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Michalek Discusses Technology and Changing Habits to Overcome EV Obstacles: Faculty Affiliate Jeremy Michalek discusses the concerns from both owners and non-owners of electric vehicles, and the future of urban and rural planning in the Daily Beast.
Vivian Loftness, Senior Energy Fellow and co-director of the Center for Building Performance & Diagnostics, discusses the importance of net zero buildings with the Chicago Tribune.
Special Faculty Panos Moutis and Faculty Affiliate Amritanshu Pandey discuss the record-breaking offshore wind energy auction which raised $4.37B. Read their views here.
Research from Energy Fellow Venkat Viswanathan outlines what is needed to decarbonize aviation in the future. Read his views on new battery technologies here.
Post-Gazette | Jan 24, 2022
Energy Fellow Destenie Nock’s research on energy equity and COVID-related impacts on residential energy customers was featured by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Read the PG article here.
Viswanathan Appointed as Technical Advisor for TVS Motor: Energy Fellow Venkat Viswanathan will serve as a Technical Advisor for TVS Motor Company. His background in energy storage, electric vehicles, and planes will benefit the company’s commitment to green mobility. His research found that aircrafts require battery packs with energy densities at the extremes of current technology to accomplish their range and payload targets.
Apt Shares Thoughts on Flexible Energy Resources: Energy Expert Jay Apt discusses the role carbon capture can play in reaching net-zero emissions. Renewables can only make up about 80% of electricity production in the U.S., so flexible resources are necessary for the remaining 20%. Read the E&E News Article.
Whitacre Discusses Importance of Long Duration Storage, Including Flow Batteries: Scott Institute Director Jay Whitacre explains the varying storage capacity and powering abilities of grid-scale lithium-ion batteries. Read about it here.
Tongia Shares Perspective on Corporate Net-Zero Commitment: Faculty Affiliate Rahul Tongia commented that the impact of net-zero commitments and the overall effect on climate change mitigation from corporations is complex, as told to ABC News.
CMU Faculty Research Shares Drone Delivery Discoveries: Costa Samaras highlighted his study on energy use and life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of drones for commercial package delivery in Time Magazine.
Scott Institute Faculty Affiliate Rahul Tongia, who is also a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute, published an article on the downfall of net-zero pledges.
Faculty Affiliate Mario Bergés discussed balancing demand response with renewable energy in a BizTech article.
CMU’s Jay Apt and Granger Morgan were quoted in Energy Wire regarding how the energy crisis is having an impact on US electricity, gas, and EVs.
CMU economists, including Scott Institute Energy Fellow Nicolas Muller, looks at the US EPA Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program, which was featured in an article discussing COP 26.
Corey Harper discusses if self-driving technology is the best thing to hit Pittsburgh since steel on WESA90.5. Listen to the story.
Jeremy Michalek was interviewed on NECN about President Biden’s infrastructure proposal that calls for half of all cars to be electric by 2030.
Professor Khee Poh Lam talks about how to build smart, zero carbon buildings – and why it matters. Read more about his work here.
Venkat Viswanathan, associate faculty, was quoted in Technology Review discussing the advancement in Lithium-ion batteries stating that precision and performance are key to the future of batteries.
Faculty Affiliate Destenie Nock was featured on NPR’s Morning Edition discussing infrastructure improvements to protect against major storms like Hurricane Ida. Destenie was also featured in NPR’s StateImpactPA about tensions in the energy transition, and a PA community’s fight against electric lines.
Faculty Affiliate Sean Qian will be supporting a 3-year, $3.8 million grant awarded to the City of Pittsburgh. Their goals are to advance zero emissions delivery, study curb use in business districts, and implement technologies and policies that accelerate EV adoption by commercial fleets. Read more about the project.
Hydrogen is hitting a turning point. Faculty Affiliate Shawn Litster, who has studied hydrogen fuel cells for nearly two decades, discusses what’s next and what’s needed for success with hydrogen fuel cells.
Shawn Litster featured in an ABC News piece discussing the emergence of hydrogen as a sustainable fuel source and the key role clean production and low cost play in widespread use. Read more here.
CMU’s work on the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, has been recognized by the United Nations Foundation, which notes the creative ways that universities are implementing the 17 goals. CMU’s Sustainability Council, including founding board member Anna J. Siefken from the Scott Institute, launched the world’s first Voluntary University Review in 2020; our second review is due out this fall. Read more about CMU’s efforts.
Watch our April 22, 2021 Webinar with national leaders discussing the SDGs’ importance to learn more about CMU’s commitment and progress.
Venkat Viswanathan talks with Bloomberg about the roles machine learning and robotics are playing in long-haul and aircraft battery development.
Reliable energy storage is imperative to reducing stress on the energy grid, says Costa Samaras in an NBC News piece.
Faculty Affiliates Neil Donahue, Albert Presto, and Venkat Viswanathan recently spoke with technical.ly Pittsburgh. In the article, Donahue discusses autonomous vehicles’ driving efficiency and subsequent decrease in fuel emissions via efficient fuel usage; Presto speaks to research on local traffic emissions and air pollution in Pittsburgh; and Viswanathan elaborates on research related to autonomous vehicle energy usage. Read the full article.
Kate Whitefoot addresses economic and societal effects on EV adoption and impact EVs can have on cleaning up the electrical grid.
With Pittsburgh International Airport’s recent microgrid completion, Destenie Nock shares her insight on the potential for microgrids to not only power surrounding homes but protect major utilities like airports during extreme weather events.
Coupled with decarbonization, Nick Muller proposes a Green Interest Rate to combat the effects of climate change including property damage and health costs.
As carbon emissions in India decrease with renewable energy inclusion, Rahul Tongia suggests a holistic approach, including transitions from coal to gas and gas to hydrogen, in order to further lower emissions.
Pittsburgh International Airport announces Terminal Modernization Program (TMP), a state-of-the-art terminal powered by its own solar panel microgrid and natural gas sourced at the site. CMU and Scott Institute Executive Director Anna J. Siefken are working with PIT on the project.
Destenie Nock and Akshaya Jha answer community members’ questions on Biden’s climate plan and global emissions with StateImpact Pennsylvania and The Allegheny Front.
Using data from power plant failures, Jay Apt and his team find that storing oil and gas on-site could be a solution for power plant outages.
Allen L. Robinson addresses Pennsylvania’s role in high GHG emissions and the policies needed to cut pollution through low-producing natural gas wells.
“Innovation and pricing of batteries is key to mainstream EV adoption,” says CMU’s Jeremy Michalek to MarketWatch.
Erica Cochran Hameen, newly-named inaugural director for DEI at CMU School of Architecture, has op-ed featured on equity, design justice, and the role of mentoring in Architect Magazine.
Decarbonization of the building sector is possible as students graduate with knowledge on retrofitting existing buildings, says Erica Cochran Hameen (School of Architecture) in The Washington Post.
CMU is collaborating with NETL and several regional manufacturing, academic, and energy organizations to transform southwestern Pennsylvania into a carbon-free manufacturing leader. See news about our recent convening.
Nick Muller (EPP, Tepper School) discusses the role of CSR in U.S. Steel’s decision to cancel steel plan upgrades to reach carbon neutral goal by 2050.
The International Energy Agency recently reported the possibility of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. Success is contingent on many next steps, including rapid deployment, says Energy Fellow Costa Samaras (CEE, EPP).
Jeremy Michalek shares about the future of battery swapping and EV charging with IEEE Spectrum.
Destenie Nock and Akshaya Jha are serving on an Allegheny Front panel to answer community members’ questions about the energy transition.
Energy Fellow Costa Samaras addresses President Biden’s Infrastructure and Jobs Proposal in the Washington Post, highlighting the need for sustainable transportation including EV and public transit expansion. “We can do big things — but we should be doing big things in infrastructure.”
Costa Samaras spoke with NPR Morning Edition about the immediate need for standardization and infrastructure support for electric vehicle charging stations.
Chris Pistorius featured in KDKA news segment discussing the impacts of steel-making on increased CO2 production.
Nick Muller spoke with CNBC on the detrimental effects of fine particulate matter and ground-level ozone on air quality.
Venkat Viswanathan is working with QuantumScape CEO to eliminate secrecy in the battery industry by developing a standard set of metrics, writes Bloomberg Green.
Granger Morgan addresses current electrical grid capabilities and the importance of simplifying grid options in Forbes.
Costa Samaras spoke with Grist about the immediate need for standardization and infrastructure support for electric vehicle charging stations.
Venkat Viswanathan was quoted about the advancement of clean aviation in Bloomberg Green.
Costa Samaras contributed to an article on how loose-fit infrastructure can better account for climate change. He was also featured in The Washington Post, as they explored the need for an updated rainfall database as roads, storm-water systems, dams and other infrastructures are at risk due to continuous severe storms.
A recent paper by Energy Fellow, Paulina Jaramillo, was published exploring climate-induced tradeoffs in planning and operating costs of a regional electricity system. She was also quoted in Rigzone regarding the strength of renewable energy.
Venkat Viswanathan was quoted in Automotive News Europe regarding Tesla's drivetrains.
A paper by Vivian Loftness, was recently published exploring the life cycle assessment of natural versus conventional building assemblies. She was also quoted in a PBS Newshour segment regarding post-pandemic offices and in Harvard Magazine discussing scrubbing supply chains.
Jeremy Michalek quoted in The New York Times addressing the potential implications of electric vehicle charging on air pollution.
Energy Fellow Costa Samaras is quoted in KX Net article regarding Texas power grid failure and customer lawsuits.
The Washington Post opinion piece by Scott Institute faculty affiliate Jay Apt and PhD student Luke Lavin regarding Texas power market and climate.
Energy Fellow Costa Samaras shares his hopes for decarbonization in PA and Biden’s climate plan on Pittsburgh’s NPR Station.
CMU battery expert Venkat Viswanathan and CMU Mechanical Engineering PhD student Shashank Sripad check plausibility of using automotive batteries for Joby Aviation's VTOL in Forbes.
Reed McManigle, Mentor in Residence at CMU's Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation (CTTEC) was interviewed by Donald Bonk for the Pittsburgh Tomorrow podcast series. In episode 21 of the series, Reed talks about CMU's tech recipe that feeds Pittsburgh's Future. Read more here.
Costas Samaras, Energy Fellow, is quoted within the discussion of the key issues of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, via StateImpact Pennsylvania.
Venkat Viswanathan, energy expert, is highlighted for developing a lighter, pure lithium metal battery in partnership with the DOE, via Financial Times.
DesignNews referenced CMU researchers who, in collaboration with the DOE's Berkeley laboratory, are developing a way to solve battery failure in EVs.
Scott Institute Executive Director Anna J. Siefken, alongside the DOE's Daniel Simmons and other experts, spoke on a panel focused on electric-powered vehicles, battery research and distribution. The Business Journal covered the event, part of the Regional Economic Development Summit.
Edward S. Rubin, senior energy fellow, explains how we would turn to renewables if we burned through fossil fuels, via Gizmodo.
NEXTpittsburgh listed the Scott Institute's Clean Energy, Workforce Equity webinar as one of the top things to do in Pittsburgh.
CMU spinoff Hyliion and its under-30 CEO Thomas Healy (Engineering '14) aspires to compete with Tesla and Nikola in the electric-powered big rig revolution, according to Forbes. The company is a leading provider of electrified powertrain solutions for Class 8 vehicles, helping to eliminate carbon intensity.
Ascender Incubator Selects CMU Spinoff Farm to Flame Energy.
Venkat Viswanathan Collaborates on Battery Electrolyte Development with Lawrence Berkeley National Lab: Viswanathan led research on a new class of soft, solid electrolytes that can help to create safer, higher energy and longer lasting batteries. As seen in CleanTechnica.
In a Scientific American article discussing how remote work has affected planet-warming emissions, Energy Fellow Costa Samaras explains the various factors at play.
Vox interviewed PhD student Jessica Lovering (EPP) about the prospects for advanced nuclear plants to play a role in climate change.
Scott Faculty Affiliate Lucia Creates Solar-Powered Remote Image Sensor: Brandon Lucia and his team designed Camaroptera, a battery-less device that processes and transmits images. Their tool is inexpensive, algorithmically designed to be energy efficient and applicable to many image-processing situations.
WIRED spoke with PhD candidate Shashank Sripad (MechE) on how his team's research (led by Scott Institute Energy Fellow Venkat Viswanathan) provides insight into the future of the autonomous and electric vehicle industries.
Dezeen Magazine featured Epiphyte Lab, a studio co-founded by Scott Institute Faculty Affiliate Dana Cupkova (Architecture), that designs energy efficient buildings.
In an interview with Gizmodo, Scott Institute Energy Fellow Constantine Samaras (CEE/EPP) discussed how the increase of electric trucks will be crucial to the health of Californian communities.
Faculty Affiliate Allen Robinson (EPP/MechE) testified at a recent public hearing for the state DEP's proposal to limit emissions of methane and volatile organic compounds at shale gas operations, as reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Scott Institute Faculty Affiliate Raj Rajkumar (ECE) spoke with Business Insider about his thoughts on Tesla's groundbreaking Autopilot feature and how it compares to competing technologies.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette shared Energy Fellow Nicholas Muller's (EPP/Tepper) work on the benefits and costs of social distancing policies. The study determined a decline in premature mortality from air pollution due to reduced car travel and electricity usage. Also, The Pittsburgh Business Times covered a letter co-authored by Muller to the governors of PA, Ohio and WV regarding the future of the petrochemical and clean energy industries.
Forbes highlighted research by Senior Energy Fellow Karen Clay (Heinz/Tepper) and Energy Fellow Nicholas Muller (EPP/Tepper) on rising U.S. air pollution levels.
WIRED covered Energy Fellow Zachary Ulissi's (ChemE) collaboration with the University of Toronto, in which they use AI to accelerate progress in transforming waste carbon into a commercially-valuable product with record efficiency.
National Geographic spoke with Energy Fellow Constantine Samaras (CEE/EPP) who said technological, behavioral and structural change is the best way to reduce emissions.
E&E News interviewed Energy Fellow Paulina Jaramillo (EPP), who shared her insight on the transition toward net-zero electric power production and associated CO2 emissions reductions.
A new study from CMU students advised by Senior Energy Fellow Ed Rubin (EPP/MechE) analyzes the energy intensity of Allegheny County's food system. Read more in NEXTpittsburgh.
In a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article, Faculty Affiliate Allen Robinson (EPP/MechE) discusses the problems posed by leaking methane emissions.
In Scientific American, Jay Apt (EPP/Tepper) weighs in on a new rooftop wind power solution, AeroMINE.
According to experts, global carbon dioxide emissions could fall five percent as a result of the coronavirus pandemic; Energy Fellow Constantine Samaras (CEE/EPP) speaks with E&E News about why it's not cause for celebration.
Leading up to the much-anticipated Battery Day, Energy Fellow Venkat Viswanathan (MechE) is quoted in Marker on the big news he predicts Tesla will announce.
The New York Times discusses CMU spinout Fifth Season's role as part of the shift to inland investments. The robotic vertical farming startup was co-founded by Tepper alumnus Austin Webb.
NPR's StateImpact Pennsylvania spoke with Senior Energy Fellow Karen Clay (Heinz/Tepper) and Albert Presto (MechE) about air pollution, and how it could make coronavirus worse. Coverage featured Clay's work in comparing death rates between cities that used a lot of coal for electricity generation and those that used less.
In a Quartz article on increased generator pollution due to the coronavirus lockdown in Lagos, Nigeria, work by Energy Fellow Paulina Jaramillo (EPP) and her team is highlighted.
NEXTpittsburgh discusses how alumni Ankur Dobriyal (Architecture/CEE), Hallie Dumont (Design) and Lu Zhu (Design) are building energy efficient homes.
Marker discusses cobalt reduction with Energy Fellow Venkat Viswanathan (MechE) and how it could save electric vehicles.
The Philadelphia Inquirer mentions research by Scott Institute Director Emeritus Jared Cohon (CEE/EPP), Energy Fellow Nicholas Muller (EPP/Tepper) and Allen Robinson (EPP/MechE) on the impact of the shale gas boom.
The Telegraph looks at electric transport waste with Scott Institute Director Jay Whitacre (EPP/MSE).
Forbes cites the Scott Institute's compilation of power sector emissions over the past year utilizing the Carnegie Mellon Power Sector Carbon Index, a tool developed by a team under Constantine Samaras.
In Forbes, Scott Institute Director Emeritus M. Granger Morgan (ECE,EPP) speaks about insurance executives' reference to hurricanes in the Golf Coast as "black swan events."
Fortune Magazine interviewed Scott Institute Director Jay Whitacre (EPP/MSE) on battery recycling.
NEXTpittsburgh covers Stefani Danes' (Architecture) project to create Pittsburgh's first ecovillage.
Senior Energy Fellow Ed Rubin (EPP) discussed using renewable resources to offset fossil fuels in the Los Angeles Times.
In MIT Technology Review, Energy Fellow Constantine Samaras (CEE/EPP) discusses the need to renovate infrastructure to combat climate change.
Energy Fellow Constantine Samaras (EPP/CEE) spoke with The Atlantic about changes to U.S. emissions after the release of the report on "Preliminary US Emissions Estimates for 2019" citing a drop in coal consumption, yet, an increase pollution.
NEXTpittsburgh named these CMU spin-offs working on energy issues to its list of 20 tech companies to watch in 2020: Fifth Season, Gecko Robotics and Rapid Flow Technologies. The publication also recognized Christine Mondor (Architecture) as one of three Pittsburgh architects fighting climate change.
In a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette op-ed, Scott Institute Director Emeritus and University Professor Jared Cohon (CEE/EPP) responds to an earlier published article on his team's research on the cumulative impacts of shale gas.
WIRED interviewed Jeremy Michalek (EPP) about the recent federal tax credit phaseout for Tesla’s electric vehicles (EV). The EV policy expert comments on how it could affect state “zero emissions vehicle” targets.
Science Magazine mentions the CMU team led by Energy Fellow Venkat Viswanathan (MechE) that's using an AI system to find safer charge-carrying electrolytes for lithium-ion batteries, which are now prone to catching fire.
Now This cites an EPA analysis by Senior Energy Fellow Karen Clay (Heinz) and Energy Fellow Nicholas Muller (Tepper) that disproves President Trump's claim of lower U.S. air pollution. Clay also spoke with Pittsburgh's NPR station about a new state report that finds PA air quality has improved in recent years.