Collaboratory institutions celebrate first anniversary of renewable energy research team
DENVER, CO – On February 21, 2007, the Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory was launched, with the public signing of an agreement between the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU), Colorado State University (CSU), the Colorado School of Mines (CSM), and Midwest Research Institute, manager of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The four Colorado based institutions committed to join forces to perform world class research, to develop new energy technologies, and to transfer these advances as rapidly as possible to the private sector.
“The Collaboratory’s rapid growth is due to three factors,” according to David Hiller, the Collaboratory’s Executive Director: “First, the unbelievable research talent and leadership at the four institutions; second, the strong support of Governor Ritter, Colorado’s legislators, and our congressional delegation; and third, a unique structure that allows our private sponsors to work with four world class institutions through a single administrative point of contact.”
“We’re not surprised by the success of C2B2, but we’re very pleased,” said Alan Weimer, Professor of Chemical Engineering at CU-Boulder and Director of C2B2. “We worked hard to create the perfect blend of public research talent with private industry experience.” The Collaboratory institutions are now conducting 10 research projects that were selected as most promising by C2B2’s private partners out of 65 proposals from the researchers at the four Collaboratory institutions.
By the end of 2008, the Collaboratory also expects to announce:
- an additional solar energy research center directed toward near-term technologies and improvements in existing technologies for photovoltaics and concentrating solar power;
- a wind energy research center, including modeling, design and testing of turbine blades and towers, micro-climate forecasting, and electrical and control systems;
- a carbon management center, including research on carbon capture technologies, carbon sequestration technologies and policy analysis; and
- an energy efficiency and management research center.