With some 350 days of sunshine in southern Arizona each year, the UA is heading up creative approaches to solar and other forms of clean energy. Rooted in solid research, economics, and public policy, these projects and programs are poised to change the nature of power generation in the United States. For example, the UA houses a new $15 million energy research center for advanced research on new forms of solar energy conversion, storage, materials, and other technologies. In addition, UA faculty research is underway to harness the sun’s rays for fuel and food.
With increasing awareness regarding the effects of climate change on energy resources and production, the University of Arizona has strongly focused research in this field on the adaptations that will be required to supply the necessary energy to maintain society, while leading the charge to develop emerging energy supply technologies. This research has lead to, among other things, improved understanding of the connections between quantity of water used for energy production and the amount of energy needed to pump and convey water for urban, industrial, and agricultural uses. This work puts UA researchers at the forefront of research and policy insights that will lead to improved water and energy management for society.
- AzRise – The Arizona Research Institute for Solar Energy
- Christopher Scott’s Water Resources and Policy Group (an affiliate of the Udall Center)
- UA College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture House Energy Doctor
- Center for Interface Science: Solar Electric Materials (CIS:SEM)
- Arid Lands Resource Sciences – a UA Graduate Interdisciplinary Program