Perspective on Energy
A dependable, economical, and environmentally sound global energy supply is fundamental to a viable society. Research and development in energy supply and consumption are essential to meet growing demands of an increasing population and standard of living. Kansas continues to provide a stable domestic source of oil and natural gas with a promising future as new recovery options are exercised. The growth of Kansas’ energy portfolio and output can be addressed through essentially untapped opportunities in alternative energy. Value-added strategies in energy production, such as linked-energy systems and co-generation and gains in efficient energy extraction and consumption will boost Kansas' economic health in times of high energy prices. Research, development, and technology transfer efforts representing a broad spectrum of energy programs at the University of Kansas increasingly serve to address national and state needs in energy. Support for interdisciplinary R&D projects in energy such as those facilitated by the ERC, coupled by implementation of new policies such as those recommended by the Kansas Energy Council (www.kansasenergy.org/) can help Kansas retain its status at a net energy producer.
- Support development of innovative research in fossil, unconventional, alternative, and basic energy research, and energy conservation at KU.
- Facilitate partnering with private sector and other research organizations.
- Provide clearinghouse of capabilities in energy research at KU.
- Support technology transfer and office activities for contracts that are run through the center.
News and Information
Capabilities in Energy Research at the University of Kansas (pdf format)
Alternative Energy - What's developing in the Wings? by W. Lynn Watney, Kansas Geological Survey, KU Energy Research Center 10.5mb PDF | 6mb PDF (can be view with either Adobe Reader 6 or 7)
Energy Costs and Conservation by Ken Stalder, Kansas Geological Survey (pdf format - 1.9mb)