Thayer, Irving, US Army to Develop Arctic Energy Systems

Dartmouth News

September 27, 2019

By Bill Platt

Thayer School of Engineering will collaborate with Dartmouth's Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society and the US Army Corps of Engineers' Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) to assess ways to improve energy services, delivery, storage, and mobility for military bases in the Arctic.

Co-investigators are professors of engineering Amro Farid and Jifeng Liu, and Weiyang Li, the William P. Harris Career Development Assistant Professor of Engineering, who will collaborate with the project's principal investigator, professor of environmental studies Elizabeth Wilson, director of the Irving Institute.

Thayer Dean Alexis Abramson says the faculty researchers involved in the project are working at the cutting edge of energy research to solve the technical challenges of creating robust power delivery systems to operate in extremely cold conditions.

"This is an incredible opportunity for Dartmouth engineers to catalyze energy solutions for the Arctic with far-reaching applications beyond the military," says Abramson. "The solutions we develop in collaboration with CRREL and the Irving Institute have the potential to provide communities in these cold regions, where we are seeing the most alarming impacts of climate change, with energy storage solutions and efficient power delivery systems that help them contend with and curb the effects of global warming." 

The overall project comprises three sub-projects, which will be executed simultaneously and led by Thayer faculty:

William Platt can be reached at william.c.platt@dartmouth.edu.

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