Iowa Energy Center Board awards $2.8 million in energy grants

The Iowa Energy Center (IEC) awarded $2.8 million in grants to 12 projects at a board meeting earlier this month in Des Moines.

“Out of an exceptional group of applicants, the Iowa Energy Center Board is proud to lend grant support to this round of projects, each of which addresses an energy need or opportunity in an innovative way,” said Board Chair Troy DeJoode of the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities. “This year’s grant recipients span the public and private sector and represent a diverse mix of energy resources, creating an individual and collective positive impact on Iowa’s energy economy.”

The grants will fund 12 projects including:

  • Developing a pilot-scale business model for monetizing carbon capture on solar energy farms
  • AI-assisted robotic mapping of underground infrastructure
  • Repurposing used batteries for resilient grid storage

A total of 37 projects completed the full application with requests totaling over $10 million. Applications were reviewed and scored by a committee comprised of IEC board members. Scoring rubric was based on alignment with the Iowa Energy Plan, the ratepayer benefit provided, project goals, programmatic capabilities of the applicant and collaboration efforts with other eligible applicants, among other criteria.

A full list of the IEC Grant Program recipients is available below:

Grant TitleApplicant OrganizationRequest
GIS tool to plan mitigation and recovery of gridlines under natural hazards to improve resiliencyIowa State University$235,551
Driving Electric in Rural NE Iowa: An Analysis, Planning, Workforce, and Major Employer PartnershipWinneshiek Energy District$171,235
Developing a Pilot-Scale Business Model for Monetizing Carbon Capture on Solar Energy Farms.Impact 7G$297,000
Advanced 3D optical sensing and peening technologies for crack mitigation in natural gas pipelinesIowa State University$255,472
Mobile Power for Rural Wastewater Treatment and Community ResilienceBaldridge Environmental Services$122,500
From the Landfill to the Grid: Repurposing Used Batteries for Resilient Grid StorageIowa State University$294,859
Artificial Intelligence-Assisted Robotic Mapping of Underground InfrastructureIowa State University$300,000
Control and Coordination of Solar + Storage for Enhanced ResiliencyIowa State University$283,500
Electrical Energy from EthanolUniversity of Iowa$417,137
Modeling Solar Radiation Potential and Urban Heat Utilizing Mobile Sensors and Topographic DataUniversity of Northern Iowa$170,370
Building Enclosure Council of Iowa ProgramsBuilding Enclosure Council of Iowa$27,800
Micro-DERMS: DERMS for Real-time Monitoring & Control of Mobile-Microgrids and DER Distribution GridIowa State University$300,000
TOTAL$2,875,424