Mission

The Clean Energy Institute (CEI) at the University of Washington was founded in 2013 with funds from the state of Washington. Its mission is to accelerate the adoption of a scalable clean energy future that will improve the health and economy of our state, nation, and world.

To accomplish this mission, CEI supports the advancement of next generation solar energy and battery materials and devices, as well as their integration with systems and the grid. The institute creates the ideas and forms the people needed to generate these innovations, while facilitating the pathways to bring them to market.

CEI seeds programs that focus on clean energy education, innovation, and transformation. This involves:

  • Training the next generation of clean energy innovators.
  • Supporting novel, high-risk/high-reward research.
  • Creating shared facilities with state-of-the-art instrumentation for academic researchers and industry to help bring cleantech innovations to the marketplace.
  • Building a community of interdisciplinary researchers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists devoted to a clean energy future.
“Providing clean energy to the inhabitants of our planet is a major challenge to future generations. The University of Washington is to be congratulated for establishing an Institute where faculty and students can work together to tackle the difficult global challenge of energy sustainability.”
– Mildred Dresselhaus, Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering, Emerita and Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Energy competition is opening up in a variety of ways, the push for carbon control will continue, and the rate of technology advancement is exponential. All the things I’ve seen at the CEI are just perfect for the way we see things going in energy. You guys are at the cutting edge. We’re counting on you.”
– Ronald Litzinger, President, Edison Energy
Since its founding the Clean Energy Institute has contributed more than $1.1 million toward the education of 66 STEM scholars and recruitment of 12 students through our fellowship programs.