In 1999, the College of Engineering formed what is now called the Engineering Energy & Environmental Institute (E3I) initially to highlight environmental research and educational activities, and later energy-focused activities in the College. Engineers work on many different environmental topics including water purification, thermoacoustics using benign gases for cooling, analysis of indoor environments to provide safe living spaces, the development and application of remote sensing platforms for studying the environment, and others outlined on this website. The E3I also highlights energy research and education, with notable research work in biofuels production, solar and wind energy research, batteries and fuel cells.
The E3I is one of several institutes on campus working under the direction of the university-wide Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE). In support of these energy and environmental focused activities at Penn State, the E3I:
- Provides a central focus for the activities by engineering faculty and staff on energy and environmentally relevant topics.
- Promotes the development of more sustainable systems and technologies.
- Encourages the development and improvement of new and more efficient forms of energy production and storage.
- Facilitates collaborations of engineering faculty with others across the campus in different departments.
- Serves as the institute within engineering that coordinates activities with the Institutes of Energy and Environment (IEE).