment
  • Make UMD a leader in sustainable energy
  • Promote interdisciplinary energy research
  • Quicken transition of research into marketable products

Graduate Programs
 Cool Research  Student Outreach & Activities

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Educational Programs: UMERC offers two degrees:

  • Masters in Sustainable Energy Engineering and
  •  Masters in Nuclear Engineering

 (On-site and online courses available)

Programs, Degrees & Course Requirements

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  • Electrochemical Energy (Batteries and Fuel Cells)
  • Micro Power Systems (Energy Harvesting and Micropropulsion)
  • Energy Efficiency (HVAC, lighting/building efficiency, thermoelectrics)
  • Smart Grid Technologies
  • Renewable Energy (Biomass, solar, and wind)
  • Carbon Capture and Sequestration
  • Climate Change and Environment

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Additional Pictures and Videos of UMERC:

Virtual Walkthrough of UMERC Solar Decathlon House,

Official Youtube gallery of UMERC projects

Our Favorite Find:  Winners of 2011 Solar Decathlon

Sponsored by the Department of Energy, the Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The University of Maryland Energy Research Center had a team which included over 200 professors, students, and advisors who worked for two years to complete their house. One of the most interesting aspects of the house is the use of a lithium chloride waterfall to dehumidify the house, pictured below right. In the end, they ended up winning the entire competition, narrowly edging out teams for New Zealand and Purdue University.  Full Story


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Other Helpful Links:  Faculty, Contact Advisors, Additional Links 

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