Research

Illinois Sustainable Technology Center’s research portfolio is diverse. We investigate areas impacting water, energy, and the sustainability of their production and use. The boundaries between these categories are not neat due to the interconnected nature of water needed for energy production and energy needed for water production. In addition, food also has an energy and water demand. This web of interconnectedness is called the water, food, and energy nexus. ISTC research is geared towards reducing demand and increasing efficiency for all categories by conducting integrated researcher. For example, biochar might sequester carbon and serve as a suitable soil amendment host for fertilizers. Desalinization can turn seawater potable, but it can also turn waste saline water from deep well injection carbon sequestration into a valuable product for inland aquaculture. Our research is interested in promoting cleaner energy, cleaner water, and wasting nothing that can be reused or repurposed in order to increase sustainability in Illinois and beyond.