As the names National Energy Solutions Institute and Smart Energy Source imply, the purpose of these organizations is the find practical energy solutions to the needs of private industry in energy production, distribution and conservation with practical and impactful academic research.
The NESI-SES Association is built upon three principles that are critical to finding solutions to our nation’s current energy challenges: Collaboration, Collective Intelligence and Business Analytics.
Collaboration is a critical component of our energy future. The NESI-SES Association embodies collaboration across higher education, cooperatives, utilities, energy providers, government stakeholders and consumers. NESI takes existing energy research programs at OSU and strengthens them by unifying across disciplines, while SES applies the research findings to industry. External partnerships are vital. NESI-SES’s current relationship with the energy and utility industries exemplifies the collaboration needed to address our country’s energy future.
Collective intelligence built upon sound and practical research will be critical to the partnership’s success. Research will be based on collective data gathering and shared analysis. The concept for operations is that solutions to our country’s long-term energy challenges will be best achieved by academia and industry partnering together and sharing data and knowledge.
Analysis of data leads to information sharing. The energy industry is filled with data but until those data are analyzed to make business decisions, the data will remain an expensive, underutilized investment. This can be changed through the proper development and use of business analytics applied to the energy industry.