Energy is a prominent theme for the research enterprise at NC State University. Energy research is prominent in all 10 academic colleges, and research funds come from state and federal agencies, and many partners in both the public and private sectors.
NC State also hosts a diverse array of research centers and institutes on energy themes. Centers and institutes provide the means, the foundation, and the impetus, to engage students, faculty and private industry to help test ideas, conduct research, and galvanize partnerships to ensure the creation of solutions for some of our toughest global energy challenges.
Centers and institutes often enlist the assistance of other university collaborators, private industry partners, as well as state and federal agencies with an interest in facilitating a solutions-based approach; be it renewable or clean energy technologies, nuclear energy infrastructure, transportation or wide bandgap semiconductor technologies, centers and institutes are the catalysts for such innovations.
Energy-Related Centers and Institutes at NC State
Center for Dielectrics and Piezoelectrics
The center supports industries based on capacitor and piezoelectric materials and devices through the development of new materials, processing strategies, electrical testing, and nanoscale characterization and modeling methodologies.
Center for Nuclear Energy Facilities and Structures
The mission of the Center for Nuclear Energy Facilities and Structures (CNEFS) is to perform research on innovative but rigorous solutions to problems in nuclear energy related facilities and to transfer this technology to the industry.
NC Clean Energy Technology Center
The center assists the burgeoning clean tech sector in North Carolina and is one of the premier clean energy centers of knowledge in the United States.
FREEDM Systems Center
At the Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center, we’re building the internet of energy: a network of distributed energy resources that intelligently manages power using secure communications and advanced power electronics.
Institute for Transportation Research and Education
ITRE is committed to leadership in the study of surface and air transportation issues through fostering analytical thinking, integrating technology in education and research, serving as a catalyst for problem solving, and cultivating professionals and students dedicated to excellence in transportation.
Nuclear Reactor Program
The Nuclear Reactor Program administers the PULSTAR Reactor and associated instrumentation as a User Facility.