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Energy Transition Research

Energy transition research aims to pave the way from a fossil fuel-based economy to a clean energy economy by advancing technological innovation, energy policy and economics, and environmental justice.

UMass Amherst has been on the leading edge of energy transition research for decades, and hosts several centers and institutes dedicated to convening interdisciplinary groups of experts to work toward these goals. Through its UMass Carbon Zero initiative, the campus is committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2032. This bold endeavor will leverage the deep expertise of UMass researchers, offer valuable experiential learning opportunities for students, and serve as a model for other institutions across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and nationwide.

Derek Lovley and Jun Yao in a UMass Amherst research lab.

Two UMass Amherst professors—a microbiologist and an electrical engineer—combine their expertise to develop cutting-edge, biologically produced electronics that can generate electricity from humidity in the air, serve as powerful sensors, and more.

Computing Research to Advance an Equitable Energy Transition

Anupama Sitaraman ’24 uses computer science tools to explore pressing issues facing humanity, including combatting climate change and promoting sustainability.  

Accelerating the Future of Clean Energy

The UMass Amherst Clean Energy Extension provides technical assistance to municipalities, conducts applied research, and offers workforce training to achieve the commonwealth’s sustainability goals.

Facilitating a Fast and Fair Energy Transition

UMass Amherst's Energy Transition Institute is paving the way for a more environmentally sustainable and just energy system.

Finding Community as an International Grad Student

Vivian Ogechi Nwadiaru, a UMass Amherst PhD candidate from Nigeria, conducts research to reduce costs and advance an equitable energy transition in low-income communities and countries.

Harnessing the Power of the Wind

For the past 50 years, the University of Massachusetts Amherst has led the way in advancing the field of wind energy through research and education.