The Center for Energy Research is a focus area for research, information exchange, and education in energy topics. Issues of particular interest to our geographical region include more general topics such as: solar energy utilization schemes, arid regions energy systems (e.g. dry cooling considerations), advanced cooling concepts (e.g. refrigeration systems that do not use CFCs), and nuclear waste issues are of particular importance. On a broader application basis, conventional power generation systems, energy conservation devices and systems, and environmental control issues for energy systems are of interest. The Center serves as a generator and catalyst for ideas, a stimulus for interdisciplinary cooperation, and a facilitator for commercialization.
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