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Stanford University has recently started using a new heat recovery system. A large research campus such as Stanford University, requires a substantial amount of energy to operate, resulting in a significant amount of Greenhouse Gas emissions and high operating costs, which makes a management of resources a priority.

After a detailed review of campus energy use, researchers identified a simultaneous need for heating and cooling in the university campus. Different rooms require different temperatures depending on what kind of equipment and activities are taking place there. For example, in office spaces temperature needs to be higher than in computer labs. Researchers studied how to collect wasted heat - which is the heat emitted as a byproduct by office equipment during its working process - generated within a building and reuse it in another where more heat is required. This, known as a reheat process, is accomplished through the building hot water hydraulic system, developed by Stanford researchers under the Stanford Energy System Innovation (SESI) project.

Dr. Tamar Khuntsaria of the European Union Studies Association and an Associate Professor of the University of Georgia visited ISET to talk to the institute’s students about relations between the European Union and Georgia, with a focus on trade and economic issues.

Dr. Khuntsaria began by explaining the process through which the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area was signed between Georgia and the EU as part of the Association Agreement between the two. She described how the DCFTA removes customs tariffs and quotas, and liberalizes trade in goods and services over a broad spectrum of economic-related issues, including food safety, intellectual property rights and financial matters.

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