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U.S. Energy Research Centers

The Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative (BERC)

The Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative is a student-led organization which brings together students and community members interested in all aspects of energy and resources. BERC's mission is to connect, educate and engage students in order to foster innovation and action.

The Caltech Center for Sustainable Energy Research (CCSER)

The Caltech Center for Sustainable Energy Research (CCSER) has as its ambitious goal to transform the industrialized world from one powered by fossil fuels to one that is powered by sunlight. The vast resource potential of solar energy—more energy from sunlight strikes the Earth in one hour than all of the fossil energy consumed on the planet in one year—motivates the Center's work on the science and engineering innovations required to harvest the enormous potential of solar energy. CCSER is initially focused on three efforts: Solar Electric Generation, Solar-Driven Fuel Synthesis and Fuel Cells.

Center for Energy and Environmental Resources (CEER)

The Center for Energy and Environmental Resources (CEER) serves as the central liaison for energy and environmental research, education, and public service at the University of Texas at Austin. It focuses on efficient and economical use of energy and on ensuring a cleaner environment by developing, in cooperation with industry, processes and technologies that minimize waste and conserve natural resources.

The Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI)

The Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI) is a new research and development organization that harnesses advanced knowledge in biology, the physical sciences, engineering, and environmental and social sciences to devise viable solutions to global energy challenges and reduce the impact of fossil fuels to global warming. The world’s first research institution solely dedicated to the new field of energy bioscience, is initially focusing on the development of next-generation biofuels, but will also look into various applications of biology to the energy sector.

The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC)

The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) is recognized as one of the world's leading developers of cleaner, more efficient energy and environmental technologies to protect and clean our air, water, and soil. As a high-tech, nonprofit branch of the University of North Dakota (UND), EERC provides practical, cost-effective solutions to today's most critical energy and environmental issues and challenges. The EERC's research portfolio consists of a wide array of strategic energy and environmental solutions, including clean coal technologies, CO2 sequestration, energy and water sustainability, hydrogen technologies, air toxics and fine particulate, mercury measurement and control, alternative fuels, wind energy, biomass, water management, flood prevention, global climate change, waste utilization, energy-efficient technologies, and contaminant cleanup.

The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC)

The Florida Solar Energy Center’s (FSEC) mission is to research and develop energy technologies that enhance Florida's and the nation's economy and environment and to educate the public, students and practitioners on the results of the research. The main responsibilities of the center are to conduct research, test and certify solar systems and develop education programs. The Center's 150-member staff includes 95 professionals with expertise in engineering, energy research, building science, energy and policy analysis, and education and training. James Fenton, Director

The Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE)

The Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE) encourages research and education about the environment and its many interactions with human society.  The Center draws its strength from faculty members and students across the University who make up a remarkable intellectual community of scholars, researchers, and teachers of diverse fields including chemistry, earth and planetary sciences, engineering and applied sciences, biology, public health and medicine, government, business, economics, religion, and the law. The most pressing problems facing our natural environment are complex, often requiring collaborative investigation by scholars versed in different disciplines. By connecting scholars and practitioners from different disciplines, the Center for the Environment seeks to raise the quality of environmental research at Harvard and beyond.  The Center seeks to provide the next generation of Harvard-educated researchers, policymakers and corporate leaders with a comprehensive interdisciplinary environmental education, while fostering linkages and partnerships amongst different parts of the University as well as between the University and the outside world.

The Institute for Energy Efficiency at UC Santa Barbara

The Institute for Energy Efficiency is a research institute focused on critical areas that promise to deliver dramatic energy efficiencies. These highly impactful research activities leverage the already considerable expertise at UC Santa Barbara. Situated on the California coast, UC Santa Barbara is home to highly acclaimed faculty, scientists, engineers and researchers, including five Nobel Laureates.

The MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI)

The MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), established in September 2006, is an Institute-wide initiative designed to help transform the global energy system to meet the needs of the future and to help build a bridge to that future by improving today's energy systems. MITEI pairs the Institute's world-class research teams with key players across the innovation spectrum to help accomplish two important goals: improving today's energy systems and creating tomorrow's global energy marketplace.

Michigan Memorial Pheonix Energy Institute (MMPEI)

The Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute (MMPEI) at the University of Michigan charts paths to a secure, affordable and sustainable energy future by applying the University’s strengths in public policy, economics, business and social sciences to successfully implement its scientific and technological achievements. Research focuses on energy policy, economics and societal impact; carbon neutral electricity sources; energy storage and utilization; as well as transportation and fuels.

North Carolina Solar Center

Created in 1988, the North Carolina Solar Center originally focused on solar energy. Over the years, the "Solar Center" has grown and expanded and serves as a clearinghouse for renewable energy programs, information, research, technical assistance, and training for the citizens of North Carolina and beyond. Through its programs and services, the Solar Center seeks to stabilize energy costs for consumers, stimulate local economies, reduce dependence on foreign fuels, and mitigate the environmental impacts associated with fossil fuels.

The Notre Dame Energy Center

Developing abundant, inexpensive energy sources, when in use do not harm the environment, is arguably the greatest challenge facing civilization. The Notre Dame Energy Center is addressing this challenge with state-of-the-art research and education programs in energy efficiency; safe nuclear waste storage; clean coal utilization; CO2 separation, storage, sequestration and use; solar and other renewable energy; and the social, political, and ethical aspects of energy policy and use.

Precourt Energy Efficiency Center

As a Stanford University research institute, the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC) draws upon intellectual resources from the entire university. At the core of the Precourt Center is an increasing number of faculty-led research teams including graduate and undergraduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Research teams include researchers and analysts from across the university, bringing expertise from many different disciplines. The mission of the Precourt Center is to promote energy efficient technologies, systems, and practices, emphasizing economically attractive deployment. PEEC works to understand and overcome market, policy, technology, and human behavioral barriers to economically efficient reductions of energy use and to inform public and private policymaking. Energy Efficiency is vital for the U.S. and world economy, for environmental protection, and for energy security

Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton will support a vibrant and expanding program of research and teaching in the areas of sustainable energy development, energy conservation, and environmental protection and remediation. The Center will pursue these studies with an eye toward translating fundamental knowledge into practical solutions that will enable sustainable energy production and the protection of the environment and global climate from anthropogenic change.

Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI)

Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) is the interdisciplinary center for environmental research, education and outreach at Princeton University. PEI is committed to advancing knowledge, creating awareness and developing the next generation of leadership in the environmental field.  To this end, PEI comprises nearly 65 Associated Faculty members representing 17 academic disciplines that research and develop solutions to a variety of issues relating to the environment and is the center for several high-profile research initiatives such as climate change, energy, conservation, biodiversity, water, and infectious diseases.

University of Colorado at Boulder's Energy Initiative

The University of Colorado at Boulder's Energy Initiative, created in 2006 is aimed at helping to solve global energy challenges through research, education and technology commercialization. Faculty and students work on issues such as biofuels and biorefining, solar energy conversion and wind and geothermal energy. EI researchers also are working on energy storage and conversion, hydrogen production and use, energy-efficient buildings, "smart grid" concepts, carbon management -- including lower carbon applications of traditional energy sources -- as well as nanoscience materials and catalysis research.

The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy (CAER)

The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy (CAER) investigates energy technologies to improve the environment; contributes to technically sound policies related to coal, energy and the environment; adds to the teaching and instruction aim of UK by educating students from pre-college to postgraduate levels and being involved in labor force development for Kentucky; promotes UK's objective of developing and benefiting from its Intellectual Property with a balance between the publication of scientific results and patenting; and provides public service through scientific education and its energy-related competencies. Rodney Andrews, Director

The Yale Climate and Energy Institute

The Yale Climate and Energy Institute seeks to understand Earth’s climate system, ecological and social impacts of climate change, the strengths and weaknesses of current political and economic system’s ability to respond to climate change, and to provide realistic, implementable solutions to societies and communities around the world.  The YCEI is an umbrella organization within Yale University, composed of all relevant departments, centers and faculty.  Its mission promotes a multidisciplinary approach to learning, research, and the development of strategies that help societies contribute to solutions and adapt to the challenges of local and global climatic changes.


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