In Pennsylvania, a combination of state and federal funding has come together to create a center for research innovations in the field of green buildings. The Energy Innovation Hub at the Philadelphia Navy Yard will bring together researchers from the world of academia, the private sector and two national laboratories in a concerted effort to save energy, cut carbon pollution and help to position the U.S. at the forefront of green building and retrofitting design.
The Penn State researchers spearheading the effort will receive $129 million over the next five years from several government sources, including the Department of Energy (DOE), in addition to a $30 million from the state of Pennsylvania to form the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster (GPIC), which will include more than ten academic institutions, two DOE laboratories, five high-profile global industry partners, and regional economic development agencies–all with full-time personnel at the GPIC ocused on developing innovations that will make buildings more efficient.
“Buildings consume 40 percent of the energy used in the United States. Finding ways to improve energy efficiency in buildings is the next big frontier in energy research and development. This award places Penn State and our partners at the forefront of this national effort,” said Penn State President Graham B. Spanier, in a statement.
His colleague, Henry C. Foley, Penn State vice president for Research and the principal investigator for the proposal, added that the award is expected to spur real innovation and job growth for Philadelphia, the region and the nation. The GPIC represents the culmination of a decade’s worth of efforts on the part of more than 90 organizations.