CEI News

Corie Cobb Joins CEI

The Clean Energy Institute is proud to welcome Corie Cobb to the University of Washington as a Washington Research Foundation Innovation Professor in Clean Energy and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

CEI Opens Washington Clean Energy Testbeds with Governor Inslee

NEW CLEAN ENERGY FACILITY ACCELERATES TESTING OF CLEANTECH INNOVATIONS AND LAUNCHING OF COMPANIES Cleantech Businesses and Academic Researchers can Prototype and Test Clean Energy Devices, Software, and Systems at Washington Clean Energy Testbeds Seattle, WA (February 16, 2017)—A new facility

Breakthrough Energy Ventures Fund Announced

Bill Gates is leading a more than $1 billion fund focused on fighting climate change by investing in clean energy innovation. CEI is thrilled about this commitment from patient investors and ready to lead the charge of impatient researchers. The

DOE & WA Sign MOU on Grid Modernization at CEI

Director of WA State Department of Commerce Brian Bonlender, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability at DOE Patricia Hoffman, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Advanced Grid Research and Development Division at DOE Michael Pesin sign

Orcas 2016: International Conference on Energy Conversion & Storage

On September 7-9, 78 researchers and innovators gathered at beautiful Friday Harbor Labs on San Juan Island for the 3rd biennial ORCAS Conference. The conference focused on three themes: 1) materials synthesis and characterization for energy harvesting and storage, 2)

2016-2017 Student Training & Exploration Grants

CEI has selected six research projects for its 2016-2017 Student Training & Exploration Grants. The institute made roughly $200,000 in awards this year. These grants support student education at the University of Washington by providing scholars the freedom to explore novel, high-risk/high-reward research topics.

DOE Releases NW Regional Clean Energy Innovation Partnership Report

WA Governor Jay Inslee, Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz, and U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell at the Northwest Regional Clean Energy Innovation Partnership Workshop on August 15. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a new report entitled, “Exploring

Photonics Fair for Girls

On October 1, CEI, Women in Chemical Engineering, the Society of Women Engineers, Women in Chemical Sciences, and Husky Gamers hosted a Photonics Fair for young women in grades K-12. Over 50 girls (including a few Girl Scout troops) participated

Graduate education in clean energy due for ‘big data’ overhaul

Professor Jim Pfaendtner is leading a new endeavor funded by the National Science Foundation to bring big data to graduate education in clean energy research at the UW. Known as DIRECT — or Data Intensive Research Enabling Clean Technologies —

U.S. Secretary of Energy visits Hillhouse laboratory

U.S. Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest J. Moniz, visited the Hillhouse laboratory to see their innovations on photovoltaic materials and solution processed solar cells in August.

CEI hosts national leaders at regional clean energy workshop

Clean energy leaders from across the Pacific Northwest joined U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, and U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer to discuss the region’s challenges and opportunities for advancing clean energy.

Clean Energy Bridge to Research REU

Professor Christine Luscombe has been awarded a new three year NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site #1559787 titled “Clean Energy Bridge to Research”. The program will offer a 4 week exploratory research for freshmen and a 9 week full

CEI Director Dan Schwartz elected to WA State Academy of Sciences

Dan Schwartz, director of the Clean Energy Institute,professor of chemical engineering, and adjunct professor of materials science and engineering, has been elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences along with eleven other UW faculty.  The new members will be formally inducted

UW 360 feature on CEI testbeds

The Clean Energy Institute was featured on a recent episode of UW 360. Professor David Ginger, Graduate students James Clark and William Hwang, and Director Dan Schwartz discuss recent research and the future Clean Energy Test Beds at the University

2016 CEI Fellowships and ST&E Grants Open

The Clean Energy Institute is now accepting applications for two of its signature programs. Clean Energy Fellowship– CEI’s Graduate Fellows Program provides UW students the opportunity to help shape the clean energy future of the Pacific Northwest and the global energy

CEI Graduate Fellows Awards

On June 15, about 100 CEI faculty, students, and committee members gathered at the site of the CEI’s future testbed facilities in the Bowman Building to celebrate the accomplishments of the year. Speakers used a solar-powered podium (MobE) provided by

A Tiny Tool with Great Potential

CEI Grad Fellows Esfahani, Eshghinejad, CEI Faculty Adler and Li, and collaborators describe a new nanoscale probe that could produce big improvements in batteries and fuels cells.

CEI researchers illuminate ways to heal defects in solar cells

In a paper out this week in Nature Communications, CEI Associate Director David Ginger, CEI Fellow Dane deQuilettes, and their collaborators show that light exposure can help heal defects in certain types of solar cells. How? It’s all about the ions.

Connected Campuses to Test Transactive Energy

A first-of-its-kind partnership in Washington state seeks to develop and demonstrate the technologies to cost effectively balance energy use among buildings, campuses, and cities in multiple regions of the state.

CEI Job Opening: Assistant Director of Program Operations

The Assistant Director of Program Operations is responsible for directing day-to-day operations of the Clean Energy Institute’s testbed facilities, with primary responsibilities in the areas of facility management, business development and financial management, and staff supervision.

UW experts call Paris climate agreement ‘bold,’ ‘encouraging’

The Paris Climate Agreement — combined with the Mission Innovation and Breakthrough Energy Coalition pledges to invest billions of new dollars in clean energy — is a signal that the world is committed to accelerating the development of scalable clean energy innovations.

Ionic Window Wins 2016 Clean Energy Prize at UW Environmental Innovation Challenge

Battery and energy storage tools and components were center stage at the 2016 UW Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge.

Faculty and Students Present Battery Research on Capitol Hill

A team of CEI graduate fellows and researchers from professor Venkat Subramanian’s laboratory were one of six groups invited to exhibit at an ARPA-E sponsored Congressional Showcase attended by elected officials and staff members.

#NationWISE Seattle: Solar Industry Offers Abundance of Opportunities for Women

More than 60 people gathered in Seattle as part of a 17 city simultaneous workshop to discuss leadership roles for women in solar and renewable energy.

Research Update: Joining links for more sustainable solar energy

Researchers in Christine Luscombe’s lab at the UW Clean Energy Institute have set themselves a high bar: they want to make solar energy using greener ingredients.

Researchers “stack” 2D Ultrathin Semiconductors to Prolong Electronic Life

A team from UW physics professor Xiaodong Xu’s lab have created ultrathin semiconductor heterostructures for new technological applications, including photovoltaics and other electronics such as miniature and foldable devices.

CEI Graduate Fellow Earns Prestigious Pappalardo Fellowships in Physics

Sanfeng Wu, a Ph.D. candidate in Physics working with faculty member Xiaodong Xu, has been appointed an MIT Pappalardo Fellow in Physics for 2016 – 2019

CEI Faculty Among “World’s Most Influential Minds”

Three members of the Clean Energy Institute faculty are among global researchers most cited by their peers.

Patient Investors, Impatient Researchers Essential for Clean Energy Future

Clean Energy Institute Director Dan Schwartz weighs in on what it will take to drive innovation in the clean energy economy.

2015 Student Training and Exploration Grants Awards

The CEI awards six new Student Training and Exploration grants to support graduate and undergraduate education and providing scholars the freedom to explore novel, high-risk/high-reward research topics.

Joint Meeting of UW/WSU Regents Features Clean Energy Discussion

The UW and WSU Boards of Regents discussed Washington’s leading position in clean energy research prior to the 2015 Apple Cup with Governor Jay Inslee.

Energy for the Forgotten in Peru

Graduate Fellow Dustin Welch García argues that access to modern energy should not be a luxury for a fortunate few, but a human right.

CEI Faculty Member Brandi Cossairt Named a 2015 Packard Fellow

The Packard Foundation chooses scientists in the early stages of their careers and supports the more innovative avenues of investigation that traditional funding may not give them the freedom to explore. The fellowship includes a five-year research grant of $875,000.

CEI Welcomes 2016 Graduate Fellows

Congratulations to our 2016 cohort of graduate fellows. The CEI Graduate Fellowships program is competitive and represents an important investment in graduate student research. Selected students receive financial support in order to pursue a research project related to the development of

CEI to Collaborate with Tsinghua University on Low-Carbon Cities Research

The Clean Energy Institute, along with the UW Climate Impacts Group and Urban@UW have been tapped to work on collaborative research with Tsinghua University and Sichuan province in China to develop low-carbon cities.

Early Engineering Institute 9th and 10th Graders Study Solar Power

Ten Early Engineering Institute students spent three days this summer learning about solar energy and production from the Clean Energy Institute.

UW LEADs Nation in Female Engineering Faculty

Among the nation’s top 50 engineering schools, the University of Washington has the highest percentage of women in tenure-track engineering faculty positions: 22.4 percent.

Apply by July 31 for Graduate Fellowships

Applications will be accepted through July 31, 2015 for Clean Energy Institute Graduate Fellows for the upcoming 2015-2016 academic year.

Early-Career Women Chemists Lean In and Branch Out

The Clean Energy Institute was pleased to sponsor the 2015 Puget Sound Women Chemists Retreat, an annual event that provides a forum for women to build their professional networks and shape their careers.

Op-Ed: Clean Energy Fund succeeds with university collaboration

UW Clean Energy Institute Director Dan Schwartz and WSU Associate Vice-President for Alternative Energy Ralph Cavalieri outline the impact of the Washington Clean Energy Fund on the state’s students and energy economy.

Clean Energy Institute Leadership Honored with 2015 UW Awards of Excellence

Members of the Clean Energy Institute leadership team will be recognized at the UW 45th Annual Awards of Excellence celebration on June 11, 2015.

“Energized for the Future” Featured in Xconomy

The Clean Energy Institute commissioned this series to harvest the wisdom of clean energy leaders to understand what investments should be make over the next 20 years.

CEI Research on Perovskite Solar Cells Featured in Science

Engineering a better solar cell: UW research collaboration with University of Oxford pinpoints defects in popular perovskites.

Flexolar Solar Blinds Featured on KOMO-TV

VIDEO: UW student Caitlin Cramer demonstrates how Flexolar’s flexible and durable solar cells can be incorporated into everyday household fixtures, like window blinds.

STEM Outreach: Graduate students mentor high-school students in science and solar research

Graduate fellow Jennifer Stein makes mentoring students an integral part of her research path.

CEI Welcomes 2015 Washington Research Foundation Innovation Fellows

CEI welcomes its first cohort of Washington Research Foundation Clean Energy Fellows

FireBee Wins Clean Energy Prize at UW Environmental Innovation Challenge

The team developed a portable thermoelectric generator that turns cook fires into personal power stations.

UW Researchers Build Energy Efficient Nanolaser

University of Washington scientists have built a new nanometer-sized laser that is energy efficient, easy to build and compatible with existing electronics.

Daniel Gamelin wins 2015 Inorganic Chemistry Lectureship Award

Professor Daniel Gamelin is the winner of the third Inorganic Chemistry Lectureship Award from the American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry.

Staying Power: A Powerful New X-Ray Tool to Accelerate Battery Research at UW

A new tool developed by UW Clean Energy Institute faculty and students will provide important insights that could help engineers design more efficient and cost effective ways to produce and store energy, as well as power new devices such as electronics, cell phones and hybrid electric vehicles.

CEI Students Tour Microsoft “City of the Future”

Clean Energy Institute Graduate Fellows got to see smart buildings in action during a recent tour of the Microsoft Redmond Operations Center.

CEI Update to the State Legislature

Video: Director Dan Schwartz updates the Washington state legislature’s House Committee on Technology & Economic Development on CEI activities and milestones.

GeekWire: Is Toyota’s fuel cell hydrogen car plan truly zero-emmision?

Dan Schwartz weighs in on “zero emission” hydrogen powered cars.

CEI Faculty Member Named to Forbes “30 Under 30” List

CEI faculty member Baosen Zhang was named to Forbes Magazine’s ’30-Under-30′ list for his contributions to the energy industry.

Investing in Future Clean Energy Leaders

The University of Washington Clean Energy Institute announced the recipients of its 2015 Graduate Fellowships in Clean Energy Research.

Learning to Scale Solar Energy Production

UW grad students get a close-up look at solar panel manufacturing at the iTek Energy plant in Bellingham.

CEI Launches Washington Research Foundation Innovation Fellows Program to Recruit Top Scientists

We are currently recruiting exceptionally talented researchers who have recently finished their PhD programs to join CEI laboratories at the UW campus or its affiliates.

CEI Announces 2015 Graduate Fellow Awardees

Congratulations to our 2015 cohort of graduate fellows. The CEI Graduate Fellowships program is competitive and represents an important investment in graduate student research. Selected students receive financial support in order to pursue a research project related to the development of

UW Undergrad ’s Early Life Challenges Become a Hectic Schedule of Opportunity

Undergraduate research student David Coven is an expert schedule juggler. Read more about this entrepreneurial undergrad who is helping Clean Energy Institute faculty create materials for use in flexible solar cells to make them more lightweight and transportable.

The Next Revolution in Solar Energy: High Efficiency Printable Tandem Solar Cells

Funding from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative will help catalyze the development of next-generation solar cells at UW.

Talking Clean Energy, STEM Education at Seattle Chamber Regional Leadership Conference

How can the Seattle region become the best mid-sized economy in the world? What are the roles of STEM education and clean energy?

Washington State Legislators visit the UW CEI

A group of more than twenty Washington state legislators and staff members received an update on the work at the UW Clean Energy Institute.

ORCAS Energy Conversion and Storage Conference 2014: A CEI Student Perspective

CEI graduate student Sarah Vorpahl reflects on her experience at the 2014 ORCAS Energy Conversion and Storage conference.

Research Update: “Atomic Legos” are Building Blocks for Next-Gen Energy Materials

A team at the UW Clean Energy Institute (CEI) is developing ways to connect two-dimentional sheets of solar collector material, one atom thick, that have the potential to be as flexible and foldable as a piece of paper and as strong as any material that exists on earth.

A Solar Solution, on the Dot

Scientists have spent decades developing technology that harvests sunlight and converts it to electricity. Yet existing solar energy solutions remain cost prohibitive for many applications. Brandi Cossairt is one of a group of CEI researchers that hopes to change that.

Early Engineers Build Solar Panels at the CEI

On July 29 and 30, the CEI hosted eight high school students participating in the UW Early Engineering Institute.

Research Update: High-tech Devices Mean Dynamic Prices

Life on the grid is getting smarter. Understanding the smart grid and relationships between utilities and consumers is among the core research areas of the University of Washington Clean Energy Institute, and the UW Renewable Energy Analysis Lab (REAL Lab) led by professors Daniel Kirschen, Miguel Ortega-Vasquez.

CEI Researchers Named to List of World’s Most Influential

Three UW faculty members with energy-related research are included on a list of the world’s most influential scientific researchers of the last decade.

Washington Takes Big Step Toward Renewable Energy Storage and Grid Integration

Progress in the state’s energy storage and smart grid project received a big boost this week. On tuesday, Governor Jay Inslee announced a major state initiative to leverage state matching funds for three projects that will integrate power generated from intermittent renewable sources such as wind and solar in the state’s electrical grid.

Research Update: Solar Panels Ideal for Cloudy Climates?

When it comes to solar energy research it’s better not to be self-absorbed according to researchers at the University of Washington and Western Washington University.

How a “Game-changing” Gift is Supercharging UW Research

The Clean Energy Institute is among the recipients of a recent gift from the Washington Research Foundation that will help accelerate the Institute’s discoveries of UW’s Clean Energy Institute from the laboratory to the marketplace.

From Molecules to Miles

The spring edition of The Trend in Engineering features Clean Energy Institute Director Daniel Schwartz and Chief Scientist Alex Jen. Read how CEI is working to revolutionize our energy system at every scale: Molecules to Miles.

Xconomy Seattle’s Top Stories of Q1 2014

Xconomy lists “Major Foundation Grant to Support Entrepreneurial Researchers at UW” as one of Seattle’s top stories of Q1 2014.

A Long-term Grant to the University of Washington to Support the Clean Energy Institute

The Washington Research Foundation, a private nonprofit group that funds research and initiatives to commercialize innovations in the state, is making a large, long-term grant to the University of Washington to support the Clean Energy Institute

A Washington State Carbon Tax Outlook

Inslee reaffirms commitment to carbon emission goals at the Clean Energy Institute opening; news mention in Talk Among Yourselves: A Washington State Carbon Tax Outlook.

Governor Inslee Helps Launch CEI

Governor Jay Inslee visited campus on December 12, 2013 to help celebrate the Clean Energy Institute’s launch.

CEI Announces 2013-2014 Graduate Fellows

Ian Braly Genevieve Clark James Clark Jesus Contreras Ocana Andrew Collord Dane deQuilettes Megan Duda Yury Dvorkin Ahmadreza Eshghinejad Zaiyao Fei Durmus Karatay Troy Kilburn Trevor Martin Brigit Miller Devon Mortensen Matthew Murbach Ahlmahz Negash Michael Pegis Jeremy Popp Mushfiqur

Mildred Dresselhaus presents inaugural CEI Interdisciplinary Seminar

The Clean Energy Institute welcomed Mildred Dresselhaus (Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering, Emerita and Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) on November 7 to present the inaugural CEI Interdisciplinary Seminar.

The Washington Research Foundation has provided a six-year gift of $6.74 million to support nine new faculty hires, six postdoctoral researchers and the creation of a new experimental manufacturing facility on campus that will help move discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace. This investment in the CEI is truly transformational.”
– Daniel Schwartz, CEI Director
“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.