Archives: Yearly Archives: 2014

UConn Receives Gift for Global Energy Sustainability Program

A recent gift from the Satell Family Foundation will support UConn’s new research partnership in sustainable energy with Technion–Israel Institute of Technology. UConn and Technion are recognized leaders in energy engineering and education, and both are committed to advancing global adoption of clean and efficient energy technologies.

UConn’s Center for Clean Energy Engineering and Fraunhofer Center for Energy Innovation, led by Professor Prabhakar Singh, together with Technion’s Grand Technion Energy Program, led by Professor Gideon Grader, provide a platform to advance sustainable energy research in such areas as fuel cell systems, molten salt technology, materials corrosion, concentrated solar power life enhancement, and large-scale stationary batteries.  Read more

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Research Insight: Biomass Pyrolysis

Mr. Shoucheng Du, Prof. Julia Valla, and Prof. George Bollas are making exciting progress in developing the process of biomass catalytic pyrolysis. Their recent achievements are published in Green Chemistry (link to article), and were presented at the 2013 Spring Meeting of the American Chemical Society (link to presentation).

Biomass pyrolysis is the thermal decomposition of solid biomass into a liquid, which after additional processing, can be employed in the manufacture of chemicals, fuels, and other products normally made from petroleum.  Read more

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Dr. Radenka Maric and Dr. Mark Aindow Get Fuel Cell Funding

Dr. Radenka Maric of CBE and MSE, and Dr. Mark Aindow of MSE have key roles in two projects that have received a total of $6.7 million from Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) and are designed to reduce the overall operating costs of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). Read more

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The Sounds of Innovation: How UConn Research Is Resurrecting Antique Musical Instruments

In our modern age of specialization, it is increasingly rare to find the kind of individual who, in another age, would have been known as a Renaissance man or a polymath. The likes of Leonardo da Vinci, recognized for his painting as well as his scientific inventions; Michelangelo, famous as a painter, architect, and poet; or Benjamin Franklin, the scientist, politician, and author, were renowned for their expertise across several disciplines – and their ability to apply their diverse knowledge to solve problems.  Read more

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Dr. Ali Bazzi: Lighting Rod for Power and Energy Education

Industry trends strongly influence educational approaches in engineering programs across the country, as universities and colleges strive to ensure their graduates are equipped with the skills and hands-on experiences that will prepare them to succeed in their careers. Two major trends in energy and the power engineering industry are redefining how this important electrical engineering specialty is taught. One revolutionary change is the evolving focus on grid technology paired with investment in sustainable energy technologies that will be needed to replace dwindling fossil fuel reserves. The second trend pertains to the nation’s aging power engineering workforce.  Read more

Global Warming: The Conversation We Need to Have

Sustainable UConn: How our values about the environment, clean energy, and social responsibility are greening the Husky Blue.

A recent stretch of frigid weather across the U.S. and a 2013 increase in polar ice (despite the rapid downward trend of the past 30 years) have given climate skeptics new opportunities to clamor that climate change is a “hoax.” These skeptics have proven to be resilient in their ability to ignore and withstand the overwhelming scientific evidence, and persistent in their efforts to confuse the general public about the facts.  Read more

Microgrid at UConn

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