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Reliance on foreign fuels threatens our nation's economic, political, and environmental climate. CREST is an established research center dedicated to the development of renewable and alternative energy sources to reduce dependency on foreign energy. The UT System has made significant progress in developing efficient, less-costly, environmentally friendly energy processes. Examples include: biodiesel fuel processing, fabrication of solar cells, energy harvesting technologies, reducing the costs of coal liquefaction. CREST's mission is consistent with the theme of supporting local, state and nation development towards energy independence.