Nov 032010
 
Authors: Sean Bucher

As green technologies become increasingly popular, the people behind them have found new and innovative ways to market and improve the technologies as well.

For Tim Reeser, CEO of the Cenergy supercluster at CSU, it’s just another day at the office.
“Superclusters are showing great growth statistically,” said CSU Provost Rick Miranda. “We’re very pleased with the work Tim and Cenergy are doing.”

Reeser, a 1993 CSU engineering graduate, had started multiple companies before running into his former advisor Bryan Willson, Engines and Energy Conversion Lab director. Willson urged Reeser to return to CSU as the director of the Cenergy Supercluster, which became a reality after seven months of interviews at every level of the university.

With only 7 percent of energy use coming from renewable energy, CSU and Cenergy believe there is a great necessity for research and innovation.

“We have a lot of momentum now,” Reeser said. “I see us as a nationwide leader in green technologies.”
Since its inception a few short years ago, the energy supercluster for the university has created an environment where faculty and student’s ideas and inventions can receive the necessary attention.

Superclusters allow academics –– students and faculty –– to share, patent and market new discoveries and inventions with ease, while being backed by the university. This system has taken CSU from a university that had a viable invention once every five years, to an intellectual breeding ground, pumping out five new technological advances annually.

Some of the technologies that Reeser thinks will take off in the future include the Prieto battery and the Envirofit oven, both of which Reeser believes will have an extremely large presence in the coming years.

The Prieto battery is a lithium ion battery, constructed in a manner that charges faster, while holding the charge for a significantly longer time, all while being completely environmentally friendly in production and disposal.

The Envirofit oven serves as a cleaner alternative to traditional cooking methods used in underdeveloped countries.

“Half the world cooks on wood ovens still,” said Reeser, who sees the new oven as a means to dramatically decrease deaths involved with smoke inhalation and increase energy efficiency on stoves by emitting 90 percent fewer emissions and 10 percent less fuel.

“It exciting to see faculty collaborating and bringing research to the marketplace,” said Andrew Warnock, chief of staff of the Clean Energy Supercluster.

Along with these products, Cenergy has been a large part in facilitating discoveries in new bio-diesels created from Algae bi-products and the highly touted Maxwell Ranch energy project.
Maxwell Ranch is the only wind turbine research center that researches multiple sized turbines and their effects with one another.

“It’s going to take awhile for green energy to take off, the oil industry wasn’t built overnight,” Reeser said.

Along with the traditional science’s participation, all eight schools at CSU are involved with Cenergy in one capacity or another. Currently, sociology and psychology department faculty are studying the mentality of green energy among consumers.

“We’re finding out that simply marketing a green product doesn’t make the difference,” Reeser said, “people must be willing to change their behaviors as well.”

More information on the innovations and work CSU and Cenergy is doing can be found at www.energy.colostate.edu.

Staff writer Sean Bucher can be reached at news@collegian.com.

  • Cenergy Supercluster is one of four Superclusters at CSU
  • Cenergy works with Professors and students within all eight CSU colleges
  • Cenergy works with Professors and students within all eight CSU colleges
  • CSU technologies are used worldwide in places like China and India
  • Renewable energy has a 7 percent market share of energy use currently, with expectations of reaching 30 percent
  • Visit Energy.colostate.edu
 Posted by at 3:54 pm

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.