The Engines and Energy Conversion Lab (EECL) at Colorado State University has a stated mission to “create innovative energy solutions”. Two areas where this research focuses on efficiency include SmartGrid technology and engine efficiency, primarily in advanced ignition systems and after-treatment systems. EECL is funded through numerous corporate sponsors.
The Institute for the Built Environment (IBE) at Colorado State University engages faculty and industry partners in healthy and sustainable building issues including energy efficient construction, integration of clean energy technologies and sustainable built environments.
The Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) at the University of Colorado at Boulder is a joint institute with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory with a mission to research and develop ways to produce energy at a lower cost, with higher efficiency, and with reduced emissions.
The Research in Delivery, Usage, and Control of Energy (ReDUCE) research group at the Colorado School of Mines includes energy efficiency projects such as the Cyber-Enabled Efficiency Energy Management of Structure (CEEMS), sponsored by the National Science Foundation, which conducts research onthe sensing and control of energy ﬂow in buildings, as enabled by cyber infrastructure.
The Center for Renewable Energy Economic Development (CREED) is a catalyst for economic development in Colorado through clean energy and energy efficiency innovation and entrepreneurship. Its stakeholders support the creation and growth of cleantech companies throughout the State of Colorado and represent economic development, academia, incubators, industry associations, and government. CREED is a product of National Renewable Energy (NREL) and partners with state government agencies such as the Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) and the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), and industry groups such as the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association (CCIA). The new CREED facility includes space for GEO and OEDIT and “hoteling” space for start-ups, venture capitalists, and business incubators.
NREL consistently works with Colorado universities on energy efficiency projects and plays a role in a number of collaborations throughout the state. Besides RASEI and CREED, NREL also partners with state universities as part of the Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory, a research consortium that works with industry and public agencies to create and speed the commercialization of renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency.
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