Miss out on the Women in Energy event hosted by the EDGE Center at Fuqua and the Energy Initiative? Good news—the recording’s now live! Check out this compelling discussion spotlighting the perspectives and experiences of three recent Duke University alumnae who are making bold moves in the energy sector.
Materials scientists at Duke University have shown the first clear example that a material’s transition into a magnet can control instabilities in its crystalline structure that cause it to change from a conductor to an insulator. If researchers can learn to control this unique connection between physical properties identified in hexagonal iron sulfide, it could enable new technologies such as spintronic computing.
The Duke University Energy Initiative organized this lively virtual panel discussion on “The Future of Transportation.” Expert panelists shared insights on diverse topics, including how electric mobility is revving up, development of charging infrastructure, sourcing of vehicle battery materials, the role of policy and regulation, potential for public-private partnerships, and much more.
A new Duke University study says a large Southeast power market would be the best hope for creating greater competition, lowering prices and encouraging cleaner energy production as the Carolinas look for alternative regulatory structures for their power utilities. Jennifer Chen, senior counsel at the Nicholas Institute for the Environment authored “Evaluating Options for Enhancing Wholesale Competition and Implications for the Southeastern United States." A study suggesting an RTO (regional transmission organization) could lower costs.
In this video, part of the EDGE Chat series by Fuqua's School of Business, Kristen Hammer is highlighted. Hammer is the business development manager for Virgin Hyperloop One. She describes the all electric system that could be able to move people and cargo at incredible speeds. Hammer also speaks on navigating a new regulatory context and what the future of hyperloop transportation may look like.
The Sustainable Business and Social Impact Conference 2020 (SBSI) is held at Fuqua's School of Business to large crowds. While the need for leadership in innovation was one of the main overarching themes of SBSI 2020, the speakers also had additional insightful advice concerning ideas such as "the power of capitalism to create change" and "the slow integration of traditional business and social enterprise." Among these trends are takeaways from some of the various speakers.
Dr. Adrian Bejan, J.A. Jones Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineer at the Pratt School of Engineering was "honored for his contributions to science and his commitment to teaching and transatlantic cooperation." The Order of the Academic Palms, started in 1808 by Napoleon, is one of the oldest and most prestigious honors presented to scholars and educators by the French Government.
"Bass Connections was a career-changing opportunity for me as a biomedical engineering undergraduate student. It showed me that two fields that I was interested in, engineering and marine science, were much more connected here at Duke than I had previously realized." Marine Science and Conservation Ph.D. Student, Ashley Blawas found inspiration in her study of marine mammals through her Bass Connections research into energy harvesting ocean buoys.
With its 100 year anniversary just around the corner, Duke continues to push towards climate neutrality by 2024. New engineering buildings, "water hubs," chiller plants, and more continue to mount on Duke's impressive portfolio of energy use. “With less than five years to go, it’s imperative that Duke continue investment in carbon reduction measures and the campus community consider how they can personally reduce their footprint to meet our institutional goals,” said Tavey Capps, Duke’s sustainability director.
"China is doing more good things, but it’s not doing fewer bad things,” says Elizabeth Losos, senior fellow at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. She was the lead author on the study “Reducing Environmental Risks from Belt and Road Initiative Investments in Transportation Infrastructure,” done in conjunction with the World Bank. This article speaks on the progress of the Belt and Road Initiative, but how a lot of bad is continuing to outweigh the good.