Globalization of economies and the rapidity of transportation, communications, and growth accelerate the need for sustainable practices. Nowhere is this more evident than in the production, transmission, storage, and use of energy and power. Energy is still relatively inexpensive, thanks to large-scale sources such as coal, petrochemicals, uranium, and falling water. Yet to this point the full environmental consequences of their use have not been included in energy prices. At the same time, we face limits on availability that may become significant within this generation. Adding pressure to this dynamic is the rapid growth of developing nations, which are increasingly industrialized, and whose people are aspiring to the standard of living enjoyed by more developed nations. The need for new energy solutions is compelling and urgent. It is for these reasons that the Lugar Center for Renewable Energy was created at IUPUI – a university founded by Senator Lugar when he was Mayor of Indianapolis.
The decisions and investments we make today in these critical areas will undoubtedly have a major impact on the viability of tomorrow, including the ability of future generations to lead a healthy and productive existence and to develop strong communities. The answers will be multifaceted, including efficient use of existing resources, combined with cutting-edge innovations in solar energy, wind energy, battery and fuel cell technology, renewable hydrogen generation from biomass, transportation biofuels, and waste-to-energy conversion. Strong leaders, innovative research, visionary policy makers, and creative business people will be needed to transition society and the economy to a more sustainable energy portfolio. Moreover, outstanding educators will be needed to inspire ingenuity in the next generation and encourage public understanding of energy issues. Along with our main goals, the Lugar Center endeavors to be a key player in facilitating this transition, connecting our local capabilities with national interests and global needs.
I encourage you to peruse the website, and contact us regarding your participation in this important endeavor. And don’t miss our events calendar with opportunities to see for yourself what is happening now, and a glimpse into what the future might be.
Prof. Peter J. Schubert, P.E.
Director of the Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy