NEW MEXICO – Researchers at New Mexico State University (NMSU) are working on advanced energy technologies in the Permian Basin of Texas and New Mexico as part of the Permian Energy Development Laboratory.
The University reported that as members of a consortium of academic institutions, non-profit organizations, companies and national laboratories, they will continue their research in order to obtain a 10-year, US$160 million funding from NSF.
The PEDL consortium includes seven universities, two national laboratories and an advanced energy research center.
Recently, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded the Permian Energy Development Laboratory a two-year, US$1 million grant for the “NSF Engine Development Award: Advancing energy and resilience technologies in the Permian Basin (Texas, New Mexico).” This is the initial step toward the possibility of a 10-year, US$160 million NSF investment.
“Today’s rapid technological advances demand that we work together to address these important challenges and ensure that the region is able to transition to sustainable energy systems that deliver both economic and social benefits,” said Luis Cifuentes, NMSU’s vice president for research, creative and strategic initiatives.
“NSF’s investment in the Permian Basin will be used to expand collaborations across sectors to build capacity in technology innovation and new venture development,” said Patricia Sullivan, director of Strategic Initiatives at NMSU and associate dean for outreach in the College of Engineering.
As part of the Permian Energy Development Lab, NMSU will leverage its expertise in water, agriculture, information technology, energy engineering and workforce development. These areas of technical expertise will support the PEDL’s focus on growing sustainable energy resources in the Permian region.
NSF’s Innovation Engines program demonstrates a new approach to help places thrive, especially those that have not fully participated in the recent technology boom. NSF’s approach includes community engagement to help cultivate trust and inclusive growth.
Launching in March 2023, the Permian Energy Development Lab focuses on conducting advanced energy research and deployments, educating the next generation of energy professionals, and supporting energy-intensive communities and needed natural resources.
The NSF grant will accelerate the Permian Energy Development Laboratory’s progress in all three areas, with a particular focus on bridging the gap between research, entrepreneurship and job creation in the area.