Institute of Clean Energy Technology (ICET)
Areas of Research or Thrust
Environmental Impact of Energy Production and Use (IEP)
The Environmental Impact of Energy Production and Use (IEP) thrust area is directed by Dr. Jeff Lindner of the Institute of Clean Energy Technology (ICET). Research in this area is primarily funded by the United States Department of Energy (DOE).
IEP has long-standing projects at major DOE facilities, including Hanford in Washington State and the Savannah River Site in South Carolina, where research is centered on remediating legacy wastes originating from Cold War defense activities. IEP focuses on aqueous chemistry and associated unit operations (retrieving, blending, and processing) necessary for converting the waste into non-leachable glass and grout (cement) forms.
In addition to these projects, the thrust area performs carbon sequestration research to combat global warming and harmful effects of greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions. Collaborating with other universities and private businesses, IEP studies options for stabilizing CO2 concentrations in the environment, including geological and terrestrial pathways. Currently, IEP is researching the impact of geologic sequestration and enhanced oil recovery operations on the quality of freshwater aquifers as well as assessing the terrestrial capacity for Mississippi and for the entire southeastern portion of the United States.