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May 17, 2017

The Andlinger Center Speaks: growth and challenges of wind and solar power

For the latest “The Andlinger Center Speaks,” we interviewed Warren Powell on the rapid growth of wind and solar power, and the challenges associated with their increased penetration into the electric grid. For the full Q/A, read here.

Ching-Yao Lai named new Maeder grad fellow

Ching-Yao Lai, a doctoral student in Princeton University’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has been named the recipient of the Maeder Graduate Fellowship in Energy and the Environment for the 2017-2018 academic year. During her fellowship, Lai will explore the use of foams to decrease water use in hydraulic fracturing. Read more here.

NRG Energy joins Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership

NRG Energy, the leading integrated power company in the U.S, has joined Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership, an initiative that forges research collaborations between practitioners outside academia and experts across Princeton University to pursue transformational innovations in the fields of energy and the environment. More on the new partnership with NRG can be found here.

Energy career meet-up

The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment and the Princeton University Energy Association, a student-led organization, co-hosted a career meet-up on April 28th featuring several alumni from a variety of energy-related organizations, including ExxonMobil, Con Edison, Picatinny Arsenal, and RenewTricity. The alumni answered students’ questions, shared their experiences, and offered advice.


Mark Castellano, who earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Princeton in 1990, spoke at the event. He is currently vice president for business development at RenewTricity, a renewable energy company.

Faculty highlights

Denise Mauzerall, an associated faculty member at the center, and Fabian Wagner, a senior research scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria and the Gerard R. Andlinger Visiting Professor in Energy and the Environment at the Andlinger Center from 2014-16, co-authored a study on the impact of switching from coal to synthetic natural gas in China. The study was published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Wagner conducted work for the study while he was at the Andlinger Center. Read more here.

Researchers in the lab of Howard Stone found a technique for using carbon dioxide in a low-cost water treatment system that eliminates the need for costly and complex filters. A paper published May 2 in the journal Nature Communications described the mechanism behind this new technique.
Read more here.

Michael Oppenheimer, a member of the center’s associated faculty and executive committee, recently co-authored an article in Science that recommended adopting a standardized approach towards measuring the impact of greenhouse gas emissions in order to better inform policy. Read more here.