Posted On: Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 12:00 am

A new grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) will support a Duke-based initiative to help utilities and wholesale electricity markets improve their efficiency and reliability while reducing emissions and costs. Dalia Patiño-Echeverri (Nicholas School of the Environment) will lead the three-year initiative. David Brown (Fuqua School of Business) is a co-principal investigator along with collaborators at Ohio State University, North Carolina State University, Princeton University, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and PJM Interconnection. Advisors include Energy Initiative executive-in-residence Eric Rohlfing, along with experts from Dartmouth, Duke Energy, and Southern Company.

Planting a dollar - Seed Fund 2020
Posted On: Monday, May 11, 2020 - 4:53 pm

In 2020-2021, the Duke University Energy Initiative’s Energy Research Seed Fund will support projects addressing renewable energy’s integration into the grid, battery performance, electrochemical catalysts, utilities’ decision-making, the energy-water nexus, and energy’s connections with war and health. The program will award six grants to projects involving thirteen faculty members from five Duke schools, investing a total of $249,590 in promising new energy research.

Posted On: Tuesday, May 05, 2020 - 10:47 am

Energy Initiative graduate student assistant Will Foster (MEM/MBA '22) shares key takeaways from a recent webinar at which energy professionals offered advice to students on advancing their careers during this challenging time.

Posted On: Monday, May 04, 2020 - 12:00 am

In a new policy brief, Duke University's Energy Access Project, in collaboration with the Energy Access team at CrossBoundary Group, looked at the experiences of seven countries that have made great strides in bringing electricity to their rural populations: Brazil, Chile, Laos, Peru, South Africa, Thailand, and Tunisia. Despite widely different circumstances and initial electrification rates, there are important similarities.

Posted On: Friday, Apr 17, 2020 - 12:00 am

John E. Dolbow, a professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and mathematics, will join Duke University’s Office of Research as an assistant vice president for research, beginning July 1. Dolbow is a member of the Duke University Energy Initiative faculty network.

Posted On: Monday, Apr 13, 2020 - 9:02 am

Miss out on the Women in Energy event hosted by the EDGE Center at Fuqua and the Energy Initiative? Good news—the recording’s now live! Check out this compelling discussion spotlighting the perspectives and experiences of three recent Duke University alumnae who are making bold moves in the energy sector. 

Posted On: Monday, Apr 13, 2020 - 12:00 am

Materials scientists at Duke University have shown the first clear example that a material’s transition into a magnet can control instabilities in its crystalline structure that cause it to change from a conductor to an insulator. If researchers can learn to control this unique connection between physical properties identified in hexagonal iron sulfide, it could enable new technologies such as spintronic computing.

Posted On: Tuesday, Apr 07, 2020 - 8:43 am

The Duke University Energy Initiative organized this lively virtual panel discussion on “The Future of Transportation.” Expert panelists shared insights on diverse topics, including how electric mobility is revving up, development of charging infrastructure, sourcing of vehicle battery materials, the role of policy and regulation, potential for public-private partnerships, and much more.

Posted On: Thursday, Apr 02, 2020 - 12:00 am

A new Duke University study says a large Southeast power market would be the best hope for creating greater competition, lowering prices and encouraging cleaner energy production as the Carolinas look for alternative regulatory structures for their power utilities. Jennifer Chen, senior counsel at the Nicholas Institute for the Environment authored “Evaluating Options for Enhancing Wholesale Competition and Implications for the Southeastern United States." A study suggesting an RTO (regional transmission organization) could lower costs.

Posted On: Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020 - 12:00 am

In this video, part of the EDGE Chat series by Fuqua's School of Business, Kristen Hammer is highlighted. Hammer is the business development manager for Virgin Hyperloop One. She describes the all electric system that could be able to move people and cargo at incredible speeds. Hammer also speaks on navigating a new regulatory context and what the future of hyperloop transportation may look like.