Energy and Sustainability

Tuesday, Oct 24, 2017
by Susan DeSantis, Office of Engineering Communications
While most consumers don’t pay much attention to the fate of dead smartphones, Princeton University researchers are envisioning a way to breathe new life into them. Instead of tossing old phones in a junk drawer or burying them in a landfill, the researchers want to turn them into high-powered computer servers.
Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017
by Laurie Zazenski, School of Architecture
Georgina Baronian, a third-year master’s student in architecture at Princeton, was awarded the Next Generation 1st Prize at the LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction presented in Chicago on Oct. 12. Baronian’s project, “Prototype for an Evaporative Cooling Roof,” is an investigation on cooling large-scale structures using an evaporating layer of water on the roof to provide radiant cooling and act as a solar reflector.
Thursday, Oct 5, 2017
by Jeanne Jackson DeVoe, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, with assistance from the Department of Energy’s Princeton Site Office, this week completed a $34 million, five-year project on behalf of US ITER to provide three-quarters of the components for the steady-state electrical network at ITER, the international fusion experiment site in France.
Thursday, Sep 28, 2017
by Pooja Makhijani, Office of Communications
Municipalities around the country are working to limit climate change and prepare for its consequences. For the town of Princeton, planning is a priority. As the town reevaluates its progress on climate positive activities, it has collaborated with five Princeton undergraduates as part of the University’s Tiger Challenge to help them address a vexing problem — how to increase residents’, businesses’ and town stakeholders’ engagement in the creation and implementation of a new plan that has greater impact.
Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017
by Morgan Kelly, Princeton Environmental Institute
Extreme ocean waves, severe thunderstorms and urban flooding, and a sophomore urban-design course make up the latest round of projects funded by PEI's Urban Grand Challenges program. Totaling $348,000, the new awards combine the study of the natural and built environments to address the interrelated environmental and social issues facing the world's rapidly expanding urban areas in a world of increasing volatility.
Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017
by Briana Vannozzi, NJTV Correspondent
At 271 years young, Princeton University is New Jersey’s oldest college, so it probably doesn’t come to mind when you think of cutting-edge infrastructure. But, the campus is actually leading the state with its comprehensive clean energy programs and design. The college upgraded the heating and cooling system, replaced lighting and improved its aging building stock. A sign that the more than $3 billion New Jersey poured into energy savings projects across the state is working.
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.