New Research Center To Tackle Critical Challenges Related to Aircraft Design, Wind Energy, Smart Buildings

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute today announced the new Center for Flow Physics and Control (CeFPaC) within the School of Engineering. From designing smarter blades for wind turbines to developing new techniques for reducing aircraft drag, CeFPaC is poised to make an important impact in the rapidly emerging field of active flow control.

Group Seeks Alternative Uses for Marcellus Shale Gas

A new industry-led initiative to promote in-state utilization of Marcellus Shale natural gas by developing combined-heat-and-power (CHP) systems was announced Thursday at the Natural Gas Utilization Workshop at Penn State.

University of Texas Professor Hosts Presentation on "Fracing" Facts and Myths

Mukul Sharma, a professor in The University of Texas at Austin's Cockrell School of Engineering and an international expert on hydraulic fracturing, presented June 27 on the facts and myths, the knowns and unknowns and the concerns - both real and perceived - surrounding the gas extraction process.

SBU Team Wins R&D 100 Award for Energy-Harvesting Technology

A team at Stony Brook University has won a prestigious R&D 100 Award--dubbed the "Oscar of Invention"--for the development of an energy-harvesting shock absorber that converts vibration, bumps, and motion experienced by the suspension of a vehicle or train into electric power. The regenerative shock absorber for cars can harvest over 100 watts from the vehicle vibrations under normal driving conditions.

A Renewable Twist on Fossil Fuels

Pulling valuable fuels out of thin air? It sounds like magic, but Joel Rosenthal, a chemist at the University of Delaware, is working to transform carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas in the atmosphere, into gas for your car and clean-energy future fuels. Rosenthal is a winner of the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU).

Like Superman, American University Will Get Its Energy from the Sun

Showering, studying will take on new meaning for AU students when D.C.'s largest solar systems produce hot water and electricity across campussolar hot water system on the east coast.

Appalachian Energy, Environment Research Consortium Formed

A consortium of major research universities has formed a new initiative to address the environmental impacts of the discovery, development, production, and use of energy resources in Appalachia.

Japan Crisis Could Cause More Pain at the Pump: Expert Says

A gallon of gas is already getting pricy, but one UAB professor says the problems in Japan could lead to a domino effect on gas prices.

2011 Clean Snowmobile Challenge the Biggest and Greenest Yet

A record number of electric snowmobiles have registered for the 2011 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge, set for March 7-12 at Michigan Technological University's Keweenaw Research Center. This year, they will be greener than ever.

UD Collaborating with LG Innotek on Advanced Solar Cell Research

The University of Delaware's Institute of Energy Conversion (IEC) -- a U.S. Department of Energy University Center of Excellence for Photovoltaic Research and Education -- is working with LG Innotek on pioneering research on wide band-gap solar cells, which absorb less sunlight, but produce a higher voltage than solar cells currently on the market.

Bing Energy Relocates to Partner with FSU on High-Tech Fuel Cells

Florida Gov. Rick Scott today announced that Bing Energy Inc. (http://bingenergyinc.com/) of Chino, Calif., has selected Tallahassee as the new site of the company's world headquarters. The company, in collaboration with Professor Jim P. Zheng (http://www.eng.fsu.edu/ece/directory/jim_zheng/) of The Florida State University, is planning to turn revolutionary nanotechnology pioneered at FSU into a better, faster, more economical and commercially viable fuel cell. The move is expected to create at least 244 jobs paying an average wage of $41,655 in Florida.

ARRA Grant to Help Fund Seminary Building Green Roof

The University of Chicago has received a $50,000 grant to help fund a green roof atop the new Chicago Theological Seminary building, now under construction at 1407 E. 60th St.

ORNL's Jaguar Helps BMI Win Award, Nation Save Fuel

A BMI Corp. SmartTruck technology that could save 1.5 billion gallons of diesel fuel and $5 billion in fuel costs per year has hit the road in record time in part because of simulations performed on the nation's most powerful supercomputer at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Rensselaer Researcher Working To Make Smarter Wind Turbine Blades

Aerospace engineering expert Michael "Miki" Amitay, associate professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, this week received a $250,000 grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to continue his work on smarter blades for wind turbines.

Intelligent Generation Opens Lab at IIT University Technology Park

Intelligent GenerationTM (IG) will celebrate the launch of its new test site at Illinois Institute of Technology's University Technology Park on January 27, 2011.

Ithaca College in Elite Company for Environmental Leadership in Building Construction

The U.S. Green Building Council has granted LEED Platinum certification -- the highest possible standard -- to the Peggy Ryan Williams Center at Ithaca College.

Tulane University Targets Energy Professionals With New Degree Program

Tulane University has created a new graduate degree program for those planning to pursue careers in the energy industry.

Iowa State Engineer and Goodrich Partner to Develop Fuel Nozzles

Hui Hu, an Iowa State University associate professor of aerospace engineering, is working with engineers from the Goodrich Corp. to test and characterize the next generation of fuel nozzles.

CSB to Hold Public Hearing Tomorrow, December 15, as Part of the CSB Deepwater Horizon Investigation

CSB Board Will Hear Testimony on how Offshore Drilling is Managed and Regulated in Other Countries

Cornell Joins Team Taking Head-first Plunge Into Algae Biofuels

Cornell University researchers have joined other scientists and a biofuel research company on a mission to develop a commercial-scale algae-to-fuel facility by 2015. The effort is backed by a $9 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Engineering Researchers Partner With Toyota; DOE Grant Will Further Work Toward a More Efficient Charger for Hybrid-Electric Vehicles

A $3.9 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy will allow electrical engineering researchers at the University of Arkansas to continue contributing to the development of a compact and highly efficient silicon-carbide charger for hybrid electric vehicles. The benefits of the project extend beyond vehicles into other areas, such as wind and solar power, and could lead to reduced energy consumption in the United States.

Research Looks at Alternative Power for Military

South Dakota State University has a major role in a $10 million project to deliver alternative power technologies to help the U.S. military supply power to units in the field. The three-year project began in May 2009.

Mixing Blood and Oil: Conference Tackles Similar Challenges from Two Major Industries

Scientists and engineers from two of the nation's largest industries - medicine and energy - came together this week to explore the synergies in moving oil and pumping blood.

Time Ripe to Move Energy Storage Idea Off Drawing Board

Need has caught up with Case Western Reserve University researcher Gerhard Welsch's design for a self-healing, high-energy capacitor he patented a decade ago. ARPA-E has granted Welsch $2.25 million to start producing the small and lightweight device for hybrid and electric cars and more.

Registration Open for Sandia-Sponsored 4th International Conference on Integration of Renewable and Distributed Energy Resources

Registration is open for the 4th International Conference on the Integration of Renewable and Distributed Energy Resources, the premier event for technical discussion of electric integration of new energy resources.