• Andlinger Center Speaks: U.S. carbon dioxide emissions rise by 3.4 percent

    Monday, Jan 14, 2019
    by Molly Seltzer, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

    Carbon dioxide emissions rose in the U.S. by 3.4 percent in 2018, according to preliminary estimates released this week. Increased electricity demand and economic growth are among the contributing factors the report cites. Interestingly, electricity production from coal actually dropped last year.

    Experts Judi Greenwald, Eric Larson and Michael Oppenheimer from Princeton University’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment comment on the news.

  • Foam could offer greener option for petroleum drillers

    Friday, Aug 10, 2018
    by John Sullivan, Office of Engineering Communications

    Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, provides critical energy for society, but also uses large amounts of fresh water while producing corresponding amounts of wastewater. Water-based foams, which use about 90 percent less water than fracking fluids, provide an alternative, but the mechanism for foam-driven fracture in such drilling is not well understood.

  • Secretary of Energy Perry says PPPL research has potential to ‘change the world’

    Thursday, Aug 9, 2018
    by Emily Aronson, Office of Communications

    U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry toured the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) Thursday, Aug. 9, saying that national labs like PPPL have the potential to change the world through their scientific research. 

    “Fusion is incredibly important not just to this institution, not just to the Department of Energy, but to the world we live in,” Perry said during a meeting with PPPL staff. “If we are able to deliver fusion energy to the world, we can change the world forever.”

  • Princeton astrophysicist Bhattacharjee leads team to create framework for an optimal fusion energy device

    Monday, Jun 18, 2018
    by The Office of Communications

    Stellarators, fusion facilities with a “twisty” design, have long played second fiddle to doughnut-shaped tokamaks that better confine the plasma that fuels fusion reactions. Now, in a development with major implications for the effort to replicate on Earth the fusion reactions that power the sun and stars to produce a virtually limitless supply of electricity, an international collaboration led by Princeton University has won a major private grant to create the framework for an optimum stellarator that combines the best features of both types of fusion reactors.

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