From the Director

Reza Abbaschian 2019

For the past few decades especially, global energy demand has increased significantly. While technological advancements have improved use of natural resources, we have only scratched the surface of possibilities that can lead to a more sustainable energy future. ​

At the forefront of our groundbreaking energy research is the Winston Chung Global Energy Center (WCGEC), which focuses on developing emerging energy solutions related to storage, generation and distribution to advance the science and applications of energy technology. ​

WCGEC is a leading renewable energy center and is unique in its approach that collaborators focus on real-world outcomes, combining research and education to develop practical energy applications. Its interdisciplinary platform brings together highly qualified faculty and researchers who approach energy exploration with short- and long-term benefits to maximize the return of efforts.​

As a result of support from energy leaders including Chinese businessman and inventor Winston Chung, government agencies like the South Coast Air Quality Management District, and the Riverside Public Utilities, the WCGEC has continued to make successful advancements in several areas. Among the center’s many significant projects is the launch of the Sustainable Integrated Grid Initiative (SIGI), a first-of-its-kind renewable energy project that manages solar power too use during peak usage hours, providing new energy management strategies impacting the city’s power grid operation. ​

The WCGEC will continue to serve a pivotal role as changes in the way we store, generate and distribute energy shapes the way we go about our daily lives. The next major energy invention is right around the corner, and it’s happening here at the WCGEC.​


-Reza Abbaschian