The Center for Clean Energy Engineering (C2E2) at the University of Connecticut is a multi-disciplinary research center that provides leadership in education, research and innovation of clean and efficient energy systems. By catalyzing the transformation of science to systems for a global “Sustainable Energy Economy,” the center facilitates industrial and organizational development of cost-effective solutions to current and emerging global energy and environmental concerns.
The center’s Mission is to become a leader in transforming science to systems; bridging the gap from fossil fuels to hydrogen economy; enabling industries and organizations in the development of cost effective and timely solutions for critical technical issues; and providing guidance and leadership in solving global societal issues ranging from sustainable energy to the environment.
From Ideas to Implementation
Capitalizing on its leadership position in advanced fuel cell power systems, the Center for Clean Energy Engineering has expanded its mission, scope of research, and laboratory capabilities to focus on a comprehensive portfolio of emerging energy technologies ranging from renewable technologies to the clean utilization of conventional resources. This broader focus uniquely positions C2E2 to provide breakthrough research and world-class education that, in collaboration with partners, will enable the development and adoption of cost effective engineered energy solutions.
Research and Innovation
C2E2 conducts both fundamental and applied research through programs sponsored by federal and state government agencies, national laboratories and industrial partners. Research efforts serve to develop both scientific knowledge and innovative engineered solutions in the areas of advanced functional and structural materials synthesis and characterization; high temperature materials and coatings; electrochemistry and electrodics; membranes and catalysis; computational simulation; controls and power electronics; and renewable energy systems.
Education and Workforce Development
As a portal for energy research at the University of Connecticut, C2E2 is dedicated to providing individuals with foundational knowledge and skills pertaining to energy technology and policy. The center offers students and research personnel unique opportunities to participate in integrated, hands-on opportunities under the mentorship of leading energy faculty and industry experts. C2E2’s educational scope embraces students and educators at the K-12 level, undergraduate and graduate students, and industry professionals.
C2E2 collaborates with educational, governmental, and industrial partners in developing and commercializing clean and reliable energy technologies. These professional collaborations ensure the relevancy and commercial integration of C2E2’s technical developments while enhancing the real-world applicability of research opportunities for faculty and students.