The Energy & Sustainability Research Group

The Energy & Sustainability Research Group


The Energy & Sustainability Research Group (ESRG) at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) conducts systems-based applied research that addresses critical local, national, and international energy, water, and health challenges. Multidisciplinary teams work together to provide water resource and environmental assessments as well as water and energy infrastructure assessments, building evaluations for energy efficiency, and energy and economic modeling.

Generation 2 Reinvented Toilet (G2RT)

Research to reinvent the toilet was launched by the Gates Foundation eight years ago and those efforts have made significant progress. The new initiative is nicknamed Generation 2 Reinvented Toilet (G2RT). The goal will now be to bring the dispersed efforts together to focus on demonstrating prototypes of a single user reinvented toilet (SURT) that the world’s poorest regions can afford.

Department of Energy SunShot Initiative​

The United States Department of Energy launched the SunShot initiative aimed at decreasing the cost of solar energy by 75%, to be achieved by reducing technology costs, grid integration costs, and accelerating solar deployment by 2020.

Geosynthetic Piezoelectric Generator Systems

GTRI proposes to develop thin-film, cost-competitive piezoelectric materials to be integrated into a state-of-the-art geosynthetic roadway reinforcement fabric, creating a low maintenance, low cost product that can be quickly commercialized and deployed at scale by today’s roadway developers.

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Project ENGAGES

Project ENGAGES is a high school science education program developed at Georgia Tech in partnership with Coretta Scott King Young Women's Leadership Academy, B.E.S.T Academy and KIPP Atlanta Collegiate, three minority-serving public high schools in the City of Atlanta.

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