Energy and Sustainability

Design. Generate. Renew.

We embrace renewable energy—ranging from solar to wind to water—while keeping power generation and grid management as a cornerstone.

Facing an aging power ecosystem, we teach about strengthening our nation’s current power systems, along with new ways of powering the future.

Looking to the future, we explore alternative energy sources, including wind, water, solar—even waste.

Focused on circular and blue economies, we are dedicated to protecting our environment.

Our engineering activities, organizations, and degree programs embrace hands-on experience, partnering with industry or community.

The sustainable, clean, and energy-effcient solutions we all need rest on the education of our engineers.

  • 6
    months of snow on solar arrays
  • 2
    story tall STRAP test process development unit
  • 60%
    estimated fuel efficiency of carbonate-superstructured solid fuel cell
  • 2.2M
    tons of carbon dioxide per year can be sequestered in mine tailings
Close-up view of solar panels in the field.

Research in Focus: Shedding Snow, Powering UP

Ana Dyreson leads Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Energy Group and collaborates on several climate- and energy-focused projects underway at Tech. Ten miles north of Michigan Tech's main campus, Dyreson regularly walks the wide gravel rows of a farm of a different sort, one flanked by hundreds of solar panels at the US Department of Energy's (DOE's) northernmost Regional Test Center (RTC) for Emerging Solar Technologies.

Located at Tech's Advanced Power Systems Research Center near Houghton County Memorial Airport, the arrays at the RTC are mounted in a variety of configurations based on research projects being conducted by center partners