Welcome from all of us at AEE!

About Us

The Alternative Energy Enterprise is a multidisciplinary, student-run company out of the Chemical Engineering department at Michigan Tech. Our goal is to create or improve technologies to create a sustainable future where our energy needs are met via carbon-neutral sources, lowering our carbon footprint and allowing for energy independence in local communities.

Starting out focusing on biofuels (a team which AEE is still proud to have actively running tests,) we have branched out to include geothermal heat, solar power, and sustainability, not only to follow the interests of our students, but to meet the growing demand for engineers and scientists with a familiarity with alternative energy technology.

As we continue to grow, we are constantly on the look out for team members with new ideas for projects that would be a good fit for our enterprise and are willing to work with members on the projects they would like to see built by AEE.

Come meet us!

Enterprise meeting:
Tuesdays, 4pm
Chem Sci, 211 (Post-Covid)
Zoom Meeting ID: 849 3357 0847 (For Now)


The AEE is proud to be involved in multiple public outreach programs for sustainability, alternative energy, and STEM education. Contact our outreach chair, Jim Smith, to ask us where you can find us, or to invite us to get involved with your project!

Current Teams


The biofuels team works to create fuels from renewable resources for a more susainable future.

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The GeoSolar team is focused on creating an implementable, economically feasible system which combines a geothermal heat pump and photovoltaic solar panels for a home in Houghton County.

Baraga Solar

The Baraga Solar team working with the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) to implement four solar projects throughout Baraga County.

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Sustainability Demonstration House

Several AEE members and interested students live in this historic building to explore practical means of reducing the amount of energy used by the average home.

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The REMM team works with the Oshkosh corporation to look for peaceful applications for a renewable energy mission module.


The Compost Team is looking to create a sustainable means of fertilizer by composting the organic food waste produced by Michigan Technological University.

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Pumped Hydro

Using the many abandoned mines in the Keweenaw, the Pumped Hydro team is focusing on using abandoned mine shafts throughout the Copper Country to create storage systems using pumped water.

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Past Projects

For information on past projects throughout the Alternative Energy Enteprise, click here! Past projects include L'Anse Community Solar, Calumet Geothermal, Microbial Fuel Cell, and more!

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