The Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory (EECL) was founded in 1992 with the goal of improving engine efficiency and reducing emissions. The City of Fort Collins provided the city’s old power plant as a location for the EECL, breathing new life into the then-vacant building. Starting off with a massive engine once used to transport natural gas through the U.S. pipeline system, the EECL quickly added new elements to its testing facilities and capabilities. The Powerhouse Campus continues to embody the innovative spirit of the EECL, now hosting ten operational test engines and an extensive range of engine-testing equipment for engines ranging from 1 hp to 2500 hp.
The EECL has been working closely with large multi-national engine manufacturers and operators for more than 25 years to increase scientific understanding of the internal combustion engine processes that affect efficiency and emissions. Working closely with our industry partners, the EECL is building the science base on advanced combustion strategies required by the industry to develop and operate a new generation of high-efficiency, clean engines. The goal is practical solutions with near-term benefits. Since its establishment, the EECL has expanded into other energy-related fields such as advanced biofuels, clean cookstoves, electric microgrids, powerplant cooling, and methane emission mitigation.
The Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory excels not only in research, but also in product development driven by innovation and entrepreneurship. Seeking solutions with a global impact on energy production and consumption, the EECL has several international partnerships, and distributes products that improve health and increase access to sustainable energy. The laboratory is committed to delivering innovative technologies and market-driven models that increase energy efficiency, and by doing so, benefit the human condition at a global scale. The EECL’s work is primarily focused on advanced ignition systems (laser, micropilot, pre-combustion chamber) and aftertreatment systems (SCR, 3-way catalysts, NSCR, oxidation catalysts).