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Advanced Coal and Energy Research Center


Welcome to ACERC

The Problem

Energy is at the crux of big global problems like climate change, global health, food security, bio-diversity, water security, and even national security. The people of the world need increasing amounts energy, the planet’s resource base needs to be carefully managed, and the environment needs to be maintained to support future generations.  Further, sources of funding for crucial basic research that traditionally occurs primarily at universities is under pressure from all sides. Finally, there is a shortage of energy professionals to fill high-paying energy jobs. 

The Solution

SIU scientists work with global teams of experts to do the crucial science to identify pathways, measure and predict impacts, and find solutions for the future of energy. Established in 1974 as the Coal Research Center and expanding its focus in 2014 to include the broad array of energy innovation occurring across campus, ACERC is the hub for access to resources and information regarding advanced coal and energy research, development and commercialization for SIU and the regional community.

  • ACERC assists faculty, students and others in the campus research community in engaging in advanced coal and energy-related research and service opportunities.  
  • Research has been conducted ranging from mine reclamation, coal processing, and gasification to energy policy, biofuels and renewables.  Ever at the forefront of efforts for safer, cleaner and more efficient energy, SIU researchers are making discoveries in areas such as carbon dioxide utilization, chemical looping combustion, microalgal fermentation and advanced materials for fuel cells.
  • Faculty and students from such diverse fields as engineering and technology, science, business, education, law and agriculture have contributed to the University’s international reputation in advanced coal and energy research.  In addition to various graduate degree and research opportunities in colleges across campus related to energy topics, ACERC supports SIU’s Professional Science Masters in Advanced Energy and Fuels Management program, which affirms an impressive post-graduation employment percentage.
  • Since 1990, ACERC has managed the Illinois Coal Development Park (ICDP) at SIU’s Carterville Campus in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.  Efforts at the ICDP have targeted technologies that promise near-term commercial application.  The ICDP has housed numerous technology projects including federal, state, and privately funded projects exploring advanced mining and coal utilization technologies.  It houses one of only two Longwall Dust Control Facilities in the nation, laboratories and equipment, administrative space as well as a high bay building for large demonstration pilot projects.

Contact us today and become part of the solution. 

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