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Newswise: Improving Grid Reliability in the Face of Extreme Events
Released: 6-May-2021 5:05 PM EDT
Improving Grid Reliability in the Face of Extreme Events
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

PNNL has released the first stable version of ExaGO, an open-source grid modeling software that can help grid operators perform analyses at unprecedented scale to plan ahead for extreme events.

Released: 6-May-2021 6:05 AM EDT
Researchers unveil roadmap to expand NY solar energy, meet green goals
Cornell University

Solar-power developers need to explore using lower-quality agricultural land for solar energy, incentivize dual-use (combined agriculture and solar) options, avoid concentrated solar development and engage communities early to achieve New York’s green energy goals, according to forthcoming Cornell University research.

Newswise: Civil Engineering Experts Available for Infrastructure Insight
Released: 3-May-2021 6:00 AM EDT
Civil Engineering Experts Available for Infrastructure Insight
Arizona State University (ASU)

Eight Arizona State University civil engineering professors offer infrastructure insight: Roads and bridges; reservoirs, dams and waterways; underground construction, housing; sustainability and more.

Released: 20-Apr-2021 11:10 AM EDT
New infrastructure approach could save millions
University of Georgia

As President Biden’s $2 trillion American Jobs Plan places the nation’s infrastructure in the spotlight, new research from the University of Georgia suggests states can save money and extend the life of their bridges by taking a fresh approach to how they prioritize maintenance.

Released: 19-Apr-2021 3:15 PM EDT
How much time and money do commuters save working from home?
University of Sydney

Commuters could save an average of 90 hours (or two-and-a-half working weeks) each year if work from home continues at current rates, according to preliminary findings of a University of Sydney survey.

Released: 16-Apr-2021 1:35 PM EDT
To Cool Tomorrow's Buildings, Power Sector Must Grow
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

New study projects electricity demand tied to cooling U.S. buildings will grow as peak temperatures rise, alongside the need for an expanded power sector.

Released: 14-Apr-2021 12:10 PM EDT
Houston Advanced Research Center Receives $600,000 Grant to Examine the Resilience of Power Systems to Climate Change
Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)

Funds will support team of multidisciplinary researchers to develop a climate risk modeling framework to improve resilience of power systems.

Newswise: The Scoop on Hyperloop
Released: 12-Apr-2021 3:05 PM EDT
The Scoop on Hyperloop
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

PNNL researchers investigate innovative transportation system’s impact on the electric grid

Released: 7-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
COVID-19 pandemic drives down U.S. energy use in 2020
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Americans used approximately 7 percent less energy in 2020, due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to energy flow charts released by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).

Released: 2-Apr-2021 2:40 PM EDT
Rensselaer Experts Available To Discuss Federal Infrastructure Proposal
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

President Joe Biden is proposing a sweeping $2 trillion infrastructure bill that would fund improvements to transportation, manufacturing, and digital infrastructure, among other projects. Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the country’s first technological research university, are leaders in improving the sustainability, safety, and performance of transportation systems, energy systems, and wireless networks, among other areas. Experts in civil and environmental engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering are available to discuss what impact large-scale infrastructure projects could have on a multitude of systems that impact people across the country.

Released: 1-Apr-2021 3:05 AM EDT
Tailor-made power grids
Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

Empa researcher Cristina Dominguez is developing a computer model, which can be used to plan electricity grids in developing countries. To collect data, she travelled to Kenya to get an idea of how people live without electricity and what developments access to the power grid can trigger.

Released: 18-Mar-2021 1:35 PM EDT
HARC Releases Interactive Platform: Winter Storm Uri's Impacts & Pathways to Resilience
Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)

Houston – HARC releases an interactive data analysis to visualize and articulate Winter Storm Uri's effect.

Newswise: Reshaping the future of the electric grid through low-cost, long-duration discharge batteries
Released: 17-Mar-2021 12:00 PM EDT
Reshaping the future of the electric grid through low-cost, long-duration discharge batteries
Argonne National Laboratory

Research begun at the Department of Energy’s Joint Center for Energy Storage Research and continued at spinoff company Form Energy may launch a new era of renewable energy.

Newswise: New Report Offers Recommendations to Strengthen U.S. Supply Chain
Released: 17-Mar-2021 8:00 AM EDT
New Report Offers Recommendations to Strengthen U.S. Supply Chain
Iowa State University

Shortages of personal protective equipment, dairies pouring milk down the drain and delivery delays of online purchases are examples of how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the supply chain. In response, a new report provides recommendations for government policy makers to address these challenges.

Newswise: Argonne National Laboratory Climate Model Helps Pacific Gas and Electric Company Combat Climate Change Impacts, Including Wildfires
Released: 25-Feb-2021 9:50 AM EST
Argonne National Laboratory Climate Model Helps Pacific Gas and Electric Company Combat Climate Change Impacts, Including Wildfires
Argonne National Laboratory

Scientists at Argonne developed a climate model that projects future conditions at neighborhood-level scale across the entire United States to help PG&E plan for extreme weather events in California.

Released: 24-Feb-2021 1:00 PM EST
Utah FORGE Chooses 17 Selectees to Begin Negotiations
University of Utah

The Utah Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) at the University of Utah is pleased to announce it has chosen 17 project selectee applications for negotiations for the FORGE Solicitation 2020-1. The selectees could receive a combined total of up to $46 M over the next 3 years.

Released: 23-Feb-2021 2:45 PM EST
NYU Tandon-led effort sheds light beneath the surface for NYC disaster response
NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Debra Laefer of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and Rae Zimmerman of NYU Wagner win a national competition to drive research and collaborative action in urban resiliency and smart and connected communities. Their project aims to bolster the ability of NYC to respond to crises and disasters.

Released: 22-Feb-2021 9:00 AM EST
Dr. John Balmes, Noted Clean Air Expert, Says Gov. Greg Abbott's Claims Are False
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

While frozen wind turbines underperformed during the Texas power grid failure, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) around 29,000 megawatts of thermal energy — which is sourced from coal, gas and nuclear plants — were missing from the grid.

Released: 18-Feb-2021 5:30 PM EST
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott claim blaming the state's massive power outages on renewable energy is misleading
Newswise

On Tuesday in an interview on Fox News with Sean Hannity, Texas Governor Greg Abbott blamed the outages on wind turbines and on the "Green New Deal." Rolling blackouts have ravaged Texas after a winter storm created a sudden spike in energy demand and hamstrung production of natural gas, coal, nuclear, and wind energy.

Newswise: PlanetSense: Stepping in when disaster strikes
Released: 6-Jan-2021 5:05 PM EST
PlanetSense: Stepping in when disaster strikes
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

As Hurricane Dorian raged through the Bahamas, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory worked around the clock to aid recovery efforts for one of the Caribbean’s worst storms ever, providing geographic data that guided decisions on everything from where to open emergency shelters to how to staff first-aid centers.

Newswise: Climate Change Threatens U.S. Coastal Cities’ Most Affordable Housing With Flooding
Released: 15-Dec-2020 11:05 AM EST
Climate Change Threatens U.S. Coastal Cities’ Most Affordable Housing With Flooding
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Research co-authored by University of California scientists has found that by 2050, as many as 24,500 affordable housing units in the United States are projected to be exposed to coastal flooding.

Newswise: Smarter Traffic Signs Ahead?
30-Nov-2020 2:50 PM EST
Smarter Traffic Signs Ahead?
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Researchers in Poland have created smart road signs that use built-in Doppler radar, video, and acoustic radar and weather stations to monitor road traffic and conditions to warn drivers in real-time of hazards and prevent collisions on highways. During the 179th ASA Meeting, Dec. 7-10, Andrzej Czyzewski will describe his applied research project to develop autonomous road signs with built-in acoustic radar devices.

Released: 22-Jul-2020 5:45 PM EDT
NRPA Applauds Congressional Passage of Great American Outdoors Act
National Recreation and Park Association

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the Great American Outdoors Act. The legislation will definitively fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

Newswise: When it comes to Smart Cities, St. Louis is Leading by Example
Released: 7-Jul-2020 4:05 PM EDT
When it comes to Smart Cities, St. Louis is Leading by Example
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

St. Louis was selected as the site for the first SCIRA exercise. The pilot program brought together first responders, city managers and other stakeholders, and through a series of realistic disaster scenarios, demonstrated how smart city technology can transform municipal emergency response.

Newswise: Research Team Sees Major Shift in Relationship Between State-by-State Traffic and COVID-19 Cases, Offering Insights Into Outcomes of Lockdown Policies
Released: 9-Jun-2020 4:30 PM EDT
Research Team Sees Major Shift in Relationship Between State-by-State Traffic and COVID-19 Cases, Offering Insights Into Outcomes of Lockdown Policies
Northern Arizona University

“In many states, traffic appears to be a leading indicator, increasing first, with COVID-19 cases rising after a delay of up to 11 days,” said Northern Arizona University professor Kevin Gurney, head of the NAU research group analyzing the data. Pawlok Dass, a postdoc in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems, is the lead research scientist on the project.

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Released: 26-Mar-2020 2:55 PM EDT
Renewable energy developments threaten biodiverse areas
University of Queensland

More than 2000 renewable energy facilities are built in areas of environmental significance and threaten the natural habitats of plant and animal species across the globe.

Newswise: Argonne experts help Department of Energy strengthen energy security in Moldova
Released: 19-Mar-2020 3:35 PM EDT
Argonne experts help Department of Energy strengthen energy security in Moldova
Argonne National Laboratory

In the fall of 2019, Moldova needed to identify viable alternative routes and sources of natural gas in the event of a disruption in natural gas supply to the country during the 2019-2020 winter. Through the U.S. Department of Energy-led Partnership for Transatlantic Energy Cooperation (P-TEC), experts from Argonne and the U.S. Government provided assistance to Moldova in developing a plan to prepare and respond to the potential supply disruptions.

Newswise: Tunnel fire safety
Released: 4-Mar-2020 8:10 AM EST
Tunnel fire safety
University of South Australia

Global risk management experts are calling for fire education initiatives to be included in driver safety programs so that drivers are better prepared for an emergency if faced with it on the roads.

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Released: 19-Dec-2019 2:05 PM EST
Submarine cables to offshore wind farms transformed into a seismic network
California Institute of Technology

An international team of geoscientists led by Caltech has used fiber optic communications cables stationed at the bottom of the North Sea as a giant seismic network, tracking both earthquakes and ocean waves.

Newswise: How UK Engineering is Using Hemp to Repair Deteriorating Kentucky Bridges
Released: 18-Nov-2019 9:00 AM EST
How UK Engineering is Using Hemp to Repair Deteriorating Kentucky Bridges
University of Kentucky

Using remarkably resilient carbon fiber fabrics, panels and wraps, CatStrong has successfully restored more than 35 bridges.

Newswise: Are Some Urban Settings Riskier for Traffic Injury or Death? We Know Less Than You Think
Released: 15-Oct-2019 9:00 AM EDT
Are Some Urban Settings Riskier for Traffic Injury or Death? We Know Less Than You Think
Florida Atlantic University

How risky is travel in the U.S.? It gets tricky. Despite a lot of research on the dangers of traffic injury and death, there’s a lack of clarity on the role of the built environment (roadway designs and adjoining development) and its risk effects. Before we can know how risky a given built environment is, we have to know how many people are traveling there, and in many cases, for pedestrians and cyclists, this data is not available.

Newswise: Fishing for Answers: Researchers Develop Tool to Incorporate Social, Cultural Concerns in Resource Management
Released: 14-Oct-2019 3:05 PM EDT
Fishing for Answers: Researchers Develop Tool to Incorporate Social, Cultural Concerns in Resource Management
Florida State University

Okamoto and a group of biologists, mathematicians, social scientists, resource managers and representatives of indigenous cultures have created tools that look at the social and cultural costs and benefits of different management strategies used to protect and recover fisheries.

Newswise: Chipping Away at How Ice Forms Could Keep Windshields, Power Lines Ice-Free
20-Aug-2019 8:00 AM EDT
Chipping Away at How Ice Forms Could Keep Windshields, Power Lines Ice-Free
American Chemical Society (ACS)

How does ice form? Surprisingly, science hasn’t fully answered that question. Differences in ice formation on various surfaces still aren’t well understood, but researchers today will explain their finding that the arrangements that surface atoms impose on water molecules are the key.

Newswise: City Parks Lift Mood as Much as Christmas, Twitter Study Shows
15-Aug-2019 1:30 PM EDT
City Parks Lift Mood as Much as Christmas, Twitter Study Shows
University of Vermont

New research shows that visitors to urban parks use happier words and express less negativity on Twitter than before their visit—and that their elevated mood lasts for up to four hours. The effect is so strong that it’s equivalent to the mood spike on Christmas, the happiest day each year on Twitter. With increasing urbanization and mood disorders, this research may have powerful implications for public health and urban planning.

Released: 22-Jul-2019 12:05 PM EDT
Informatics researchers leading the way in developing ‘smart city’ floodwater management
Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University professors Eck Doerry and Ben Ruddell are collaborating with water engineers in the city of Phoenix and Flagstaff for a pilot program that uses traffic cameras and crowd-sourced data to track and predict flooding during monsoon season.

Newswise:Video Embedded developing-techniques-to-repair-construct-bridges-roadways
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Released: 17-Jul-2019 4:05 PM EDT
Developing techniques to repair, construct bridges, roadways
South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University researchers will develop innovative techniques to repair and construct bridges and roadways through a new U.S. Department of Transportation-funded research center.


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