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Purdue Consortium for Research on Energy Systems and Policy (CRESP)

The overarching goal of the Purdue Consortium for Research on Energy Systems and Policy (CRESP) is to develop improved energy technologies, systems, and policies. 

These systems will depend on advances in basic and applied energy sciences, the invention of new technologies, the integration of these technologies with existing energy infrastructure, and the transformation of energy infrastructure into more efficient and sustainable systems. 

Energy infrastructure includes not only the technologies, but also the people, processes, markets, regulatory regimes, and policies, at the local, state, regional, national and international levels.  Indeed, appropriate energy and climate change policies will be critical for our nation's future.


The Consortium has four primary goals:

  • To facilitate the formation of interdisciplinary research teams and to match those teams with the resources to conduct outstanding research.  The Consortium will help overcome barriers of language, disciplinary focus, and even physical distance that can hamper interdisciplinary research and cooperation.
  • To develop a multi-institutional organization to be able to mobilize faculty expertise across all disciplines relevant to a wide range of energy policy research topics.  These include but are not limited to energy and climate change, biofuels, coal utilization, electric vehicles and batteries, wind and solar energy, and nuclear energy.  In each case our focus is on analysis of alternative policies and bringing together the needed economic and social science disciplines with the appropriate engineering and science disciplines.

  • To identify potential sponsors, prepare proposals, and secure funding for a variety of research projects of interest to these interdisciplinary teams. 
  • To conduct sound, objective research focused upon meaningful solutions to the complex challenges resulting from increased demands for energy resources.


Initial research efforts of the Consortium will focus on three programmatic areas:

  • Carbon dynamics and sequestration. 
  • Environmental consequences of energy production, distribution, and use. 
  • Renewable energy resources.

For each of these, the Consortium will take a systems perspective and consider the consequences of a range of energy, environmental, and climate change policy alternatives.

Member Institutions

There are four member institutions:

  • Indiana University
  • Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI)
  • Purdue University
  • University of Notre Dame

Each member institution has a center or institute that coordinates CRESP activities for the institution:

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