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Annual energy symposium held

June 22, 2012 — On Wednesday, June 6, UDEI held its annual symposium at the Clayton Hall Conference Center to showcase energy-related activities, provide a forum for researchers and students to interact, and raise awareness of the potential for collaboration.

At least eight research centers and institutes on the University of Delaware campus are addressing issues related to energy and sustainability -- from fuel cells, wind and solar power to policy, processes and materials. It’s the job of the UD Energy Institute (UDEI) to support them and help establish beneficial partnerships.

It was no accident that half of the program was devoted to updates from organizations while the other half highlighted individual projects. “Our job is to support organizations and individuals and to make connections among them in order to develop integrated research teams,” said Michael Klein, director of UDEI and Dan Rich Chair of Energy. “Organizations allow for integration, but it’s the people who make the breakthroughs.”