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Affordable Clean Energy: Challenges and Opportunities
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20 Oct 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Hukam C. Mongia
The technical presentation is built around the August 9th 2008 ABC News/Planet Green/Stanford Poll on Environment/Energy in which the majority of the people polled expressed support for the following ideas: increase fuel efficiency standards, allowing drilling offshore, people and businesses are...
Aluminum: a safe, economical, high energy density material for energy storage, transport and splitting water to make hydrogen on demand
30 Mar 2009 | | Contributor(s):: Jerry M. Woodall
In 1968, a team lead by the author discovered that liquid gallium saturated with aluminum at room temperature would split water into hydrogen gas, alumina and heat. More recently his current team has discovered that bulk, solid Al rich alloys will also split water in the same manner. Since 1)...
Batteries - Challenges and Solutions
15 Jun 2017 | | Contributor(s):: Vilas Pol
Can we save lives with thermodynamics? Nanoengineering and Thermofluids for the Water-Food-Energy Nexus
27 Apr 2017 | | Contributor(s):: David M. Warsinger
Climate change, degrading water resources, and economic and population growth are increasing the need for new science and technologies at the Water-Energy-Food Nexus. In enabling new and improved technologies to tackle these issues, new nanomaterials designed with systems-level thermodynamics is...
Competing Policy Choices at the Intersection of Energy and Climate Change – An Engineer’s Role
03 Feb 2012 | | Contributor(s):: Suresh V. Garimella
I will explore the tension between the seemingly contradictory but equally critical needs of energy security and climate change mitigation, and discuss the potential of renewable sources. I will highlight the role of engineers and scientists in informing this confusing policy landscape.
Dynmical Models for Thermopower
19 Apr 2012 | | Contributor(s):: Giulio Casati
Dynamical nonlinear systems provide a new approach to the old problem of increasing the efficiency of thermoelectric machines. Here we discuss stylized models of classical dynamics, including non interacting complex molecules in an ergodic billiard, a disordered hardpoint gas and systems with...
Energy and Nanoscience A More Perfect Union
29 Mar 2009 | | Contributor(s):: Mark Ratner
Huge problems of energy and sustainability confront the science/engineering community, mankind, and our planet. The energy problem comes in many dimensions, including supply, demand, conservation, transportation, and storage. This overview will stress the nature of these problems, and offer a...
Energy and Sustainability Challenges
21 Apr 2015 | | Contributor(s):: Peter B. Littlewood
This talk will take a physicist's perspective on some of the energy and sustainability challenges faced by the planet. I will stress the need for thinking using robust principles to guide the investigation. These include: to realise that global sum rules are much more reliable than...
Energy Biofuels: An Even Better Alternative to Oil
10 Oct 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Maureen McCann
Energy Innovation for Operational Effect in the Navy and Marine Corps
24 Nov 2015 | | Contributor(s):: Joseph M. Byran
Joseph Bryan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, discusses the Navy and Marine Corps' efforts to transform their energy use to increase combat capability and operational flexibility, and enhance resilience.
Energy Innovations in the 21st Century: Role of ARPA-E
13 Oct 2010 | | Contributor(s):: Arunava Majumdar
We are living through a Sputnik moment in our nation’s history, where we have witnessed multiple wake up calls with regards to the need for innovating in energy technologies. ARPA-E was created to address this need by investing in high-risk/high-impact projects, with a mission to: (i) reduce...
How Chemical Engineers Will Save the World
26 Mar 2009 | | Contributor(s):: William F. Banholzer
The world is facing massive challenges brought on by population growth, economic meltdowns, and environmental constraints. Scientific solutions are needed now more than ever. In this seminar, an overview of certain mega trends is presented – emphasizing how the skills possessed by chemical...
Innovations and a Sustainable Energy Future
29 Dec 2010 | | Contributor(s):: Arunava Majumdar
Keynote speech for the 2010 Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) National Conference.
Lecture 24: The 4 Molecules of life
29 Apr 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Paul R Selvin
Atoms, Molecules, Macromolecules, you!Amino Acids, Sugars used as signals, Fatty Acids/Lipids
Liquid Transportation Fuels from Coal and Biomass
13 Nov 2009 | | Contributor(s):: Michael R. Ladisch
Report on the National Academies’ America’s Energy Future Study 2009.
Nano Solutions to Our Impending Energy Crisis
11 Nov 2012 | | Contributor(s):: Ali Shakouri
In this talk we review some of the advances in nanoscale energy conversion devices and discuss about the challenges and opportunities to provide a clean energy infrastructure. Couple of examples from solar and thermoelectric materials, devices and systems will be given and the scale of the...
Nano*High: From Atoms to Electricity: An Introduction to Nuclear Power, Its Promise and Challenge
02 Feb 2010 | | Contributor(s):: Brian D. Wirth
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Nano*High. Professor Brian Wirth from the UC Berkeley Dept. of Nuclear Engineering presents the basics of nuclear science, and discusses the technological challenges involved in generating nuclear power and dealing safely with the by-products.
Nanoscience at Work: Creating Energy from Sunlight
13 Jun 2007 | | Contributor(s):: A. Paul Alivisatos
Professor Paul Alivisatos introduces the Helios Project for the 2007 'Science at the Theater' series at Berkeley Repertory Theater in Berkeley, California. He discusses how Helios Project researchers use nanotechnology in the efficient capture of sunlight, and its conversion to electricity to...
Opportunities of Lasers for Scalable Manufacturing of Solar Energy Devices
21 Aug 2012 | | Contributor(s):: Gary Cheng
Production costs, module conversion efficiencies, and adoption in commercial rooftops continue to be the most critical issues for solar energy technology.The industry continuously seeks technologies that offer scalable and high speed solar device production to replace costly conventional...
PfFP Lecture 12: Chain Reactions, Nuclear Reactors and Atomic Bombs II
09 Mar 2011 | | Contributor(s):: Jerry M. Woodall