Energy and Sustainability


Brian Barkdoll, PE, BCEE

  • Interim Chair, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Jin Choi

  • Professor and Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Jason Blough

  • Chair and Distinguished Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Clean Snowmobile Team Faculty Advisor
  • 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