Category Archives: Energy

Advancing Carbon Capture Technology

WRITTEN BY: Lisa Sheppard, PRI staff, and Nancy Holm, ISTC staff   Research is progressing on a novel biphasic solvent absorption method that holds promise as an innovative, cost-saving alternative to the conventional CO2 capture process in power plants. ISTC … Continue reading

Sustainability: A Force for Good in our Galaxy

WRITTEN BY: Katherine Gardiner ISTC staff   You may have heard that a new Star Wars movie came out last week. If you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, don’t worry, we won’t spoil it for you. But it … Continue reading

Mr. Grinch says ‘demand fast, free shipping at all times’

What a wonderful world when we can shop online and get free two-day shipping.   What could be better?   From a climate perspective, perhaps slower is better.   More than thirty years of engineering have made passenger cars highly … Continue reading

Symposium to explore solutions to plastic recycling in Illinois

Written by Jim Dexter   Ideas for “Revitalizing Plastics Recycling” will be the topic for a symposium hosted by the Illinois Recycling Association and the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center at the I Hotel and Conference Center on the University of … Continue reading

Jobs and growth can help halt greenhouse gas

Experts worldwide are meeting this week in Calabria, Italy to focus on ways to deploy carbon dioxide capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technologies.   Today Kevin OBrien, who leads both the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center and the Illinois State Water … Continue reading

Army to pilot ISTC innovation to improve installation resilience, energy security

  The U.S. Army has funded a project to demonstrate technology developed on the University of Illinois’ South Farm that disposes of wastewater biosolids by turning them into energy.   The Army has embraced a range of innovations in its … Continue reading

Challenges of Carbon Utilization Have Regional Solutions

Emerging technologies for carbon dioxide (CO2) utilization present significant opportunities for job creation and economic growth, said Kevin O’Brien, director of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at … Continue reading

Electric Coops Seek Veterans for Skill Positions

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) has job openings and wants America’s veterans to apply.   The organization’s “Serve Our Coops/Serve Our Country” initiative has established a website to tap into the skills of armed forces veterans to join the energy … Continue reading

In Race to Capture Carbon Dioxide, Remember the Need to Use It

The capture and utilization of CO2 provides a unique opportunity to create jobs and build new markets. Illinois is leading this charge, said ISTC Director Kevin O’Brien today in a presentation at the International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Technologies (GHGT-13) … Continue reading

Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award, Illinois R&D Demonstrate Growing Commitment to Sustainable World

  On Friday Nov. 4, the Paris Agreement on climate change became official. The U.S., China, and 53 other nations have ratified the treaty representing half of the world’s carbon emissions.   “The politically difficult step was Paris,” said Robert … Continue reading