The CAES building
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Research Center Opens Doors

Idaho National Laboratory and the state of Idaho – through its three public research universities partnering in the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) – recently dedicated the new 55,000-square-foot, $17 million energy research laboratory on the banks of the Snake River in Idaho Falls.

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and the state’s congressional delegation joined INL, Idaho State University, the University of Idaho, Boise State University and the U.S. Department of Energy in officially opening the doors Feb. 20 to the new facility dedicated to education, training and research in pursuit of solutions to critical energy problems.

“For six decades now, INL has been putting Idaho at the cutting edge of energy technology,” Gov. Otter said. “Now, CAES is helping to ensure that Idaho is leading the drive to address our nation’s energy challenges today and into the future. The state of Idaho is proud to be a partner in this collaborative enterprise that will be such an important part of advancing the cause of energy independence.”

CAES research focuses on nuclear science, materials for energy application, bioenergy, carbon management and policy.

“This facility is not only a great accomplishment,” said ISU President Arthur Vailas, “but it has many other extensions in the great things we’re doing in energy here in Idaho that will affect the world.”

ISU Magazine featured a detailed story on CAES in the Fall 2008 edition.