The Energy & Sustainability group 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.
The United States Department of Energy launched the SunShot initiative in 2010 aimed at decreasing the cost of solar energy by 75% by the end of the decade, to be achieved by reducing technology costs, grid integration costs, and accelerating solar deployment by 2020.
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.
Georgia Energy and Sustainability Research Program
GTRI is integrating water conservation and sensing technologies with smart energy systems to support Georgia agribusinesses and Department of Defense sites in Georgia. Concept designs are produced in the GTRI and Georgia Tech laboratories, modeled, and tested on campus and in the field.
This national initiative is analyzing the effects of acquiring financially distressed properties (real estate “in the red”) in major U.S. cities and converting them into green space: public parks and adjacent land “banked” for future sustainable development.
GTRI research faculty and Georgia Tech students conduct water conservation studies, perform baseline energy evaluations, and develop STEM learning tools for K-12 students and visitors in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem’s 22-million-acre living laboratory.
Project ENGAGES is a new 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.