Researchers connected with Duke's Energy Data Analytics Lab and Applied Machine Learning Lab, working in partnership with the World Resources Institute, are among five finalist teams in the GBDX for Sustainability Challenge. For the next two months, each finalist team will have access to Digital Globe's geospatial big data platform (GBDX) and 100+ petabyte image library, one of the largest collections of satellite imagery data available to the public or private sectors. In April, judges will review their progress and select an overall winner. The Duke/World Resources Institute team will undertake a project using high-resolution satellite imagery and computer vision to build an open database of global power plants.
Kate Konschnik (director of the climate and energy program at Duke's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions) and Sarah Marie Jordaan (Johns Hopkins) write about North American methane emissions reduction for "The Conversation," referring to their recent synthesis article on the topic. Their commentary was picked up by the Houston Chronicle.
The coauthors note that "even though much of the science is still uncertain, and the Trump administration is retreating from regulating methane leaks, we believe it is still possible and necessary to make progress on reducing methane emissions." Konschnik and Jordaan argue that, "while many actors are working to advance methane measurement and mitigation efforts, they need to work in concert to ensure effectiveness." The coauthors propose a North American Methane Reduction Framework to "coordinate regulations, voluntary industry actions and scientific developments in methane estimation and mitigation." This approach, they say "can bridge the divide between science and policy, and drive new research that in turn can support better policies when governments are ready to act."
Check out three new podcasts that Chris Nelder, host of The Energy Transition Show, recorded while on campus in the Fall. Dalia Patino-Echeverri (Nicholas School), Kyle Bradbury (Energy Initiative), and Tim Johnson (Nicholas School) share their insights on wholesale markets, storage applications, energy education, and more.
For the second year in a row, Duke University's Fuqua School of Business was named to Find MBA's list of top business schools for energy and natural resources. Fuqua offers MBA concentrations in Energy & Environment and Energy Finance, as well as a three-year dual-degree with Nicholas School of the Environment Master in Environmental Management. Fuqua's Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment (EDGE) is a hub for education, thought leadership, and industry engagement focused on the interrelated global challenges of energy, development, and the environment.
Subhrendu Pattanayak (faculty director of Duke University's new Energy Access Project, among
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has asked stakeholders to identify risks to grid resilience and propose solutions. Stakeholders may be tempted to frame resilience as a brand new problem requiring new market and regulatory responses. But could pre-existing reliability mechanisms get us most of the way there? Duke University Energy Initiative director Brian Murray and Kate Konschnik (director of the climate and energy program at Duke's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions) share insights on the recent FERC order in Utility Dive.
A Duke University student and a recent Duke University graduate have been named to a cohort of eight 2018 Energy Scholars by OneEnergy Renewables in partnership with 3Degrees and Net Impact.
Duke undergraduates and graduate students have racked up big wins recently at a range of state, national, and international energy competitions. We share some highlights—and offer a look at some factors underlying students' success.
Chris Wedding, Executive in Residence at the Nicholas School of the Environment, calls out seven reasons why he thinks lithium-ion batteries will be the top energy storage technology through at least 2025.
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