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Joseph Smith, Director

Joseph D. Smith, Director
Laufer Energy Chair

Mission Statement


The Energy Research and Development Center (ERDC) serves as a focal point for Research, Development, and Deployment activities related to energy-related technologies and energy security. ERDC researchers focus on educating students to analyze and solve issues related to environmental and economic sustainability of energy systems that improve rural economies and expand resource diversity. The center fosters close collaboration between Missouri S&T and other research centers in industry, national labs, and other universities. Work conducted through the ERDC is aimed at benefitting the university, the state of Missouri and the nation.

 


Energy Facts

  • The U.S. spends over $1,205 trillion dollars annually on energy.
  • The U.S. used 22% of the total world petroleum consumption in 2012.
  • Energy demand is projected to rise by over 30% by 2020, much faster than the projected increase in domestic energy production.
  • The shortfall between energy demand and domestic production is projected to increase nearly 50% by 2020.

News

"Monthly power sector carbon dioxide emissions reach 27-year low in April"

Today in Energy, August 5, 2015  Principal contributor: Allen McFarland.
The electric power sector emitted 128 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (MMmt CO2) in April 2015, the lowest for any month since April 1988, according to the most recent estimates in EIA's Monthly Energy Review. see the rest of the story

"Ameren officially pulls plug on new Callaway nuke"

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 31, 2015, by Jacob Barker
Ameren Corp. officially pulled the plug on a new nuclear power plant in Callaway County, withdrawing its application for a second reactor from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. see the rest of the story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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