Since its founding in 1992, the Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory (EECL) has had a history of innovation and entrepreneurship. The lab was established through a partnership with the City of Fort Collins which provided Colorado State University access to the then vacant Fort Collins Power Plant. Originally constructed in 1936, the historic 24,000ft2 building has allowed the EECL to build unique facilities capable of conducting experimental research on engines ranging in size from 1hp to 2500 hp.

Our earliest work with natural gas pipeline engines produced a series of market driven environmental solutions that have transformed the industry. In the last five years we've kept the same approach, but have expanded our scope to encompass areas both upstream (fuels) and downstream (power grids) of our core engine expertise. In addition, we have applied this core expertise in energy conversion technology and product development to the creation of solutions with a global impact on energy production, conversion, and consumption - testing new energy technologies around the world including India, The Philippines, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Nepal. Cumulative research awards for the EECL now exceed $25 million and in 2010, the EECL was renamed one of CSU's elite "Programs of Research and Scholarly Excellence."