Research Centers

A wide range of research takes place through EPIC. Each Center provides specific opportunities for partnership among other universities, industry and municipalities.

The Coal Ash and Liquid Management (CALM) Office was recently launched by EPIC to develop practical, technology-based solutions for the energy production industry to address problems and challenges with coal ash and liquids management. CALM will leverage the expertise at UNC Charlotte by utilizing a wide variety of coal ash and coal combustion energy, and waste-water treatment experts. The objective of CALM is to work with a wide variety of Industry Partners, and the electric power utilities to provide the most recent technology for evaluating groundwater and coal ash impoundment stability.This will be accomplished by initiating a combination of applied research projects, and large demonstration projects that increase safety, improve long term performance and reduce cost.

The Center for Advanced Power Engineering Research(CAPER) is a membership driven consortium among several universities and industry partners in the Southeast region of the US. The main mission of the center is to develop and demonstrate grid modernization technologies and enhance the educational experience for students in electric power engineering. With an aging infrastructure, rising demands for cleaner electricity and extreme weather conditions, the nation’s utilities are working to meet these operational and planning challenges while maintaining a resilient and reliable grid.

EPIC Technical Services delivers customized client assistance with comprehensive investigative projects, grant collaborations, project management, educational outreach, feasibility analysis, verification, focus groups and surveys, conferences, training and other services. These projects help the agencies or businesses with needed assistance and that includes access to university faculty expertise, student experiential learning and laboratory resources.

Sustainably Integrated Buildings and Sites (SIBS) is a collaboration between leading companies, corporations, universities, government agencies, and other organizations renowned for their innovative research capabilities, with the purpose of conducting research that will promote improved energy use, water use, air quality, and productivity in buildings through the integration of appropriate subsystems and technologies. The Center shall develop students who are knowledgeable in industry-relevant research and prepared to develop innovative products and services that enhance global competitiveness. Minimizing the impact of the built environment on the natural environment is a multi-disciplinary problem. The Center for Sustainably Integrated Buildings and Sites has recognized this need and has thus assembled researchers from across multiple fields, including engineering, architecture, and the natural sciences.