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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.

ELEVATE faculty meet with community members in Holyoke, Mass.

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

Ben Weil and students in Clean Energy Corps

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.

Vivian Ogechi Nwadiaru

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.

Wind Energy Center faculty and staff at Block Island with wind turbine.

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