From launching the most powerful spherical tokamak on Earth to discovering a mechanism that halts solar eruptions, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory advanced the boundaries of clean energy and plasma science research in 2015.
Energy and Sustainability
Tuesday, Jan 12, 2016
Thursday, Oct 8, 2015
Meandering paths, sunken courtyards, trees, flowers and shrubs weave through the sculptural complex of gray brick and glass that has risen at the eastern edge of the Princeton University campus. After over three years of construction, the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment is about to open its doors, ushering in a new phase for the center's goal to develop solutions to ensure our energy and environmental future.
Friday, Sep 4, 2015
If you happened to be in the lobby of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory's (PPPL) Lyman Spitzer Building on a recent Friday morning, you would have seen the next generation of top scientists preparing to launch their careers. Twenty-five undergraduates from colleges across the country spent this summer at the laboratory as interns, working on projects ranging from figuring out how to remotely steer a set of mirrors that will be built into the upcoming ITER fusion machine to studying how nanoparticles grow inside plasmas. And they were presenting their work to researchers and policymakers.
Thursday, Sep 3, 2015
Literally putting a price on carbon pollution and other greenhouse gasses is the best approach for nurturing the rapid growth of renewable energy and reducing emissions. While prospects for a comprehensive carbon price are dim, especially in the U.S., many other policy approaches can spur the renewables revolution, according to a new policy article, whose authors include Princeton University's Michael Oppenheimer, published in Nature.
Friday, Aug 21, 2015
When it comes to global warming, most people worry about power plants. Claire White thinks about another kind of plant — those that make cement. "Cement production and cement powder are a major component of greenhouse gas emissions," said White, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University. "It accounts for between 5 and 8 percent of human-made carbon dioxide." Along with co-researchers from across the University, White is exploring ways to manufacture cement with a much lower contribution to global warming.
Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015
Princeton University researchers will join 14 academic institutions and partners nationwide on a $12 million project to address the challenges that threaten urban water systems in the United States and globally. Funded by the National Science Foundation and led by Colorado State University, the collaboration will establish the Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN), which will create technological, institutional and management solutions that help communities increase the resilience of their water systems and better respond to water crises.
Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015
Today is Earth Day, and the Princeton University community is observing the annual global event supporting the environment with a series of events. Today's events include the campus Farmers' Market and a lecture at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. The main Earth Day event, sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, is on Saturday from 2:00pm to 5:00pm on the lawn in front of Frist Campus Center.
Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014
Princeton University researchers have uncovered a previously unknown, and possibly substantial, source of the greenhouse gas methane to the Earth's atmosphere. The researchers found that many abandoned oil and gas wells in northwestern Pennsylvania leak substantial quantities of methane. The overall contribution of the roughly 3 million abandoned wells in the United States could be significant.
Friday, Nov 21, 2014
Investigating long-term solutions to the world's energy needs and investing in sustainable technologies are crucial as the climate crisis comes into focus, a set of experts cautioned at Princeton University on Nov. 14. The third annual meeting of Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership brought together about 200 academic experts and industry leaders in a day-long discussion of the challenges in creating alternative energy sources, the future of energy investment, and the key areas of energy technology.
Thursday, Oct 23, 2014
In the nearly two years since Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey, darkening swaths of the nation's most densely populated state for days, Princeton University has emerged as a national example of how to keep power running for residents, emergency workers and crucial facilities when the next disaster strikes.