Conventional Energy

Hydrocarbon Processing

Hydrocarbons, used for fuels, electrical power generation, heating, and raw materials, are among the world's most important energy resources. Hydrocarbons are derived from petroleum, natural gas, and coal and will continue to be a vital resource as new renewable energy technologies are developed.

At USC, the Loker Hydrocarbon Institute concentrates its research efforts to find long-range energy solutions for future hydrocarbon needs. These efforts include searching for new chemistry directed towards renewable fuels in order to develop alternative hydrocarbon sources and to develop more efficient ways of utilizing and recycling current hydrocarbon resources.

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