Economic Impact Report

Between 2007 and 2015, the Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory’s state investment of almost $8 million was leveraged to attract $96 million in externally sponsored research, with an associated impact on the local economy of $194 million, a new analysis shows.

Click here to hear how effective and important the Collaboratory is for the state and country.  Watch highlights of 2019 energy transition symposium.

Click here to download Press release for Collaboratory economic impact report

Click here to download the free FINAL Collaboratory Economic Impact Report–Executive Summary only

Click here to download the free Collaboratory 2007-2015 Economic Impact Report — Long Version

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Collaborative Research

The Collaboratory’s award winning researchers integrate cutting-edge science with the industry know-how to accelerate the transfer of energy technologies into the marketplace. Learn about how to successfully respond to U.S. Department of Energy ARPA-E proposals by attending our November 28, 2018 ARPA-E Workshop.  Click here for more information.

In August 2018 the Collaboratory hosted an invitation-only “Subsurface Energy Roundtable” that included topics related to oil and gas exploration, geothermal energy, geologic sequestration, new applications for subsurface energy, methane emissions and other topics.  The discussion included participants from industry, academia, and the U.S. Department of Energy.  This roundtable discussion brought together a wide range of perspectives to help identify potentially transformational technology opportunities, as well as the thought leaders in industry and academia who could launch new R&D programs to unlock these opportunities.

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Game-changing investments positioning Colorado to power the nation

The four Collaboratory institutions have spun out 90+ new companies and acquired 540+ new technology licenses since 2007.   Colorado is #3 in U.S. Department of Energy’s ARPA-E investments nationally which has been a fast-track to commercialization.  The four institutions have $500 million in investments in facilities and strategic hiring of entrepreneurial research.

Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory

Since 2007, the Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory (Collaboratory) is a uniquely Colorado partnership.  The Collaboratory has been a successful and impactful research consortium among four leading research institutions—the Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, University of Colorado-Boulder, and National Renewable Energy Laboratory.  Our impact and exceptional record of research and education can be read in our economic impact report.

Our research areas support a diversified energy portfolio in advanced energy technologies in oil and gas, sustainable energy, microgrid, battery, advanced cooling, gas to liquid, and increased energy efficiency — to name a few.

The Collaboratory works with industry partners, public agencies, and other universities and colleges to transform our energy future.  We do this by:

  • Use our world-class researchers and state-wide facilities to expand our national leadership in energy research collaborations
  • Leverage partnerships to transform research innovation into commercial impact
  • Developing technologies that make “all of the above” energy exploration and production more effective and cheaper
  • Training the next-gen workforce through education, company/job creating technologies and intellectual property
  • Boosting the nation’s energy ecosystem through research partnerships with industry, foundations, and government

The 9th annual energy transition symposium was a great success with over 60 speakers in the three day event!

You can watch any of the recorded sessions during the energy transition symposium originally held May 4-5 and 14, 2021.  Everyone must register first in order to access the videos.

Click here for more information on the 2021 symposium!


The four Collaboratory institutions hosted over 25 multi-disciplinary webinars over the course of 2020 – 2021 leading up to the May 4-5, 2021 energy transition symposium.

Click here for more information about the 2020-2021 free webinars!