Salt River Project (SRP) and the Advanced Technology Innovation Center (ATIC) at ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Polytechnic Campus have expanded their partnership into its fourth year to further innovative research related to conservation/sustainability and renewable energy.

The program under ATIC’s Conservation and Renewable Energy Collaboratory (CREC) will award more than $475,000 for 10 projects during the 2015 – 2016 year. The research pool of principal investigators comes from the Polytechnic and Tempe campuses. The applied research projects emphasize priorities in sustainability and renewable energy while investigating forward looking solutions for SRP and its customers.

The SRP-ATIC program continues to derive significant interest from the faculty. This year more than 22 project ideas were submitted which went through a peer review process at ASU and were then further vetted by SRP’s Research Advisory Committee (RAC). The 10 projects selected for funding represent a significant jump in investment from SRP for CREC research. The projects will run over the next year and are also meant to be a platform for faculty to experiment and take their ideas for future funding to national agencies.

“We are delighted to see our strong partnership with SRP continue to grow. The broad range of topics for this year’s research represents a diverse portfolio of interests for SRP. Engaging new elements within SRP such as the Survey group highlights growing successful research collaborations between SRP and ATIC,” said Anshuman Razdan, Director of ATIC.

“SRP values the quality and range of research from the CREC collaborations. We feel it’s important to support research from our local universities and create opportunities for students to engage with SRP engineers on utility issues,” said Chico Hunter, Manager Environmental Policy and Innovation at SRP.

More information about ongoing and new SRP projects can be found at http://atic.asu.edu/sponsors/srp. Contact Dr. Anshuman Razdan or Kassy Buck at kassy.buck@asu.edu, 480-727-1312 for further inquiries.

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