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Minnesota State Higher Education Block Grant


Minnesota State's primary focus is development of programming to prepare technicians for the energy production industry. Programs cover the broad spectrum of renewable energy production technologies including Biomass, Solar, and Wind. Minnesota State will use the RDF to fund research in the following fields of renewable electricity:

Program Implementation - Inception Stage

In 2016, Minnesota State posted a Request for Proposals (RFP) to all of the colleges and universities within the Minnesota State system. Eleven responses were received from which five projects were selected for funding. These research proposals include:

  1. Study of how placement of Vertical Axis Wind Turbines can affect performance and efficiency submitted by Minnesota State University Mankato,
  2. Develop "smart" technology as a universal power interface for a variety of power generators which is configurable and scalable submitted by Minnesota State University Mankato,
  3. Microbial Power and Bioproduct production using food waste from a college campus to produce electricity submitted by St Cloud State University,
  4. Anaerobic digestion to produce electricity while simultaneously mitigating waste products submitted by St Cloud State University,
  5. Investigate strategies to minimize soiling on PV panel efficiency in mid-latitude, mid-continental climate submitted by Century College.

A second RFP was issued in 2017 from which an additional five projects have been selected.

Minnesota State 1st Annual Presentation to the RDF Advisory Group
Minnesota State 1st Annual Report

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