Institute of Energy Conversion

Institute of Energy Conversion

Institute of Energy Conversion

Research areas: cadmium telluride (CdTe), copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS), and silicon solar technologies

SUMMARY

Photovoltaic power sources are presently at a tipping point. The industry continues to grow at an exponential rate and is now at multi-billion dollar a year levels. Since 1972, the Institute of Energy Conversion has been at the forefront of photovoltaics research. Our research covers the areas of copper indium diselenide and related alloys, cadmium telluride and silicon solar cells.



Center for Fuel Cells & Batteries

Center for Fuel Cells & Batteries

Center for Fuel Cells & Batteries

Research areas: Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFC) Automotive Fuel Cells; Direct Methanol Fuel Cells (DMFC) Fuel Cells for Portable Power; Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) Fuel Cells for Stationary Power; Fuel Cell Vehicle Modeling, Design, and Demonstration; Hydrogen Production and Storage

SUMMARY

The Center for Fuel Cells and Batteries is part of the University of Delaware’s commitment to being a leading resource for innovative energy technologies. Nearly twenty faculty in the College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences are engaged in fuel cell and battery research. They have established laboratories for fundamental and applied research on fuel cells, batteries, and supercapacitors, attracted a large group of student and post-doctoral researchers, become a visible presence at electrochemistry conferences, and published in the top journals in the field.



Center for Composite Materials

Center for Composite Materials

Center for Composite Materials

Research areas: liquid molding; sensing and control; re-engineering; interphase science; composites from renewable sources; thermoplastic processing; joining; cost modeling

SUMMARY

Collaborating with more than 200 companies in the aerospace, automotive, defense and durable goods industries. The Center for Composite Materials (CCM) is internationally recognized as a center of excellence for interdisciplinary research, education, and technology transfer in the areas of materials and synthesis, multifunctional materials, processing science, mechanics and design, sensing and control, and software.



Center for Catalytic Science & Technology

Center for Catalytic Science & Technology

Center for Catalytic Science & Technology

Research areas: multidisciplinary fields in catalysis science

SUMMARY

The hallmark of good research is a strong connection to industrial practice. For nearly four decades, the Center for Catalytic Science & Technology (CCST) has recognized and advanced the role of catalysis in industrial practice, pioneering multidisciplinary research in the scientific and engineering principles of catalytic science.



Center for Carbon-Free Power Integration

Center for Carbon-Free Power Integration

Center for Carbon-Free Power Integration

Research areas: offshore wind power; grid-integrated vehicle (GIV) technology

SUMMARY

An independent voice in offshore wind power and on vehicle-to-grid (V2G) electric storage research. The Center for Carbon-free Power Integration (CCPI) fosters interdisciplinary and collaborative scientific research; engages decision makers, industry and civil society and acts as an “honest broker” among them; and enhances the education of the present generation of students with the goal of facilitating the transition to power generation using carbon-free geophysical flows.



Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation

Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation

Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation

Research areas: production of furans from cellulose and hemicellulose; production of green aromatics; hydrodeoxygenation of target molecules for the upgrade of bio-oil and sugar derivatives; pyrolysis of biomass; production of electricity

SUMMARY

The Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation was established as an Energy Frontier Research Center in 2009 by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The center’s research focus is to develop innovative heterogeneous catalytic technologies to transform lignocellulosic (non-food-based) biomass materials (e.g., trees, switch grass, left over waste in agriculture, and more) into fuels and chemicals.