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Powering Tomorrow

New sources of power generation are needed to meet skyrocketing world energy demand. Penn State researchers innovate solutions and lead efforts that support scalable, abundant, safe, affordable, and clean energy.

Generating Results

As society continues to increase its energy consumption needs, improvements in energy sources, efficiency, infrastructure, policy, and management will become increasingly important to the process of stewarding natural resources.

Penn State researchers are searching for methods to meet the world’s need for reliable energy sources while considering the economic, environmental, health, and climate effects of energy generation.

Research areas include biomass energy, coal utilization for fossil and renewable energy, global unconventional shales, solar photoconversion, and wind energy.

Penn State is a leader in research on clean and efficient energy utilization strategies for engines, turbines, fuel cells, refrigeration, and many other devices. The University also leads in smart energy systems by focusing on topics such as CO2 capture, sequestration, and utilization, energy storage, and smart infrastructure.

Penn State engineers advocate for new ways to facilitate a global conversation about energy consumption, including how much energy is being used, the fuel sources that generate electricity, and how different parts of the world can reduce its carbon footprint.

Integrated Energy Systems Research


Featured IEE Researchers

Professor, John and Willie Leone Department of Energy & Mineral Engineering (EME)
Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering

More Researchers by Topic

Find more researchers studying integrated energy systems by clicking on any of the following topics:

Batteries Solar Electricity Energy Policy Energy Storage Hydrogen Power Shale Gas Wind Energy

Energy University

Energy is a Pennsylvania tradition. Energy has been a top industry in the Commonwealth since colonial times and is a field where Penn State has been a leader for over a century.

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Penn State is committed to advancing Pennsylvania’s global leadership in responsible and effective energy production and management.

In partnership with industry, government, and community stakeholders, we are collaborating across disciplines and campuses to address the globe’s most vexing energy challenges. We already rival the best of the world’s energy universities, with leading contributions in all aspects of energy research for the future. But we need to do more.

The stakes are high: affordable, accessible, clean, safe, and abundant energy is essential for humankind to survive, thrive, and progress. To ensure our global future, we must all work together to secure our energy future.

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We will continue building on our promise to provide the research, innovation, and leadership to achieve a bright and sustainable future for the Commonwealth, nation, and world.

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Integrated Energy Systems News

Featured Stories

Solving the ‘big problems’ via algorithms enhanced by 2D materials


Important optimization algorithms that are designed to solve large-scale problems such as airline schedules and supply chain logistics may soon get a boost from 2D materials that will enable the algorithms to better solve the problems and use less energy, according to Penn State researchers.

Mentions: Saptarshi Das

Novel model can aid decisions in electricity generation, stream water quality


Switching from coal to natural gas in power plants can reduce how much sulfur dioxide is emitted into the atmosphere and ultimately how much sulfate pollution enters waterways, according to a Penn State-led research team that has developed a model to detect if the recent switch from coal to gas is affecting streams.