In a recently published volume of case studies, Duke University students analyze and share takeaways about energy access, drawn from fieldwork across the developing world. Published by Duke’s student Global Energy Access Network (GLEAN), the volume includes six case studies about communities in India, Indonesia, Madagascar, Nicaragua, and Peru. GLEAN has issued an RFP for a second volume, and is accepting applications through Jan. 26.
Nicholas School of the Environment faculty member Dr. Brian C. Murray has been named as director of the Duke University Energy Initiative, a university-wide interdisciplinary hub for energy education, research, and engagement.
Materials scientists at Duke University have developed a method to create hybrid thin-film materials that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to make. The technique could be the gateway to new generations of solar cells, light-emitting diodes and photodetectors.
William A. Pizer and Xiliang Zhang of Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions recently published a paper about China's new carbon market. This paper explains the design of the new carbon market, contrasts it with western markets, and highlights possible implications. It also presents research questions raised by the design.
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.
The Energy Initiative's annual impact report for Fiscal Year 2017 (July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017) is available here.
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.
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 Undergraduate Program Enhancement Fund grant.
Duke faculty Drew Shindell (Nicholas Professor of Earth Sciences), John Terborgh (James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Environmental Sciences), and Mark R. Wiesner (James L. Meriam Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering) have been named to Clarivate Analytic's 2017 list of the world's most highly cited researchers. Researchers on this list have published peer-reviewed papers that rank in the top 1% most cited of all papers in their discipline over the last 11 years.
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.
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