Name change, broader focus for Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory

By: Steve Thursday January 17, 2013 0 comments Tags: Bill Farland, Dana Christensen, Denver, Fort Collins, John Poate, NREL, Stein Sture

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FORT COLLINS/DENVER - The Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory, a research consortium including Colorado State University, Colorado School of Mines, the University of Colorado Boulder and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, is changing its name to the Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory.

Since its launch in 2007, the Collaboratory has focused its research efforts on biofuels, photovoltaic energy generation and wind power. The participating institutions are now adding carbon management and energy systems integration to their shared research portfolio, the Collaboratory announced.

"We've been very successful in our biofuels, solar and wind programs over the past five years, both in advancing these technologies and helping to attract companies in these fields to Colorado," said Dana Christensen, NREL deputy lab director and Collaboratory board member.

"But our vision has always been broader than helping these renewable energy technologies to mature. We want Colorado to continue to lead in creating a reliable, cost-effective, clean and safe energy system for the U.S. and for the world."

The Collaboratory's broadened focus aims to help industry find new ways to produce fuels and electricity in systems that facilitate this integration.

"The fact that our Colorado collaboratory is taking on carbon management systems and energy systems integration in addition to its focus on renewable energy technology is a good sign for the citizens of Colorado and the nation," said Stein Sture, CU-Boulder vice chancellor for research.

The Collaboratory will also work to expand understanding and management of the impacts of increasing use of natural gas and electricity in vehicles. Researchers will develop systems to help manage the integration of coal and gas-generated electricity with wind, sun and geothermal-generated electricity.

"Colorado State University is extremely proud of the unique scientific collaboration occurring in energy among the three major research universities and federal laboratories in Colorado," said Bill Farland, CSU's vice president for research.

"The new Carbon Management Center is focused on some of the most challenging scientific and engineering endeavors the world faces," said John Poate, School of Mines vice president of research.

"The Collaboratory's focus on broader energy solutions reflects the comprehensive strengths of Colorado School of Mines and our belief that solving the world's energy challenges requires the development of innovative ideas and technologies across all disciplines."

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