A principle objective of the Energy, Policy, and Innovation Center (EPICenter) is to produce and disseminate rigorous, fact-based policy studies that address Southeastern perspectives on global, national and regional energy issues. All EPICenter research studies involve interdisciplinary research teams led by Georgia Tech faculty and engage external stakeholders and advisors.
NEW EPICENTER RESEARCH STUDIES
Researchers: Santiago Grijalva (PI), Richard Simmons (co-PI), Sadegh Vejdan
An evaluation of the role that grid-scale storage technologies will play in the coming decade. The study addresses key gaps given the regulatory model and the lack of market signals for the benefits and services of energy storage systems (ESS) in the Southeast region. The report quantifies the economic viability for a range of ownership and operation scenarios including: behind the meter (BTM), utility owned/operated, and uniquely, joint models for customer-sited/utility operated batteries. Download the full report: Assessment of Grid-Scale Energy Storage Scenarios for the Southeast: Benefits, Costs, and Implications.
WORK PRODUCTS COMING SOON
“Energy 101” Educational Modules
Researchers: Richard Simmons (PI), John Thornton, Mark Philpot
A series of lectures detailing the fundamental concepts of energy across basic supply, demand, economic, policy and environmental themes. These will address energy on both a national and regional scale, with a regional emphasis upon energy in the Southeastern United States.
Industrial Data and Industrial Internet of Things
Researchers: Milton Mueller (PI), Karim Farhat
This study explores strategies of the energy sector towards Industrial Data (ID) production and sharing in the Southeastern region, with a focus on sources and uses of ID, and evolution of energy firms in the ID ecosystem? The goal of this work is to provide energy executives and policy makers with recommendations that will help maximize the usability and production of industrial data in Southeastern energy.The full report, “Energy Infrastructure and industrial data sharing: global data policies and an evolving IoT landscape,” will be released this spring.
Energy and Logistics
Researchers: Valerie Thomas (PI) and Industrial & Systems Engineering Team
This project has articulated emerging trends in logistics to facilitate understanding and strategic action in the US southeast. Insights suggest disruptions to field of logistics presented by: the interplay of the physical internet and the transportation of physical objects, decarbonization of logistics, and the need for closer coordination among the roles of industry, government and NGOs in energy and technology transformation. The whitepaper, “Creating the Next in Logistics: Economic Development and Sustainability in the Southeast,” will be released this spring.
Grid Outages and Community Resilience
Researchers: Scott Ganz (PI) and Chuanyi Ji (PI)
Based on a robust dataset from Hurricane Michael, the team has developed models that co-analyze outage data and economic impacts. Initial findings show limited evidence that zipcodes with certain characteristics (e.g., small business, community demographics, others) are associated with response time. The team plans an initial publication describing its methods. It is also seeking addition data to refine its understanding of resilience by evaluating the socio-economic impact of the power outages, focusing on potential policies that can benefit small businesses and communities. The team anticipates releasing its first publication, “Energy Infrastructure and Community Resilience: A spatiotemporal data analysis of the social and economic impact of power failures in the SE United States,” this summer.
PREVIOUSLY COMPLETED RESEARCH STUDIES
An analysis of how the digitalization of industries and industrial data is evolving into a business itself, capable of producing services and opportunities across organizations and economies. To illustrate this, the EPICenter has produced an Industrial Study One Page Overview as well as a more detailed study, Industrial Data and Regional Economic Development, with the Georgia Tech Center for Urban Innovation. Additional data and details are available in the presentation, Industrial Data and Regional Economic Development: An Emerging Industry Nexus. The findings of this study were also presented in a joint event with the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) and Siemens, "Digitalization in the Industrial Sector: Implications for Energy, Technology, and Policy".
Kemper Technical Review
As a first-of-its-kind project, the Kemper Integrated Gasification Combined-Cycle (IGCC) Plant with Carbon Sequestration and Storage (CCS) is an important and timely case study for the technical community. The findings detailed in the report have considerable value to a range of stakeholders, including the research community and energy policy decisionmakers.
The Energy Burden in the Southeast: Solutions through Community and Business Engagement
Researchers: Michael Oxman (PI), Marilyn Brown, Beril Toktay
An analysis of the current and potential methods for reducing the energy burden in the Southeast and the business case for each strategy, producing actionable recommendations for policy and technological solutions.
Grid Integrated Vehicles in the Southeast: Engineering, Business Models, Costs, and Benefits
Researchers: Marilyn Brown (PI), Deepakraj Divan
An evaluation of the alternative mechanisms for expanding the deployment of EVs in the Southeast through improvements in technology, infrastructure, and novel business models. The findings and final paper can be found here.
Smart Cities and the Role of Data Transparency in Evidence-based Energy Policies at the Urban Scale
Researchers: Jennifer Clark (PI), Debra Lam, Emma French
Interdisciplinary and cross-sector research of the processes behind and approaches to data-driven policies, resulting in the identification of data that is used for energy efficiency policies across cities in the Southeast. The findings and final paper can be found here.