Creating Energy Solutions.


About the Institute for Energy Innovation

LSU is working with global energy leaders and industry and communities in Louisiana to find new ways to fuel the nation—a core focus of the university’s Scholarship First Agenda. The LSU Institute for Energy Innovation, launched in June 2022 with a $25 million gift from Shell, will serve as a national model for energy-related collaboration at the intersection of science and engineering with cross-disciplinary work across LSU’s broad range of academic areas.

Through the institute, leaders in energy-related thought, talent development and industry are investing in the pursuit of a shared vision for the future of energy rooted in five work streams: talent, research and development, policy and economics, social and environmental justice and technology transfer and commercialization.

Learn more about LSU’s commitment to energy innovation through its Scholarship First Agenda.

Meeting the Nation’s Future Energy Needs

Setting a New Standard

“Energy represents a central driver of Louisiana’s economy, and Louisiana buttresses the nation’s energy supply, putting LSU in the unique position to partner with industry to discover innovative methods to fuel our nation. Together with Shell, we invite fellow industry leaders to join us in pioneering the research and development pathways forward to protect and preserve Louisiana’s energy economy, while meeting the nation’s future energy needs.”—LSU President William F. Tate IV

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Our Research Focus

The LSU Institute for Energy Innovation is an independent academic research institute focused on advancing scholarship, discovery, outreach and commercialization in these areas:

The institute engages in collaborative research, recognizing that different stakeholders possess unique insights, knowledge and expertise that can enrich the research process and enhance the relevance and impact of the research outcomes. By involving stakeholders from the outset, the institute’s objective is to foster mutual learning and co-production of knowledge that can lead to more effective and sustainable solutions to complex problems that challenge the global energy transformation.

“Shell and LSU have a long history of taking care of Louisiana.”
— Lee Stockwell, Shell

Watch how Shell’s catalytic $27.5-million investment in LSU and the new Institute for Energy Innovation is advancing reliable, affordable, and environmentally responsible energy in Louisiana for the world.


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Realizing the potential to harness the Sun’s energy, LSU Bert S. Turner Department of Construction Management Assistant Professor Arup Bhattacharya is researching solar power farming in the state thanks to a $94,000 grant from the Institute for Energy Innovation.

Thanks to a nearly $500,000 experimental grant from the LSU Institute for Energy Innovation, LSU Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering Assistant Professor Jyotsna Sharma is leading a team of researchers that includes LSU Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Manas Gartia and collaborators at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) to develop a distributed fiber-optic sensor (DFOS) to monitor CO2 leaks and structural integrity in CCS sites and CO2 pipelines.

Louisiana Sea Grant and LSU AgCenter water quality specialist M.P. Hayes is the recipient of a $500,000, two-year research grant from the Louisiana State University Institute for Energy Innovation (IEI) and the LSU Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED).