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

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

The electric grid of tomorrow is under development today at the FREEDM Systems Center.

Center for Environmental and Resource Economic Policy

CEnREP advances environmental solutions by providing leadership in research, outreach, and training of the next generation of environmental economists.

Center for Nuclear Energy Facilities and Structures

CNEFS performs research for problems in nuclear energy related facilities and transfers this technology to the industry.

Institute for Transportation Research and Education

ITRE is committed to developing leadership in its study of transportation issues.

Nuclear Reactor Program

The Nuclear Reactor Program administers the PULSTAR Reactor and associated instrumentation as a User Facility.

PowerAmerica Institute

PowerAmerica, a proud member of Manufacturing USA, brings together the brightest minds in the wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductor world.