The Center for Carbon-free Power Integration(CCPI) at the University of Delaware fosters interdisciplinary and collaborative scientific research; engages decision makers, industry and civil society and acts as an “honest broker” among them; and enhances the education of the present generation of students with the goal of facilitating the transition to power generation using carbon-free geophysical flows. These power sources include surface wind, geostrophic winds, and ocean currents. Presently, CCPI’s primary areas of inquiry are offshore wind power as a means of electricity generation and grid-integrated vehicle (GIV) technology as a means of electricity storage using vehicle-to-grid power (V2G). The center’s focus is on electricity and transportation because these two sectors account for the largest fractions of human CO2 production.
Founded in 2008, CCPI traces its V2G roots to the mid-1990s and its offshore wind power roots to 2003. CCPI researchers have appointments in four colleges—Earth, Ocean and Environment(CEOE); Engineering; Business; and Agriculture and Natural Resources, with the center housed administratively within CEOE.