Posted On: Friday, Aug 27, 2021 - 11:42 am

Leap into electricity markets and learn more about the power grid. Dr. Luana Lima (Duke U. Energy Initiative and Duke Nicholas School of the Environment) explains market operations such as electricity pricing, regulations, adjustments due to the influx of renewable energy on the grid, and more.

Posted On: Tuesday, Aug 10, 2021 - 2:00 pm

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its latest assessment report on August 9 detailing the most recent understanding of observed changes in the world’s climate. The authors of the report conclude that climate change is widespread and intensifying, and some of the observed changes, such as continued sea-level rise, “are irreversible over hundreds to thousands of years.” Duke experts offer commentary.

Posted On: Tuesday, Aug 03, 2021 - 11:29 am

Dive into this foundational video on unsupervised learning by Dr. Jordan Malof. This talk introduces common unsupervised learning techniques and how they can be applied to energy challenges. You’ll hear about mixed clustering, dimensionality reduction, and more!

Posted On: Wednesday, Jul 21, 2021 - 2:33 pm

The Duke University Energy Initiative and Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative have awarded the 2021 Clean Energy Prize to Michael Valerino, a Ph.D. student in civil and environmental engineering at the Pratt School of Engineering. The prize will support Valerino’s project team to develop an interactive, data-driven platform aimed at reducing dust-related solar energy losses. 

Posted On: Wednesday, Jul 14, 2021 - 9:42 am

Check out this introductory talk by Dr. Kyle Bradbury (Energy Data Analytics Lab & Pratt School of Engineering) on computer vision. Featuring discussion of segmentation, object detection, and more along with examples of how computer vision can be applied to get insights about energy systems! The first part of a new series on Foundations for Energy Data Analytics. 

Posted On: Thursday, Jul 08, 2021 - 10:23 am

Dozens of undergraduate and graduate students from across Duke University are taking deep dives into the energy industry this summer.

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Posted On: Tuesday, Jun 22, 2021 - 12:00 am

Two of Duke’s interdisciplinary units will be merged as the university continues its efforts to address climate change and its impacts. The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and Duke University Energy Initiative will begin the merger process at the start of Duke’s fiscal year on July 1. Energy Initiative director Dr. Brian Murray, Ph.D., will assume the interim directorship of the newly formed unit at that time.

Posted On: Tuesday, Jun 08, 2021 - 1:39 pm

The team used machine learning to create a model that detected wind turbines solely from satellite imagery by training it first with real images of turbines. Since these images are scarce and in practice the machine learning techniques need to be applied to different locations than from where the training data are available, this approach was compared to data resulting from a model which also was trained on synthetic images of wind turbines. Synthetic images, while they might look real to the machine, are generated images and are not genuine photos. Feeding the model synthetic images of wind turbines increased the accuracy or “average precision” of the predicted turbine location.

Posted On: Saturday, May 29, 2021 - 12:00 am

Duke in DC brings together experts on a variety of topics that have direct or downstream effects on environmental justice, both domestically and abroad. Panelists consider ways to improve affordability, advance sustainability, and increase access to essential resources as well as provide their recommendations and policy considerations for Congress and the Biden administration. Panelists include: Rachel Brewster, Jeffrey and Bettysue Hughes Professor of Law, Duke School of Law; Jackson Ewing, Senior Fellow, Duke Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions; and moderated by Jariel Arvin, Foreign and World Fellow, Vox.

Posted On: Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 12:00 am

While electric vehicles are growing in popularity, they still face hurdles as they head toward mainstream acceptance among drivers. Two Duke scholars, Tim Johnson and Jennifer Weiss, discussed the benefits and challenges of electric vehicles during a virtual briefing with journalists.