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Research News

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Combining Energy Storage And Solar Offers Unexpected Power Reliability Boost

This is encouraging news for renewable energy.

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Could Sycamore Trees Be an Alternative Fuel Source?

NC State researchers found a native tree, the American sycamore, could be a bioenergy fuel source.

Natural pipeline construction.

Natural Gas Pipeline Density Higher Overall in More Vulnerable U.S. Counties

An analysis led by NC State researchers found counties with more socially vulnerable populations had a higher density of natural gas pipelines overall.

Extended Winter Break Avoids $874,000 in Energy Costs

A unique academic calendar and cross-campus collaboration led to record-setting energy cost avoidance.

Analytical Measurements Can Predict Organic Solar Cell Stability

An analytical measurement framework could help organic solar cell manufacturers determine the best materials for stable solar cells.

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Benefits of Renewable Energy Vary From Place to Place

The work can help target renewable energy investments where they can do the most good.

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An Ambitious Climate Modeling Project Hopes To Inform Energy Policy

A transparent effort aims to give policymakers more insight into the future.

NC State Named An ‘Energy Elite’ University

NC State University has been named among 10 “Energy Elite” colleges and universities by the American Energy Society (AES).  The report, Top Energy Universities 2020,...

Illustration of how semiconductor properties change as grain size decreases in strontium titanate.

Researchers Develop Computational Model to Build Better Capacitors

Model aims to guide development of new energy storage devices for electronics.


NC State Partners with CESMII to Promote ‘Smart’ Technologies in Paper Manufacturing, Other Industries

NC State and CESMII have launched the Smart Manufacturing Innovation Center.

Solar array on the roof of the Keystone Science Center on Centennial Campus

Odyssey of an Inquisitive Mind

2020 Goldwater Scholar Jonathan Palmer is tackling the global energy crisis by doing research to make solar power more cost-effective.

Smart factory with sensors.

Artificial Intelligence: A Game Changer for the Chemical Manufacturing Industry

A growing number of chemical manufacturers are exploring the use of artificial intelligence to cut greenhouse gas emissions and improve the energy efficiency of their operations.

Thermal Energy Storage Will Cut Energy Costs On Centennial Campus

In NC State’s latest move to reduce campus energy costs, timing is everything.

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Model Shows Users How to Make On-Farm Sustainable Energy Projects More Profitable

Model can predict when farm-based sustainable energy projects will turn a profit.

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Next Generation of Greenhouses May Be Fully Solar Powered

Many greenhouses could become energy neutral by using see-through solar panels to harvest energy.

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Wearable Health Tech Gets Efficiency Upgrade

NC State researchers make their flexible, wearable energy harvester even better.

Record-Setting Reduction

Campus energy use intensity is down 34% since 2002.

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Salty Algae Leads to Sweet Success

NC State University professor Heike Sederoff started studying saltwater algae more than a decade ago as part of a project to use algae to make biofuel. This research led to a recent paper in the journal Nature and a biofuels patent application.

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Paramagnetic Spins Take Electrons for a Ride, Produce Electricity from Heat

“Paramagnon drag thermopower” converts a temperature difference into an electrical voltage. This discovery could lead to more efficient thermal energy harvesting, such as converting car exhaust heat into electric power to enhance fuel-efficiency.

This Comic Creator Hopes His Terrible Ideas for Producing Energy Will Inspire You to Think of Better Ones

TimeYour backyard has lots of easily reachable space — could you trigger vacuum decay and solve the world’s energy problems forever? To answer this question, I contacted astrophysicist and end-of-the-universe expert Katie Mack, who teaches at NC State.

Progressively smaller chips displayed in Phononic's headquarters.

A Refrigeration Revolution — Advanced on Centennial Campus

An innovative partnership with NC State helped startup Phononic disrupt the refrigeration industry.

Rebate Program Freezes Rising Energy Costs in Campus Labs

A freezer rebate program started by NC State Energy Management is slashing energy costs in university research labs.  The Ultra Low Temperature (ULT) Freezer Energy…

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Are Shared E-scooters Good for the Planet?

Experts say the environmental impact of scooter rides depends on whether they replace car trips.

The red belltower looms over campus.

NC State Chemist Earns $1.5 Million Research Grant to Study Next-Generation Quantum Systems

A team led by David Shulz has earned a major grant from the Department of Energy for research that has potential impacts on computing, networking and sensing.

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An Open Modeling Approach to Support Energy and Climate Policy

Researchers are developing an open-source computer model that can be used to inform the development of national energy and climate policies.

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Researchers Create Multi-Junction Solar Cells from Off-the-Shelf Components

New approach creates multi-junction solar cells with off-the-shelf components.

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Discovery Sheds Light on Synthesis, Processing of High-Performance Solar Cells

Halide perovskite solar cells hold promise as the next generation of solar cell technologies, but while researchers have developed techniques for improving their material characteristics, nobody understood why these techniques worked. New research sheds light on the science behind these engineering solutions.

Project Highlights Energy Challenges for Low-Income Households

A report supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy titled, “Powering Energy Efficiency and Impacts”, was recently featured in NC State’s The...

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Energy Storage Team and Student Energy Club Receive Campus Awards

NC State’s Sustainability Awards were recently announced during the Celebration of NC State Sustainability.

Unique Partnership Sheds Light On Energy Challenges for Low-Income Households

NC State-led partnership evaluates needs, challenges and possible solutions to energy challenges facing low-income households.

NC State’s New Energy Club Hosts “Point of No Return” Film Screening

On March 27, the newly established Student Energy Club at NC State hosted a film screening of “Point of No Return” at Witherspoon Cinema. 

Faculty Clusters to host “Energy and Science in Journalism” Panel Discussion

SESP  and LPS will host a panel discussion on energy and science in journalism in April.

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Fueling the Future: Elephant Grass as Potential Biofuel Material (And More)

A common perennial grass may hold uncommon promise for research, agriculture and industry – and it may even fuel the future. A team of NC State scientists are exploring the potential of miscanthus.

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Experts Lay Out Options For Future of Energy Storage in North Carolina

A report by NC State experts details energy storage options to inform energy policy.

New Electric Car Charger is More Efficient, 10 Times Smaller Than Current Tech

A new electric vehicle fast charger is at least 10 times smaller than existing systems and wastes 60 percent less power during the charging process, without sacrificing the charging time.

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New Program to Fuel Bioeconomy Launches

What do Reebok shoes, fuel and disposable forks have in common? All can be made from biorenewable sources instead of petroleum. This fall, we’re welcoming undergraduate students and teachers as part of a new program to promote the bioproducts industry.

New Microscopy Works at Extreme Heat, Sheds Light on Alloys for Nuclear Reactors

A new microscopy technique allows researchers to track microstructural changes in real time, even when a material is exposed to extreme heat and stress.

Faculty Researcher Explores Solar Air Heating In Agricultural Settings

Sanjay Shah discusses temperature conditions in a swine nursery with graduate student Li Yu to evaluate the effectiveness of a solar powered heating system. Faculty...

How Mapping, Satellite Technologies Can Help Pick Ideal Sites for Solar

May 23, 2018  |  Nash Dunn Solar energy installations have seen steady growth in the past decade, with the World Energy Council reporting a global increase from 14 to...

Sanjay Shah discusses temperature conditions in a swine nursery with graduate student Li Yu to evaluate the effectiveness of a solar powered heating system.

Faculty Focus: Shah Seeks Real-World Solutions

Sanjay Shah sees the potential of solar energy use in livestock barn heating, not only for reducing heating fuel use but also improving the indoor air quality. So he is working to test a low-cost solar air heating technology that could have an immediate impact on poultry and pig producers.

Microscopy Advance Reveals Unexpected Role for Water in Energy Storage Material

A material with atomically thin layers of water holds promise for energy storage technologies, and researchers have now discovered that the water is performing a different role than anyone anticipated.

NCCETC Issues Latest 50 States of Grid Modernization Report

The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) released its Q1 2018 edition of The 50 States of Grid Modernization. The quarterly series provides insights on state regulatory...

NC Renewable Ocean Energy Program (NCROEP) Issues Request for Proposals 2018-2019

The North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Program (NCROEP) has issued a call for research pre-proposals for their 2018-2019 funding cycle.  Three-page pre-proposals are due on June...

Natural Gas Prices, Not ‘War On Coal,’ Were Key to Coal Power Decline

Steep declines in coal power over the past decade were caused largely by cheap natural gas and the availability of wind energy – not by environmental regulations.

Wood Formation Model To Fuel Progress in Bioenergy, Paper, New Applications

Need stronger timber, better biofuel or new sources of green chemicals? A new systems biology model built on decades of NC State research will help engineer trees for specific needs.

New Approach Could Quickly Identify Best Organic Solar Cell Mixtures

Researchers aim to reduce “trial and error” aspect of solar cell production by reducing the time spent on finding the most efficient mixtures.

Energizing African Development

Lack of access to reliable power is termed “energy poverty,” and we are studying efforts to address it.

The 3 E’s of Developing a Bioproducts and Bioenergy Pipeline: Education, Economics and Excitement

Faculty from the College of Natural Resources and the College of Education team up to prepare students in eastern North Carolina for future careers in the bioproducts and bioenergy industries.

Campus Energy, Water Savings Continue in 2017 Fiscal Year

NC State Energy Management released the university’s 2017 Strategic Energy and Water Report, which features the university’s latest progress toward energy and water savings goals.

Solar Vehicle Team Project Takes Unusual Route

A team of NC State students designs a solar car focusing on practicality as well as performance and energy efficiency.

Campus Energy Data Powers Research

NC State researchers collaborated with the Facilities Division to use actual energy data from the university’s Centennial Campus.

New Manufacturing Process For SiC Power Devices Opens Market to More Competition

Researchers are rolling out a new manufacturing process and chip design for silicon carbide (SiC) power devices, which can be used to more efficiently regulate power in technologies that use electronics.

Researchers Set New Bar For Water-Splitting, CO2-Splitting Techniques

Researchers boost efficiency of techniques for splitting water to create hydrogen gas and splitting CO2 to create carbon monoxide.

Neutrons Run Enzyme’s Reactivity for Better Biofuel Production

NC State and Oak Ridge National Lab researchers identify a reaction that could lead to improved biofuel production processes and lower costs.

Study Finds ‘Smart’ Transformers Could Make Reliable Smart Grid a Reality

A new study finds smart solid-state transformers could be used to make a stable, reliable “smart grid” – allowing the power distribution system to route renewable energy from homes and businesses into the power grid.

Thin Layers of Water Hold Promise for the Energy Storage of the Future

Researchers have found that incorporating atomically thin layers of water into a material makes it able to store and deliver energy much more quickly.

From Atoms to Batteries to the Workforce of the Future: Why Research Matters

If you want to build a cell-phone battery as thin as paper that powers your phone for a week, or have an electric vehicle like the Tesla go 500 miles on a single charge and recharge in just 10 minutes, you will have to start thinking small.

Campus Welcomes First Bus Stop With Solar Power

Waiting for NC State’s Wolfline campus bus and notice that your cell phone battery is almost depleted? If you happen to be at the Dan Allen Drive bus stop near […]

Advanced Biomass Cookstoves Provide Benefits in Field Settings, But Less than Expected from Lab Testing

Researchers find that while advanced wood-burning cookstoves can provide benefits to the environment, the benefits are less than expected due to higher emissions measured in the field compared to laboratory settings.

New Findings Boost Promise of Molybdenum Sulfide for Hydrogen Catalysis

Researchers have found that molybdenum sulfide (MoS2) holds more promise than previously thought as a catalyst for producing hydrogen to use as a clean energy source. Specifically, the researchers found that the entire surface of MoS2 can be used as a catalyst, not just the edges of the material.

New Fabrication Technique Leads to Broader Sunlight Absorption in Plastic Solar Cells

Researchers have developed a new strategy for fabricating more efficient plastic solar cells.

An Efficient Approach for Tracking Physical Activity with Wearable Health-Monitoring Devices

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed an energy-efficient technique for accurately tracking a user’s physical activity based on data from wearable devices.

New Cost-Effective Silicon Carbide High Voltage Switch Created

A high-power switch developed by NC State engineers holds promise to be more efficient and more cost effective than existing switches.

Food Additive Key to Environmentally Friendly, Efficient, Plastic Solar Cells

A common food additive helps researchers create a solar cell that can be manufactured without using environmentally hazardous chemicals.

The Next Generation of Greenhouses May Be Power Plants

Researchers from NC State and UNC-Chapel Hill are launching a project to develop next generation greenhouses with built-in solar cells that make use of the entire spectrum of solar light.

New Tech Promises to Boost Electric Vehicle Efficiency, Range

NC State researchers have developed a new type of inverter device with greater efficiency in a smaller, lighter package – which should improve the fuel-efficiency and range of hybrid and electric vehicles.

Study: Bioenergy Decisions Involve Wildlife Habitat and Land Use Trade-offs

New research finds that choosing how to meet bioenergy goals means making trade-offs about which wildlife species and ecosystems will be most impacted.

Driving Toward More Efficient Solar Cells

NC State physicist Kenan Gundogdu was part of an international team that produced organic solar cells with fast charge separation and low voltage loss.

Study: Near-Shore Wind Farms Would Have Big Impact on Coastal Tourism

A study by economists at NC State finds that most people are unwilling to rent vacation homes that have a view of offshore wind turbines – and that those who will rent expect steep rental discounts unless the turbines are more than eight miles offshore.

Molecular-like Photochemistry from Semiconductor Nanocrystals

NC State researchers are making huge advances in photochemistry, with implications for everything from solar energy conversion to light therapy for cancer treatment.

Domain Size and Purity Key to Efficient Organic Solar Cells

As solar energy becomes more popular, the drive to create more efficient, less expensive solar cells increases. Solar energy is abundant, but the devices we use to collect that energy have an efficiency problem – currently, the most efficient polymer-based […]

Solar Tree Sprouts at Hunt Library

Charge your laptop, phone or other electronics on the 16-foot solar tree at the Hunt Library on Centennial Campus. The newly installed solar technology is a gift from the Park Scholars Class of 2015.

Best of Both Worlds: FREEDM-Pair Switches for Power Devices

Pairing switches in power devices can improve performance while keeping costs relatively low.

New Technique Lowers Cost of Energy-Efficient Embedded Computer Systems

Electrical and computer engineers have developed a new technique for creating less-expensive, low-power embedded systems – the computing devices found in everything from thermostats to automobiles.

Researchers Boost Wireless Power Transfer With Magnetic Field Enhancement

Research shows that passing wireless power transfer through a magnetic resonance field enhancer – which can be as simple as a copper loop – can boost the transfer efficiency by at least 100 percent as compared to transferring through air alone.

Distributed Technique for Power ‘Scheduling’ Advances Smart Grid Concept

Researchers have developed a new technique for “scheduling” energy in electric grids that advances the smart grid concept by coordinating the energy being produced and stored by conventional and renewable sources.

Smarter Buildings Open Forum

The Energy Council Open Forum, Smarter Buildings: Demonstrations, Development, and Deployment, was held March 25, 2014 at James B. Hunt, Jr. Library on NCSU’s Centennial...

Screening of Chasing Ice

You are invited to attend a free screening of Chasing Ice, the story of one National Geographic photographer’s mission to gather evidence of our changing...

The N.C. Solar Center's 25th Anniversary

Please join us in celebrating the N.C. Solar Center’s 25th Anniversary Monday, October 14, 2013 Nature Research Center, Raleigh Energy Policy Forum: 2:00pm-5:30pm Reception immediately...

The Rolf Buchdahl Lecture on Science, Technology, and Values

2013-2014 Buchdahl Lecture: Thursday, September 26, 2013 — 7:30-9:00 PM Park Shops Room 210, 101 Current Drive, NCSU North Campus (Building #33 on North campus...

Research Triangle Cluster-wide Community: You're invited to our BBQ August 29th!

Power up “your cells” with some Carolina ‘que! Please join the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster and the Duke University Energy Initiative for BBQ and brews...

Attitudes to Energy System Change Report

A new report from the Understanding Risk research group at Cardiff University, recently launched at the Royal Society of London on 16th July 2013, shows...

Search Advanced Energy Legislation

Here is a link to the Search Advanced Energy Legislation,

Networking Reception and Final Competition for the ACC Clean Energy Challenge

On behalf of the Entrepreneurship Initiative and the Office of Technology Transfer as part of the Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development at NC...

DOE Thermochemical Meeting 2012

On Oct. 24 at the McKimmon Center, NC State will host a series of speakers from industry, national labs and Universities all focused on Thermochemical...

2012 Green Career Fair and Alternative Energy Network Conference

2012 Green Career Fair and Alternative Energy Network Conference Elizabeth City State University, Thursday, November 1, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT) Elizabeth...

The G.R.E.E.N. (Global Renewable Energy Education Network) Program

The GREEN Program enhances your understanding of the Renewable Energy and Sustainability industries by taking you outside of the classroom and into the field. By...

Updated Energy Course Inventory

Here is a link to the updated Energy Course Inventory

Renewable Electricity Futures Study

A report published by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Renewable Electricity Futures Study (RE Futures), is an initial investigation of the extent to...

Congress Takes Up Science, Energy Appropriations Bills

Last week, various appropriations committees in the House and Senate began the process of marking up funding bills for FY 2013 affecting the National Science...

EPA Reports on U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency has released its 17th annual inventory of overall emissions for six greenhouse gases. The total emissions for 2010, equivalent to 6,822...

2012 APLU Conference on Energy Challenges, The Ohio State University — Apr. 29- May 1

Be Part of the Conversation at the 2012 Public and Land-Grant University Conference on Energy Challenges. Reservations are filling- space is limited! The 2012 Public...

Energy and Environment Lunch 4/17: The Future of U.S. Climate Policy with Dr. Billy Pizer

The UNC Institute for the Environment invites you to an Energy and Environment Lunch with Dr. Billy Pizer. Dr. Pizer, Associate Professor in the Sanford...

ACEEE Energy Efficiency Finance Forum

May 7-8, 2012 Omni Parker House Hotel – Boston, MA The Regular Registration deadline for the Energy Efficiency Finance Forum is a week away. Register...

Amory Lovins, “Reinventing Fire”

The video for the Amory Lovins lecture can be found under “Recent Events” on the Institute for Emerging Issues website on their news and events...

Rolf Buchdahl Lecture on Science, Technology and Values – Composing Smart Grids: Society, Politics, and Talking about a New Energy Future

Rolf Buchdahl Lecture on Science, Technology and Values Sponsored by the NCSU Interdisciplinary Program in Science, Technology & Society, with support from the family of...

N.C. Solar Center Offers New Certificate in Renewable Energy Management

First non-degree program of its kind in North America Renewable energy and energy efficiency activity in North Carolina have been booming since the Renewable Energy...

Solar Center Charging Stations Up & Running

Solar Center’s electric vehicle charging stations are up and running. The Eaton stations were provided turn-key (equipment and installation) by Progress Energy. They will retain...

Lecture: Shawn Heath, VP of Sustainability at Duke Energy

Lecture: Shawn Heath VP Sustainability – Duke Energy 12:45-1:45 February 22nd McColl Room 2575

$100K ACC Clean Energy Challenge

Open to faculty and students from universities throughout the southeastern United States What? The $100K ACC Clean Energy Challenge is a new business plan competition...