In 2019, nuclear energy provided a whopping 55% of America’s carbon-free electricity. Yet the nation’s existing nuclear infrastructure is aging and there are virtually no new plants being built in the U.S. Research and development is underway on new designs for nuclear reactors that seek to completely change the paradigm for nuclear energy. The webinar features insights from nuclear energy experts Dr. Rachel Slaybaugh (ARPA-E and UC Berkeley) and Jessica Lovering (Carnegie Mellon and Energy for Growth Hub). The conversation is moderated by Dr. Eric Rohlfing, Energy Initiative executive-in-residence and former acting director of ARPA-E.
Latin America has been developing one of the world's most formidable renewable energy sectors. At this webinar in July 2020, Duke professor Dr. Christine Folch was joined by alumnae Dr. Stephanie Friede (PhD'18) and Odette Rouvet (MIDP'18) in analyzing key lessons from the region's renewable energy experiments. In many cases, the experts noted, the social, economic, and political context of a project is even more complex than the physics that makes its engineering possible—and is no less critical to its ultimate success. The webinar was organized by the Duke Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Duke University Energy Initiative
Watch a panel of Duke University and industry experts as they discuss how the electric power sector is weathering COVID-19-related challenges—and what the impact might be for the energy transition. The panel created by Duke's Science and Society, in partnership with the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, and the Duke University Energy Initiative.
In late February 2020, many of the student emails in Stacy Peterson’s inbox were studded with exclamation points.
Does the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) interest in carbon pricing reflect federal policy priorities? Not necessarily, but it does indicate a surge of momentum among states & other entities. Brian Murray, the director of the Energy Initiative and a professor in the Nicholas School of the Environment, writes for Forbes on this momentum.
Is coal canceled? Not globally. But a proposed financing mechanism for developing countries may chart a fast path to coal power’s departure from the world energy stage. Check out this Forbes piece by Energy Initiative director Dr. Brian Murray, also a Nicholas School of the Environment &Sanford School of Public Policy faculty member.
In an email to the Duke University energy community, Energy Initiative director Dr. Brian Murray reflected on most recent appalling instances of systemic racism and injustice in America, and vowed that Energy Initiative staff will join the Duke community in committing to work together for anti-racist change.
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.
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.
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.