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Louisville Energy Materials


Louisville Energy Materials features research conducted at the University of Louisville's Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research. The Conn Center conducts and facilitates R&D on potentially commercializable renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. The Center's main objective is to foster development of transformational concepts and accelerate the translation of technology concepts from the lab to pre-commercial scale.


About Conn Center


UofL established the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research at the J.B. Speed School of Engineering in 2009 in honor of major donors Hank and Rebecca Conn. Over the past 10 years, the Conn Center has established leadership, research, support and policy development in renewable energy.


The center advances the goal of renewable energy and promotes technologies, practices, and programs that increase efficiency for energy utilization. The center promotes partnerships among colleges and universities, private industries, and non-profit organizations to actively pursue federally and privately funded research and development resources that are dedicated to renewable energy solutions. Through innovative R&D at an accelerated pace and development of Kentucky's workforce and renewable resources, the Center's ongoing goal is to seek outcomes that enhance global energy security, maintain US technological leadership, and improve high-tech manufacturing activity in Kentucky.


Our focus


Research themes include:

Advanced Energy Materials

Biofuels & Biomass Conversion

Energy Efficiency & Conservation

Energy Storage

Materials Characterization

Solar Fuels

Solar Manufacturing

Conn Center employs top-notch scientists and engineers as theme leaders for directing these research thrusts and to enable collaborations with faculty researchers and industry partners worldwide.

Sustainable Energy
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