Luke Tonachel, Senior Vehicles Analyst, Energy & Transportation Program for the NRDC discusses the progress made in fuel efficiency standards in the last six years, and the work remaining to reduce transportation sector oil and gas dependence in order to meet CO2 reduction goals.
The power grid is a massively complicated network of generators, power converters, and transmission lines controlled through the cooperation of numerous private corporations and local and international agencies. Grid operators rely on long and short-term “to-the-minute” weather predictions and other inputs to predict demand and prevent disruption. Government policies and economic constraints of the coming decades require the grid in the United States (and elsewhere) to become even more intelligent, interconnected, and efficient.
Dramatically lower prices for raw silicon (Si) have reduced the cost of solar power modules (panels). For total power system cost to continue to fall, however, new methods are required to produce high efficiency silicon solar cells that minimize material costs and processing complexity. Researchers at Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy recently demonstrated a method for high-efficiency silicon that may do just this.
In celebration of Engineering Week: 2014, Mr. J. Brett Williams- Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Northeast region - and Mr. David Boers – Associate and Program Manager in Burns & McDonnell’s Transmission and Distribution division- will provide students with a comprehensive view of the electric generation and transmission market and its evolution into the 21st century.
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YCEI’s fifth annual conference took a critical look at the world of energy in 2030. Jumping off from current projections, a distinguished international group of experts from industry, government, universities and NGOs examined key countries, sectors, technologies and policies that may disrupt conventional views and dramatically change the world of energy within the next 15 years.
Professor Hideaki Shiroyama, Graduate School of Public Policy at The University of Tokyo (Todai), will be visiting Yale on Friday, February 28, 2014, and will give a Special Lecture in the YCEI series on Interdisciplinary Topics in Energy. The lecture will discuss failures of regulatory policy and nuclear safety in Japan, along with proposals for reform, in light of the accident at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, which was caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake and the resulting tsunami on March 11, 2011.
A new record at 44.7% total conversion efficiency by a consortium of German and French researchers at Fraunhofer ISE, Soitec, CEA-Leti, and the Helmholtz Center Berlin has demonstrated the viability of an untraditional design for high-efficiency solar cells. The breakthrough was achieved …
Resiliency is the theme of Pace University’s upcoming 15th annual land use conference. Defined as “ how systems and settlements stand up to shock from the outside…”1, resiliency is an appropriate organizational concept for a panel discussion on how communities might respond to the potentially shocking discovery of rich stores of gas shale beneath their land.