Welcome to Energy at Illinois
You have reached the access point for energy-related research conducted across campus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Please check out the main areas of energy research excellence and the numerous cross-cutting energy research areas at Illinois below.
Or click on the Energy at Illinois menu to read more about energy-related campus centers and initiatives, facilities and laboratories. Learn more about Illinois Energy Scholars and the Energy Council, and the many research, educational, speaking, and career opportunities available.
If you navigate to one of the areas of excellence pages or the council and scholars page, you will find a search menu for scholars by research area.
Illinois Energy Scholars: Researching Multiple Sources of Clean Energy!
Alternate, clean energy sources are a major push in the Illinois Climate Action Plan, and Illinois researchers are playing a role in studying current — and future — sources to power campus and the world without burning fossil fuels! In 2020, iSEE was thrilled to engage with three new initiatives exploring clean power sources:
- LOW-TEMPERATURE GEOTHERMAL: U of I scientists and engineers intend to work with national and international geothermal practitioners, decision makers, and stakeholders to develop a research program in low-temperature geothermal exchange, direct use heating and cooling, and underground thermal energy storage. The Illinois Geothermal Coalition is working to make Illinois the leading Midwest institution for geothermal energy research. Learn more at geothermal.illinois.edu >>>
- NUCLEAR MICROREACTOR: Researchers from the Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering and partners are pursuing a major grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to bring a research micro-reactor to the Illinois campus. Advanced micro-reactors are small (can fit in a truck), go 20 years without refueling, use tiny fuel particles, have new shutdown technology, and could produce nearly 13% of campus energy needs. Learn more at Illinois Microreactor Project >>>
- HYDROGEN ENERGY: The Grainger College of Engineering and Argonne National Laboratory have established the Midwestern Hydrogen Partnership to advance and promote the development and adoption of hydrogen technologies for the Midwest, to enable collaborations with industry, academic partners, and stakeholders across the Midwest, and to help create economic development opportunities throughout the region. Learn more at hydrogen energy.illinois.edu >>>
Past and current efforts on campus
During the past decade, Facilities & Services (F&S) has led efforts to build Solar Farm 1 and Solar Farm 2 on campus, and iSEE has urged F&S to pursue a significant purchase of more solar off campus to go along with an earlier purchase of wind energy from an Illinois wind farm. Other pilot programs have explored geothermal and biomass to heat facilities.
In addition to various faculty experts on alternative energy, faculty in iSEE’s Campus as a Living Laboratory program are exploring new options with solar, wind, geothermal, and other sources. Read more on our CALL page >>>
ENERGY RESEARCH AREAS OF EXCELLENCE
CROSS-CUTTING ENERGY RESEARCH AREAS
iSEE Congress 2016 — “Energy 2030: Paths to a sustainable future”
This year’s Congress united energy experts across disciplines for a discussion of the future of energy. We left no stone unturned as we look at the way we generate renewable energies, how we put them on the grid, how we make them available to people worldwide, and what coming next to make our buildings and cars as efficient as possible. Videos Now Available! Re-watch presentations from our expert speakers and share them with your colleagues who may have missed the Congress. Check out our iSEE Congress 2016 playlist on YouTube to recap the possibilities for a low-carbon future.
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