Purdue University is one of four partners in the Purdue Consortium for Research on Energy Systems and Policy (CRESP). The other partners are Indiana University, IUPUI, and Notre Dame. CRESP's overarching goal is to develop improved energy technologies, systems, and policies.
These systems will depend partly 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. Appropriate energy and climate change policies will be critical for our nation's future.
The Purdue CRESP draws upon faculty expertise in the Colleges of Agriculture, Engineering, Science, Liberal Arts, Technology and others. Faculty expertise in the College of Agriculture comes from disciplines such as agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, botany and plant pathology, biochemistry, horticulture, and agronomy. In Engineering, the main collaborators come from chemical engineering and industrial engineering. Faculty from various departments in other colleges also are involved. In addition, collaborative linkages have been developed with the State Utility Forecasting Group, Global Trade Analysis Project, Center for Coal Technology Research, Energy Center, Purdue Climate Change Research Center, and Center for the Environment.
Initial research efforts will focus on three programmatic areas:
- Evaluation of the consequences of alternative policy options on different energy systems.
- Environmental consequences of energy production, distribution, and use.
- Renewable energy resources.
For each of these, the center will take a systems perspective and consider the consequences of a range of energy, environmental, and climate change policy alternatives.