2013-Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation - Carnegie Mellon University


December 9, 2013

Skin pigment could power safe, implantable battery

New Scientist

CMU energy experts Christopher Bettinger and Jay Whitacre are building batteries from biological materials to power electronic devices that can be swallowed or inserted into the human body for drug delivery or internal monitoring. More »

December 3, 2013

In Western Maryland, a potential future for cleaner coal

The Daily Record


CMU's Nobel Prize winning energy expert Ed Rubin comments on carbon capture costs compared to other technologies. More »

November 11, 2013

The future of electric grids: distributed generation

The Wall Street Journal


CMU's Jay Apt on why grids are undergoing a transition to distributed power generation and the role natural gas will play. More »

November 9, 2013

Fear of the Dark

The New York Times

CMU's Jay Apt comments on anxieties surrounding power failures in major metropolitan areas. More »

November 9, 2013

Utilities are now in the business of protecting national security



CMU's Granger Morgan provides insights on the vast economic impact of power system disruptions in the U.S. More »

October 26, 2013

Research tries to prevent the hacking of smart power grids

The National

CMU has developed a model for identifying how and where smart grids could be vulnerable to attack or failure. The model is called the security quality requirements engineering method. More »

October 21, 2013

U.S. carbon dioxide pollution down 3.8 percent

The Associated Press


Jay Apt, director of the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center, comments on how reductions in coal use and the sluggish U.S. economic recovery contribute. More »

October 1, 2013

Zapping Attacks on the Nation's Transmission Grid



Granger Morgan, director of the Scott Institute and chair of a National Academy of Sciences report on power system vulnerabilities in the U.S., comments on the potential economic impact of major power grid disruptions. More »

October 1, 2013

A new power grid battery emerges with a deal from Siemens



Aquion Energy, founded by CMU professor Jay Whitacre, announced an important partnership with Siemens. Aquion's batteries deliver cutting-edge storage that is reliable, cost-effective and safe for the environment. More »

September 22, 2013

Energy Dashboards Enter the Office Cubicle

The Wall Street Journal

Researchers from CMU are giving "energy dashboards" to dozens of office workers to show how much energy is being used at any particular moment, so workers can make choices about how to cut back their energy usage. Initial results are promising. More »

September 16, 2013

Kelvin Gregory To Discuss Strategies To Improve Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas Production



Kelvin Gregory, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, will discuss water management strategies for hydraulic fracturing at the 7th National Conference on Environmental Chemistry, Sept. 19-25 in Guiyang, China. More »

September 8, 2013

Environmental cleanup big business

LaCrosse Tribune


David Dzombak is quoted on the need to approach environmental cleanup questions from a systems approach – a CMU strength. More »

August 16, 2013

New pipelines through Kentucky, Indiana compete for natural gas liquids markets in the Gulf

The Courier-Journal


CMU professor Paul Fischbeck comments on the market for natural gas coming from the Marcellus and Utica shale regions. More »

August 16, 2013

Shale Gas Roundtable proposes independent research fund similar to auto industry's

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Jared Cohon, president emeritus at CMU, is co-chairing the Shale Gas Roundtable, which released its recommendations for the establishment of an independent research fund that focuses on environmental impacts in the Marcellus region. CMU professor Deborah Stine has been discussing shale research with U.S. government officials. More »

August 15, 2013

The 2003 Blackout and the Power Grid Today



Jay Apt, professor and director of the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center, looks back at what caused the 2003 blackout and what changes have been made to bolster the power grid since then. More »

August 11, 2013

Ten years after NE blackout, U.S. power grid smarter, sturdier


Power Tower

CMU energy expert Jay Apt provides insights on the U.S. power grid and how it has evolved over the last decade. More »

July 10, 2013

Snake-bot slithers through nuclear power plant in mobility test

NBC News

A robotic snake developed at CMU could be a valuable tool in dangerous, hard-to-maneuver situations, such as a nuclear power plant on the verge of meltdown. More »

June 28, 2013

Carnegie Mellon Researchers Estimate Cost of Building Small Modular Nuclear Reactors


CMU researchers report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that Small Modular Reactors might provide a flexible, cost-effective energy alternative. More »

June 28, 2013

Carnegie Mellon's Pulkit Grover Developing Tools To Reduce Energy Consumption in Data Center Communication Networks


CMU's Pulkit Grover, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is developing tools that will help reduce the amount of energy consumed by data center networks by 30 to 50 percent. More »

June 24, 2013

Location may stymie wind and solar power benefits



Wind farms and solar installations are often located in places where they will have the least impact on climate and health, a report from CMU researchers concludes. More »

June 18, 2013

Reality Check on Post-Fossil Path for New York

The New York Times Dot Earth blog

Four CMU researchers respond to a paper published recently in the journal Energy Policy, which presents a plan to end fossil fuel use in New York State within a few decades. More »

June 17, 2013

For hybrid vehicle owners, it pays to drive in traffic

Pittsburgh Business Times

Jeremy Michalek

CMU's Jeremy Michalek and Orkun Karabasoglu analyzed the potential cost and greenhouse gas savings of hybrid and electric vehicles under different driving conditions. More »

June 9, 2013

Jared L. Cohon / The way forward on shale

Pittsburgh Post Gazette

CMU President Jared L. Cohon wrote an opinion article regarding the responsible production of shale gas. Cohon is a member of the board of directors for the Center for Sustainable Shale Gas Development, an organization founded by energy companies and environmental groups to reduce the environmental impacts of natural gas production by hydraulic fracturing. More »

June 5, 2013

Meet Carnegie Mellon's Zico Kolter

Pop City Media

Zico Kolter

This article features research conducted by CMU's Zico Kolter that examines the amount of energy consumers use daily. More »

May 27, 2013

Industry giant GE aims to improve fracking

The Wall Street Journal

Jay Whitacre

CMU energy expert Neil Donahue comments on the technical issues around hydraulic fracking that GE may be able to address. More »

May 19, 2013

Number of Women Landing Jobs in Oil, Gas Industry Growing

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Following a panel discussion held on CMU's Pittsburgh campus about energy industry jobs, CMU's Granger Morgan is quoted discussing the growing number of women working in the oil and gas industry. More »

May 10, 2013

Carnegie Mellon Releases Policymaker Guide On Managing Variable Energy Resources


Renewable Energy Guide

CMU's Scott Institute for Energy Innovation released a new policymaker guide that provides recommendations for incorporating more variable energy resources — like wind — into the U.S. energy grid. The guide was released today at a Capitol Hill policy briefing. More » View the guide [.pdf] »

May 7, 2013

Good science, market savvy make for successful battery start-up

The State Journal

Jay Whitacre

Jay Whitacre is an associate professor of materials science and engineering at CMU. In his earlier career, he helped designed the battery system for the latest Mars rover. Now, in addition to his academic appointment, he is chief technology officer of Aquion Energy, a grid-scale battery company he founded in 2008. More »

April 4, 2013

Foundation Gives CMU $30 million for Energy Institute


A $30 million grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation could help CMU find the next Jay Whitacre - an associate professor who developed a novel sodium-ion battery that can store power for later use in the electrical grid. More »

April 4, 2013

WESA: CMU Symposium Examines Implications of Shale Gas on Regional, US Economy


A recent symposium hosted by CMU's Scott Institute for Energy Innovation and the National Academy of Engineers examined the role of shale gas in manufacturing, transportation and the environment. More »

View the event's opening remarks and panel discussions on industrial development, natural gas for transportation and environmental impacts »

April 4, 2013

Carnegie Mellon Receives Gift From Richard King Mellon Foundation


CMU has received a $30 million gift from the Richard King Mellon Foundation to dramatically expand its strategic initiative to address energy research, education and innovation. The gift — the largest private foundation grant in CMU’s history — will propel the Scott Institute to coordinate university-wide activities with the overall goals of improving energy efficiency and developing new, clean, affordable and sustainable
energy sources. More »

April 2, 2013

Bill Gates Invests in Aquion Energy


Aquion Energy Inc., founded by CMU faculty member Jay Whitacre, is developing batteries that can store power for stationary applications, like supplying backup electricity when wind or solar projects aren’t available. More »

March 27, 2013

The Truth About Geoengineering


CMU energy experts M. Granger Morgan and Jay Apt co-authored this look at new developments in geoengineering, the deliberate and large-scale intervention in the earth’s climatic system with the aim of reducing global warming. More »

March 20, 2013

Energy firms, environmental groups agree on tough new fracking standards

NBC News

CMU President Jared L. Cohon has been named to the board of directors of the Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD). The CSSD is a collaborative of environmental organizations, energy companies and foundations that will certify shale development performance standards for air and water protection. More »

March 12, 2013

Carnegie Mellon's Scott Institute Releases New Policymaker Guide


Policymaker Guide

The Scott Institute released a policymaker guide to provide policymakers with a primer on shale gas development and an overview of CMU research results assessing the impact of shale gas development on water resources, air quality, greenhouse gas emissions and orphaned shale gas wells. More » View the guide [.pdf] »

March 11, 2013

CMU Among Winners In Energy Efficiency Competition

Pittsburgh Business Times

CMU was among the winners of the U.S. Department of Energy's second annual Better Buildings Case Competition, receiving the titles of Most Innovative and Best Proposal. More »

February 28, 2013

Seed Grants To Explore Technology, Policy Issues, Energy Efficiency and Sources


CMU researchers from across the university have received the first round of seed grants from the Scott Institute to explore various research projects centered around energy. More »

February 18, 2013

Editorial: Hybrids Deserve Better

Pocono Record

This look at current policies for all-electric vs. hybrid electric cars cites findings from CMU professor and energy expert Jeremy Michalek. More »

February 15, 2013

NY Times: In New England, a Natural Gas Trap

NY Times

Jay Apt

Jay Apt, a CMU professor and energy expert, provides insights about New England's reliance on a single fuel source, rather than a diversified mix. More »

February 15, 2013

Honored for Energy Research


Carnegie Mellon University's Michael E. McHenry will tour the world in 2013 giving more than 30 talks as a distinguished lecturer of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Magnetics Society. More »

February 1, 2013

Architecture Team Wins NSF Prize


NSF Team

The CMU School of Architecture's Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics (CBPD) team has received the National Science Foundation's (NSF) 2013 Alexander Schwarzkopf Prize for Technological Innovation. The prize is especially significant because of greater awareness for building science and concerns related to energy consumption. More »

January 22, 2013

What Holds Energy Tech Back? The Infernal Battery

Yahoo! Finance

"If you crack it… it'll change the world," states Jay Whitacre, CMU energy expert and professor. Whitacre's comments are in regard to the infernal battery and its drawbacks for advancing a multitude of other technologies. More »

January 18, 2013

Overcharging Batteries Eyed in Boeing 787 Mishaps


Scott Institute

CMU professor and energy storage expert Jay Whitacre is quoted in this coverage of battery fires in Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplanes. More »

January 17, 2013

30 Under 30: CMU Student Honored


Doctoral student Daniel Schnitzer was named among the "rising stars in the energy sector" by Forbes Magazine. His company, EarthSpark International, is distributing cheap solar-charged lamps and energy-efficient stoves and working to develop pay-as-you-go "micro-grid" electric systems in Haiti. More »

January 17, 2013

CMU Energy Expert Earns Prestigious National Science Foundation Career Award


Carnegie Mellon's Gabriela Hug received the National Science Foundation Early Career Development Award, including a 5-year, grant to make the electric power grid more secure and flexible. More »

January 9, 2013

Carnegie Mellon Receives Funding From Eden Hall Foundation


Scott Institute

Carnegie Mellon University has received a $2 million grant from the Eden Hall Foundation to expand its research capacity in a new building slated to house scholars focused on improving energy efficiency and developing novel sustainable energy sources.
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