Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation - Carnegie Mellon University

Over the coming decades the world must make fundamental transformations in how energy is used and produced. That’s where we come in.

The Scott Institute for Energy Innovation works through the academic units of Carnegie Mellon University to find solutions for the nation's and the world's energy challenges including pathways to a low carbon future, smart grid, new materials for energy, shale gas, and building energy efficiency through research, education, and policymaker and public communication.

Carnegie Mellon University is uniquely suited for these challenges with our many research centers and longstanding faculty expertise in technology, policy, integrated systems and behavioral science. Learn more about the Scott Institute.

Interested in becoming a Faculty Affiliate or applying for a Seed Grant? Carnegie Mellon faculty can learn more about the benefits of working with the Scott Institute.
Note: the deadline for Seed Grant applications is 10.31.15. 

Upcoming Events

Cleantech University Prize Jamathon | December 2

On Wednesday, December 2, 2015 from 4:30-6:30 pm in Wean Hall 3701 on the Carnegie Mellon Campus, Allegheny Cleantech UP will host a Jamathon -- a shortened version of Startup Weekend.  The goal is for student entrepreneurs with ideas in renewable energy and energy efficiency to connect with other students who might form the basis for a team with the right collection of expertise to be successful in the competition.

Students from all area universities are welcome to attend.

Eventbrite - Cleantech Prize Jamathon

Carnegie Mellon Energy Week | March 14 - 18, 2016

In 2012, Carnegie Mellon announced a new era of energy research through the creation of the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation and the construction of Scott Hall. For the first time, Carnegie Mellon will host a series of events during Energy Week, March 14-18. Learn more >>


Whitacre wins Lemelson-MIT Prize for Creating Mass-produced Low-cost, Eco-friendly Battery 

Jay Whitacre, Scott Institute energy expert, and a professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy, has received the $500,000 2015 Lemelson-MIT Prize. The Lemelson-MIT Prize honors outstanding mid-career inventors improving the world through technological invention and demonstrating a commitment to mentorship in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Read more.

Allegheny Region Cleantech University Prize Collegiate Competition

The Pittsburgh region has been selected by the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office as one of eight hosts for a collegiate student energy entrepreneurship competition. The Allegheny Region Cleantech University Prize Collegiate Competition will focus on the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Maryland, and the regional first place winner will receive a $50,000 prize. The event will take place in March 2016 as a part of Energy Week. Visit cleantechprize.org for details.

Meet CMU's Experts

C. Fred Higgs

C. Fred Higgs

Higgs’ research focuses on developing experimental and computational methods to study shale, geothermal, and fossil fuel drilling, in addition to algae biofuels, multiphase flows, and tribology.

Learn about C. Fred Higgs »
Gabriela Hug

Gabriela Hug

Gabriela Hug specializes in electric power systems optimization, energy storage and smart grids.

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