We are developing the basic-science principles needed to implement alternative energy systems across the U.S. and create a net-zero emissions future.

Scientists at EESA are leading research of clean hydrogen use and storage at scale; studying the critical Earth materials needed for clean-energy technologies to better understand how to extract and use them sustainably; and developing innovative methods to leverage Earth’s geothermal energy to power the grid. We are developing monitoring technologies, materials, and techniques needed to ensure that the waste generated in the production of nuclear energy stays securely stored underground.

A man holding a large core sample of green-ish rock with a dark fracture running through it Aerial view of power plant with low mountain range in the distance Man standing at a lab bench using a handheld instrument to analyze rock samples A tunnel with a man welding. Large nuclear waste storage containers lie along the floor in the foreground