The face of America’s energy grid is changing rapidly with the constant addition of small-scale solar panel installations. But there is little information about exactly where solar energy is being adopted on a county, city or neighborhood level. This is an oversight that the Department of Energy and other government agencies are turning to researchers to fix, including an interdisciplinary group at Duke University, led by Leslie Collins, professor of electrical and computer engineering and biomedical engineering at Duke.
Environmental engineering major Eva Kim '18 reflects on the process of conducting a campus waste audit for her Bass Connections in Energy team.
Energy Initiative Interim Director Brian Murray led a Bass Connections in Energy team studying the feasibility of an on-campus food waste digester.
Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative intern Amanda Sear describes a recent Bass Connections in Energy trip to the Austep commercial food waste digester in Charlotte.
The Energy Initiative and the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative (I&E) at Duke announce the return of the Clean Energy Prize to the Duke Startup Challenge.
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."
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