Consortium Members

  • CAES

    A public research and education center focused on collaboration that inspires innovation, fueling energy transitions, and economic growth for the future.

    Key Infrastructure

    • 55,000 sq.ft. LEED Gold facility
    • 8 Labs (3 radiological)
    • 150+ research staff
    • CAVE (3D virtual reality system)
    • Microscopy & Characterization Suite
    • Radiochemistry Laboratory
    • Catalysis Laboratory
  • Boise State University

    Leads Materials Science and Engineering, Energy Systems Design Analysis and Testing, and Policy Core Capabilities

    Key Infrastructure

    • Advanced material fabrication and testing
    • Center for Materials Characterization
    • New Product Development Laboratory
  • Idaho National Laboratory

    Participates in all core capability research areas. Leads the FORGE initiative.

    Key Infrastructure

    • Advanced Test Reactor
    • World-class energy research facilities
    • One-of-a-kind radiological research facilities
    • “Fission and Falcon” supercomputers
  • Idaho State University

    Leads Nuclear Science and Engineering Core Capability

    Key Infrastructure

    • Research Reactor/Health Physics
    • Idaho Accelerator Center
    • Nuclear Engineering Laboratory
    • IJRC (Idaho Joint Research Complex)
  • University of Idaho

    Leads Geological Systems & Applications and Environmental & Resource Sustainability Core Capabilities

    Key Infrastructure

    • Agriculture Research and Extension Centers
    • Integrated Design Laboratory
    • Idaho Water Resources Research Institute
  • University of Wyoming

    Leads Fossil Carbon Conversion Core Capability

    Key Infrastructure

    • Hess Digital Rock Physics Lab
    • Shell 3D Visualization Lab
    • NCAR Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC)
Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour of CAES online or book a tour.

We offer CAVE demos for the general public every 3 weeks on Friday from 10:00-10:30am. Space is limited, so visitors must contact Donna Wuthrich (, 208-526-1784) to reserve a place.


The 55,000-square-foot Center for Advanced Energy Studies building is located on MK Simpson Boulevard in Idaho Falls, near both Idaho State University’s University Place campus and most of Idaho National Laboratory’s in-town facilities.

The CAES building is owned by the state of Idaho and maintained by Idaho State University. However, all five CAES partners – INL, Boise State University, Idaho State University, University of Idaho, and University of Wyoming  – have staff, faculty and students who work at the Idaho Falls facility.

Ground was broken for the CAES building on February 20, 2007. It was dedicated two years later on February 20, 2009.

The CAES facility is one of the few certified “green” buildings in Idaho.






Several centers are affiliated with CAES and provide expertise in specialized research areas.

CEERI, based out of Boise State University, promotes the efficient and effective use of energy resources through cutting edge research, accessible education and effective outreach.
EPI, located on the Boise State University campus, provides robust and timely research that meets the challenges of an increasingly carbon-constrained economy.
NSUF offers external users access to capabilities at INL and partner institutions at universities, national laboratories and industry facilities across the U.S.
CAES partners with the ID Dept of Commerce on the Center that focuses on data collection, analysis, visualization, and performance testing.
The Center for Space Nuclear Research engages university scientists in research and development of advanced space nuclear systems.
ESTEC was established by INL, Idaho State University and Partners for Prosperity to train technicians and operators to work energy-related fields.