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Meeting the Energy Challenges of New Jersey and the Nation

The Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) integrates Rutgers’ expertise in science, engineering, economics, and policy, putting it at the forefront of alternative energy research. At this critical juncture in history, we have the opportunity to transition from 20th-century technologies to those that sustain economic growth and preserve the integrity of our environment.

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A Conversation with the Rutgers Energy Institute

Energy Cafe

Enjoy Coffee, Tea, Refreshments, and a light Breakfast while talking to energy leaders from across Rutgers University.

  • Date:  September 25, 2014
  • Time: 8:45AM-9:45AM (breakfast meet & greet starts 8:30)
  • Location: The Cove at the Rutgers Busch Campus Center 604 Bartholomew Road Piscataway, NJ
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The Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) is pleased to be sponsoring a morning Cafe Hour for conversation on a broad range of energy related topics. Students, faculty, and staff from a variety of disciplines will be attending and are welcome to join in. No reservation is required ...just come to learn and share ideas.

Topics to be focused on will be:  What's New in Solar in New Jersey?

  • PSE&G Solar Portfolio (including development in landfill solar) by Andrews Chad Watson (RUAlumni), Paul Morrison, and Paul Drake
  • Solar+Battery Storm Resilent Systems by Prof. Dunbar Birnie (MSE)

Sponsored by The Rutgers Energy Institute

AVERT - new tool to estimate emmision benefits

EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program has launched a new tool that estimates the emissions benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy policies and programs. The AVoided Emissions and geneRation Tool (AVERT) is a free tool with a simple user interface designed to meet the needs of state air quality planners and other interested users. Non-experts can easily use AVERT to evaluate county-level reductions of electric power plant emissions due to energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy (RE) policies and programs.

State air quality planners, energy office staff, public utility commission staff, and other organizations interested in knowing the emission benefits of EE/RE policies and programs can use AVERT to: • Quantify the nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxide (S02), and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions benefits of state and multi-state EE/RE policies and programs. • Examine the regional, state, and county level emission impacts of different EE/RE programs based on temporal energy savings and hourly generation profiles. • Include AVERT-calculated emission impacts of EE/RE policies and programs in air quality modeling and Clean Air Act plans used to meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, with the concurrence of the appropriate EPA regional office. • Compare the emissions impacts of different types of EE/RE programs, such as the emissions impacts of wind installations versus solar installations. • Understand the emissions impacts of different EE/RE policies and programs during high electricity demand days. • Analyze the emissions benefits of EE/RE programs implemented in multiple states within an AVERT region. • Share information about location-specific emissions benefits in easy-to-interpret tables and maps.  

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REI Energy Policy Seminar Series - Fall 2014

On September 3, 2014 the Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) and the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy (BSPPP) will commence the academic year with it's Energy Policy Seminar Series presenting its own Bob Kopp, Associate Director, Rutgers Energy Institute, speaking on "The American Climate Prospectus: Economic Risks in the United States".

  • EPS COLLOQUIUM (co-sponsored by the REI and RCI)
  • 9/3 - Bob Kopp (Associate Director, Rutgers Energy Institute, and Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Rutgers University).
  • Title: "The American Climate Prospectus: Economic Risks in the United States"
  • Time: 12Noon
  • Location: Busch Campus, Wright Chemistry Auditorium
Leaders from various arenas in the energy policy field will be speaking at Rutgers University on the following dates:
  • 10/3 - Jessika Trancik (Assistant Professor of Engineering Systems, MIT)
  • 10/24David Morrow (Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Alabama at Birmingham)
  • 11/7 - Andrew Zwicker (PPL, Head,Science Education)
  • 11/14 - Jason Schwartz (Legal Director, NYU Institute for Policy Integrity)

Unless otherwise noted lectures start at 10:30AM (with refreshments at 10:00AM) on Cook Campus, Institute of Marine & Coastal Sciences, Alampi Room.

New REI Post-doctoral positions

students_in_lab.jpgThe Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) at Rutgers University offers support for Postdoctoral Associates in the broad area of energy research: basic and applied science, engineering, economics, and policy.

The REI will support post-doctoral fellows working on multi-disciplinary collaborative research projects that address more than one element of energy research, and as such will require a minimum of two collaborating PI’s.

Each fellowship will be one year and comes with $25,000 direct cost support. PI's are expected to provide matching funds. Prospective candidates are expected to pursue creative research avenues within existing research programs and faculty expertise. Applications can be submitted by faculty for consideration on an ongoing basis. However, new openings are available as early as Fall 2014.

Applications should include a statement of research interests that clearly coordinates with Rutgers Energy Institute’s research program, curriculum vitae, and 3 references (one from each of two required PI’s). They should be emailed to Dr. Paul Falkowski (Director, Rutgers Energy Institute): This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it (please include “Postdoc” in the subject line).

Rutgers Chemists Develop Technology to Produce Clean-Burning Hydrogen Fuel

teddy-asefa.jpgNew catalyst based on carbon nanotubes may rival cost-prohibitive platinum for reactions that split water into hydrogen and oxygen

Rutgers researchers have developed a technology that could overcome a major cost barrier to make clean-burning hydrogen fuel – a fuel that could replace expensive and environmentally harmful fossil fuels. electrolysis catalyst Image: Tewodros Asefa A new technology based on carbon nanotubes promises commercially viable hydrogen production from water.

The new technology is a novel catalyst that performs almost as well as cost-prohibitive platinum for so-called electrolysis reactions, which use electric currents to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen. The Rutgers technology is also far more efficient than less-expensive catalysts investigated to-date.

“Hydrogen has long been expected to play a vital role in our future energy landscapes by mitigating, if not completely eliminating, our reliance on fossil fuels,” said Tewodros (Teddy) Asefa, associate professor of chemistry and chemical biology in the School of Arts and Sciences. “We have developed a sustainable chemical catalyst that, we hope with the right industry partner, can bring this vision to life.”



REI Scientist Bob Kopp Co-Leads Report on Economic Risks of Climate Change

Rutgers Energy Institute associate director Robert Kopp served as co-leader on a prospectus, the first report to provide a national set of estimates of costs of climate change to key sectors of the state economies.

bob_kopp_small_frame.jpgThe American economy faces major risks from climate change, including damaging coastal storms, growing heat-related mortality, and declining labor productivity, according to an independent report released June 24 by business, education and political leaders.

The report, titled Risky Business, relies upon research also released today in the American Climate Prospectus: Economic Risks in the United States(ACP). Like a financial prospectus, the prospectus assesses the risks and opportunities for the United States associated with ongoing and future climate change.

The ACP, co-led by  Rutgers climate scientist Robert Kopp, along with colleagues from the University of California, Berkeley, and from the private consultancy Rhodium Group, is the first to provide a national set of estimates of costs to key sectors of the state economies.  

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