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The UMass Lowell Center for Sustainable Energy develops systems to provide energy for various end uses in an environmentally and economically sustainable manner. The Center is unique, combining undergraduate and graduate education, research, public service, service-learning and public education in its projects. It has existed since 1987, making it one of the oldest research centers at the University. It supports the University’s Renewable Energy Engineering Program (REEP) for graduate students, as well as the Energy Engineering Minor offered in the Francis College of Engineering for undergraduate students.

Past and present projects have focused on the following:

  • Remote solar systems 
  • Solar water supply and purification
  • Service-learning in engineering core courses 
  • 2011 Solar Decathlon: Team Massachusetts
  • Net-Zero Energy Homes in New England
  • Solar Thermal Dehumidification Applications  
  • Improving Flat Plate Collector Modeling
  • Solar Powered Portable Refrigeration Units for Vaccines
  • Design of Grid Connected PV Systems for Local Schools
  • Solar crop irrigation and dryers