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Welcome to Energy e X ploration Laboratory!

The Energy-X lab at NC State is an interdisciplinary research lab focused on scientific and engineering challenges that lay at the interface of thermal-fluid, material, and energy sciences. Our group aims at improving energy efficiency, reliability, and economy of the process, component, or system X, with X being our target technological area which spans from the energy sector to environmental applications.

Principal Investigator: Sajjad Bigham

Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department,  NC State University

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Highlighted news:

  • Jan. 2023: Energy-X and its industry partner were selected for a NASA grant to work on life support systems of the International Space Station (ISS). Under this project, the team will develop next-generation Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) systems with controlled pressure drop, tailored flow path, minimized void spaces, good heat management, high mechanical and chemical stability, and optimized structures with high mass transfer.
  • Feb. 2022: Energy-X received the Wood Next Fund Grant. This water grant was awarded to boost the R&D efforts on our American-Made Challenges: Solar Desalination Prize.
  • April 2021 - Energy-X is selected to receive the second phase of the "American-Made Challenges: DOE Solar Desalination Prize". Special thanks to the students involved and our collaborators from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Rackam, and Artic Solar Inc. The funding allows us to advance a novel sorption-based desalination technology for the ZLD treatment of high salinity brines by solar thermal energy. The contest is sponsored by the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Thanks for the support!​ (Link)
  • Oct. 2020 - Energy-X team is selected to receive the "American-Made Challenges: DOE Solar Desalination Prize" for innovation. Working on the next stage of the prize, the team in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and an industry partner aims to develop a solar-driven zero liquid discharge (ZLD) desalination technique to treat high salinity brines in a promising energy-efficient and economic manner. (Link)
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