Duke University energy experts featured in podcast episodes recorded live during Energy Week 2017
Posted On:Monday, Feb 12, 2018 - 4:30 pm
Podcast host Chris Nelder—an energy analyst and consultant who currently works as an Electricity Manager at Rocky Mountain Institute—interviewed three Duke experts on a range of topics:
Storage potential, the role of EVs, and data analytics - Nelder talks with Kyle Bradbury, Managing Director of the Energy Data Analytics Lab at the Duke University Energy Initiative, about how various storage technologies offer different kinds of services to the grid, and how they should be captured and valued. Here's a sampling of the questions they cover: Could CSP make a comeback? What might the arrival of EVs and the rapid evolution of their batteries mean for the future of the grid? And how can technologies like machine learning and data analytics help accelerate energy transition?
Integration and market challenges in grid evolution - Nelder discusses some weighty challenges with Dalia Patino-Echeverri,Gendell Associate Professor of Energy Systems and Public Policy at the Nicholas School of the Environment: How does utility resource procurement need to adapt to a changing world? Can wholesale markets survive the transition to more distributed resources? Is there a risk of becoming too dependent on natural gas to provide grid balancing services? And how does storage need to be valued in order to fulfill its greatest potential on the grid?
Energy and environment education - In this briefer podcast, Nelder interviews Tim Johnson, Associate Professor of the Practice and Chair of the Energy and Environment department at the Nicholas School of the Environment, about what motivates students in the Energy and Environment program at Duke, what topics they find most challenging, and why they are interested in energy transition.
Though the podcast is subscription-based, all three episodes are available for free.
The Energy Transition Show is a biweekly podcast covering a full range of energy transition topics globally, including policy, grid power, all fuels, transportation systems, climate science, and more. Featuring interviews with some of the smartest and most knowledgeable people in energy, host Chris Nelder explores the global energy markets and their ongoing transition away from fossil fuels and toward renewables.
The live recording session was organized by students in the Nicholas School Energy Club, chiefly Leah Louis-Prescott (MEM'18) and Elihu Dietz (MEM'18). Energy Week at Duke is an annual student-led event series highlighting what's next in energy.