Researchers from across Duke University are joining forces to peer into the most basic processes of life to discover what makes plants be all that they can be for our nation energy future. With the support of a three-year, $2 million grant from the Department of Energy, researchers will literally shine light on the molecules that help increase plant growth into biofuels.
Richard Newell, Gendell Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics and Director of the Energy Initiative at Duke University talks about global energy trends, innovation opportunities, and policy developments on the horizon as part of the EDGE Chats series.
Zackary Johnson, a professor in the Nicholas School of the Environment, has won a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to establish a consortium to study the extraction, development and commoditization of various products from algae. The grant, for up to $5.2 million over three years, will allow Johnsonto establish a consortium dubbed MAGIC – Marine Algae Industrialization Consortium – which will include a variety of university and corporate partners. Algae-based oil has been pursued as a renewable source of fuel since the 1970s, but high production costs prevented it from becoming a competitor with crude oil. The consortium’s goal, Johnson said, is to find ways to drive down the cost of oil extracted from algae. To do this, they need to maximize the value of other products that can be made from algae, such as proteins.
Sharrin Manor explains how her engineering and computer science background and her role on a Bass Connections in Energy team piqued an interest in using data to help consumers make smart decisions about their energy use.
Rick Larrick has been on a crusade to help people better understand how much energy they use. A professor with Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, in 2008 Larrick and Fuqua colleague Jack Soll proposed a gallons-per-mile standard that the federal government added to new car stickers in 2013.
A Duke University-led study finds that by strategically limiting the expansion of oil palm plantations into forests and peatlands in Indonesian Borneo, the industry could slash its greenhouse gas emissions by up to 35 percent by 2020 while still doubling the amount of land available for palm oil production, a major commodity.
More than $300 million has been invested in clean energy over the last year in an initiative monitored by the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. CASE is tracking the progress of $1.5 billion that was committed to impact investing by 29 organizations in June 2014.
Commencement season brought evidence of the continual and growing demand for undergraduate energy education programs at Duke University, as the Pratt School of Engineering graduated its first students in its minor in Energy Engineering and the Certificate in Energy and the Environment bid farewell to another hefty class.
Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment will soon offer a free, open-access online course on the oil and gas industry and electric power industry. The course, which is being developed this summer, will provide students with a technical and market-based understanding of the world's two largest and most complex energy industries.
Wood pellet supplies from the southeastern United States can help the European Union meet its 2020 policy goals for increased renewable energy and reduced greenhouse gas emissions without decreasing U.S. forest inventories or diminishing their carbon storage capacity
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