March 2013 News

In The News articles are short summaries written by our postdoctoral fellows of recently published work or news events that are relevant to Postdoctoral, graduate, or faculty research

Contributor(s): Adam Wilson
Earth’s climate system includes several patterns of climate variability at the hemispheric scale. One of the best known of these is the El-Nino/Southern Oscillation, which influences weather across much of the globe. Another important feature of the climate system is the Southern Annular Mode...
Contributor(s): Jordan Lang
The vast majority of commercially available solar panels available today are heavy, stiff, and only 10-15% efficient at converting incident sunlight to electric power. A start-up company called Alta Devices based in Santa Clara, California aims to dramatically change this norm by replacing the...
Contributor(s): Ning Dai
The concept of utilizing wastes as new resources promises us a sustainable development. However, is this concept applicable in reducing CO2 emission by turning it into useful products? Maybe not. Authors from the Electric Power Research Institute present two challenges of CO2 capture: the massive...
Contributor(s): Christopher MacMinn
Carbon sequestration, enhanced oil and gas recovery, and geothermal energy production all involve injecting large volumes of fluid into underground reservoirs. A major concern for all of these technologies is the risk that injection-induced pressurization could trigger seismicity by fracturing ...