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9H Research Foundation Funds $15,000 for Student Projects

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February 5, 2021

LARAMIE, Wyo., February 25, 2021 – 9H Research Foundation is funding more than $15,000 for seven student engineering groups to design and build solar and energy storage projects. The prototypes are being built by 31 seniors from the Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical & Computer Engineering departments at the University of Wyoming’s College of Engineering and Applied Science. Senior Design Professors Dr. Jonathan Naughton, Dr. Jeff Anderson, Dr. David Bell and Victor Bershinsky are working closely with the students. 9H Research Foundation’s Advisory Board (composed of industry experts in the fields of technology, energy, finance, entrepreneurship, and research) provides mentorship, insider insight, and professional networking opportunities to students working on 9H projects. 

The Senior Design Prototype Projects: 

“Our Mechanical Engineering and Energy Systems Engineering students are benefitting from capstone design projects developed in coordination with 9H Research Foundation. These projects are providing real world applications of the material the students have learned in their undergraduate curriculum.  The two-semester project consists of developing designs for testing of solar photovoltaic panels and tracking systems. Those designs are now being implemented in the field and will start providing valuable test data. These projects are only feasible with the ideas and funding support provided by 9H Research Foundation.”

– Dr. Jonathan Naughton, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wyoming


9H Research Foundation is building a philanthropic Student Research Facility to Gift $10+ million in clean energy and in-kind support services to the University of Wyoming over the project lifetime (3MW Solar Facility). The Clean Energy Research Facility supports the creation of a world-class Clean Energy Engineering Curriculum for the University. Providing hand-on research experiences, 9H is sponsoring 31 UW senior design students competing in a $5,000 clean energy design challenge. To drive student innovation, 9H is also funding 7 student groups to design and build solar and energy storage projects, as well as hiring student interns. In line with the Governor’s WIN Initiative, 9H is presenting a Business Model for the state: attract industry by providing them with solar energy, abundant Wyoming natural gas, a skilled workforce, and state tax incentives.

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