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Global Energy Security
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Perhaps the most compelling example of the critical need for a highly developed national innovation capacity is energy security. Energy security may, indeed, be one of the biggest global challenges of the 21st century.
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The Soviet launch of Sputnik, over 50 years ago, jolted the United States to action, launching the “space race” which was, in actuality, a defense-based “science race.”
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The urgency of national and global energy security is the “space race” of this millennium. We know that we can no longer merely drill our way to energy security. We must innovate our way to energy security.

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—Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D.
President, Rensselaer
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Energy@Rensselaer
The research leaders who work, study, and innovate at Rensselaer share a common focus: unearthing new opportunities for solving the 21st century’s most challenging problems.

Right now, more than 6.5 billion people are competing for the Earth’s dwindling supply of fossil fuels. By 2050, there will be 8 to 10 billion, and major advances in energy technology will be required to meet their needs. Rensselaer has faced that challenge by launching and expanding programs in renewable energy sources and energy conservation.

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The Center for Future Energy Systems (CFES) is the Energy Center for Advanced Technology (Energy CAT) in New York State and is funded by NYSTAR (New York State Office of Science, Technology and Innovation) and industrial partners.

CFES conducts fundamental and applied research to accelerate the development of energy efficient and renewable energy technologies.

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