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The UC Merced Energy Research Institute (UCMERI) is based at the University of California, Merced—the first American research university to be built in the 21st century and the 10th UC campus. UCMERI conducts cross-disciplinary research that:

  • Leads to new and improved renewable and sustainable energy generation technologies.
  • Sets the standard for institutional energy efficiency and sustainable energy futures.
  • Educates the energy industry and the next generation of energy scholars and practitioners.
  • Examines domestic and global energy policy.

Currently, more than a dozen UC Merced professors from the Schools of Engineering, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts are conducting energy-related research.