Providing abundant, cheap, renewable energy for homes, businesses and other end users is a global, conservation imperative that requires innovative research strategies across disciplines. Next generation renewable energy and energy conservation solutions are needed to address complex scientific, technological, environmental, and societal problems. The Renewable Energy and Conservation (REAC) research cluster combines expertise in materials science, mechanical and energy engineering, electrical engineering, engineering technology and other physical and social science fields to conduct research in three thrust areas: Distributed Renewable Power Generation, Smart Grid Transmission, and Building Energy Conservation. A focus in these niche areas capitalizes on existing UNT strengths and primes the cluster to strategically expand its base of expertise and funding.
From device development to system modeling and validation, REAC serves as a research pipeline for diverse energy and conservation projects, including affordable photovoltaic systems and wider utilization of wind power; cost effective, high energy efficient building products; and key grid-tie solutions for wide penetration of distributed renewable energy. The goal of the REAC cluster is to form key research teams in a few critical areas that will impact the regional, national and international renewable energy research landscape and spur rapid technology transformation. UNT has a considerable investment in growing research across the university, and the resources available to REAC scientists and engineers are no exception. Access to cutting-edge micro/nano fabrication instruments, clean rooms, a zero energy house as a living lab, research laboratories and distinguished faculty give REAC researchers a distinct advantage in advancing research. By leveraging existing resources and adding critical new talent to its foundation within a multi-disciplinary framework, REAC aims to distinguish itself as a leader in sustainable energy research.