The Duke University Energy Initiative has announced its inaugural cohort of Energy Data Analytics PhD Student Fellows: Bohao Huang (PhD student in electrical and computer engineering), Qingran Li (PhD student in the University Program in Environmental Policy), Edgar Virguez (PhD student in environment), and Tianyu Wang (PhD student in computer science). The new program, affiliated with Duke's Energy Data Analytics Lab and supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is intended to prepare next-generation scholars who can deftly wield data in pursuit of accessible, affordable, reliable, and clean energy systems.
Research projects that explore advances in energy materials, novel perspectives on resilience and sustainability, and energy storage solutions will receive funding in 2018 from the Duke University Energy Initiative’s Energy Research Seed Fund. The program will award eight grants to projects involving 21 faculty members from four Duke schools, investing a total of $336,956 in promising new energy research.
Three recent Duke University graduates—Karim Khalil, Hannah Sieber, and Scott Martin—have been named to Forbes's annual "30 Under 30 in Energy" list. Learn about their professional accomplishments—and how their time at Duke influenced their success.
Junior Shomik Verma and two other Duke students, Samantha Bouchal and Pranav Warman, have been named 2018 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars. Verma serves as the Co-President of the Smart Home club as well as the Undergraduate Energy Club and is a key member of the Duke Electric Vehicles Team. He is studying mechanical engineering with minors in energy engineering and mathematics and hopes to get a PhD in the applications of heat transfer in renewable energy.
We have pulled out the energy-focused presentations from the lot of 90 plus presentations in total at this year's Master’s Project Symposium. The projects range from implementing a carbon tax in Boulder to clean energy in Nigeria.
Learn how Duke University has channeled its power-packed origins to become a leader in energy research and education.
Professor Avner Vengosh (Nicholas School of the Environment) is quoted in a story about new data released by Duke Energy with measurements of groundwater quality immediately next to coal ash basins. Vengosh argues, "for people living next to coal ash ponds, there is a potential of this contaminated groundwater to flow towards drinking water wells." Duke Energy states that the drinking water is perfectly safe and that it is expected for there to be some levels of radium in the water due to natural sources.
Duke SciPol released a brief outlining the tariff on imported solar cells and modules that President Trump signed into law in January 2018. The tariffs will charge 30% of the product’s value for solar panels to enter US markets from foreign producers. The tariffs drop annually and expire in 2022. Most jobs in the US solar industry are in supporting industries like installation rather than panel manufacturing, so more US jobs could be at risk from this new policy than would be protected.
Research published in Nature Climate Change by Nicholas School Professor, Drew Shindell, found that as many as 153 million premature deaths linked to air pollution could be avoided worldwide this century if governments speed up their timetable for reducing fossil fuel emissions. The greatest gains in saved lives could occur in Asia and Africa. The research team ran computer simulations of future emissions of carbon dioxide and associated pollutants such as ozone and particulate matter under three different scenarios.
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