Answering the Challenges of Modern Energy

Energy challenges define our world. From global competition and lightning-quick advances in technology to climate change and fossil fuel depletion, crises in production and consumption threaten our environment, our prosperity, and our future. Now more than ever, it is imperative that we face these energy challenges head-on.

At DEI, we’re wedding experts across fields, industries, and the globe to advance efforts in energy discovery, development, and policy. Together with the University of Delaware and other partner institutions, DEI aims to marshal science, engineering and public policy expertise in new and emerging energy technologies.

Energy generation, consumption, and costs are issues that affect every single person on our planet. Driven by our passion and united in our mission, together we can expand our knowledge, shape our future, and transform our world!

Our Approach

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People Power

Our mission is fueled by people. Every day, more than 250 DEI-affiliated researchers are hard at work advancing knowledge in energy policy, catalysts, solar power, and more.

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Collaborative Focus

Teamwork helps us achieve new heights. DEI leads a broad coalition of institutes, programs, companies and initiatives to help advance its mission in renewable energy research.

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The Next Generation

By sharing knowledge, we invest in our future. DEI’s education and workforce development activities focus on teaching and enhancing skills essential to an energy-dependent world.

Our Research

For nearly four decades, researchers at the University of Delaware have been leaders in advancing energy-driven fields, from photovoltaics and catalyst innovation to fuel cell science and wind power technology. Today, we proudly continue this tradition of world-class energy discovery. Through our centers, institutes, and key partners, DEI is coordinating inquiry into a wide variety of energy-related fields:

Focus Areas


Catalysts for fuel production

Lightweight composites for fuel-efficient vehicles and wind turbines

Chemical reaction engineering

Energy efficiency and conservation

Energy and environmental policy

Fuel cell science and technology

Wind power

Grid-integrated vehicle technology

Energy storage

 To learn more about DEI, visit our Centers and Partners page.