Colorado gets massive return on investment from energy research 'collaboratory,' report finds

DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL - The Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory — which includes three of the state’s universities and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden — has drawn $96.6 million in outside investment over the last eight years and had an economic impact of $194 million, according to a new report.

The Collaboratory includes Colorado State University, Colorado School of Mines, University of Colorado Boulder and NREL, part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s national laboratory system.

Researchers have focused on making fuels from cellulosic biomass; fuels from algae; the development of renewable carbon fiber materials; high-efficiency solar power panels; and reducing of methane emissions from natural gas and other sources.

The consortium was started when then-Gov. Bill Owens signed into law a measure to fund the Collaboratory, up to $2 million a year for three years, beginning in fiscal 2007.

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