McCall Research Group Illinois

Sustainability Projects

Energy Future

Campus Sustainability

Ben McCall has been working with the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment to advance a more sustainable future for our campus.

Biodiesel and Biosoap Production

Ben McCall is the faculty advisor of the Illinois Biodiesel Initiative, an effort to (partially) fuel the campus fleet with biodiesel produced from used cooking oil from campus dining halls.
Edison Cells

Nickel-Iron Battery Chemistry

We are investigating ways to further improve the environmental sustainability of nickel-iron batteries, invented by Thomas Edison in 1901.
Solar Icemaker

Resilient Renewable Refrigeration

We are working to develop a new approach to refrigeration that will combine the use of a solar thermal adsorption cycle with thermal energy storage.