With a collaborative approach, the center’s leader aims to foster the development of ambitious clean energy solutions.
Two years after an ambitious clean energy campaign was announced for a South Side Chicago neighborhood, construction is moving forward on a clustered microgrid, a solar energy project at an affordable housing complex and a university-led clean tech center.
Four teams of researchers in Illinois will receive millions of dollars in federal funding to advance projects in power electronics and converting forms of electricity, which is becoming increasingly necessary for a more efficient and distributed power grid.
Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are exploring the potential for “self-healing” energy storage batteries that could respond to deterioration after wear and tear.
Venture capital invested in clean tech is shrinking, and the capital that is being spent is concentrated on the East and West coasts, not the Midwest, according to a recent study by the Brookings Institution.