About the Energy Institute
The Energy Institute is a cross-campus, interdisciplinary collaboration administered by the Office of the Vice President for Research that spans all eight colleges and extends off campus to a global network of public and private partners. It serves as a convening and collaboration hub for faculty, staff, students, donors, sponsors, alumni, and other stakeholders and is underpinned by over 160 faculty involved in all aspects of energy research, education, outreach, and entrepreneurship.
CSU faculty and students are involved in many aspects of energy generation, distribution, and end-use. We:
- develop new materials, processes and systems for energy production, conversion, distribution, storage, and end-use;
- explore the nexus between food, energy, and water;
- measure and monitor greenhouse gas emissions, criteria pollutants:
- manage resource conflicts affiliated with energy production and storage;
- study human behavior and interactions with cyber-physical energy systems; and
- collaborate with others to develop new regional, national, and international public policy options.
Faculty affiliated with CSU’s Energy Institute regularly employ over 200 graduate and undergraduate students annually using a wide array of research internship options.
CSU has established an international reputation for excellence in energy education by offering a broad spectrum of energy-related courses and graduate and undergraduate degree programs, minors, and certificates in the College of Engineering, College of Business, College of Natural Resources, the College of Natural Sciences, and the School of Global Environmental Sustainability. The Energy Institute catalyzes and promotes the development of new and updated education offerings endeavors by meeting regularly with academic units and hosting an annual half-day off-site for faculty involved or interested in energy education. Periodically, the Institute collaborates with donors to offer scholarships to undergraduate students aspiring to careers in energy-related fields.
The Energy Institute and its predecessor, the Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory, have hosted or co-hosted an annual energy conference/symposium for over two decades. The 2016 Energy Transitions Symposium was dedicated to the ongoing transition to a less carbon-constrained energy future. The two-day event attracted over 800 attendees, 30 sponsors, and dozens of speakers across a wide range of energy stakeholder groups.
On a regular basis, the Institute also collaborates with other CSU entities, universities, U.S. DOE national laboratories, non-governmental organizations, industry and community leaders to sponsor and host targeted workshops and design charrettes on a wide range of energy and education topics.
The brainpower residing in the Energy Institute is an integral reason why Fort Collins had the distinction of being designated by the Smithsonian Institution as a 21st century Place of (Clean Energy) Innovation. By tackling environmental problems and creating clean, sustainable alternatives to existing energy sources, Colorado State University, the city and Northern Colorado business community are actively pursuing collaborations that result in local innovations with global impact. The Institute facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration and energy product and service ideation. At the Powerhouse Energy Campus, the Institute houses a fully-subscribed, 10,000 sq.ft. office space which can host up to 25 companies at any given time. The Institute also encourages faculty and students to start companies and periodically works with donors, angel investors, and CSU Ventures to fund seed grants that catalyze the commercialization of new energy services and technologies.