Developing and distributing renewable energy sources
Home to some of the world’s top plant scientists, MU consistently ranks in the top 10 nationwide in plant sciences funding from the National Science Foundation. Researchers focus on biomass/biofuels, energy conversion, waste reprocessing and geothermal energy. At the Sidney Kimmel Institute for Nuclear Renaissance, chemists, physicists and material scientists study low-energy nuclear reactions (LENR), a potential alternative energy source.
The university also addresses quality and efficiency of current resources. The Industrial Assessment Center, Water Resources Center, and Midwest Energy Efficiency Research Consortium partner with industry as well as the U.S. Department of Energy to invent innovative water-saving farming techniques, develop efficient heating and cooling systems and more. Researchers at MU also examine broader energy-related issues and provide insight into policy, business models, environmental impacts and social issues surrounding energy use and production.