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April 21, 2014

Ice or Molten Salt, Not Batteries, to Store Energy

The New York Times

CMU’s Jay Apt comments on the feasibility of storage efforts aimed at transforming the electric grid towards a cleaner, more sustainable, low-emissions model. More »

April 21, 2014

Apple's ‘green guru’ reports worse carbon footprint on same day she releases 'Better' video

Upstart Business Journal

CMU’s H. Scott Matthews comments on Apple's carbon footprint and the company's efforts to measure it accurately. More »

April 18 2014

The Pittsburgh startup that has big plans for batteries

The Guardian

Founded by CMU’s Jay Whitacre, Aquion Energy is working to develop a more sustainable battery. The company recently won the Katerva Award for energy and power. More »

April 2, 2014

Company founded by CMU alumni wins 2014 Popular Science Invention Award

Popular Science

CMU alumni Matt Stanton and Hahna Alexander were honored with the invention of the year award from Popular Science magazine. Their removable shoe insole charges electronics while you walk. More »

April 8, 2014

CMU Researchers Develop Dashboard To Help Reduce Energy Use in Office Buildings

Ray Yun, a doctoral student in CMU's School of Architecture, has developed a dashboard that shows office workers how much energy their plugged-in devices are consuming. Yun is showing the potential of his team's work to save energy nationwide. More »

April 2014

Can Coal Ever Be Clean?

National Geographic

CMU's Ed Rubin comments on the potential impact that carbon capture provides as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. More »

March 24—28, 2014

Scott Institute Faculty Member Tours Canadian Energy Sites

Scott Institute Blog

Deborah Stine, Associate Director of Policy Outreach for CMU's Scott Institute, blogged throughout her tour of Canadian energy sites in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Follow her perspectives at the Scott Institute blog. More »

March 25, 2014

Switching on: Installing LED streetlights to save Pennsylvania taxpayers money

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

This blog mentions a 2011 CMU study found outdoor public lighting systems could account for 40 percent of a city's electricity use. The study also estimated that LED lighting requires 50-90 percent less energy to operate. More »

March 19, 2014

Aquion to Begin Commercial Battery Shipments This Year, CEO Says


Founded by CMU's Jay Whitacre, Aquion Energy is manufacturing saltwater-based batteries near Pittsburgh. More »

March 16, 2014

Ed Rubin

In Mississippi, a power plant is designed to shape the future of coal

Los Angeles Times

CMU's Ed Rubin comments on the business of developing technology that makes coal-burning power plants cleaner and more socially acceptable. More »

March 14, 2014

Putting the ‘estimate’ back in estimates

Harvard Gazette

Granger Morgan has spent his career investigating climate change and the energy system. During a recent lecture, he explained that uncertainty in forecasting energy prices is due to the difficulty in predicting which direction many variables will take, such as policy decisions, new technologies and consumer choices. More »

March 7, 2014

EQT gifts CMU $1M for energy and environmental research

Pittsburgh Business Times

The gift will sponsor university-wide seed grants for research in a number of interconnected areas around energy, particularly those dealing with natural gas. More »

March 3, 2014

Cohon to direct Scott Institute

The Tartan

Cohon’s leadership of the Scott Institute is a testament to his belief in CMU and the importance of energy research at the university. More »

February 18, 2014

Storing the Sun

MIT Technology Review


Aquion Energy, founded by CMU's Jay Whitacre, is nearing full-scale production of a new kind of battery that could make renewable electricity more practical and economical around the world. More »

February 18, 2014

CMU Names Cohon New Director of Scott Institute


Carnegie Mellon University has named President Emeritus and University Professor Jared L. Cohon the director of the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation. He will assume the post on July 1. More »

February 10, 2014

Scott Institute Announces Second Round of Seed Grants to Researchers

Seed grants will help fund seven new research initiatives at CMU. More »

February 6, 2014

Newsmaker: M. Granger Morgan

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Scott Institute Director Granger Morgan will present a paper at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society. His work is focused on energy systems and climate change. More »

February 5, 2014

San Jose power station attack raises wider security concerns, news report says

The Washington Post


Granger Morgan, director of the Scott Institute and chair of a National Research Council report on threats to the U.S. electrical grid, is quoted. More »

January 23, 2014

E.V.'s Could Be Key Part of a Changing Electrical Grid

The New York Times


The research of CMU's Jeremy Michalek is featured in this story. It found that charging an electric car at a certain time could save money in the long run. More »

January 23, 2014

Startup Thinks Its Battery Will Solve Renewable Energy's Big Flaw

MIT Technology Review


Aquion Energy, founded by CMU's Jay Whitacre, has finished installing its first commercial-scale production line at its factory near Pittsburgh, and is sending out batteries for customers to evaluate. More »

January 21, 2014

CMU Students Develop Wireless Solutions to Save on Lighting Costs

Pittsburgh Business Times

Four CMU students—Dillon Grove, Mike Ferraco, Nathan Hahn, and Jon Miller—have created the GreenLight Project, an energy-reducing product that offsets the amount of electric lighting needed to properly light a space based on available natural lighting. More »

January 17, 2014

Carnegie Mellon Researchers Develop Novel Tools To Make Mobile Devices More Energy Efficient

Two CMU professors—Jeyanandh Paramesh and Pulkit Grover—are building novel tools and systems designed to reduce the energy use of mobile devices. More »

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