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The EERC has a very unique culture that distinctly sets it apart as one of the premier research centers in the world and makes it a unique professional partner. The EERC pursues an entrepreneurial, market-driven approach to research and development in order to successfully demonstrate and commercialize innovative technologies. For the past 20 years, the EERC has mastered the art of leveraging and enhancing federal research dollars by developing working partnerships with private industry, state agencies, the research community, academic institutions, and government agencies from across the globe.

By choice, the EERC receives no state-appropriated funding, and the majority of EERC contracts are with nonfederal entities. The cornerstone of the EERC's very successful culture is its commitment to providing practical, entrepreneurial people with the freedom to pursue strategic research focused on critical global energy and environmental issues. This is also the cornerstone and foundation for the EERC's success in technology commercialization.


The EERC practices a philosophy that emphasizes true working partnerships between industry, government, and the research community. Our mission is to improve the global quality of life through visionary multidisciplinary research and development leading to the demonstration and commercialization of innovative energy and environmental technologies. The EERC accomplishes this mission by:

  • Being cognizant of the interconnected nature of the environment and energy.
  • Being focused, practical, and sensitive to the marketplace.
  • Being international in scope.
  • Being committed not only to research and development, but also to demonstration and commercialization of innovative technologies.
  • Fostering cooperation among industry, government, and the research community.
  • Providing opportunities for economic development and job creation.
  • Providing fundamental and applied research and training opportunities for highly motivated students and professionals at all levels.