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.
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.