Energy and Sustainability

Monday, May 15, 2017
by Morgan Kelly, Princeton Environmental Institute
James Baker, the 61st U.S. Secretary of State, a 1952 graduate of Princeton and former trustee, gave the Taplin Lecture, “A Conservative Approach to Climate Change,” at McCosh Hall yesterday. He presented a plan he developed with several prominent Republicans to garner conservative support for curbing carbon emissions and curtailing the effects of climate change.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
by Sharon B. Adarlo, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
NRG Energy, the leading integrated power company in the U.S, has joined Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership, an initiative that forges research collaborations between practitioners outside academia and experts across Princeton University to pursue transformational innovations in the fields of energy and the environment. The company, whose retail electricity providers serve almost 3 million residential and commercial customers throughout the country, is headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey and Houston, Texas. Founded in 2011 as an initiative of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership fosters research collaboration, works to swiftly move high-impact research from lab to market, and facilitates technology transfer between Princeton and its members. Other E-ffiliates members include ExxonMobil, PSEG, and Power Survey Company.
Wednesday, Sep 21, 2016
by Michael Hotchkiss, Office of Communications, and B. Rose Kelly, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Issues related to the environment and climate change will demand the new president's attention soon after he or she takes office Jan. 20 and throughout the next four years. In the second part of a Q&A series on challenges that will face the new president, Princeton University researchers Rob Nixon, Michael Oppenheimer and David Wilcove examine environmental and climate-change issues.
Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016
by Sharon Adarlo, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
Princeton University researchers working in collaboration with scientists at ExxonMobil’s research arm will be conducting innovative research on batteries and solar cells, as well as Arctic sea ice, ocean absorption of carbon dioxide, and low energy plasmas. The projects’ announcement comes after an exhaustive study of proposals and research areas that will advance sustainable energy initiatives and the understanding of climate change’s impact. This collaboration was sparked by ExxonMobil’s pledge to contribute $5 million over five years to Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership, a program administered by the University’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment to catalyze collaborations between researchers on campus and in industry for finding sustainable energy and environmental solutions.
Monday, Aug 29, 2016
by Danielle Alio, Office of Communications
For the past two years, the student organization Princeton Racing Electric has been designing and building an all-electric, high-performance vehicle to compete in the international Formula Hybrid competition. The team designed and built their car using the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Machine Shop, allowing them to handcraft and custom-make many of the vehicle parts. To buy additional parts, they sought funding from University departments and external sponsors. The time spent working on the car was in addition to the students' academics, independent projects and extracurricular activities. For first-year students like Ashley Barnes, now a rising sophomore, being a member of the club was the perfect way to begin an academic career in engineering.
Monday, Jul 25, 2016
by John Sullivan, Office of Engineering Communications
In the spring 2016 freshman seminar "Science, Society and Dinner," Princeton students learned the basics of knife skills, sautéing and palate education, but also about the water cycle, sustainable agriculture and the biochemistry of taste — and how all those pieces fit together.
Tuesday, Jul 12, 2016
by the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
Nuclear fusion has enormous promise as a global energy source. The fuel is nearly inexhaustible and the waste products have less environmental impact than the wastes associated with fossil fuels and nuclear fission. Making affordable fusion energy would be a remarkable human achievement. To appreciate some of the key challenges, this Energy Technology Distillate published by the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment examines magnetic confinement fusion energy from four perspectives: Technology, Economics, Fusion and Fission, and Politics and Progress.
Monday, Jun 27, 2016
by Sharon Adarlo, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
Hailed as the first steps toward fruitful dialogue, collaboration and information exchange on sustainable energy and environmental research, the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University recently signed an agreement with the Picatinny Arsenal Garrison and the U.S. Army's Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center.
Saturday, Apr 9, 2016
by Steven Schultz, School of Engineering and Applied Science Communications
Emily A. Carter, a Princeton faculty member since 2004 and founding director of the University's Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, has been selected as the next dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Her appointment is effective July 1. Carter is the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment and a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and applied and computational mathematics. She has earned wide recognition for fundamental research contributions as well as for her vision for harnessing science and policy to produce lasting solutions to societal problems, including those of energy and the environment.
Monday, Jan 25, 2016
by the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is a collaborative national center for fusion energy research located in Plainsboro Township. The Laboratory advances the coupled fields of fusion energy and plasma physics research, and, with collaborators, is developing the scientific understanding and key innovations needed to realize fusion as an energy source for the world. Here are just two facts about fusion energy that you should know: it's natural and it's safe.