Research

Colorado School of Mines has a long and rich history in energy-related research. With more than 200 industry partners and more than 4,500 energy-related archival publications in the past seven years, Mines embraces 21st century challenges with multi-disciplinary research in fossil energy resources, renewables, efficient end uses and minimization of environmental impact.

The Mines/NREL Advanced Energy Systems degree program combines NREL’s world-class research  in energy systems and technologies with our internationally recognized research portfolio in exploration and extraction, conversion and storage, sustainable usage, and economics and policy.

Exploration and Extraction


  • Reservoir characterization for efficient recovery of unconventional sources—oil, gas and hydrates
  • Recovery and reuse of fracking fluids for reducing environmental impact
  • Advanced horizontal drilling and rock mechanics for cost-effective production
  • CO2 injection for enhanced oil recovery and carbon capture
  • Recovery and reuse of fracking fluids or nuclear materials for reducing environmental impact

Conversion and Storage


  • Next generation photovoltaic technology for cost-effective solar power
  • Ceramic and polymer fuel cells and electrolysis for distributed power and H2
  • Battery and power electronics modeling and control for energy storage and power management
  • Large-scale thermal storage for concentrating solar power
  • Decreasing the amount of nuclear waste that needs to be geologically stored

Sustainable Usage


  • Lowering energy consumption in resource extraction and materials manufacturing
  • Lightweight metals for reducing transportation energy demands
  • Efficient recovery of energy and clean water from urban waste streams
  • Optimization and reinforcement of smart grids
  • Next-generation nuclear reactor technologies to improve nuclear fuel utilization

Visit us at research.mines.edu to see the exciting research advancements at Mines in energy and other areas.

Economics and Policy


  • Assessment of supply chains for materials critical to clean energy technologies
  • Power sector planning and market evolution through energy section transitions
  • Life cycle assessment of current and new energy technologies

RESEARCH CENTERS

The centers and institutes at Mines provide faculty and students with technical expertise, research facilities, equipment and increased financial support.

ASPPRC

Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center
ASPPRC.MINES.EDU

CFCC

Colorado Fuel Cell Center
INSIDE.MINES.EDU/CFCC-HOME

CHR

Center for Hydrates Research
HYDRATES.MINES.EDU/CHR

CORE

Chevron Center of Research Excellence
CORE.MINES.EDU

CWP

Center for Wave Phenomena
CWP.MINES.EDU

FAST

Fracturing, Acidizing, Stimulation Technology
PETROLEUM-RESEARCH.MINES.EDU/FAST

NUSEC

Nuclear Science and Engineering Center
NUSEC.MINES.EDU

Payne Institute

PAYNEINSTITUTE.MINES.EDU

REMRSEC

Renewable Energy Material Research Science and Engineering Center
REMRSEC.MINES.EDU

UNGI

Unconventional Natural Gas Institute
UNGI.MINES.EDU

WE2ST

Center for Water-Energy, Education, Science and Technology
WE2ST.MINES.EDU