Montana State University

Energy Research Institute

  • Alternative Energy Research: Montana State University is leading the way to a new energy future for Montana and the nation, with cutting-edge research in biofuels, carbon sequestration, fuel cells and wind energy.
  • MSU's fuel cell research, which is focused mostly on one type of cell—the solid oxide fuel cell or SOFC—aims to make fuel cells an affordable and practical source of energy for the 21st century.
  • Scientists at MSU are on the forefront of research into carbon sequestration-a promising method proposed to reduce mankind's CO2 emissions by storing CO2 deep within the earth.
  • Montana's wind resource is among the top 5 in the nation. Research conducted by scientists at MSU will make it possible to generate more electricity from wind more efficiently than ever before.
  • Burning biofuels derived from grains, seeds and other biological matter contributes less carbon to the atmosphere than burning fossil fuels. MSU's research aims at making biofuels more efficient and cost effective from both the industrial and agricultural points of view.

Energy Research Institute

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172465
Bozeman, MT 59717-2465

Tel: (406) 994-1658
Fax: (406) 994-2893


Lee Spangler

Assistant to the Director

Michelle Leonti

Recent News

Members of industry and the academic community will share ideas on the latest research involving treatment of chronic infections related to biofilms, as well as advances in industrial biofilm technology, during the Montana State University's Center for Biofilm Engineering meeting Tuesday through Thursday.

An effort to study how to safely store carbon dioxide deep underground took a major step forward in late May when Montana State University researchers successfully drilled a pair of wells in northern Montana.

Montana State University research into the production of algae high in oil content is a cornerstone of a larger feasibility study of how the organisms first discovered in Yellowstone might anchor a sustainable biofuels industry.

Researchers at Montana State University-Northern have developed a process to convert camelina oil to jet fuel and other high-value chemicals. MSU has applied for a U.S. patent and research is ongoing.

Montana State University finalized negotiations with the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy - National Energy Technology Laboratory on Tuesday to begin work on a $67 million, eight-year carbon storage project in northern Montana.

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