The Energy Systems Laboratory
The Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL) is a division of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station and a member of the Texas A&M University System. The ESL is affiliated with the Energy Systems Group in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (five faculty), as well as two faculty from the Department of Architecture in the College of Architecture and celebrated its 25th anniversary two years ago.
The ESL's Director is Dr. David E. Claridge, Professor of Mechanical Engineering. The lab currently employs approximately 120 staff members, including mechanical engineers, computer science graduates, lab technicians, support staff, and graduate and undergraduate students.
The Lab focuses on energy-related research, energy efficiency, and emissions reduction, and has a total annual income for external research and testing exceeding $10 million. Some specialized areas are:
In 2001, the ESL was assigned an important role in the implementation of state energy standards and assistance with calculation of emissions reduction benefits from energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives as part of the Texas Emissions Reduction Program (TERP).
In addition to the above activities and responsibilities, the Lab produces a knowledge base to help the Texas building industry stay energy efficient through research, scholarly publications, conferences, and the general engineering process. The Lab also offers workshops, training, and support to the building industry, which ultimately benefits the Texas taxpayers.
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