Thaddeus Lee ‘17 and Juan Pablo Ponce deLeon ‘16 explain “the heart and brain” at the core of Y-House, a mechanical module that understands comfort and health considerations around the home, and economically shunts heat or cold energy to address them.
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Charles Skinner is Principal Research Physicist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, a collaborative national center for fusion energy research at Princeton University. Dr. Skinner has demonstrated innovative solutions to managing plasma-wall interactions in the extreme environment of high heat and particle fluxes in magnetic fusion devices. From studies of tritium retention issues on the original Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor, he invented and demonstrated a novel laser-based detritiation technique.
Jared Milfred ‘16, co-organizer of YCEI’s April 24 nuclear forum, discusses the place of Three Mile Island in the history of power plant mishaps, and the passionate discourse that frequently accompanies discussions of the role of nuclear power in addressing climate change.
Co-captains of the Yale Y-House team Kate McMillan ‘16, and Juan Pablo Ponce deLeon ‘16, explain how their entry challenges contest precepts about sustainability with new design-based approaches to providing comfort and light.
Jared Milfred ‘16 was licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to operate Reed College’s nuclear research reactor while still a high school student in Portland, OR. He describes YCEI’s upcoming forum on nuclear power scheduled for April 24, 2015.
A video accompanying the Shell Scenarios makes reference to a sobering projection: the world is effectively adding a new city of a million people every week and will continue to do so for much of the 21st century. The growth will occur mostly in Asia, and could add as many as four billion people to a world struggling to balance growing demands for energy with growing needs to mitigate climate change.
Industrialization, urbanization and modernization are the three major drivers responsible for China’s soaring energy needs, says Professor Zhang Xiliang of Beijing’s Tsinhua University. China the world’s largest emitter of CO2 responsible for 60% of last year’s global increase in emissions. With steady investment in non-carbon based alternatives, and a planned nationwide implementation of cap-and-trade by 2020, Professor Xiliang predicts that China’s emissions will plateau at 6BB tons of coal equivalent by 2030.
Luke Tonachel is the Natural Resource Defense Council’s Senior Vehicles Analyst in their Energy and Transportation Program.
Deputy Director General and Deputy CEO of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and Professor of Energy Economics at the Vienna University of Technology, Nebojsa Nakicenovic (“Naki”) presents a scenario from The Global Energy Assessment, wherein over 300 experts from around the world collaborated to develop multiple visions of how the world can meet a zero-emissions goal in 50 years.
Professor Richard Lester, Head of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, believes we are on the cusp of a new age of innovation in nuclear technology. Innovations in nuclear governance are also needed, he suggests, along with innovations in education and training.