Curious about the future of energy? Care about climate change? Seeking an energy career? Energy Week at Duke (Mon. 11/4 - Thurs. 11/ 7) includes the Duke University Energy Conference (11/6) along with a film screening, career events, competitions, workshops, innovation showcase, & more! This student-organized event series is supported by the Duke University Energy Initiative, the Center for Energy, Development and the Global Environment (EDGE), and many corporate sponsors
Ian Reichardt writes for the Energy Initiative on 5 key takeaways from the 2019 Energy Boot Camps. These unique information opportunities provided students with an overview of the oil, gas, electric, and transportation sectors, offering insights on energy trends and challenges.
The traditional vertically integrated electric power monopoly model has held sway in North and South Carolina for decades. That may be about to change. These changes could impact the environment, markets, and more.
Trinity professor Alex Rosenberg writes an opinion piece for the NY Times regarding climate change. His discussion revolves around the "Prisoner's Dilemma" a philosophical argument in decision analysis in which individuals acting in their own self-interests would rather protect themselves than benefit the other.
Adam Fischer graduated from Duke in May 2019 with dual master’s degrees from the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Sanford School of Public Policy—and a five-month head start on his post-Duke career. During the spring semester, Fischer began working for the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he interned the previous summer.
Canadian governments are making good on a 2016 pledge to cut oil-and-gas-sector methane emissions. Director of Climate and Energy at the Nicholas Institute, Kate Konschnik, argues that regulating methane emissions, a trickier task, would make the Canadian gas sector more competitive.
With recent scientific reports on the effects of climate change, climate strikes around the world and big companies like Amazon promising action, climate change is a topic that is important to research and understand. Policy360 discuss climate-related policy ideas with Billy Pizer, an expert in climate change policy, law and legislation at Sanford.
Student Elliot Davis speaks on the progressively evolving climate debate and shows support of the "Carbon Dividend Act." Davis goes on to ask economics professor Christopher Timmins about the impact of such a tax. The bipartisan bill is not the end of the road and urges other students to get involved.
Electrical engineers at Pratt School of Engineering have harnessed the power of machine learning to design dielectric (non-metal) metamaterials. The design technique changed what could have been more than 2000 years of calculation into 23 hours, clearing the way for the design of new, sustainable types of thermal energy harvesters and lighting. This research was supported by the US Department of Energy.
Christine Folch, an assistant professor of cultural anthropology and environmental science and policy at Duke University, has devoted her research efforts to understanding and describing the politics of the world's second largest dam, the Itaipu Dam. The dam sits on the boundary of Brazil and Paraguay, providing hydroelectric energy to both countries but the politics in the middle gets tricky. She speaks on what has changed over her 10 year research and what she hopes to see changed in the future.
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