A Carbon Neutral Energy Future

Purdue University researchers, with private and public sectors partners, are developing the technologies, infrastructure, and engagement needed to transition energy systems toward carbon neutral resources, improved efficiency, and an affordable, durable, and smart power grid.


iconNew materials for next-generation solar cells that eliminate use of toxic lead and improve cell efficiency.

Analysis of deployed solar technologies (e.g., double sided solar panels) to improve efficiency and reduce costs.

Energy Systems

Aiconnalytical tools to address the sustainability and resiliency challenges of our aging electrical infrastructure.

Photovoltaic (PV) modules on agricultural land to pilot the cogeneration of electricity alongside production of row crops.


iconInnovations in advanced materials, supercomputing, and modular construction for advanced reactors.

First-of-its-kind, digitally operated nuclear reactor to serve as a cyber-nuclear testbed for corporate partners and academic researchers.

Sustainable Agriculture

iconBioenergy crops for chemical conversion to liquid hydrocarbon fuels like gasoline or jet fuel.

Integration of digital technologies into crop and livestock management and other processes in agriculture to reduce emissions, waste, and costs.


Science-Based Policy

iconResearch and analysis of climate mitigation policy, carbon pricing, international climate agreements, climate change adaptation, and the deployment of a low-carbon energy infrastructure.



iconAnalysis of the feasibility and costs of novel highway investments such as roads that charge electric vehicles.

Advanced control algorithms for more fuel-efficient truck operations and reduced emissions.

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Drones are helping farmers grow food more efficiently, reducing emissions and cutting costs.

Farming for a Better Climate

Helping the agricultural community slow climate change and benefit economically

This series takes a look at the latest science to explore ways farmers can benefit--economically and environmentally--from adopting farming practices that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.