Duke University faculty played a key role in organizing last month's North American Climate Policy Forum, at which government officials, academics, and key industry and policy leaders came together to share research and discuss climate policy tools and strategies with a special focus on low-carbon technology and innovation.
Duke students Aashna Aggarwal, Katherine Guo and Danielle Holt are participants in a DukeEngage Independent Project that emerged through a Bass Connections in Energy team, Exploration and Design of Student-led International Rural Electricity Access Projects.
They're volunteering for ten weeks with WindAid, a nonprofit based in Trujillo, Peru, where they’re helping to build wind turbines that are distributed to select communities in need of electricity. The students are helping the organization with a Kickstarter campaign. They’re halfway to their goal of $35,000; consider making a pledge by midnight on Monday, July 4, to support their efforts.
The Duke Smart Home Program is looking forward to a year focused on developing and carrying out a variety of energy storage projects. The organization—which includes the Home Depot Smart Home, a live-in research laboratory operated by the Pratt School of Engineering—strives to utilize methods of energy storage and solar energy production in a collaborative setting. This year, the Smart Home is working to create an electric bicycle and a solar bench, among other projects.
A Duke University study of coal ash ponds near 21 power plants in five Southeastern U.S. states has found evidence that nearby surface waters and groundwater are consistently and lastingly contaminated by the unlined ponds. "In all the investigated sites, we saw evidence of leaking," said Avner Vengosh, a professor of geochemistry and water quality in Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment. "Some of the impacted water had high levels of contaminants."
Duke's signature innovation and entrepreneurship competition launched two start-ups led by students from the Sanford School of Public Policy and Nicholas School of the Environment.
Three energy students will use a Duke Support for Interdisciplinary Graduate Networks (D-SIGN) grant to create a network of scholars tackling energy access and energy poverty challenges. Rob Fetter and Faraz Usmani, who are Energy Doctoral Student Fellows of the Energy Initiative, and Hannah Girardeau will use the support to create the Global Access Energy Network.
Two faculty members at Duke University have catalyzed the formation of an international network of researchers studying at the intersection of energy, environment and global economic development, hosting the inaugural workshop of the Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative.
The Energy Initiative's Steve Hicks will share his expertise on project-based learning at the upcoming National Energy Education Summit. Hicks, EI's associate director for education and theme administrator for Bass Connections in Energy, will describe how project-based learning is being used effectively as a vehicle to engage both undergraduate and graduate students in broad, interdisciplinary energy education opportunities.
A Duke study of the content of rare earth elements in U.S. coal ashes shows that coal mined from the Appalachian Mountains could be the proverbial golden goose for hard-to-find materials critical to clean energy and other emerging technologies.
Pratt's MEMP students are represented by alumni in a number of different industries. MEMP ’12 alumnus Muhammad Anwar Ul Haq has been selected for the World Energy Council’s Future Energy Leaders’ Program, where he'll tackle some of the world’s most complex energy problems in a community of the next generation of energy leaders.
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