Center for Advanced Energy Studies

The following information copied from the CAES website.

What is CAES?

CAES is a partnership between INL and the state through its three public research colleges – Boise State University, Idaho State University and University of Idaho.

Who owns CAES?

The 55,000-square-foot building is owned by the state of Idaho. It is technically an Idaho State University facility. ISU’s staff maintains the building.
The $17 million spent to build CAES came from several sources, including the state of Idaho; the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE); and INL managing contractor Battelle Energy Alliance with its parent corporations Battelle Memorial Institute and URS Washington Division, which backed $10 million in bonds for the building.

Who runs CAES?

Dr. J.W. "Bill" Rogers, Jr., an INL associate lab director, leads CAES. Oren Hester, also a veteran INL employee, is the deputy director of CAES. There are also associate directors from each of the university partners: Dr. Bob Smith of University of Idaho, Dr. David Solan and Dr. Darryl Butt of Boise State University, and Dr. George Imel and Dr. Richard Jacobsen of Idaho State University. INL leases 70 percent of the building. The three universities each lease 10 percent.

Why was CAES built?

The concept for CAES actually dates back to 2004, when the Department of Energy was bidding the contract to run INL. Part of its strategic outline included creating a partnership between the lab and the state’s three research universities to promote collaboration. The idea originated with former Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, Bill Magwood.

What is its mission?

The center is committed to conducting research to address the country’s and Idaho’s energy challenges, with emphasis on nuclear. It also is charged with addressing the looming nuclear energy work-force shortage.

What kind of research does CAES conduct?

CAES’ research is focused on nuclear science and engineering, advanced materials science, bioenergy, carbon management/geothermal energy, energy policy, modeling and simulation and energy efficiency.

So how is the research conducted at CAES different than at INL or the universities?

CAES' research is designed to complement the work being done at each for the partner institutions. For exampke, CAES might conduct bench-scale versions of research and development that INL could then take to full scale. All CAES research and development involves the collaboration of at least two of its partners.


995 University Blvd.
Idaho Falls, ID 83401

Research Initiatives
Nuclear Science and Engineering
Advanced Materials
Carbon Management
Energy Policy
Modeling and Simulation
Emerging Research
Energy Efficiency

Wed, 07/20/2011