Energy

Transforming troublesome seaweed into a feedstock of the future
July 17, 2024
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Written by Colton Poore, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

Since 2011, enormous seaweed blooms have spread across the Atlantic Ocean, spanning over 5,000 miles from West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico.

Known as the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt, the leviathan — visible from space — has wreaked havoc on environments and economies throughout the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico, where unprecedented…

Diversifying China’s Urban Heating Systems will Reduce Risk of Carbon Lock-in
July 8, 2024
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Written by Cara Clase, Ph.D., Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment

Since its implementation in 2017, China’s clean heating policy has considerably improved air quality.  However, the share of non-fossil sources in China’s urban district heating systems remains low.   According to a Princeton-led study (Link is external),…

Common plastics could passively cool and heat buildings with the seasons
June 27, 2024
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Written by by the Office of Communications

Researchers at Princeton and UCLA have developed a passive mechanism to cool buildings in the summer and warm them in the winter.

In an article published June 27 in the journal Cell Reports Physical Science, they report that by…

Co-production of steel and chemicals could help mitigate hard-to-abate carbon emissions
June 27, 2024
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Written by Cara Clase, Ph.D., Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment

Hard-to-abate sectors accounted for approximately 30% of global CO2 emissions in 2018.  One third of these hard-to-abate emissions were a result of the fossil fuels and feedstocks used in the steel and chemical industries.   A Princeton-led 

AI approach elevates plasma performance and stability across fusion devices
June 7, 2024
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Written by Colton Poore, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

Achieving a sustained fusion reaction is a delicate balancing act, requiring a sea of moving parts to come together to maintain a high-performing plasma: one that is dense enough, hot enough, and confined for long enough for fusion to take place.

Using artificial intelligence to speed up and improve the most computationally intensive aspects of plasma physics in fusion
May 17, 2024
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Written by Rachel Kremen, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

The intricate dance of atoms fusing and releasing energy has fascinated scientists for decades. Now, human ingenuity and artificial intelligence are coming together at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics…

Engineers use AI to wrangle fusion power for the grid
Feb. 21, 2024
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Written by Colton Poore, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

In the blink of an eye, the unruly, superheated plasma that drives a fusion reaction can lose its stability and escape the strong magnetic fields confining it within the donut-shaped fusion reactor. These getaways frequently spell the end of the reaction, posing a core…

Buyer beware: Most clean power purchasing strategies do little to cut emissions
Jan. 22, 2024
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Written by Colton Poore, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

In the quest to achieve a net-neutral climate impact, many companies seek to buy additional power from clean energy sources in an attempt to eliminate the emissions otherwise generated by operating on today’s fossil fuel-heavy grid.

Yet some of the most common strategies for purchasing clean energy have little impact in cutting long-term…

Princeton researchers revolutionize lithium production
Sept. 18, 2023
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Written by Colton Poore, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

Researchers at Princeton have developed an extraction technique that slashes the amount of land and time needed for the production of lithium, a vital component of the batteries at the heart of electric vehicles and energy storage for the grid. The researchers say their system can improve production at existing lithium facilities and unlock…

Getting to net-zero, in the U.S. and the world
Aug. 25, 2023
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Written by Molly Seltzer, Office of Communications; Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

Princeton University’s Jesse Jenkins, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, has been a leader of both the national and the global charge to net-zero, along with his…