Energy Systems Analysis Group to join the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

We are pleased to announce that Princeton’s Energy Systems Analysis Group (ESAG) will be based in the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment effective July 1, 2015. Currently residing within the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI), ESAG focuses on systems-level engineering and policy analysis for long-term solutions to major environmental and other societal problems associated […]

Faculty spotlight: José Avalos

José Avalos is an assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering, jointly appointed with the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. His interests lie in the use of biotechnology to address important issues in sustainable energy, the environment, industry, and human health. Avalos’ research focuses specifically on synthetic biology and metabolic engineering for the […]

Maeder graduate fellowship awarded

Wenkai Liang has been named the recipient of the Maeder Graduate Fellowship in Energy and the Environment for the academic year 2015-2016. Mr. Liang is a third-year postdoctoral candidate in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. The abstract below summarizes the research he will conduct during the year. Selection for the Maeder Fellowship is […]

Princeton Profiles: Andlinger Center Maeder Fellow, Warren Rieutort-Louis, engineer and musician

Princeton graduate student Warren Rieutort-Louis’ twin passions are engineering and music, and over the last few years he has been able to delve fully into both areas of interest. Rieutort-Louis, who was born and raised in the Netherlands, is in his fifth year of doctoral studies in the electrical engineering department, where he works closely […]

Senior thesis: Self-folding structure could slash energy use in buildings

Princeton student Denisa Buzatu’s vision for an environmentally sustainable building is a sort of shape-shifting origami façade. For her senior thesis, Buzatu, a civil and environmental engineering major, is designing and prototyping a structure that shades the façade of a building by folding and adapting its shape in response to sunlight.

As reported on Gizmodo, “How Tesla’s Powerwall Stacks Up to Conventional Energy, By the Numbers” by Dan Steingart

I think about big, cheap batteries for a living, so I stayed up late and listened to the Tesla announcement. My first thoughts: These are fantastic prices for an uninterruptible power supply—but still expensive as day-to-day electricity.

Funds for summer research awarded to six undergraduates

Six undergraduates have been awarded research funds from the Peter B. Lewis Fund for Student Innovation in Energy and the Environment and the Dede T. Bartlett P03 Fund for Student Research in Energy and the Environment. This competitive funding supports undergraduate research on energy- and environment-related projects, particularly field work and laboratory research. The recipients […]

How to Combat Distrust of Science

Postdoctoral research associate Sander van der Linden recently had an article published in Scientific American entitled “How to Combat Distrust of Science.” van der Linden is appointed in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. He conducts research and teaches on the topics of […]

Forrest Meggers featured in new book “Future City Architecture for Optimal Living”

Forrest Meggers, Assistant Professor of Architecture and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, contributed to the architectural publication “Future City Architecture for Optimal Living.”  Meggers wrote the chapter entitled “Hidden Surface Effects: Radiant Temperature as an Urban and Architectural Comfort Culprit.”

Battery bounce test often bounces off target

Don’t throw away those bouncing batteries. Researchers at Princeton University have found that the common test of bouncing a household battery to learn if it is dead or not is not actually an effective way to check a battery’s charge. “The bounce does not tell you whether the battery is dead or not, it just […]