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Rutgers Energy Institute Hosts Inaugural "Women in Energy" Program

The Rutgers Energy Institute and Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy partnered for the first Women in Energy program at Rutgers University on November 8. The goal of the program is to empower students to take on leadership roles in the energy sector and realize their full potential, while building a thriving community of professional women. 

The program, which centered on a moderated panel discussion and open question and answer period featuring the all-female leadership drawn from the energy sector, can be viewed here.  The panel of experts included Serpil Guran, director of Rutgers EcoComplex, the “Clean Energy Innovation Center” at the university; Alissa Park, Lenfest Chair in Applied Climate Science and director of The Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy at Columbia University; Ellen Morris, adjunct professor in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and president and founder of Sustainable Energy Solutions; Jeanne Fox, member of Rutgers Board of Trustees and an adjunct professor in School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Fox is also a former commissioner at the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities as well as the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Energy. Rounding out the panel, as moderator, was Rachael Shwom, associate professor in the Department of Human Ecology at Rutgers and associate director of the Rutgers Energy Institute.

Panelists shared their experiences and career paths and offered advice for students seeking to enter the energy and environment field.

Ashley Pennington, a Ph.D. candidate at Rutgers...

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The Rutgers Energy Institute expressed sincere gratitude to Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy for their partnership and generous support of the panel discussion and the networking reception. The events moderated panel discussion and open question and answer period can be viewed at https://youtu.be/e3K8Hx4csjo or the video above.

 

TechAdvance® Awards To Rutgers Inventors

TechAdvance, an early-stage technology development fund, provides grants of up to $100,000 to advance Rutgers research projects toward commercialization. Recently, Rutgers inventors G. Charles Dismukes; Martha Greenblatt; Anders Laursen; Karin Calvinho were awarded for their project "A New Catalyst for Generation of Carbon Feedstocks & Fuels from Carbon Dioxide".

Summary: This project focuses on transition metal phosphide catalysts used to selectively generate valuable hydrocarbons for fuel or chemical feedstocks for production from CO2. Using renewable electricity for power, the process can be fully sustainable and a carbon neutral technology.

Market Applications:

  • Renewable feedstocks and fuels
  • Methane and ethylene production for the chemical industry
  • CO2 gas to solids via polymeric [CH2O]n (3>n>100), CO2 emissions recycling/mitigation, electrical energy storage;

Download: Technology Details (pdf)

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Climate Report: Get Ready for More Surprises in Warming Climate

Q&A with Rutgers Professor Robert E. Kopp, coauthor of “the most up-to-date comprehensive report on climate science on the planet”

The Climate Science Special Report, released last week by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, details the science behind global warming and its current and potential impacts on the American economy, communities, public health and infrastructure.

One of the report’s lead authors is Robert E. Kopp, a professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, director of Rutgers’ Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences and codirector of Rutgers’ Coastal Climate Risk and Resilience Initiative.

Rutgers Today asked Kopp to discuss the report, which serves as Volume 1 of the U.S.’s Fourth National Climate Assessment, and what it says about the future of our planet. Read more Rutgers Today article - click here.

Blunt assessment from climate scientist Robert Kopp: NJ's coastline could disappear quickly

By Dave D'Alessandro

The most comprehensive climate science report in the world was released last Friday, and not surprisingly, it is filled with omens and portents dire.

The National Climate Assessment, an 18-month process involving 51 scientists and 13 federal agencies, found that human influence is the "dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century," and that only a significant reduction in emissions will curtail rising temperatures.

That isn't a surprise to anyone who has been paying attention, but to understand the report's nuances, we turned to a world-class climate scientist.

Robert Kopp, the climate policy scholar at Rutgers' Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences and the director at the Institute of Earth, Ocean and & Atmospheric Studies, has done groundbreaking research on the impact of intensified coastal flooding. His comments below were edited for brevity.

Q. Let's start with the parochial: What does the report say about New Jersey, long considered a sea-level hot spot?

Click here to read entire Star-Ledger article and learn more.

View YouTube interview with Bob Kopp by NJTV.

Hult Prize 2018 - Harnessing the Power of Energy

2018 CHALLENGE: HARNESSING THE POWER OF ENERGY

Energy is the lifeline of humanity. Can you build scalabe, sustainable social enteprises that harness the power of energy to transform the lives of 10million people by 2025 ?

The Hult Prize Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing together the world’s next wave of social entrepreneurs.

Hult Prize at Rutgers Pitch Competition

December 8th at Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Challenge: “Transform: Harnessing the Power of Energy to Transform Lives

Register for the event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-hult-prize-pitch-competition-tickets-40172005550

Student teams (undergraduate, graduate) will advance directly to regionals if they win

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