Colorado State University

Powering a world of better energy.

‘Place’ matters in APLU award

Fort Collins, Powerhouse and the Energy Institute featured in Smithsonian Exhibit

CSU, government of Rwanda are partners in smart, sustainable development

FAQ: Does Powerhouse have a colorful smog chamber? Why, yes!

CSU alumna designs car that puts paralyzed racer back in driver’s seat

$3.5M Methane Emissions Test Site to built by Energy Institute at CSU

Energy Institute researchers publish results from the first year of the Fort Collins Commuter Study

Backed by CSU science, NJ utility embarking on $905M pipeline upgrade

Powerhouse earns LEED Platinum certification.

EI Faculty honored by IEEE as "outstanding young engineer"

CSU shows how VW beat Colorado's emissions testing

Energy Institute student honored by international aeronautics association

Watch and learn how Colorado is at the Cutting Edge of Innovation

The Azolla Project at CSU

CSU develops monitoring system to test water quality in wells

Zen and the Art of Engines with Bryan Willson

Going Local: Connecting Labs to Their Regions

Watch our Sundolier in action!

CSU Methane Research provides key data for EPA

CSU earns prestigious spot on 2 sustainability lists

Colorado receives grant to promote wood-energy facilities

CSU team finalist in national Green Energy Challenge

Watch Bryan Willson's global energy solutions talk

CSU researchers examine how nanoparticles aid oil recovery

CSU receives grant to develop biofuels

CSU sustainability guide named national model

Professor Ken Carlson on Fracking and Fossil Fuel Consumption

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CSU Studies Cookstove impacts on climate

CSU launches sustainability certificate program

Making it cheaper to chill using solar power

EcoCAR2 - Check it out

@CSUPowerhouse featured on

Researchers studying methane emission

Schneider Electric donates grid forming inverters to Smart Village Microgrid Laboratory.

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The Energy Institute serves as a nucleus of research, education, and outreach for the faculty, staff, and students of Colorado State University.

Continued access to clean, reliable and abundant energy is central to almost every major challenge the world faces today. 

Colorado State University has long recognized the crucial role energy plays around the globe and pioneered research in this area – from developing better combustion engines that emit fewer pollutants to testing new smart grid technologies.

Today, more than 160 faculty members across CSU are developing new technologies, exploring the economics, environmental, and sociological impacts of energy use, and proposing energy policy solutions.


CSU created the Energy Institute in 2013 to consolidate its vast energy research under one organization. Through its 12 affiliated centers, the Institute aims to increase collaboration with industry and governmental partners to solve real-world energy problems and create new research and educational opportunities for CSU faculty and students.

The Energy Institute is headquartered at CSU’s new Powerhouse Energy Campus on North College in Fort Collins. 


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Energy Institute Member Organizations

Center for Energy and Behavior Center for Energy Development and Health Center for Energy Water Sustainability Center for Laser Sensing and Diagnostics Center for Next Generation Photovoltaics Center for the New Energy Economy Electric Power Systems Laboratory Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory Industrial Assessment Center Institute for the Built Environment Rural Energy Center Sustainable Biofuels Development Center