Institutional factors are key in improving sustainability models
April 2, 2024

Rules that constrain human behavior, or "institutional factors," can both formally and informally effect sustainability outcomes, whether it is through officially-recognized policy mechanisms or unwritten rules that are dictated by social norms and beliefs, the researchers found.

Rapidly intensifying tropical cyclones likely to increase flood hazard
March 18, 2024

A new study finds that future climate warming is likely to worsen coastal flooding accompanying tropical cyclones.

Engineers use AI to wrangle fusion power for the grid
Feb. 21, 2024
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
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…

Award for Distinguished Innovation goes to Peter Jaffé and Shan Huang for bacteria that break down persistent environmental contaminants
Oct. 12, 2023
Written by Alaina O'Regan, Office of the Dean for Research

In recognition of the importance to society of innovative research and scholarship, the 2023 Dean for Research Award for Distinguished Innovation will be awarded to Peter Jaffé, William L. Knapp Professor of Civil Engineering and professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Shan Huang, professional specialist in civil and environmental engineering, for the development of bacterial approaches to eliminating harmful contaminants that are persistent in the environment.

Princeton researchers revolutionize lithium production
Sept. 18, 2023
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
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…

Exploratory Energy Research Fund fuels explorations into urban solar panels and batteries for electrical grid storage
Aug. 21, 2023
Written by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

Two new projects that propel investigations in sustainable energy generation and storage have been awarded funding via the Dean for Research Innovation Fund for Exploratory Energy Research.

The fund…

Project that reimagines roofs in a warming world selected to receive Dean for Research Sustainability of Our Planet funding
Aug. 16, 2023
Written by Siya Arora for the Office of the Dean for Research

A new project has been awarded a grant from the Dean for Research Innovation Fund for the Sustainability of Our Planet to develop an energy-efficient method for cooling indoor spaces.

Switching to hydrogen fuel could prolong the methane problem
March 20, 2023
Written by Colton Poore, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

Hydrogen’s potential as a clean fuel could be limited by a chemical reaction in the lower atmosphere, according to research from Princeton University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.

This is because hydrogen gas easily reacts in the atmosphere with the same molecule primarily responsible for breaking down methane,…