Institute for Energy Solutions

IES advances energy science, policy, and technology research & development at UA with outreach & educational activity. Expertise includes solar, bioenergy, forecasting & storage (thermal & batteries)—and testbed facilities to assess & optimize technology.

IES is focused on creating safe, resilient, and secure energy solutions. It provides a platform for energy experts who work closely with industry, NGOs, government, and communities to address emerging energy challenges and opportunities.

IES promotes the integration of renewable energy into the grid through the Power Forecasting Group and energy storage research initiatives; develops novel materials for energy conversion, energy-efficient water use and intelligent building technologies; supports regional testing and facilities; and studies the societal and economic impacts of these advancements. Through partnerships, the Institute expands its breadth of social, scientific, economic, and engineering capabilities to transfer knowledge from the laboratory to the field.

The Institute’s accomplishments include:

  • The UA IES Future Energy Leaders Summer Fellowship Program funds student research in national research laboratories, universities and industries beyond the UA.
  • UA IES and UNS (Unisource)/TEP (Tucson Electric Power Company) collaborate to fund research, development and demonstration at the UA in solar energy and grid reliability for intermittent resources such as advanced forecasting models.
  • UA IES created the Arizona Energy Policy Initiative (AzEPI) and Smart Grid/Smart Cities Initiative to promote UA research into sustainability practices in urban environments.
  • The Navajo Solar Desalination Demonstration Project is a collaborative partnership with the goal of developing an autonomous, solar-powered desalination system to provide clean water to communities in Southwest Navajo Nation and act as a prototype for further sustained use of these systems within the community and the globe.

IES strengthens the position of the UA and the state of Arizona as leading global institutions ready to address these challenges and enhance their competitiveness by building on three key areas: fostering energy research, advancing energy innovation, and educating energy leaders.