REDD Research and Capabilities

Download the REDD Fact Sheet (PDF)Download the REDD Fact SheetThe entire REDD facility features renewable energy generation, including:

  • Solar photovoltaic (5 kW)
  • Solar thermal hot water (~80,000 BTU)
  • Solar air (~75,000 BTU)
  • Wind (3 kW)
  • Hydrogen (excess energy created by PV and wind stored as hydrogen)

REDD research interests

  • Solar thermal: air and liquid collectors
  • Solar cooling and co-generation
  • Hydrogen energy: production, storage, combustion
  • Energy systems integration and controls
  • Energy efficiency technologies
  • Biomass
  • Energy Simulations

The REDD consists of two structures:

  • 1,200 foot modular house with two bedrooms, one bathroom, living and kitchen facilities, and an oversized utility room
  • 600 foot workshop primarily for biomass-to-biofuels (turning wood into coal) experiments

The entire HVAC system in the house is powered by using the sun’s energy to heat water. Both the forced air heat and air conditioning (absorption cooling) in the house is generated entirely through the solar thermal collectors. The REDD’s workshop features solar air panels which capture energy from the sun to heat air directly and water indirectly.

The biomass process development unit in the workshop increases the energy density of biomass as solid fuel through a process known as Hydrothermal Carbonization (HTC).