Posted On: Friday, Dec 15, 2017 - 1:41 pm

Human emissions of the potentially harmful trace metal vanadium into Earth’s atmosphere have spiked sharply since the start of the 21st century due in large part to industry’s growing use of heavy oils, tar sands, bitumen and petroleum coke for energy, finds a new study by Duke researchers William H. Schlesinger, Emily M. Klein, and Avner Vengosh.

Posted On: Thursday, Dec 14, 2017 - 3:28 pm

The Energy Initiative's annual impact report for Fiscal Year 2017 (July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017) is available here. 

Posted On: Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017 - 12:03 pm

The Duke University Energy Initiative is pleased to announce the expansion of its successful Energy Research Seed Fund program. Thanks to generous support from the Office of the Provost, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, the Pratt School of Engineering, and the Information Initiative at Duke (iiD), we invite proposals for seed grants (up to $45,000 for new research, stage-two grants (up to $35,000 to support previously funded projects in their next research phase), and proposal development grants (up to $25,000 for past seed fund recipients to develop external funding proposals). This year's deadline is Feb. 2, 2018. 

Posted On: Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017 - 11:11 am

The Energy Initiative announces the opening of The Generator as an innovation space designed for team-based learning. The renovation of Gross 100C was supported by a University Program Enhancement Fund grant. 

Posted On: Friday, Dec 08, 2017 - 3:50 pm

Hult Prize, a global competition, advertises itself as “a benchmark program for social entrepreneurs.” Each year, aspiring social entrepreneurs at Duke get the chance to participate by first competing in Hult Prize @ Duke, which is co-hosted by the Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative and the NET Impact Club at The Fuqua School of Business. This year, teams were tasked with harnessing the power of energy to transform the lives of 10 million people by 2025. Energy Initiative director Brian Murray served as a judge.

The winning team—which will proceed to the regional finals—is mPower, a team of four sophomores that aims to fill India’s shortage of agricultural cold storage solutions by offering a novel product and distribution network that compensates farmers and simplifies the supply chain. Team members include Saheel Chodavadia, an economics and psychology major, Sherry Feng, a computer science and political science major and Jason Wang, a computer science and public policy major, and Harshvardhan Sanghi, a mechanical engineering major also pursuing an economics minor and the I&E Certificate. Sanghi and Wang both live in the Duke Smart Home, and Sanghi is a member of Duke’s Energy Club and is working on energy access through a Bass Connections project.

Posted On: Thursday, Dec 07, 2017 - 10:48 am

The Duke University Energy Initiative and Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions have jointly appointed Norman C. Bay, former Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, to a three-year term as a non-resident senior fellow.

Posted On: Wednesday, Dec 06, 2017 - 1:30 pm

Several energy researchers have received 2018 Intellectual Community Planning Grants to begin or test a new collaboration around a shared interest.  The grant program is one of three Provost Sally Kornbluth has offered this year as part of the Together Duke strategic plan. Project funds ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 were awarded to eight groups, including "Duke Project on Risk and Resilience" and "Environmental and Economic Justice in Rural America."

Posted On: Wednesday, Dec 06, 2017 - 1:01 pm

Jonathan Phillips, formerly the senior advisor to the president and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, has been named director of the Energy Access Project at Duke University. This new research and policy effort aims to address the challenges around increasing access to modern energy solutions to underserved populations around the world.

Posted On: Wednesday, Dec 06, 2017 - 11:00 am

Duke University is launching a project focused on developing new and collaborative ways to meet the energy needs of some of the world’s most disadvantaged communities, President Vincent E. Price announced Wednesday.

The Energy Access Project was established by a $1.5 million gift from Jim Rogers, former CEO and chairman of the board for the electric utility company Duke Energy, and his wife, M.A. Rogers. The Bass Connections Challenge at Duke University will add $750,000 in matching funds for a total of $2.25 million to support the project’s goal of accelerating deployment of sustainable energy and empowering the world through expanded energy access.

The Duke University Energy Initiative is proud to collaborate with the Nicholas Institute, the Sanford School of Public Policy, the Nicholas School of the Environment and Bass Connections on this project. Read more. 

Posted On: Saturday, Dec 02, 2017 - 10:36 am

The Duke University Energy Initiative and Duke Libraries have been selected to jointly host one of four two-year postdoctoral fellowships in data curation for energy economics—funded via an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant to the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).