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March 26, 2014: CFES Annual Conference
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October 10-11, 2013: Workshop on Microgrid Technology and Applications
Rensselaer: CFES Power Seminar
10/24/2012 Trust Tech: A Novel Paradigm for Nonlinear Optimization and Practical Applications
8/20/2012 Batteries Made from World's Thinnest Materials...
7/2/2012 Rensselaer Scientists Unlock Some Key Secrets of Photosynthesis
6/24-26/2012 LRC International Symposium on the Science and Technology of Lighting
5/31/2012 Energy Scholars Program at Rensselaer Connects Students with Industry
Rensselaer: CFES Power Seminar
5/29/2012 System-Wide Centrally Coordinated Power System Operation and Control
4/3/2012 Professor Jie Lian Recieves NSF CAREER Award
3/6/2012 Student Innovation at RPI Aims to Improve Efficiency of Power Grids
1/10/2012 A new class of doped nanobulk high-figure-of-merit thermoelectrics by scalable bottom-up assemb
1/8/2012 Smart Grid Test Bed - Current Goal: Efficiency
11/9/2011 CFES Annual Conference
Rensselaer: CFES Solar Seminar
10/17/2011 AC Solar Cells
8/18/2011 Researchers Secure $2 Million Award To Boost Reliablity, Sustainability of Power Grids
Rensselaer: CFES Workshop
6/28/2011 Workshop on Energy Storage Technologies and Applications
Rensselaer: CFES Lighting Seminar
3/31/2011 Solid State Lighting - White Light for General Illumination
Rensselaer: CFES Solar Seminar
3/30/2011 Solar Energy and Our Electricity Future
Rensselaer: CFES Solar Seminar
3/11/2011 Mitigating Grid Impacts in Highly Distributed PV Systems
1/27/2011 Developing Smarter Wind Turbine Blades
1/21/2011 Wind Engineering Expert to Lead Civil and Environmental Engineering
1/21/2011 "Nanoscoops" Could Spark New Generation of Automobile Batteries
Rensselaer: RPI Smart Lighting ERC Deploys New Technology on Campus
11/5/2010 The new Smart Lighting Research Center (ERC) at Rensselaer has transformed
Rensselaer: Researchers win $2 Million NSF Grant Proposal for Capacitive Energy Storage
9/27/2010 Rethinking Renewables: A new approach to Energy storage for wind and Solar
Rensselaer: CFES Next Generation Wind Power Workshop
5/12/2010 Review wind power presentations on turbine design, control, power conversion, grid integration, economics and policy.
Rensselaer Researchers Secure $1 Million Grant to Develop Oil Exploration Game-Changer
3/31/2010 Nanoengineered Coating Uses Naturally Occuring Water Deep in Earth to Power Undeground Oil and Gas Sensors
Rensselaer, Helping Hydrogen: Student Inventor Tackles Challenge of Hydrogen Storage
3/3/2010 $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Collegiate Student Prizes Awarded to Inventive Students Nationwide; determined to play a role in reducing dependency on fossil fuels.......
Rensselaer, Stony Brook, BNL and Syracuse Named in NYEPI Award
12/14/09 Governor Patterson names Stony Brook to lead in New York Energy Policy Instiute with partners RPI, BNL and Syracuse University to coordinate energy policy research......
Rensselaer Professor Nikhil Koratkar Wins ECS Young Investigator Award
11/10/09 Nanomaterials expert Nikhil Koratkar, professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering at Rensselaer, has won the 2009 SES Young Investigator Award...
Rensselaer Professor Joel Plawsky Named AIChE Fellow
10/08/09 Thin film expert Joel Plawsky, professor of chemical engineering at Rensselaer, was recently named a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).
Rensselaer Professor Robert Hull Elected Fellow of Materials Research Society
10/13/09 Renowned materials scientist Robert Hull was recently named a fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS).
Solar Power Game-Changer: "Near Perfect" Absorption of Sunlight, From All Angles
Researchers at Rensselaer have moved academia and industry closer to realizing high-efficiency, cost-effective solar power.
Trustee Makes Donation To Start New Solar Energy Research Center at Rensselaer
Trustee Thomas R. Baruch '60 has donated a gift that will help to establish a new center at the Institute devoted to bio-energy research.
Outshining Edison: New NSF Engineering Research Center To Advance "Smart Lighting"
A new research center at Rensselaer, funded by a five-year, $18.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, aims to supplant the common light bulb with next-generation lighting devices that are smarter, greener, and ripe for innovation.
Lack of a Comprehensive Global Energy Security Roadmap Putting the U.S. at Risk
A major restructuring of global energy markets is underway, challenging all to think about energy in new ways, yet the United States is at risk of being left behind because the nation lacks a comprehensive global energy security roadmap, warned the former chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Student Develops New LED, Wins $30,000 Lemelson-Rensselaer Prize
Martin Schubert, a doctoral student in electrical, computer, and systems engineering, has developed the first polarized LED, an innovation that could vastly improve LCD screens, conserve energy, and usher in the next generation of ultra-efficient LEDs.
Researchers Develop Darkest Manmade Material
Researchers at Rensselaer and Rice University have created the darkest material ever made by man.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson to Deliver Keynote Address at The Washington Post Company Energy Conference
President Shirley Ann Jackson delivers the keynote address at the Washington Post Company Energy Conference, continuing her call for a comprehensive energy roadmap to meet the demand for global energy security.
Using Supercomputers To Make Safer Nuclear Reactors
Rensselaer is leading a $3 million research project that will pair two of the world's most powerful supercomputers to boost the safety and reliability of next-generation nuclear power reactors.
Beyond Batteries: Storing Power in a Sheet of Paper
Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a new energy storage device that easily could be mistaken for a simple sheet of black paper.
Engineering Student Attends Forum at United Nations Headquarters
Christopher Coates, an engineering sophomore, joined 499 other students and young professionals at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City from June 6-8 for ATHGO International's Third Annual Global Forum, "Global Third Way: Becoming One with the Environment." The focus was on global warming and climate change. Coates, a member of K.V. Lakshmi's research group, works on developing cutting-edge technology for solar energy use.
Commencement 2007: Graduate Develops "Growable" Solution to Energy Issues
Sky-rocketing oil prices, rising demand for reliance on renewable resources, and an increase in environmental consciousness have placed a newfound focus on "green" solutions to global energy issues. Following Rensselaer's graduation on May 19, student inventor Eben Bayer hopes to alleviate some of those growing issues — by growing.
LRC Student Receives Fellowship To Support Solid-State Lighting Research
Yiting Zhu, a doctoral student in Rensselaer's Lighting Research Center (LRC), has received a prestigious Link Foundation Energy Fellowship for her work in energy-efficient solid-state lighting.
Study Finds LED Lighting Increases Supermarket Merchandise Appeal
A recent study from Rensselaer's Lighting Research Center (LRC) found that shoppers overwhelmingly prefer light-emitting diode (LED) to fluorescent light inside supermarket freezer cases. LED lighting — known for its bright, even quality — increased frozen merchandise appeal for consumers when placed in grocer's freezers, according to the researchers.
President Jackson To Lead Institute Delegation to Europe
A delegation from Rensselaer will travel to Europe March 15-22 to meet with leading representatives from government, industry, science, and higher education. Led by President Shirley Ann Jackson, the trip will provide a platform for university officials to continue forging partnerships with international leaders and institutions. Through speeches in Geneva, Paris, and London, the trip also will provide a platform for Jackson to highlight her message about the challenge of global energy security.
Rensselaer Researchers Create World's First Ideal Anti-Reflection Coating
A team of Rensselaer researchers has created the world's first material that reflects virtually no light. Reporting in the March issue of Nature Photonics, they describe an optical coating made from the material that enables vastly improved control over the basic properties of light. The research could open the door to much brighter LEDs, more efficient solar cells, and a new class of "smart" light sources that adjust to specific environments, among many other potential applications.
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Rensselaer's Lally School of Management & Technology Creates Executive Education Program in "Leadership for Innovation and Growth in the Energy Industry"
In an effort to provide "best management practices" for business professionals in the energy industry, Rensselaer's Lally School of Management & Technology has developed an executive education program that addresses leadership skills, emerging technology, innovation, and large-scale project management. In its inaugural year, the program's first participants include 19 engineers and managers from China Three Gorges Project Corporation (CTGPC) — a company known for the construction of the world's largest hydropower dam located in the Xilingxia gorge, one of the three gorges along China's Yangtze River.
Out & About: Lally School of Management & Technology Hosts Special Forum on Energy Policy
In an effort to provide an opportunity for members of the Rensselaer campus to hear and discuss perspectives related to energy on a global and national scale, Rensselaer's Lally School of Management & Technology hosted a "Special Forum on Energy Policy" Nov. 9. The event featured lectures from visiting Lally faculty members Jonathan Story, Marusi Visiting Professor of Global Business and Political Economy, and the Shell Fellow of Economic Transformation, INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France; George Markowsky, Visiting Professor of Management & Technology, and professor of computer science and mathematics at the University of Maine, Orono; and Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson.
Examining the Impact of Renewable Energy on the Electric Power Grid
With a $1.23 million grant, Rensselaer researchers will be creating a distributed power "test-bed" to study how the electricity distribution grid might be affected by the widespread adoption of clean, renewable energy sources. The two-year project, which is funded by the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR), is designed to help understand the potential effects of meeting New York state's key alternative energy goal — by 2012, more than 25 percent of power generation through renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, and fuel cells.
Congressman John Sweeney Secures $750,000 for Alternative Energy Project Being Developed at Rensselaer
At a press conference held at Cambridge Valley Machining Inc. (CVMI) in Cambridge, N.Y., Sept. 25, Congressman John Sweeney announced that he has secured $750,000 in fiscal year 2006 Energy and Water Appropriations for an alternative energy project being developed by Rensselaer researchers.
Rensselaer Researchers Aim To Close "Green Gap" in LED Technology
A team of Rensselaer researchers aims to close the "green gap" in LED technology by doubling or tripling the power output of green LEDs in three years, an advance that ultimately could lead to the replacement of incandescent and fluorescent lamps in general illumination applications.
Commencement 2006: Rensselaer Students Accelerate Their Education, Pursue Research Opportunities in Energy and Biotech
Two driven Rensselaer science students who will participate in the university's 200th Commencement on May 20 are speeding up their education. Part of a new accelerated Ph.D. science program at Rensselaer, Jordan Mader (chemistry and chemical biology) and Amanda Lund (biology) are on track to finish their bachelor's and doctoral degrees in seven years, two ahead of average.
Commencement 2006: For Nuclear Engineering, the Future Is Now
As nuclear power returns to the energy agenda in the United States and continues to grow in popularity around the world, the need for engineers and scientists in all sectors of the field grows as well. Educating the next generation of nuclear engineers is a key step toward filling this gap, and Rensselaer is leading the way. Rensselaer's 200th Commencement on May 20, 2006, will offer a glimpse at some of the future leaders in academia, government, and the nuclear industry.
Imagining the Future of Energy: Alums Return to Campus for Energy Innovation Forum
Three alumni with expertise in energy policy and innovation returned to campus April 3 to participate in a forum titled "Imagining the Future of Energy," focusing on the need to diversify energy sources. The event, part of the Rensselaer Alumni Association's (RAA) Back to Campus Speaker Series, was moderated by Nag Patibandla, director of Rensselaer's Center for Future Energy Systems.
Out and About: ANS Student Conference Explores the Future of Nuclear Power
As nuclear power returns to the national energy agenda, the need for engineers and scientists in all sectors of the field becomes ever more pressing. This year's American Nuclear Society (ANS) national student conference, held March 30-April 1 at Rensselaer, offered a glimpse at the future leaders in academia, government, and industry, with more than 300 of the top nuclear engineering students from across the country in attendance. The conference featured presentations from a number of experts currently working in the field, including Admiral Frank "Skip" Bowman, president and CEO of the Nuclear Energy Institute, the main policy organization for the country's commercial nuclear power industry. In a March 31 lunchtime keynote address titled "America's Nuclear Renaissance and Your Role in It," Admiral Bowman discussed the resurgence of the nuclear power industry in the United States and the opportunities for young engineers to play a role in this growth.
Out and About: SWE Regional Conference Highlights Importance of "Engineering a Sustainable Future"
On April 1, Rensselaer hosted women engineers from across the Northeast at the 2006 Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Region F Conference. The event featured talks, workshops, and opportunities for professional development, all revolving around the theme of "Engineering a Sustainable Future." Ruth Horton, program manager for energy efficiency services at the New York State Energy, Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and president of the Clean Cities Board of Directors, delivered the keynote lecture about creating a climate for sustainability.
Student Conference To Explore the Future of Nuclear Power
As nuclear power returns to the national energy agenda, the need for engineers and scientists in all sectors of the field becomes ever more pressing. This year's American Nuclear Society (ANS) national student conference, to be held March 30-April 1 at Rensselaer, will offer a glimpse at the future leaders in academia, government, and industry, while featuring presentations from experts currently working in these arenas.
Rensselaer Names New Director of the Center for Future Energy Systems
Rensselaer officials have announced the appointment of Nag Patibandla as director of the Center for Future Energy Systems, a New York State Center for Advanced Technology (CAT). He also will hold a position as a research professor in the School of Engineering's Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Patibandla brings an extensive background in energy policy, management, and research, having worked in a variety of positions at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), General Electric, and previously as a researcher and professor at Rensselaer.
At Feb. 3 Roundtable, President Jackson Urges Quick Action on National Innovation Agenda
As a follow-up to President George W. Bush's State of the Union address, Rensselaer hosted a roundtable discussion on innovation and economic development Feb. 3 at the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies. Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson joined the Honorable Sandy Baruah, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, to discuss President Bush's competitiveness agenda with Capital Region business, academic, and community leaders.
New Sonofusion Experiment Produces Results Without External Neutron Source
A team of researchers from Rensselaer, Purdue University, and the Russian Academy of Sciences has used sound waves to induce nuclear fusion without the need for an external neutron source, according to a paper in the Jan. 27 issue of Physical Review Letters. The results address one of the most prominent questions raised after publication of the team's earlier results in 2004, suggesting that "sonofusion" may be a viable approach to producing neutrons for a variety of applications.
Rensselaer and Clarkson Receive Joint NYSTAR Energy Award
Rensselaer, in partnership with Clarkson University, has been awarded $1.84 million from the New York State Office of Science, Technology, and Academic Research (NYSTAR) to address the need for energy independence by developing technologies that seek to lower energy consumption and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of renewable energy sources. The research will focus on improving the energy efficiency of a wide variety of devices, including photovoltaic systems for producing solar power and light-emitting diodes.
Center for Future Energy Systems Hosts Energy Technology Open House
To showcase some of the many ways that Rensselaer is addressing the nation's critical need for energy security, the Center for Future Energy Systems (CFES) hosted its first annual energy technology open house Jan. 11 at the Heffner Alumni House. CFES researchers and students from Rensselaer, Cornell University, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Clarkson University used the opportunity to display their work to industry representatives and government officials from New York state and beyond.
Harnessing the Heating — and Cooling — Powers of the Sun
Imagine heat radiating from the walls of your home on a cold winter night, or the glass in your home's windows emitting cool temperatures on a scorching summer afternoon. Now imagine these systems operating on an endless supply of affordable energy — the sun. Three years ago a team of Rensselaer researchers began developing an "intelligent" heating and cooling system that made these seemingly too-good-to-be-true scenarios a possibility. Today the same team is exploring the likelihood of increasing the system's efficiency and adaptability by reducing it to the micrometer scale. A $300,000, three-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will fund the research.
Rensselaer Researchers Test Polymer Membrane for Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Applications
Rensselaer researchers have started a new fundamental research project on the component that is often referred to as the heart of a fuel cell — the polymer membrane. Researchers are testing a new type of polymer membrane, created at Rensselaer, for potential use in proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell and hydrogen applications. The project is funded by a projected three-year, $900,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Robotic Assembly of Fuel Cells Could Hasten Hydrogen Economy
A new research project at Rensselaer aims to tackle the challenge of mass production by using robots to assemble fuel cell stacks.
Out and About: H2 Educate — A Public Forum on Hydrogen
What is the "hydrogen economy" and how will it impact New York state? Are fuel cells really the wave of the future? Members of the local community heard discussions about these issues and more Oct. 26 at the H2 Educate Public Education Forum hosted by the Center for Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Research and the Center for Future Energy Systems at Rensselaer.
$1 Million Gift Gives Boost to Electric Power Engineering Education
Rensselaer has received a gift of $1 million from the Grainger Foundation of Lake Forest, Ill., to endow the Grainger Electric Power Engineering Student Award Program for undergraduate and graduate students.
President Jackson Urges National Response to the "Quiet Crisis," in the United States Science and Engineering Workforce in Address to the ACS in Washington, D.C.
Linking the United States' need to meet its energy demands to the emerging gap in the nation's science and engineering workforce, Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson urged members of the American Chemical Society (ACS) to join in bringing national focus to this "quiet crisis," which she asserts requires fostering a national plan and a national will to succeed. Jackson spoke at the 230th national meeting of the ACS in Washington, D.C., at a special presidential symposium celebrating the 10th anniversary of its ACS Scholars Program.
National Science Foundation Awards Rensselaer First-of-Its-Kind Grant for Fuel Cell Research Education
Rensselaer, as part of its continued expansion of energy research, recently announced a $4.8 million novel interdisciplinary program to train doctoral students in fuel cell science and engineering. The program is supported by a $3.2 million, first-of-its-kind fuel cell research education grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) combined with a $1.6 million investment by Rensselaer.
Rensselaer Opens New $20 Million Center for Future Energy Systems
Rensselaer marked the opening of the Center for Future Energy Systems, a New York State Center for Advanced Technology. The new $20 million research center, in partnership with Cornell University and Brookhaven National Laboratory, seeks to meet the energy challenges of the 21st century by focusing on innovation in and commercialization of energy conservation and renewable energy systems.
Rensselaer Nuclear-Energy Pioneer Richard T. Lahey Jr. Receives Two Major Honors
Richard T. Lahey Jr., a pioneer in the field of nuclear reactor technology and safety who is now exploring sonofusion, a new form of nuclear fusion, has been awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Fellowship, one of the most prestigious honors given to senior researchers around the world. In another major honor, Nuclear Engineering & Design journal has published a special edition in recognition of Professor Lahey's 65th birthday.
Rensselaer Researchers Detail Potential for Smart Lighting in Science
"Smart" solid-state light sources now being developed not only have the potential to provide significant energy savings, but also offer new opportunities for applications that go well beyond the lighting provided by conventional incandescent and fluorescent sources, according to Rensselaer professors E. Fred Schubert and Jong Kyu Kim. In an article published May 27 in the journal Science, the authors describe research currently under way to transform lighting into "smart" lighting, with benefits expected in such diverse fields as medicine, transportation, communications, imaging, and agriculture.
Rensselaer To Mark Opening of Future Energy Systems CAT June 7
Rensselaer will mark the opening of the Future Energy Systems Center for Advanced Technology on Tuesday, June 7, at 11 a.m. Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson will be joined by New York State Lieutenant Governor Mary Donohue, State Senator Joseph Bruno, New York State Office of Science, Technology, and Academic Research (NYSTAR) Executive Director Russell Bessette, Plug Power Chief Operating Officer Greg Silvestri, and Rensselaer Vice President for Research Omkaram "Om" Nalamasu for the kick-off event.
In the News: Energy Security
Energy security is one of the greatest global challenges, and innovation is key to addressing it. Rensselaer energy innovation has been in the news recently.
LED Lighting Institute Prepares Professionals for 'Next Generation Lighting' in Hands-On Seminar
Rensselaer's Lighting Research Center (LRC) hosted the LED Lighting Institute April 27-29, featuring workshops and hands-on lab sessions to teach industry professionals the latest in lighting technologies, lighting design, and optical modeling, while using the newest light-emitting diode (LED) products on the market. More than 30 participants from across the United States and around the world attended the program at the LRC, some traveling from as far as Colombia and China.
Breakthrough Technology Accelerates Solid-State Lighting (April 2005)
Scientists at Rensselaer's Lighting Research Center (LRC) have developed a method known as "SPE" (scattered photon extraction) to get significantly more light from white LEDs (light-emitting diodes) without requiring more energy.
Eisman Selected to NAE Review Committee To Evaluate U.S. FreedomCAR Initiative
Glenn Eisman, director of Rensselaer's Center for Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Research, has been selected by the National Academy of Engineering to join a group of industry and academic experts to evaluate the U.S. FreedomCAR Initiative.
LRC Establishes 'Daylighting Controls Practicum'
One of the missing links in many daylighting designs is the inclusion of a control system that effectively turns off or dims electric lighting in response to available daylight. To address this problem, the LRC is developing a program that will train lighting decision makers to make better use of controls to save energy in response to daylighting.
Rensselaer Announces New Center for Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Research
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute today announced the formation of a new Center for Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Research. Under the leadership of Glenn Eisman, former chief technology officer at Plug Power Inc., the center will focus on basic research essential to the commercial viability of fuel cells and hydrogen-related technologies.
Tapping Into the Power of the Wind
Rensselaer has begun tapping into the power of the wind to generate electricity, with a newly installed wind turbine off Sunset Terrace on the east side of campus.
Rensselaer Completes Future Chips Constellation With Two New Faculty Appointments
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute today announced the appointment of two new faculty members, thereby completing its Future Chips Constellation, the first of several "critical mass" groupings of world-caliber faculty in focal research areas. The new faculty are Shawn-Yu Lin, Ph.D., a recognized authority in photonics research, and Christian M. Wetzel, Ph.D., a research pioneer in semiconductor device design and manufacturing.
Researchers Report Bubble Fusion Results Replicated: Physical Review E publishes paper on fusion experiment conducted with upgraded measurement system
Physical Review E has announced the publication of an article by a team of researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Purdue University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and the Russian Academy of Science (RAS) stating that they have replicated and extended previous experimental results that indicated the occurrence of nuclear fusion using a novel approach for plasma confinement.
Load-Shedding Systems May Reduce Power Outages
New methods of reducing strain on the nation's power grid are in greater demand than ever. Rather than sacrificing our precious air conditioning, new lighting methods allow office workers to keep their cool while offering energy-efficient, cost-effective means to reduce the likelihood of further system failures.
If These Walls Could Heat (and Cool)
Steven Van Dessel, assistant professor of architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is combining home comfort with energy conservation. His patent-pending system, called the Active Building Envelope (ABE), incorporates solar-cell and thermoelectric technologies to turn the walls of your home into an "intelligent" heating and cooling system.
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