Thank you so much to our speakers Professor Daniel Steingart, Dr. Robert Chen GS '01, and Eric Materniak '14 for coming out for a fascinating talk, and thank you all for attending!
For those of you who couldn't make it - some key points from the night:
- "Autonomous Electric" is not required, but has some major benefits
- Adjusting the grid won't be a problem
- The "Trolley Problem" won't be a problem either... simply because robots >>> humans at driving
Get the full rundown of the night HERE, and please comment on what you might have found interesting (or correct my notes)!
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What will make up our energy future???
Autonomous electric vehicles? 🚘🚘🚘
🌿🌿🌿A world run on biofuels?
An endless supply of clean energy from nuclear fusion?✴✴✴
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Last week’s Carbon Pricing Discussion was a great success; thank you everyone who came out!
For those who were unable to attend the discussion, here is a description of the event for reference:
A discussion on carbon pricing with Professor Stephen Pacala and Professor Emeritus Robert Socolow, held in the Butler Spcial Dining Room. This event is cohosted by Princeton Student Climate Lobby. Bios below:
Stephen Pacala is the Director of the Princeton Environmental Institute and The Frederick D. Petrie Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. He also co-directs the Carbon Mitigation Initiative, an effort to develop solutions to the greenhouse warming problem, and is a founder and Chairman of the Board of Climate Central, a nonprofit media organization focusing on climate change. Professor Pacala has researched a wide variety of ecological and mathematical topics. At Princeton, his work focuses on problems of global change with an emphasis on interactions among the biosphere, greenhouse gases and climate.
Robert Socolow is Professor Emeritus of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. His current research focuses on global carbon management and fossil-carbon sequestration. He is the co-principal investigator (with ecologist, Stephen Pacala) of Princeton University’s Carbon Mitigation Initiative (CMI), a twenty-year (2000-2020) research project supported by BP (and formerly by Ford). Under CMI, Princeton has launched new, coordinated research in environmental science, energy technology, geological engineering, and public policy.
Pacala and Socolow are the authors of “Stabilization wedges: Solving the climate problem for the next 50 years with current technologies” (Science, August 13, 2004). Read more about it here: http://cmi.princeton.edu/wedges/
For our first event of the spring semester, PUEA hosted a dinner discussion with three experts in the field of batteries and energy… Darren Hammell ’01, CEO and President of Princeton Power Systems, Michael Oster, CEO of Eos Energy Storage, and Dan Steingart, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering professor here at Princeton with expertise in battery research. Read more about the speakers below and check out our Facebook page for pictures from the event!
Darren Hammell is President and CEO of Princeton Power Systems, a leading global designer and manufacturer of technology and software for energy storage, microgrid operations and electric vehicle charging. Darren graduated Cum Laude from Princeton University with a B.S.E. in Computer Science. Darren took home top honors in the Princeton University Business Plan Contest and co-founded Princeton Power Systems in 2001.
Michael Oster is CEO of Eos Energy Storage. Michael’s experience includes real estate, emerging markets, technology and renewable energy. Prior to Eos, Michael launched Clean Energy Holdings as a vehicle to develop solar power and invest in energy technologies. He had developed several of the larger commercial solar power systems in New Jersey in partnership with a major European utility. Michael co-founded Eos with Steve Amendola and was the first investor in the company.
Dan Steingart is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University. His group, the Princeton Lab for Electrochemical Engineering Systems Research, studies the interactions between materials and systems in electrochemical reactors with a focus on energy storage systems. His efforts in this area over the last decade have been adopted by various industries and have led directly or indirectly to five startup companies.
PUEA took 31 high school students from the Pennington School on tours of Princeton’s solar field and the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) on the Tuesday afternoon of Intersession. It was a chance for the high school students and Princeton students to engage in an interactive learning experience about exciting energy facilities just a couple miles from campus! Caroline Savage, Campus as Lab Manager, and Gina Talt, Campus as Lab Fellow, of the Office of Sustainability led the tour of the solar field, explaining the history of the field and the technology and economics involved. Arturo Dominguez, Science Education Program Leader, and Atiba Brereton, Diagnostic Engineer, led the tour of PPPL, giving students a background on nuclear fusion energy and showing them the tokomak fusion reactor. Thank you to all of our tour guides, and thank you to members Natasha Turkmani ‘17 and Olivia Zhang ‘20, and PUEA Board members Todd Baldwin ‘20 and Amber Lin ‘19 for participating!
PUEA hosted its first Wintersession course this year, giving students an overview of various energy topics and diving into discussions about each. Topics included everything from debating photovoltaics and solar thermal collectors to the future of energy in Trump’s America. Thank you to executive board officers Will Atkinson ‘18, Amber Lin ‘19, and Nicholas Ritter ‘20, and PUEA member, Josh Burd ‘17 for leading the course! Attached are slides from the presentations; check out our Facebook for pictures from the event.
Thank you to everyone who attended our “Energy in Sustainable Development” Panel, and to our incredible panelists Mark Castellano GS ’90, Wei Peng GS ’16, and Douglas Bastidas ’17! The discussion took us to energy development projects all over the world – building solar farms in New Jersey, why wind turbines are being built, but not used, in China, and how LEDs can replace kerosene for millions of people in India. While all the panelists had very different stories to tell, we found overarching themes in how dealing with national and local politics and bureaucracy is key in inciting change in energy development.
Professor Oppenheimer joined McKinsey & Company’s Scott Nyquist for a discussion about the future of energy and disruptive energy technologies hosted by PUEA and Whig-Clio.
Photos from the event can be found below.
PUEA was a cosponsor for Whig-Clio’s monthly debate on March 30, 2016, featuring PUEA President ’15 Owen Smitherman on the negative. The rousing debate engaged many audience members, and explored a number of angles on the topic – Princeton’s financial and political interests, “moral responsibility,” and various technicalities on divestment and its potential effects on the Princeton community. Pro-divestment won the debate by a slim margin.
PUEA’s first event of the spring semester was held on March 24th! This introduction to energy event was hosted by Professors Fabian Wagner and Eric Larson, research scholars at the Andlinger Center for Energy & the Environment. Student presentations on the various energy topics were followed by a Q&A with our two guest scholars. Dinner was catered by Olives.
- Program of Events:
- Introduction [Amber Lin]
- Oil/Gas [Ryan Baldwin]
- Alternative Energy
- Solar [Lydon Kersting]
- Wind [Jason Muldering]
- Nuclear [Anid Laoui]
- Biofuels [Frank Nyugen]
- Energy Storage [David Wu]
- Energy Policy [Stephanie Cook]
- Additional Q&A with Professor Fabian Wagner and Dr. Eric Larson
We promote the activities of the Princeton University Energy Table. This group organizes a dinner with a Princeton professor on various Wednesday nights in Rocky. During the dinner, the professor discusses their energy-related research and answers questions from the group. For more information, visit the group’s website or contact Julio Herrera at firstname.lastname@example.org.