The unprecedented surge in global energy consumption and increased awareness of climate change have pushed energy and the environment to the forefront of public debate. Over the next quarter century, it is estimated that some $20 trillion in capital investment will be required to meet worldwide energy demand. For engineers, satisfying that demand while protecting the environment is a grand challenge that will shape research and educational priorities for decades to come.

Lehigh's research agenda is a broad area of research on energy production, delivery, and utilization, and their relationship to the environment. This includes the testing and integration of renewable energy resources, including marine hydrokinetic, solar, and wind energy into the power grid, and it includes co-design and operation of energy systems, exemplified by integrated electricity and natural gas delivery systems, and research on the environmental impacts that these activities may have.

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