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Center for Advanced Energy Studies

The Center for Advanced Energy Studies is a research and education consortium between Boise State University, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho State University, University of Idaho, and University of Wyoming. 

CAES Energy Storage Researcher Wins National Science Foundation CAREER Award 

Claire Xiong, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Boise State University and Advanced Energy Storage capability lead at CAES, is the latest CAES affiliate researcher to win a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation. Xiong’s five-year, $528,027 award, will allow her “to develop a battery that will last longer and provide more power.”
Read the full article.

Howard Grimes joins CAES as Director for Innovation in Industry Partnerships

The Center for Advanced Energy Studies welcomes Howard Grimes to the position of director for innovation in industry partnerships.
His position is joined both with INL’s Energy and Environmental Science and Technology Directorate and the Center for Advanced Energy Studies. Grimes will work to better connect private-public partnerships, to find more innovative ways to connect private sector needs with National Laboratory and public research, and to help U.S. companies be more competitive in rapidly changing fields.
Previously, Grimes had been Idaho State University’s vice president for research and economic development since November 2012. Prior to ISU, Grimes held several positions at Washington State University, including vice president for research, dean of the Graduate School and the director for the Center for the Environmental Research, Education and Outreach. Grimes began his position on February 23, 2015.
Learn more in the Idaho State Journal, Idaho State University Headlines, or the Post Register article.

Dr. Thomas Wood named as CAES University of Idaho Associate Director

On Tuesday, January 6, 2015, Dr. Thomas (Tom) Wood was named as the University of Idaho’s Associate Director to the regional, multi-institutional Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES)…Dr. Wood, a faculty member in the Department of Geological Sciences located in Idaho Falls, currently serves as the CAES Geofluids Energy Sciences Core Capability lead.Dr. Wood holds a Ph.D. in Mining Engineering-Metallurgy from UI and joined the university as a faculty member in 2013. 
Dr. Wood has long history of multi-institutional, interdisciplinary energy research that includes industry and national laboratory employment as both a scientist and manager, experiences which have prepared him for his new assignment to foster research collaborations and opportunities among investigators of the CAES member institutions. Dr. Wood will begin his new responsibilities effective January 11, 2015.
View the full article.

Center for Advanced Energy Studies a resource for Idaho (and beyond)

In this video, Rocky Barker of the Idaho Statesman goes on a tour of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies in Idaho Falls, a collaboration between Idaho National Laboratory, the University of Idaho, Idaho State University, Boise State University and the University of Wyoming. Barker discusses how researchers at CAES are "working on all facets of energy research from geothermal, to transportation to nuclear to energy efficiency."

Empowering Entrepreneurial Labs: CAES Collaborator INL Participating in New Lab-Corps Program

The Department of Energy (DOE) has launched a new $2.3 million pilot program, “Lab-Corps,” to accelerate the transfer of innovative clean energy technologies from the National Laboratories into the commercial marketplace.
The program will focus on a specialized technology accelerator and training curriculum that will enable lab-based teams to gain direct market feedback on their technologies and pursue the development of startup companies, industry partnerships, licensing agreements, and other business opportunities. Idaho National Laboratory will be heavily involved in the program and has won one of the pilot program projects to further the development of entrepreneurial and commercialization capability within the laboratory system.
Read more in the White House blog post or the DOE news release.

The Electricity Journal publishes research papers from CAES Energy Policy Institute’s annual energy policy research conference

The Electricity Journal released a symposium issue in collaboration with the Center for Advanced Energy Studies’ Energy Policy Institute (EPI) and its recent Fourth Annual Energy Policy Research Conference.
Over two early-September days in San Francisco, more than 125 attendees from industry, national laboratories, academia, the government, and non-profits came together to hear a keynote address from former Department of Energy Secretary Stephen Chu and 66 paper presentations. Participants delved into topics such as the future of the electric utility, risk and resilience, grid governance and planning, regional electricity markets and issues with state-level climate policies, renewables integration and curtailment, and real-time pricing for electric vehicles. From this rich trove of papers, we have selected nine that we feel are especially pertinent for publication in this special issue. We offer our special thanks to EPI director David Solan for his invaluable assistance in pulling this together.
Read the full articles in the November 2014 issue of The Electricity Journal.

Center for Advanced Energy Studies Associate Director Harris to address United Nations committee Nov. 17 on nuclear security

Center for Advanced Energy Studies Associate Director and Idaho State University Associate Professor of Health Physics Jason Harris will address the United Nations 1540 Committee at U.N. headquarters in New York City on the topic of nuclear security on Nov. 17.
The 1540 Committee is under the U.N.’s Security Council. Harris will deliver a half-hour talk devoted specifically on the activities of the International Nuclear Security Education Network (INSEN), which is a partnership between educational institutions and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Harris served as chair of the INSEN 2012-14. He stepped down in August, but is still active with the INSEN.
View full article or watch the KVPI News 6 broadcast here.

CAES Affiliates’ Paper Wins Charles Redd Award

Energy Policy Institute researchers Juliet Carlisle (Univ. of Idaho), Stephanie Kane (Washington State Univ.), David Solan (Boise State Univ.), and Jeffrey Joe (Idaho National Lab) have won the Charles Redd Award for the Best Paper on the Politics of the American West.  The paper was recently published in the September issue of Energy Research & Social Science as Support for Solar Energy: Examining Sense of Place and Utility-scale Development in California. The authors will receive the award at the next Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting in April 2015.
Work on the paper was supported by a DOE Cooperative Agreement - Sunshot:  Development of an Open Source Utility-scale Solar Project Siting Tool, US Department of Energy, Award:  DE-EE005351.
View Boise State University announcement.

University of Wyoming Joins the Center for Advanced Energy Studies

On October 10, 2014, Idaho’s Governor Otter announced that University of Wyoming (UW) is joining the Center for Advanced Energy Studies consortium. UW is the first regional partner outside of the state of Idaho to join the research and education consortium between Idaho National Laboratory, Boise State University, Idaho State University, and University of Idaho. Read more in the official news release.

American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME) highlights Center for Advanced Energy Studies Research

An article published in the American Society for Mechanical Engineers discusses research being done by CAES affiliate and University of Idaho assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering Dr. Fatih Aydogan on passive safety systems in nuclear reactors.
“As the nuclear industry begins to shift toward small modular reactors as the best solution for low-carbon power for future generations, nuclear engineers at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) in Idaho Falls are hard at work on new passive safety systems.” View full article

Academic Opportunities & Symposia


Can you write the history of the future?
The Fuels Institute, a multi-industry think tank, is seeking entries for an inter-disciplinary case competition to design the future of transportation. Finalists will be flown to New Orleans, April 27-28, 2015, to present to industry executives for final judging at the Fuels Institute Spring Meeting. Benefits include cash prizes, publication, networking opportunities, and intellectual challenge.
“A distinctive, unprecedented occasion to design the future and to speak directly to business leaders who can make the future happen.”
Submit a Statement of Intent by December 8, 2014. Visit for more information.


Candidate Air Force-sponsored research topics for the upcoming DoD SBIR 15.1 and STTR 15.A are available for review at
This announcement is intended to provide Small Businesses an advance view of potential Air Force SBIR and STTR requirements, anticipating that it may help them prepare more competitive technical proposal(s).
All Small Businesses are encouraged to take the opportunity to discuss technical aspects of these requirements with the Air Force technical point of contact (POC) for the sponsoring organization.
Potential proposers should review the final Department of Defense SBIR solicitation 15.1 when opened, as topics may have been added, deleted or modified after publication on this page.


The Official DoD schedule is as follows:
Pre-release 12 December 2014
Open 15 January 2015
Close 18 February 2015