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EIU Center for Clean Energy Research and Education (CENCERE)

Center for Clean Energy Research and Education (CENCERE)

CENCERE is an innovative approach to energy research and education.

Committed to the development of clean, sustainable energy sources, CENCERE partners with a cross-disciplinary team engaged in catalyzing new initiatives in energy research and education.


  • To contribute to the operation of the Renewable Energy Center as it supplies energy to the campus.
  • To facilitate collaborative research in renewable energy by faculty across the entire university.
  • To enable students to study clean energy in order to be knowledgeable in environmental protection, natural resource preservation, and social responsibilities and solutions.
  • To become a national leader in clean energy research and education.

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Within the 5000-square-foot CENCERE facility, students conduct hands-on research on sources suitable for renewable energy development. Students in the Department of Center for Clean Energy Research and Education (CENCERE) are able to engage in research early in their college career, which results in meaningful research and outcomes, participation in professional conferences, and publications, thus preparing them to move into their selective fields upon degree completion.

  • Collaboration with the EIU Renewable Energy Center
  • Sustainable Biomass Research
  • Gasification Technology
  • Indeck Solar Energy Project
  • Online Syngas Analyzer
  • Master of Science in Sustainability
  • Renewable Energy Research Mentorship Program



Our students have a broad variety of paid and non-paid, unique and traditional internship opportunities available to them. While our students continue to intern at local sites such as Fox Ridge State Park, Douglas-Hart Nature Center and Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, newer partnerships and internship opportunities include participation and training in research at the City of Charleston Waste Water Treatment Plant and the Dr. Gordon Grado Pre-Medicine Internship Program.


An infrastructure to create and provide opportunities for faculty, students and staff engaged in the study of clean energy.


Minor in Environmental Sustainability

Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Minor in Environmental Sustainability - This minor provides students with the skill set needed to be competitive in a job market focused on the applications of environmental sustainability. Students will take courses in alternative energies and sustainability as well as biogeochemical aspects of environmental sustainability. The minor also provides examples of the applications of environmental sustainability to various social systems. Existing prerequisites for courses must be satisfied.

Master of Science in Sustainability

The Master of Science in Sustainability graduate degree program focuses on preparing leaders and managers for the entire energy industry. This multi-disciplinary degree is science-based and technology management–focused. The purpose of this graduate degree program is to empower students to develop advanced knowledge and skills in order to become leaders and managers in the energy sector. Click here for more information on this program.

Meet our Faculty

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Contact Information

Peter Ping Liu
Director and Professor


Jerry J. Cloward
Associate Professor and Assistant Director

1120 Klehm Hall

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