About Rutgers Energy Institute
Meeting the Challenges for New Jersey and the Nation
The Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) integrates Rutgers’ expertise in science, engineering, economics, and policy, putting it at the forefront of alternative energy research. Over the long term, innovative research and technological advances can help the United States to reduce its dependency on fossil fuels. At this critical juncture in history, we have the opportunity to transition from 20th-century technologies to those that sustain economic growth and preserve the integrity of our environment.
The Rutgers Energy Institute was formed in the summer of 2006 and is committed to serving the New Jersey community and beyond through four main objectives:
- Research - Integrate basic research and real-world application to advance energy technologies that address biofuels, solar and wind energy, efficient energy use, and energy policy
- Education - Train the next generation of leaders in energy research through multidisciplinary graduate and undergraduate programs that blend science, technology, economics, and policy
- Outreach - Facilitating colloquia, workshops and seminars that stimulate interdisciplinary conversations on energy research and technologies, exploring energy topics most relevant to the Rutgers community, local businesses, homeowners, and politicians.
- Advisory body - Provide objective information and advising the local, state, and national policy makers on energy technologies, alternative energy strategies and policy options.
REI’s mission is to foster both fundamental and applied scientific research and policy components to develop sustainable energy production compatible with economic growth and environmental vitality. To do so, REI brings together experts from academic units and research centers at Rutgers to develop strategic teams to work on developing renewable, alternative energy sources.