Developed by Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation in the former Connelly Trade School, the EIC is designed to engage corporate and community leaders, align workforce development and education, develop and demonstrate technology, and incubate businesses to support emerging clean and sustainable energy markets.
The University's three laboratories and four incubators – making Pitt the largest tenant – provide faculty with more flexible, large-scale space for energy research and encourage partnerships with industry.
“Our investment in the Energy Innovation Center enables us to greatly expand our applied research portfolio in energy storage, transmission and delivery, materials and more. It also provides our outstanding faculty with facilities needed to engage with industry on the next potential breakthrough.” -- David Vorp, PhD, Associate Dean for Research, Swanson School of Engineering
Laboratories and incubator space at the EIC will facilitate large-scale research and promote industry partnerships. Currently Labs@EIC include:
The Electric Power Technologies Laboratory, led by Dr. Reed, will focus on advanced electric power grid and energy generation, transmission, and distribution-system technologies; power electronics and control technologies; renewable energy systems and integration; smart grid technologies and applications; and energy-storage development.EPTL@EIC Website
The High-Temperature Corrosion Testing Laboratory, led by Brian Gleeson, Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, focuses on the assessment and development of materials needed for harsh service environments. The EIC allows Dr. Gleeson to relocate his lab from Iowa State University to Pittsburgh.HTCTL@EIC Website
The Next Generation Energy Conversion and Storage Technologies Laboratory, headed by Prashant Kumta, Professor of Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, and Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, focuses on energy conversion and storage including high energy and power density rechargeable battery systems, photoelectrochemical systems for harnessing solar energy for water splitting, and high power density charge storage systems.NGECASTL@EIC Website
Energy Innovation Center
1435 Bedford Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15219