Schatz Energy Research Center

Our mission

A partial NASA image of Earth, focused on Central America

The mission of the Schatz Energy Research Center is to promote the use of clean and renewable energy. We accomplish this by:

  • Designing, demonstrating, and deploying clean and renewable energy technologies
  • Implementing collaborative programs that support the deployment of clean energy systems
  • Performing lab and field research
  • Engaging in scientific and policy analysis
  • Providing graduate fellowships and work opportunities for student engineers and scientists, and
  • Educating the public about clean and renewable energy.

The Center was established in 1989, thanks to generous funding from Dr. Louis W. Schatz.

We are affiliated with Humboldt State University’s Environmental Resources Engineering program, and engage undergraduate and graduate students across multiple disciplines with hands-on experience in emerging energy technologies.

Contact us

The Schatz Center is available by phone Monday through Friday from 9-5 pm (PST). We typically return emails to our main account within 1-2 business days. 
(707) 826-4345 |

The Schatz Center as seen from the BSS building.

Visit the Center

Our monthly Schatz Center Tour is offered on the first Friday of each month from 11 am to noon. (Due to space constraints, tour reservations are required.) We’re also happy to schedule tours for campus visitors and local groups with advance notice. Please contact us via email or phone for more information or to make a tour reservation.

  • Schatz Center facilities are not open to the public on a drop-in basis.


  • Two accessible parking spots are located next to the Center: one in the south side driveway, and one to the north of the building.
  • General parking is available in the lot immediately to the south of the Center (alongside 14th street).
  • Please note that a parking permit or day pass is required to park on campus. Day passes can be purchased at the main lot kiosk and in ticket dispensers in both the south lot and main lot. (See map for locations.)
  • Four-hour and metered street parking options are often available on 14th street and surrounding neighborhoods (typically within one to four blocks of the Center).


The Center is located in Arcata, California, on the campus of Humboldt State University. Download the campus map.

  • Our main facility houses a large conference room, offices, staff and student workstations, a solar product testing lab, an electrical shop, an exterior courtyard for project work, and a machine shop. This building was constructed in 2011 and meets LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold equivalent standards. Project funding came from the estate of our founder, Dr. Louis W. Schatz.
  • Our West Wing (shown right) was built in 2017, immediately west of the main facility. This new building houses a conference room, two faculty offices, and fourteen staff and student workstations. The West Wing was funded by the Schatz estate, Anne and David Katz, Peter and Carolyn Lehman, Christina and Jack West, Jamie Everett, and Joel Lehman, with grant support from the California Energy Commission to house the NorthCAT North State office.

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