Purdue University researchers have received a $3 million grant from the Office of Naval Research. The funding will support several alternative energy-related projects and the development of a power and energy course.
The grant will fund the launch of Purdue’s NEPTUNE Power and Energy Research Center. The money will fund seven research project and the new course, which is set to begin in the spring of 2016. The agreement is part of a memorandum of understanding signed by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Purdue President Mitch Daniels in 2014.
The projects will support an effort by the Navy and Marine Corps to convert have of their energy consumption to alternative sources by 2020. The research projects will focus on areas ranging from portable hydrogen generation to aviation fuels.
The new course, entitled "Power and Energy: A STEM Program to Inspire Leadership in Science and Technology for the Workforce of the Future Fleet" will focus on the need for a stronger STEM work force in the military. That effort is led by Energy Center Director Maureen McCann.