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September 22, 2017

Sunlight to Electricity: Navigating the Field

The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University recently published its latest Energy Technology Distillate, “Sunlight to Electricity: Navigating the Field,” an in-depth look at the current state of the solar power industry and where it may be headed.

Robert Socolow reflected on solar power’s future and the Distillate in a welcome letter. The Distillate executive summary can be found here. The full Distillate can be read here.

Designed to provide succinct yet substantive information to policymakers, educators, students, and other citizens, the Distillates cover emerging topics in energy and the environment that combine technological, economic, and policy considerations. For more on the Distillate series, read here.

The Andlinger Center Speaks: the impact of a total solar eclipse on the electric grid
On Monday, August 21, 2017, residents in 14 states experienced a total solar eclipse. Many people in the rest of North America and parts of South America, Europe, and Africa saw a partial eclipse. Some in the public worried whether the event would affect solar power generation and whether the electrical grid could withstand this loss in power.

Barry Rand addressed these questions and the real challenges solar power faces in the latest Q/A for “The Andlinger Center Speaks.”

Faculty Highlights
Lynn Loo, director of the Andlinger Center, talks about organic semiconductors, the value of industry/academic partnerships, and the challenges faced by minorities in technical fields in the Nanovation podcast.
To listen, click here.

Daniel Steingart co-wrote a paper published in Science Advances on how he and a team of researchers developed a new nanolithography technique to create, analyze and erase nanoscale structures from a variety of materials. Read more here.

Steingart is also collaborating with battery company alpha-En and Mercedes Benz on energy storage research. More here.

In the journal Climatic Change, Catherine Peters co-wrote a paper that concluded that carbon capture and storage would not be prone to significant leakage or high costs related to fixing leaks. Read more here.

Faculty position open
The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment seeks a tenured, distinguished full or associate professor to provide leadership in the areas of sustainable energy technology development. Specific research areas of interest include long-term energy storage, smart and resilient cities, and energy-water nexus, with an emphasis on systems-level expertise.
More information about the position can be found here.

Applications open for Gerhard R. Andlinger Visiting Fellows and Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellows
The Andlinger Center invites applications for the Gerhard R. Andlinger Visiting Fellows Program, with start dates as early as February 2018. Applications from prospective visitors from a variety of backgrounds, including from academia, industry, government, and non-governmental organizations, are encouraged. Read more here.

Applications are also open for the center’s new Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowships. The program is designed to support outstanding scholars studying in a field related to energy and the environment. Read more here.

Upcoming Events
September 22, 2017
Marcelo Mena, Minister of the Environment for the Government of Chile
Chile’s Energy and Environment
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Maeder Hall

October 6, 2017
Scavenger Hunt at the Andlinger Center
Time: 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Andlinger Center main lobby

Highlight Seminar Series
September 21, 2017
Cristina Archer, University of Delaware
Wind power in the energy landscape

October 19, 2017
Esther Takeuchi, Stony Brook University
Energy storage systems

November 16, 2017
Robbie Diamond, Securing America’s Future Energy
Autonomous vehicles

December 14, 2017
Seth Darling, Argonne National Laboratory’s Center for Nanoscale Materials
Development of adsorbates for remediating oil spills and enhanced oil recovery

March 15, 2018
Matthew Posewitz, Colorado School of Mines
Micro-algae cultivation for bioenergy technologies

April 19, 2018
Paul Langan, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Role of neutrons in energy technologies and sustainability

May 17, 2018
Steven Koonin, New York University
Smart cities and urban resilience