University of Pittsburgh announces plans for new space at Energy Innovation Center

This morning the University of Pittsburgh along with its Swanson School of Engineering and the Center for Energy are announced plans for innovative research space at the Pittsburgh Gateways Energy Innovation Center in Pittsburgh’s Hill District.

The soft launch event, marketed as a chance for “Coffee and Conversation with Chancellor Gallagher“, was an informal opportunity for the Chancellor to make a few comments about the goals of the off-campus partnership, and speak to the opportunities the location would provide the university.

“We’re celebrating a new beginning,” remarked Chancellor Gallagher.  “Energy is one of those core enablers to our modern life…and an area of great opportunity.  Innovation is a team sport, and this space will help the university play a role in achieving this.”

The plan is for the University of Pittsburgh to occupy 19,000 sq ft of the building, with separate labs dedicated to performing research in collaboration with industry partners.

Dr. Greg Reed, Director of the University of Pittsburgh Center for Energy, made some additional remarks about what the much-anticipated new lab space means for the greater Pittsburgh region.

“Energy resources, technology, and development have been a huge part of our region’s heritage,” said Dr. Reed.  “We will have some of the most advanced facilities here…of anywhere in the country.”  The labs will include space for the application of high-voltage power electronics, batteries, advanced materials, and also an energy-related incubator space.

Dr. Reed also commented on how the space will allow the University to foster industry partnerships, and the thanked several businesses for their support to get them this far, including Eaton, Duquesne Light, Universal Electric, Emerson Process Management, Ansys, and Dominion.

The space is in the process of being built out, and is expected to be fully ready for occupancy by this time next year.

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