The University of Pittsburgh’s 18,600-square-foot laboratory and incubator is open for business.

About EIC

The EIC, developed by Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation in the former Connelly Trade School, 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 18,600-square-foot laboratory and incubator – which will occupy more than one-fourth of the EIC’s Central Lab area, making it the largest tenant – represents Pitt’s initiatives to provide more flexible, large-scale space for energy research and to encourage partnerships with industry.

“Engineers can be natural entrepreneurs, but when they are starting out they need to focus less on paying the rent and more on innovation,” Vice Provost Redfern said. “By hosting the incubator space, we can allow them to potentially create Pittsburgh’s next successful startup.” Construction has already begun on Pitt’s EIC space, with anticipated completion in fall 2016.

services: Labs@EIC

Laboratories and incubator space at the EIC will facilitate large-scale research and promote industry partnerships. Currently Labs@EIC consist of the following.

Electric Power Technologies Laboratory

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

High-Temperature Corrosion Testing Laboratory

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.


Next Generation Energy Conversion and Storage Technologies Laboratory

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.


Pitt Incubator Laboratories

The Pitt Energy GRID Incubator Laboratories, overseen by Senior Vice Chancellor for Research Dr. Rob Rutenbar, will provide affordable space for start-ups launched by Pitt faculty and students, as well as providing co-location opportunities for industry to work more closely with Pitt faculty and facilities.

PIL@EIC Website


Energy Innovation Center
1435 Bedford Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

8:30-5:00 Mon-Fri