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The Department of Mechanical Engineering pursues a diverse range of research in the areas of energy conversion and renewable energy. The Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power engages in the development of new, more energy-efficient drive-trains based on hydraulic hybrid technology. The Thomas E. Murphy Engine Research Laboratory focuses the energy-efficiency and environmental impact of internal combustion engines. The Solar Energy Lab focuses on producing fuels with solar energy and on increasing building energy-efficiency through solar energy utilization. Research on energy-nanotechnology focuses on improving the efficiency and lowering the cost of solar cells, turning waste heat into electricity through thermoelectric devices, and developing more efficient light sources.