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Meeting the Energy Challenges of New Jersey and the Nation

The Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) integrates Rutgers’ expertise in science, engineering, economics, and policy, putting it at the forefront of alternative energy research. At this critical juncture in history, we have the opportunity to transition from 20th-century technologies to those that sustain economic growth and preserve the integrity of our environment.

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New SunShot CSP Funding Opportunity Now Open
Funding Opportunity Announcement: Concentrating Solar Power: Advanced Projects Offering Low LCOE Opportunities
Funding Number: DE-FOA-0001186 Funding Amount: $25,000,000
Description: The Concentrating Solar Power: Advanced Projects Offering Low LCOE Opportunities (CSP: APOLLO) funding opportunity announcement (FOA) seeks transformative projects targeting all components of a concentrating solar power (CSP) plant. Projects should seek to meet the targets set out in the SunShot Vision Study, enabling CSP to become fully cost-competitive with traditional forms of electric power generation. Projects can address challenges in any technical system of the plant, including solar collectors, receivers and heat transfer fluids, thermal energy storage, power cycles, as well as operations and maintenance. The total federal funding for this opportunity will be about $25 million with a minimum 20% required awardee cost share. Individual awards are expected to range from $250,000 to $5 million.  
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  • Mandatory concept paper is due on November 26, 2014; 5:00pm ET ET
  • Submission Deadline for Full Applications February 20, 2015; 5:00pm ET  
A Conversation with the Rutgers Energy Institute

Energy Cafe

Enjoy Coffee, Tea, Refreshments, and a light Breakfast while talking to energy leaders from across Rutgers University.

  • Date:  October 29, 2014
  • Time: 8:45AM-9:45AM (breakfast meet & greet starts 8:30)
  • Location: The Cove at the Rutgers Busch Campus Center 604 Bartholomew Road Piscataway, NJ
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The Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) is pleased to be sponsoring a morning Cafe Hour for conversation on a broad range of energy related topics. Students, faculty, and staff from a variety of disciplines will be attending and are welcome to join in. No reservation is required ...just come to learn and share ideas.

Topics to be focused on will be:  Rutgers Internships in Energy

  • "Food Waste to Energy Potential in NJ"  presented by EcoComplex intern Selen Altiok 
  • "Advances in Artificial Photosynthesis" presented by REI intern Kinan Tadmori

Sponsored by The Rutgers Energy Institute

REI Energy Policy Seminar Series - Fall 2014

On September 3, 2014 the Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) and the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy (BSPPP) will commence the academic year with it's Energy Policy Seminar Series presenting its own Bob Kopp, Associate Director, Rutgers Energy Institute, speaking on "The American Climate Prospectus: Economic Risks in the United States".

  • 9/3 - Bob Kopp (Associate Director, Rutgers Energy Institute, and Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Rutgers University).
Leaders from various arenas in the energy policy field will be speaking at Rutgers University on the following dates:
  • 10/24David Morrow (Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Alabama at Birmingham) will speak on "Climate engineering and the future of energy policy"
  • 11/7 - Andrew Zwicker (PPL, Head,Science Education) will speak on "The Physics of Politics"
  • 11/14Jason Schwartz (Legal Director, NYU Institute for Policy Integrity) 

Unless otherwise noted lectures start at 10:30AM (with refreshments at 10:00AM) on Cook Campus, Institute of Marine & Coastal Sciences, Alampi Room.

New REI Post-doctoral positions

students_in_lab.jpgThe Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) at Rutgers University offers support for Postdoctoral Associates in the broad area of energy research: basic and applied science, engineering, economics, and policy.

The REI will support post-doctoral fellows working on multi-disciplinary collaborative research projects that address more than one element of energy research, and as such will require a minimum of two collaborating PI’s.

Each fellowship will be one year and comes with $25,000 direct cost support. PI's are expected to provide matching funds. Prospective candidates are expected to pursue creative research avenues within existing research programs and faculty expertise. Applications can be submitted by faculty for consideration on an ongoing basis. However, new openings are available as early as Fall 2014.

Applications should include a statement of research interests that clearly coordinates with Rutgers Energy Institute’s research program, curriculum vitae, and 3 references (one from each of two required PI’s). They should be emailed to Dr. Paul Falkowski (Director, Rutgers Energy Institute): This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it (please include “Postdoc” in the subject line).

Rutgers Chemists Develop Technology to Produce Clean-Burning Hydrogen Fuel

teddy-asefa.jpgNew catalyst based on carbon nanotubes may rival cost-prohibitive platinum for reactions that split water into hydrogen and oxygen

Rutgers researchers have developed a technology that could overcome a major cost barrier to make clean-burning hydrogen fuel – a fuel that could replace expensive and environmentally harmful fossil fuels. electrolysis catalyst Image: Tewodros Asefa A new technology based on carbon nanotubes promises commercially viable hydrogen production from water.

The new technology is a novel catalyst that performs almost as well as cost-prohibitive platinum for so-called electrolysis reactions, which use electric currents to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen. The Rutgers technology is also far more efficient than less-expensive catalysts investigated to-date.

“Hydrogen has long been expected to play a vital role in our future energy landscapes by mitigating, if not completely eliminating, our reliance on fossil fuels,” said Tewodros (Teddy) Asefa, associate professor of chemistry and chemical biology in the School of Arts and Sciences. “We have developed a sustainable chemical catalyst that, we hope with the right industry partner, can bring this vision to life.”



REI Scientist Bob Kopp Co-Leads Report on Economic Risks of Climate Change

Rutgers Energy Institute associate director Robert Kopp served as co-leader on a prospectus, the first report to provide a national set of estimates of costs of climate change to key sectors of the state economies.

bob_kopp_small_frame.jpgThe American economy faces major risks from climate change, including damaging coastal storms, growing heat-related mortality, and declining labor productivity, according to an independent report released June 24 by business, education and political leaders.

The report, titled Risky Business, relies upon research also released today in the American Climate Prospectus: Economic Risks in the United States(ACP). Like a financial prospectus, the prospectus assesses the risks and opportunities for the United States associated with ongoing and future climate change.

The ACP, co-led by  Rutgers climate scientist Robert Kopp, along with colleagues from the University of California, Berkeley, and from the private consultancy Rhodium Group, is the first to provide a national set of estimates of costs to key sectors of the state economies.  

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