Current Projects and Research

The EEC is home to several industrial and manufacturing research teams and projects, including the Oregon State IAC. These teams and projects help advance the EEC's goal of of promoting energy and resource efficiency.

Hop Drying

  • In association with CESMII
  • The goal of this innovation project is to solve an energy efficiency use case leveraging smart manufacturing principles in the ~$640 million/year hop production industry
  • Recent work suggests dynamic drying protocols based on measured process parameters can be implemented to decrease both the product residence time and total energy consumption of the drying process while maintaining or improving product quality
  • The project team, led by Co-PIs Drs. Fronk, Haapala, and Shellhammer, works with 4 small/medium sized brewing hop producers in the Pacific Northwest to identify the energy saving potential of new drying protocols based on smart manufacturing principles


Portland Pumping Project

  • In association with the City of Portland Water Bureau
  • The goal of this project is to model pump efficiency using real-time data
  • This project will generate equations that can be used to compare to real-time data to find problems in the system and predict maintenance


Walkthrough Checklist

  • In association with the Bonneville Power Association
  • The goal of this project is to create an online guide providing an overview of different industries, technologies, and industrial and manufacturing topics

Visit the Walkthrough Checklist here

Past Projects and Research

Evaporative Cooling

  • In association with the City of Gresham
  • The goal of this project was to investigate the use of evaporative cooling in place of conventional cooling. 

Read the study here

Solar Fan Cooling

  • The goal of this project was to model the use of solar powered fans in the destratification cooling process in warehouses in order to analyze savings potential.

Read the study here

View the full list of publications from IAC Staff and Alumni here