The Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) is one of the University of Kentucky's standalone multidisciplinary research centers. Its energy research provides a focal point for both fossil fuel and renewable energy research. Investigations are directed to: coal utilization and carbon management/mitigation, and conversion process technologies. Environmental issues relating to fuel use and coal combustion by-products constitute a major effort, along with the derivation of high added-value materials and chemicals from energy resources. Biofuels, electrochemistry (for fuel cells, batteries, and capacitors) and solar energy constitute a quickly growing part of our research portfolio. The CAER is a UK unit that is staffed by professional scientists and engineers, has extensive interactions with faculty members and students, and provides analytical services for outside organizations.