Category Archives: Energy

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

Researchers Developing Nano-Scale Carbon ‘Scavengers’ As Solution for Oil Spills

ISTC is part of a multidisciplinary team awarded a research seed grant from the University’s Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) to develop carbon nano particles (CNP) as a more environmentally friendly technique for cleaning up oil spills.   … Continue reading

Free July 30 Event to Help Manufacturers Reduce Utility Costs

Please plan to join fellow manufacturers at 8-10 a.m. July 30th at S & C Electric in Chicago to learn more about incentive programs available for reducing utility costs.  This special event is being hosted by the Chicago Metro Metal Consortium and … Continue reading

Bioenergy Investments Bode Well for Green Economic Growth

There is increasing interest in biofuels not only to lessen dependency on foreign oil but also to promote sustainable fuels and the growth of a greener economy.  ISTC’s researchers currently are exploring greener alternatives for fuels used in the automotive … Continue reading

Carbon: Humanity’s Home Hides Hazards

Methane (CH4) is 30 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than CO2.   Today, The Washington Post’s story on mysterious craters forming in Siberia reports that the phenomenon might be evidence of methane escaping from melting permafrost.   Last … Continue reading

New book cautions against the use of invasive biomass crops

Across the globe, efforts are being made to find sustainable, renewable, and economically-viable sources of energy. Here in the U.S., Congress passed a mandate in 2007 (the Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS) that requires refiners to blend an increasing quantity … Continue reading

Noon Extension Seminars Explore Planning for Climate Change

The U of I Extension Webinar series begins tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 13, on the theme of “Planning for Climate Change.”   Don Fullerton, Gutgsell Professor of Finance and Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the U of I, will … Continue reading

MREA PV 320.03 Solar Training Academy Begins in Normal, January 2015

The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) will be offering its PV 320.03 Solar Training Academy beginning January 17th, in Normal, IL.   The MREA Solar Training Academy is a series of weekend classes that will walk students through the photovoltaic … Continue reading

Businesses in Central Illinois Taking Up Green Challenge

The Illinois Green Office Challenge is picking up steam in it’s goal to green-up Central Illinois businesses.   CBS affiliate WYZZ Channel 31 last night reported on The Ecology Action Center’s partnership with the U of I’s Illinois Sustainable Technology … Continue reading