Industrial Assessment Centers
University of Utah IAC
Sponsored by:
DOE MESC
University of Utah IAC
Center Established 2001
University of Utah
Director Dr. Kody Powell
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University of Utah
Implementation Grant Funding Opportunity Open
IMPORTANT: The grant program operates on a rolling basis and applications may be submitted at any time, with quarterly reviews.
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Implementation Grant Funding Opportunity Open
Qualifying* small and medium-sized US manufacturers, that received IAC or Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership assessments between 2018 and 2024, can now apply for grants for implementation of assessment recommendations up 50% of qualifying* project costs with a maximum of $300,000 per manufacturer.
IMPORTANT: The grant program now operates on a rolling basis and applications may be submitted at any time through the year, with quarterly reviews.
*See Full Grant Solicitation for full qualification and selection details.
IAC Center of the Year: 2020
Student Research Award Winner: 2019, 2020, 2023

The University of Utah Industrial Assessment Center (UU-IAC) provides free energy, productivity, and waste assessments to small and medium-sized industrial facilities through funding provided by the US Department of Energy.

243 Assessments
1,513 Recommendations
4.08 Tbtu Energy Saving*
$37.20 million Cost Savings*
126 Students Trained
*Recommended Savings
Generic IAC Assessment Activity
Generic IAC Assessment Activity
Generic IAC Assessment Activity
Related Papers & Publications
Elaheh Safaei Kouchaksaraei, Ali Khosravani Semnani, Kody M. Powell & Kerry E. Kelly, " Regional impacts on air quality and health of changing a manufacturing facility’s grid-boiler to a combined heat and power system, | UU-IAC
A Ho, M Memmott, J Hedengren, KM Powell, " Exploring the benefits of molten salt reactors: An analysis of flexibility and safety features using dynamic simulation, | UU-IAC
Noteworthy Feedback
"The IIAC team had a CHP idea and listed that as the first AR. We received this compliment from a CHP vendor about the CHP idea and how we reported that idea. Below is the feedback: " We really like the report that you received from the University. We wish everyone came to the table with this much..." more
- Source: Mark McCarville, Sale & Business Development Manager Hybrid Energy, Clarke Energy, 07/05/2023
"The person who analyzed the IIAC report got back to the team with the following feedback: " We really liked the ideas you listed in the report; they were written professionally and easily understood. We appreciate the list of the vendors you mentioned for different ideas, and we made effective co..." more
- Source: 07/06/2023
Related Papers & Publications
2023
6 Papers / Publications
Elaheh Safaei Kouchaksaraei, Ali Khosravani Semnani, Kody M. Powell & Kerry E. Kelly, " Regional impacts on air quality and health of changing a manufacturing facility’s grid-boiler to a combined heat and power system, | UU-IAC
A Ho, M Memmott, J Hedengren, KM Powell, " Exploring the benefits of molten salt reactors: An analysis of flexibility and safety features using dynamic simulation, | UU-IAC
Matthew R.T. Williams, Michael Reynolds, Chris Parker, Jianli Chen, Kody Powell, " The impact of the electrification of buildings on the environment, economics, and housing affordability: A grid-response and life cycle assessment approach, Digital Chemical Engineering, Jan 16, | UU-IAC
Ali Khosravani, Elaheh Safaei, Michael Reynolds, Kerry E. Kelly, Kody M. Powell, " Challenges of reaching high renewable fractions in hybrid renewable energy systems, Energy Reports, Dec 19, | UU-IAC
Yunzhi Chen, Lizzie Pinegar, Jake Immonen, Kody M. Powell, " Conversion of food waste to renewable energy: A techno-economic and environmental assessment, Journal of Cleaner Production, Jan 20, | UU-IAC
2022
7 Papers / Publications
Blake W. Billings, Philip J. Smith, Sean T. Smith, Kody M. Powell, " Industrial battery operation and utilization in the presence of electrical load uncertainty using Bayesian decision theory, Journal of Energy Storage, Jun 28, | UU-IAC
Yunzhi Chen, Blake Billings, Sammy Partridge, Brittany Pruneau, Kody M. Powell, " Grid-Responsive Smart Manufacturing: Can the Manufacturing Sector Help Incorporate Renewables?, IFAC-PapersOnLine, Oct 26, | UU-IAC
Blake W. Billings, An Ho, Mostafa Sahraei-Adrakani, Kody M. Powell, " System benefits of industrial battery storage: A comparison of grid and facility control and dispatch, Sustainable Energy, Grids and Networks, Nov 26, | UU-IAC
A Ho, D Hill, J Hedengren, KM Powell, " A nuclear‑hydrogen hybrid energy system with large-scale storage: A study in optimal dispatch and economic performance in a real-world market, | UU-IAC
2021
5 Papers / Publications
Kasra Mohammadi, Jon G McGowan, Kody Powell, " Thermoeconomic analysis of a multigeneration system using waste heat from a triple power cycle, Applied Thermal Engineering, May 25, | UU-IAC
A Ho, K Mohammadi, M Memmott, J Hedengren, KM Powell, " Dynamic simulation of a novel nuclear hybrid energy system with large-scale hydrogen storage in an underground salt cavern, | UU-IAC
Kasra Mohammadi, Saber Khanmohammadi, Jake Immonen, Kody Powell, " Techno-economic analysis and environmental benefits of solar industrial process heating based on parabolic trough collectors, Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments, Jun 16, | UU-IAC
Anne Dougherty, Blake Billings, Nestor Camacho, Kody Powell, " Improving the economics of battery storage for industrial customers: Are incentives enough to increase adoption?, The Electricity Journal, Sep 21, | UU-IAC
2020
12 Papers / Publications
Kasra Mohammadi, Mohammad Saeed Efati Khaledi, Mohammad Saghafifar, Kody Powell, " Hybrid systems based on gas turbine combined cycle for trigeneration of power, cooling, and freshwater: A comparative techno-economic assessment, Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments, February, | UU-IAC
Derek Machalek, Aaron Young, Landen Blackburn, Pratt Rogers, Kody M Powell, " Mine operations as a smart grid resource: Leveraging excess process storage capacity to better enable renewable energy sources, Minerals Engineering, January 1, | UU-IAC
Derek Machalek, Moriah Henning, Kasra Mohammadi, Kody M Powell, " Economic and environmental impacts of a non-traditional combined heat and power system for a discrete manufacturing facility, Journal of Cleaner Production, August 20, | UU-IAC
Kasra Mohammadi, Saber Khanmohammadi, Hossein Khorasanizadeh, Kody Powell, " Development of high concentration photovoltaics (HCPV) power plants in the US Southwest: Economic assessment and sensitivity analysis, Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments, Dec, | UU-IAC
Moataz Sheha, Kasra Mohammadi, Kody Powell, " Solving the duck curve in a smart grid environment using a non-cooperative game theory and dynamic pricing profiles, Energy Conversion and Management, Sept. 15, | UU-IAC
Kasra Mohammadi, Kevin Ellingwood, Kody Powell, " Novel hybrid solar tower-gas turbine combined power cycles using supercritical carbon dioxide bottoming cycles, Applied Thermal Engineering, Sept, | UU-IAC
Kasra Mohammadi, Yazhou Jiang, Soheyl Borjian, Kody Powell, " Thermo-economic assessment and optimization of a hybrid triple effect absorption chiller and compressor, Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments, April, | UU-IAC
2019
14 Papers / Publications
Khalid Rashid, Seyed Safdarnejad, Kody Powell, " Process intensification of solar thermal power using hybridization, flexible heat integration, and real-time optimization, Chemical Engineering and Processing - Process Intensification, | UU-IAC
Landen Blackburn, Aaron Young, Pratt Rogers, John Hedengren, Kody Powell, " Dynamic optimization of a district energy system with storage using a novel mixed-integer quadratic programming algorithm, Optimization and Engineering, | UU-IAC
Kevin Ellingwood, Seyed Safdarnejad, Khalid Rashid, Kody Powell, " Leveraging Energy Storage in a Solar-Tower and Combined Cycle Hybrid Power Plant, Energies, | UU-IAC
Khalid Rashid, Seyed Safdarnejad, Kody Powell, " Dynamic simulation, control, and performance evaluation of a synergistic solar and natural gas hybrid power plant, Energy Conversion and Management, | UU-IAC
Kevin Ellingwood, Seyed Mostafa Safdarnejad, Helga Kovacs, Jake F Tuttle, Kody Powell, " Analysing the benefits of hybridisation and storage in a hybrid solar gas turbine plant, International Journal of Sustainable Energy, July 11, | UU-IAC
Khalid Rashid, Seyed Safdarnejad, Kevin Ellingwood, Kody Powell, " Techno-Economic Evaluation of Different Hybridization Schemes for a Solar Thermal/Gas Power Plant, Energy, | UU-IAC
Derek Machalek, Kody M Powell, " Model predictive control of a rotary kiln for fast electric demand response, Minerals Engineering, Dec, | UU-IAC
Paige Brimley, Derek Machalek, Kody M Powell, " Smart Scheduling of a Batch Manufacturer’s Operations by Utilization of a Genetic Algorithm to Minimize Electrical Demand, Smart and Sustainable Manufacturing Systems, October 15, | UU-IAC
2018
5 Papers / Publications
Noteworthy Feedback
"The IIAC team had a CHP idea and listed that as the first AR. We received this compliment from a CHP vendor about the CHP idea and how we reported that idea. Below is the feedback: " We really like the report that you received from the University. We wish everyone came to the table with this much Information. We were impressed with the professionalism and quality of work""
- Source: Mark McCarville, Sale & Business Development Manager Hybrid Energy, Clarke Energy, 07/05/2023
"The person who analyzed the IIAC report got back to the team with the following feedback: " We really liked the ideas you listed in the report; they were written professionally and easily understood. We appreciate the list of the vendors you mentioned for different ideas, and we made effective connections with them.""
- Source: 07/06/2023
Center Director Dr. Kody Powell
Email kody.powell@utah.edu
Phone # +18015813957
Fax # +18015813957
Mailing Address 50 S. Central Campus Dr.
Rm 3290
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Other Dr. Blake Billings
Assistant Director Julie Sieving, P.E.
University of Utah has trained 126 students
The following students have participated in IAC assessments with University of Utah since 2017.
The 58 students (in BOLD) have also been awarded IAC student certificates for exceptional participation.

Aaron Chambers
Abby Hall
Abe Kearl
Alex Jackman
Alexander Leopardi
Alexis Jenson
Ali Khosravani
Allen Neicosup
Andrew Hatch
Andrew Meldrum
Anne Dougherty
Anthony Vance
Ari Yue
Athan Varszegi
Ben Collier
Blake Billings
Brie Crofts
Brie Esplin
Brittany Pruneau
Brody Westberg
Brooke Yardley
Caleb Wray
Cameron Kelly
Carleigh Plate
carver booth
Chris Landes
Christopher Hillam
Connor Clay
Connor Watson
Conrad Duerr
Creed McCord
Dan Youngberg
Daniel Luis Moreno
Debbie Gale
Derek Machalek
Doug Crawford
Doug Voss
Elaheh Safaei
Ember Chadwick
Erik Mollinet
Faith Magda
Giovanna Roth
Grant Jimenez
Haley Feten
Harrison Rea
Hyrum Davis,
Isaac Hale
Jace Callor
Jake Immonen
James Gessel
Jared Strebel
Jason Flynn
Jesse Reeves
Jesse Sorenson
Jessica Padron-Loredo
Jim Parry
Jiwei Yao
Joel Kongolo Ilunga
Kaden Plewe
Kari Keddington
Kathy LeBlanc
Kenneth Smith
Kevin Ellingwood
Kortney Shorts
Kristopher Issac Rydalch
Kyle Day
Landen Blackburn
Landon Crowther
Lesslie Moposita
Lizzie Pinegar
Mark Biesinger,
Mark Henry
Mark McPherson
Marla Aime Perez-Loredo
Mateo Ismodes
Matt Millburn
Matthew DeHaan
Maxim Balitskiy
Micale Ward
Michael Christensen
Michael Reynolds
Mike Chambers
Moataz Sheha
Mohamed Bahr
Moriah Henning
Nathan Jensen
Nathaniel Fairchild
Nestor Camacho
Paige Brimley
Paola Beltre
Parker Thomas Bodily
Pete Horseth
Quin Smith
Quinn Alleman
R.T. Williams
Radhika Bhakta
Rashid Bakare
Raul Rodriguez
Reed Ogden
Rick Walker
Ron Carrasquel
Russel Olsen
Russell Flynn
Russell Foster
Ryan Hart
Ryan White
Sai Pandit
Samantha Protopapas
Samuel Partridge
Shoko Imamura
sovit bhetwal
Stephen Denton
Susan Philyaw
Talon Townsend
Tess Jorgensen
Thomas Kuhrke Limia
Thomas Tran
Tofigh Sayahi
Tom Fairbanks
Tommy White
Treyton Shumway
Will Chatwin
William Brett Graham
Yunju Lee
Yunzhi Chen
Zachary Freedman