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Energy and Sustainability

Clean energy and energy conservation are key to addressing pressing national, state, and local issues, including global warming, national security, and sustainable economic development.

In addition to developing technologies, SRI improves the effectiveness of science and technology, economic, environmental, and educational programs and policies. Activities related to energy and sustainability includes life cycle analysis, carbon footprinting, system design, and research to understand how technology evolves and diffuses into the marketplace.


Three SRI researchers working on the wearable thermal management technology

Wearable Physiology-Based Thermoregulation

SRI is developing a system to manage a person's heating and cooling individually, saving energy by not overheating or overcooling areas within a building where the person is not present.

power plant near water

Spectrally Tuned All-Polymer Technology for Inducing Cooling (STATIC)

SRI is co-developing a system for cooling water discharge ponds at thermoelectric power plants.

researcher analyzing biocrude oil

Biocrude Oil from Algal Biomass

An SRI-led team is improving a new two-step process for the production of transportation fuels from microalgae.

SRI researcher working on SRI's mixed- salt process

Mixed Salt Process for Carbon Dioxide Separation

SRI’s mixed salt process uses known solvents in a new way to dramatically improve the economics of carbon capture.