2012-Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation - Carnegie Mellon University


December 28, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Alters Utilities’ Calculus on Upgrades

The New York Times

Granger Morgan, director of CMU's Scott Institute, is quoted discussing the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and how it is affecting utility companies' cost-benefit calculations on prevention measures. More »

December 22, 2012

Study: Home Air Conditioning Cut Premature Deaths on Hot Days 80 Percent Since 1960

The Washington Post

CMU's Karen Clay co-authored a recent study examining human's adaptation to climate change. A major discovery points to both the effectiveness of residential air conditioning in decreasing heat-related mortality, and its role in proliferating the rate of climate change. More »

December 17, 2012

A Big, and Risky, Energy Bet

The New York Times 

Diesel Plant

This article discusses how more energy companies are planning to convert natural gas to other fuels. It references a 2008 CMU study that estimated plants in Qatar and Malaysia produced fuels that generated 20 to 25 percent more carbon emissions than conventional petroleum-based liquid fuels because the production process consumed so much energy. More »

December 14, 2012

U.S. DOE Reaches Out to Utilities with Cybersecurity Model

Energy Central

Carnegie Mellon University, the U.S. departments of Energy and Homeland Security and industry stakeholders have partnered on a new tool that allows electric utilities and power grid operators to assess their cybersecurity capabilities. More »

December 13, 2012

Clean Coal Expertise


Ed Rubin

Ed Rubin, a professor of Environmental Engineering and Science, Engineering and Public Policy and Mechanical Engineering, discusses whether clean coal is an oxymoron or a path to sustainability. More »

December 3, 2012

Disaster Economics

The New Yorker

CMU research is cited, detailing that average annual power outages in the United States last four times as long as those in France and seven times as long as those in the Netherlands. More »

November 23, 2012

CMU Solar Boaters Awarded Research Grant


Solar Boat

CMU's Solar Splash team received a $40,000 grant from Constellation Energy for their research under way to develop a competitive solar powered 18-foot-long racing boat. More »

November 21, 2012

International: Warming Up

The Economist


The Economist cites Carnegie Mellon University research on increased carbon dioxide levels and global warming. More »

November 16, 2012

Sustainable Architecture


Stephen Lee

Stephen Lee, professor and head of CMU's School of Architecture, recently advised a multi-disciplinary team of students who won the Best Proposal for the U.S. Department of Energy's Competition to Promote Energy-Efficient Buildings. More »

November 14, 2012

U.S. Power Grid Vulnerable to Terrorist Attack

USA Today

Power Tower

CMU's Granger Morgan chaired the National Research Council committee that studied vulnerabilities of the U.S. power grid. The report focuses on measures that could make the power delivery system less vulnerable to attack and restore power faster. More »

November 11, 2012

Power Supply: Batteries Required

Financial Times

Jay Whitacre

Energy storage continues to be a hot topic for researchers globally. CMU Professor Jay Whitacre, founder of Aquion Energy, creates solutions with hybrid batteries. More » (Note the Financial Times website requires registration.)

November 9, 2012

Pollution Perhaps Linked to Gas Drilling Vanishing

The Wall Street Journal

Jeanne VanBriesen

CMU researchers have found that a water quality problem in Pennsylvania's Monongahela River is going away. CMU Professor Jeanne VanBriesen, director of the Center for Water Quality in Urban Environmental Systems (Water-QUEST), weighs in. More »

October 27, 2012

Giant Holes in the Ground

MIT Technology Review

Nuclear Plant

Carnegie Mellon's Jay Apt discusses the current state of nuclear power. More »

October 23, 2012

Gas Glut May be Good for Cracker Plant


Bryan Routledge, a professor of finance at Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business, explains some of the factors in natural gas vs. oil prices for a cracker plant being planned near Pittsburgh by Shell Chemical Co. More »

October 20, 2012

Reports: Marcellus Reserves Larger than Expected

The Wall Street Journal

New reports show the Marcellus Shale natural gas reserves below parts of the eastern U.S. are far larger than recent government estimates. Jay Apt, Carnegie Mellon Professor of Technology, weighs in on the economic outlook these new reports pose. More »

October 19, 2012

Carnegie Mellon's Lorenz T. Biegler To Chair AICHE Conference


Larry Biegler

CMU Professor of Chemical Engineering, Lorenz (Larry) Biegler, is chairing the annual American Institute of Chemical Engineers Conference. The conference will showcase research about energy, the environment and health-care. Andrew Gellman, Associate Director of the Scott Institute, discusses the positive impact the meeting will have on the region. More »

October 18, 2012

Pittsburgh Positioned As Center for Energy Transition

Keystone Edge

Christina Gabriel

Christina Gabriel, former CMU vice provost, discusses the positive impact the Scott Institute will have on the region's energy research. Granger Morgan, director of the Scott Institute, describes the institute's focus.  More »

October 15, 2012

Optimizing Renewable Energy


Jay Apt

In well over half the U.S., legislatures have required that an increasing percentage of electric power be generated by renewables — like solar and wind power. CMU professor of Engineering and Public Policy Jay Apt details the importance of renewable resource integration into the U.S. electricity grid.  More »

October 9, 2012

CMU Finds Greenhouse Gas Reductions Overestimated


Smoke Stack

CMU researchers have discovered that reductions in greenhouse gas emissions are likely overestimated when transitioning from coal to natural gas for electricity generation.  More »

October 1, 2012

Power Brokers

Carnegie Mellon Today

Electrical Wires

Energy research at CMU spans university wide: Chemical engineers develop fuel cells for automobiles. Materials scientists create innovative substances to capture carbon dioxide from power plant exhaust streams. Architects design energy-efficient buildings and control systems. Engineering and public policy researchers develop analytic tools to help policymakers. More »

September 25, 2012

CMU Develops High-tech Traffic Signal System

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Cars at intersection

Researchers from CMU have developed a first-of-its-kind traffic signal technology that automatically adjusts and coordinates signal timing. The results show strong promise for reducing vehicle emissions and commuting times.  More »

September 21, 2012

Pittsburgh Region Emerges as U.S. Leader in Energy

Site Selection Online


Site Selection Magazine profiles Pittsburgh, Pa., as a new hub for energy. More »

September 20, 2012

CMU Announces Scott Institute


Scott Institute Watercolor

The Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation is a university-wide initiative to meet the challenges of the global energy landscape. The Scott Institute will be housed in the Sherman and Joyce Bowie Scott Hall, which is currently under construction on CMU's Pittsburgh campus. More »

September 17, 2012

How Cities Should Manage Blackouts

The Wall Street Journal

City Silhouette

Jay Apt, professor at the CMU Tepper School of Business and Department of Engineering and Public Policy, offers basic steps to help cities deal with power outages. More »

July 10, 2012

News Brief: Grid Outages Prompt CMU Professors to Rethink Sustainable Solutions


A cache of summer grid outages from storms and intense heat prompted some savvy Carnegie Mellon researchers to explore ways of rethinking the solution to sustaining electric power even when the high voltage grid is crippled. More »

May 18, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Engineering Researchers Find Geography Plays Key Role in Emission Benefits of Renewables, Energy Efficiency Measures


A new report by Carnegie Mellon University researchers finds significant regional differences in the emission benefits of renewable and energy efficiency measures. More »

May 9, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Engineering Student Volunteers To Make Remote India School More Sustainable


India Solar Panels

Three Carnegie Mellon University engineering students will travel more than 14,000 miles roundtrip this summer to put solar panels on a grade school in northern India. More »

April 12, 2012

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon University Purchases 100 Percent of its Energy From Wind Power



Carnegie Mellon University has announced that it will purchase green power to offset 100 percent of the university's electric consumption for 2012. More »

March 7, 2012

Carnegie Mellon University Students Win Competition That Promotes Energy-Efficient Buildings


Building Challenge Group Photo

A team of Carnegie Mellon University graduate students have won “best proposal” in the U.S. Energy Department’s 2012 Better Building Challenge, a prestigious national competition that challenges college students to develop novel solutions to boost energy-efficiency of buildings nationwide. More »