Category Archives: Energy

Take a Good Look at the Bad Old Days, and How Science Saved the Future

The 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) gathered together many of the original leaders of the effort to get a handle on hazardous pollution in the environment.   It was a valuable window into the spirit … Continue reading

Fluorescent Food Coloring Suggests Cheap Tag for Fracking Water Tracking

A multi-disciplinary team at the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has developed a quick and inexpensive technique to screen for water contamination from fracking oil recovery operations. The technique targets fluorescent compounds in the “produced” … Continue reading

U of Illinois Power Plant Proposed as Testbed for Major Carbon Capture Advance

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected a multi-national team led by the University of Illinois to develop a proposal for retrofitting the University’s Abbott Power Plant in order to capture the CO2 emissions. The team includes the Illinois Sustainable … Continue reading

What ‘Back to the Future Part II’ got wrong (and right)

Happy Back to the Future Day! ISTC Senior Research Engineer B.K. Sharma is one of the University of Illinois researchers featured in a fun roundup of predictions made for this day by the feature film 26 years ago.   The … Continue reading

Celebrate Sustainability Week 2015, October 19-23

It’s Sustainability Week on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus, and several events are planned, including the official release of the 2015 Illinois Climate Action Plan, or ‘iCAP’ on Sustainability Day, Wednesday, October 21. There will be a reception … Continue reading

Interview with Kate Zerrenner – Environmental Defense Fund

To highlight our speakers at the Governor’s Sustainability Awards Ceremony, we asked them to answer a few short questions to give a sneak peak into their presentation before the event. Kate Zerrenner, Climate and Energy Project Manager for the Environmental … Continue reading

Researcher Spotlight: Junhua Jiang

Dr. Junhua Jiang is a Senior Research Engineer in ISTC’s Applied Research on Industrial Environmental Systems Program. Jiang conducts cutting-edge research and develops interdisciplinary research programs in a range of areas, including electrochemical energy storage, nanostructured materials, electrochemical sensors, waste … Continue reading

ISTC @ iSEE Water Congress Sept. 14-16, 2015

ISTC will participate next week in the U of I’s Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) second annual international conference titled  “Water Planet, Water Crises? Meeting the World’s Water-Food-Energy Needs Sustainably”.  The iSEE Water Congress is set for Sept. … Continue reading

Lighting Retrofits Save Money And Electricity

ISTC recently completed a retrofit of lighting at its headquarters building in Champaign, with assistance from UI Facilities and Services. All T12 fluorescent light fixtures and exits signs have been upgraded to T8s and LEDs. Altogether, the changes are expected … Continue reading

Sustainable Solutions for the Power and Industrial Sector – Call for Abstracts

ISTC Director Kevin O’Brien will be chairing a new session titled “Sustainable Solutions for the Power and Industrial Sector” at the upcoming Carbon Management Technology Conference which will take place November 17 – 19, 2015,  in Sugar Land, Texas. The … Continue reading