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Released: 19-May-2022 1:05 AM EDT
15-minute city within reach for Vancouver
Simon Fraser University

The idea of a 15-minute city – one where everyone’s essential needs can be met within walking distance – is within reach for Vancouver, but more needs to be done to provide access in neighbourhoods with higher proportions of children, older adults, and racialized populations.

Newswise: An Electric Connection: Homes Helping the Grid
Released: 16-May-2022 5:05 PM EDT
An Electric Connection: Homes Helping the Grid
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

A new control system shows promise in making millions of homes contributors to improved power grid operations, reaping cost and environmental benefits.

Released: 12-May-2022 9:30 AM EDT
The deadly impact of urban streets that look like highways
Ohio State University

Serious auto crashes in urban areas are more likely on city streets that look to drivers like highways, new research suggests.

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Released: 6-May-2022 2:25 PM EDT
FSU Faculty Available to Comment for 2022 Hurricane Season
Florida State University

By: Bill Wellock | Published: May 2, 2022 | 4:03 pm | SHARE: Florida State University faculty are leaders in the study of hurricanes and the effects of these destructive storms.Their scholarship has led to research on infrastructure challenges, evacuation routes, sustainable tools and mental health challenges for those affected by hurricanes.

4-May-2022 8:05 AM EDT
Identifying Global Poverty From Space
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

A new IIASA-led study proposes a novel method to estimate global economic wellbeing using nighttime satellite images.

Released: 3-May-2022 7:05 AM EDT
How Solving Central Asia's Water-Energy Conflict Can Also Boost Renewable Energy Generation
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Agricultural efforts in downstream countries in Central Asia would be significantly boosted with a “dual water and energy storage scheme”, which also paves the way for high shares of renewable energy generation in the region.

Newswise: ASU’s Samuel Ariaratnam appointed to USDOT advisory pipeline committee
Released: 18-Apr-2022 4:50 PM EDT
ASU’s Samuel Ariaratnam appointed to USDOT advisory pipeline committee
Arizona State University (ASU)

An expert in underground construction and trenchless technologies, ASU's Samuel Ariaratnam will serve on the U.S. DOT's Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee.

Released: 7-Apr-2022 1:45 PM EDT
Study Examines Financial Risks of Water Resilience Planning in California
Cornell University

Partnerships between water utilities, irrigation districts and other stakeholders in California will play a critical role in funding new infrastructure under the Water Resilience Portfolio Initiative announced in 2020 by Gov. Gavin Newsom, but a new study warns that benefits might not be evenly distributed without proper structure to the agreements.

Newswise: ‘Freeze-Thaw Battery’ Is Adept at Preserving Its Energy
Released: 5-Apr-2022 12:00 AM EDT
‘Freeze-Thaw Battery’ Is Adept at Preserving Its Energy
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Scientists have created a battery designed for the electric grid that locks in energy for months without losing much storage capacity. It’s a step toward batteries that can be used for seasonal storage: saving renewable energy in one season, such as the spring, and spending it in another, like autumn.

Newswise: Challenges of Modern Power Grid in the Midst of Deepening Power Electronics Penetration and Increasing Renewable Energy Use
Released: 28-Mar-2022 8:55 AM EDT
Challenges of Modern Power Grid in the Midst of Deepening Power Electronics Penetration and Increasing Renewable Energy Use
Hong Kong Institute for Advanced Study, City University of Hong Kong

The penetration of power electronics into power generation and distribution systems has deepened in recent years, as prompted by the increasing use of renewable sources, the quest for higher performance in the control of power conversion, as well as the increasing influence of economic plans that necessitate power trading among different regions or clusters of power distribution.

Newswise: U.S. fires four times larger, three times more frequent since 2000
Released: 16-Mar-2022 3:40 PM EDT
U.S. fires four times larger, three times more frequent since 2000
University of Colorado Boulder

New analysis confirms a palpable change in fire dynamics already suspected by many.

Released: 14-Mar-2022 5:10 PM EDT
Texas cold snap highlights need for improved power systems
Argonne National Laboratory

Cold spells, wildfires, hurricanes and other events are happening with increasing intensity. As the share of weather-dependent energy sources grows, electricity markets and power systems have the opportunity to improve short- and long-term plans.

Released: 4-Mar-2022 9:40 AM EST
Schumer's claim that only one percent of the oil imported to the U.S. is from Russia is not correct
Newswise

During a press conference, a reporter asked Senate Majority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY, “What do you make of Senator Manchin’s proposal to have more domestic oil production?” Schumer answered, "the U.S. is a major oil producer; we only get one percent of any imports from Russia.” We find this claim to be mostly false. Although it fluctuates month to month, about 8% of the oil imported to the U.S. is from Russia.

Released: 8-Feb-2022 12:40 PM EST
Researchers propose new fix for Texas power vulnerabilities
Cornell University

One year after winter storms crippled Texas’ electricity grid, contributing to more than 200 deaths, a Cornell University-led analysis recommends contracting improvements to reduce decentralized energy markets’ vulnerability to rare events.

Newswise: Why We Need Hydropower for a Resilient Grid
Released: 31-Jan-2022 6:05 PM EST
Why We Need Hydropower for a Resilient Grid
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

A new PNNL study quantifies hydropower's contribution to grid stability. When other power sources go out, hydropower can ramp up, recoup shortfalls, and stabilize the grid nearly instantaneously.

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Released: 25-Jan-2022 8:05 AM EST
How a Smart Electric Grid Will Power Our Future
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Reimagining the United States power grid could save consumers $50 billion a year

Released: 20-Jan-2022 12:05 PM EST
Argonne’s Science of Cities program enables the development of more resilient, sustainable and equitable communities
Argonne National Laboratory

The Laboratory is using systems science to reimagine urban planning, providing decision-makers with analyses and tools to develop the cities of the future.

Released: 18-Jan-2022 3:00 PM EST
Missouri S&T expert available to discuss 5G effects on airlines
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Dr. Kurt Kosbar, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, works in the area of communication, signal processing and telemetry and can offer insight on commercial carriers' concerns with 5G telephone communication.

Newswise: Cybersecurity Professor Analyzes Economic Cost of Critical Infrastructure Disruptions
Released: 20-Dec-2021 11:05 AM EST
Cybersecurity Professor Analyzes Economic Cost of Critical Infrastructure Disruptions
University at Albany, State University of New York

The researchers developed a new analytical model that simulates economic losses caused by disruptions of varying lengths and severity on the 10 most impacted critical infrastructure sectors.

1-Dec-2021 1:30 PM EST
Microgrids and Solar Reduce Risk of Power Outages
Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

Climate change is fueling more floods, droughts, wildfires, and extreme storms across the United States. As a result, aging power grids are being pushed beyond their limits, sometimes with deadly impacts. (In 2020, a series of unusual winter storms knocked the power out in Texas for days -- leading to shortages of water and heat and more than 100 deaths.)

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Released: 2-Dec-2021 5:50 PM EST
Are Microgrids a Key to Grid Resiliency?
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

With an eye on renewable, accessible, and resilient power, PNNL researchers show hyper-local microgrids are a viable option, if designed with the right mix of sources.

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Released: 30-Nov-2021 10:05 AM EST
Game-Changing Rare-Earth Elements Separation Technology Licensed to Marshallton
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Developed by scientists from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Idaho National Laboratory in the Department of Energy’s Critical Materials Institute, the technology provides insight into how to cost-effectively separate in-demand rare-earth elements.

Newswise: Macrogrid study: Big value in connecting America’s eastern and western power grids
Released: 18-Nov-2021 11:45 AM EST
Macrogrid study: Big value in connecting America’s eastern and western power grids
Iowa State University

A "macrogrid" that increases the electricity moving between America's Eastern and Western interconnections, two of the biggest power grids on the planet, would more than pay for itself, according to research papers published this summer and fall by the Interconnections Seam Study.

Newswise: Iowa State, Illinois cybersecurity experts working to protect region’s infrastructure
Released: 4-Nov-2021 1:30 PM EDT
Iowa State, Illinois cybersecurity experts working to protect region’s infrastructure
Iowa State University

Cybersecurity experts from Iowa State University and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are working to build a coalition that will train and educate a workforce capable of defending critical infrastructure, including energy providers, from computer attacks.

Newswise: Offshore Wind Plan Boosts Clean Energy
Released: 4-Nov-2021 11:15 AM EDT
Offshore Wind Plan Boosts Clean Energy
Tufts University

The 30 gigawatts of offshore wind farms that is proposed under a new Biden administration plan will be essential for curbing climate change, said Tufts expert Eric Hines. It will also be a key step in modernizing the national power grid toward more reliable, sustainable energy.

Newswise: 100% Renewable Energy Using Building Science
Released: 3-Nov-2021 12:15 PM EDT
100% Renewable Energy Using Building Science
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

In the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory describe results from a techno-economic analysis aimed at identifying pathways to 100% renewable power systems. By analyzing readily available supply and demand strategies within specific U.S. regions, the team found a combination of resource diversification, excess generation, building efficiency, and demand flexibility improvements could reduce or even eliminate the need for long-duration energy storage in some regions.

Released: 28-Oct-2021 12:25 PM EDT
NYU Center for Cybersecurity explores Power Grid Cyber Security
NYU Tandon School of Engineering

The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) reports that a large number of cyber-attacks occur on cyber-physical systems for which a computer and ancillary sensors are used to control the infrastructure. An industrial control system strategy is required to improve grid resiliency, secure operations and better manage potential cyber risks.

Released: 28-Oct-2021 12:05 PM EDT
Scientists bring efficiency to expanding offshore wind energy
Cornell University

New research shows how to make offshore wind farms more efficient in the face of impending rapid expansion – crucial information as the U.S. Department of the Interior affirmed White House plans to lease federal waters for several giant arrays of wind turbines along the waters of the East Coast.

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Released: 5-Oct-2021 11:20 AM EDT
NYU Tandon and Wagner project to look below the surface to make NYC more resilient
NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Debra Laefer of NYU Tandon and Rae Zimmerman of NYU Wagner have received a $1 million Civic Innovation Challenge (CIC) Award supporting community-based solutions to mobility and disaster resilience by creating a digitized, open, underground infrastructure road map.

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Released: 4-Oct-2021 4:30 PM EDT
Los Alamos Scientists Take Top Prizes in National Competition to Help Improve Electrical Grid
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Two scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory took top prizes in a national competition for developing algorithms to help improve the resiliency and efficiency of the electrical grid.

Newswise: Pump the brakes: Rough roads reduce traffic speeds and safety, based on WVU research
Released: 30-Sep-2021 3:35 PM EDT
Pump the brakes: Rough roads reduce traffic speeds and safety, based on WVU research
West Virginia University

New research based on transportation data Brad Humphreys and Alexander Cardazzi, economists at West Virginia University, shows that rough roads reduce traffic speeds and safety.

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Released: 21-Sep-2021 2:55 PM EDT
For hurricane victims, prolonged disruption of utilities, limited preparation lead to longer recovery times
University of Notre Dame

Studying major hurricanes Notre Dame researcher, Sisi Meng, found that the fate of hurricane victims depends on a number of factors including how well-prepared they are, whether they have weathered a hurricane before and how quickly their utility services are restored.


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