The Institute was established in 1961 with the name of the Nuclear Energy Institute to address nuclear energy issues raised by the growing energy demand of Turkey. In 2003, the institute was renamed as the Energy Institute to form a centre for advanced research into the energy aspects in a broader respect. The Energy Institute teaching and research programs on graduate level are of an applied and interdisciplinary nature involving students, faculty, staff and off- campus persons from the fields of Science, Engineering, Architecture and Agriculture. The Institute is engaged in the collection, development, and dissemination of information and research about energy in general and sustainability for the improvement of environment quality, economics, and human life.
The Energy Institute emphasizes distinguished research programs in the energy fields, complementing instruction at both graduate and undergraduate levels. It serves for identification, initiation, and execution of interdisciplinary research, policy- related studies on critical energy issues affecting Turkey, and the world. It cooperates with other research institutions (such as the Energy Institute of TUBİTAK, and UNIDO- Ichet) and with state agencies on studies aimed at solutions of energy problems.