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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

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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.

 

ENERGY RESEARCH AREAS OF EXCELLENCE

PRODUCTION / HARVESTING

  • Fossil Fuels: Coal, Oil, Gas
  • Biofuels
  • Renewables: Wind, Solar
  • Nuclear
  • Electricity
  • Hydrogen

DELIVERY

  • Pipeline
  • Rail
  • Tankers
  • Grid
  • Hydrogen
  • Residential

STORAGE

  • Batteries
  • Flywheels
  • Compressed Air
  • Molten Salt
  • Hydrogen
  • Fuel Cells
  • Water / Ice

DEMAND / CONVERSION

  • Motors
  • Engines: IC
  • Transport
  • Residential / Commercial / Industrial
  • LEDs
  • Fuel Cells
  • Heaters

CROSS-CUTTING ENERGY RESEARCH AREAS

CONSERVATION / EFFICIENCY

  • Wind farm improvements
  • Better solar energy harvest
  • Motor design and operation
  • Microelectronics

ENVIRONMENT / SUSTAINABILITY

  • Waste reduction and repurposing
  • Carbon capture
  • CO2 for agriculture
  • Environmental impacts
  • Water supply

MATERIALS

  • Synthesis and processing
  • Storage and harvesting
  • Heat conversion
  • Nanoscale

MODELING / SIMULATION

  • Mechanics
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • High-temperature properties
  • Thermal-chemical systems
  • Analysis of future technologies

CHEMISTRY

  • Metal in electrochemistry
  • Next-generation batteries
  • Electrocatalysis
  • Molecular structure
  • Carbon-neutral energy

CYBER

  • Communication
  • Control
  • Security of grid
  • Security of power plants

RELIABILITY / RISK / RESILIENCE

  • Risk assessment and modeling
  • Human, systems, software, and structure reliability
  • Emergency response

ECONOMICS / POLICY

  • Electricity planning and markets
  • Services and pricing
  • Supply and demand
  • System economics
  • Public policy

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. Slides from more than 30 presentations are now available on the Congress’s website. Check them out in the Speakers and Rapporteurs sections >>>

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