The Colorado River basin, which supplies water to 40 million people in the Western United States, is threatened by historic drought, a changing climate and water demands from growing cities. One potential response involves encouraging individuals to conserve water, and a new study may help identify those most likely to change their behaviors to contribute, according to scientists.
Seth Blumsack, professor of energy and environmental economics and international affairs, was awarded a $1,193,307 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to sustain and expand an interdisciplinary research network focused on the regional organizations that manage the electric power transmission grid in the United States and how the governance of these regional transmission organizations (RTOs) impacts outcomes for market efficiency, sustainability, equity, reliability and resilience.
Critical minerals, including rare earth elements, are used to power devices like smartphones and computers and are essential to our nation’s economy and national security. Penn State’s Center for Critical Minerals has developed a new purification process that extracts mixed rare earth oxides from acid mine drainage and associated sludges.
Tapping into abandoned oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania, products of the state’s long history of energy extraction — could provide a future source of affordable geothermal energy, according to Penn State scientists.
A team of researchers at Penn State is investigating how contaminants in power plant water cycles affect the integrity of steel pipes and tubing in power generation systems.
The fall 2022 Celebrating Women in Energy and Water Research seminar series at Penn State will conclude on Thursday, Dec. 1, with two seminars by Karen Palmer, senior fellow and director of the Electric Power Program at Resources for the Future (RFF). The free seminars are open to Penn State faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students.
Emeritus faculty member Dr. Len Austin died on November 21, 2022.
The Penn State Center for Energy Law and Policy (CELP) and the Hamer Center for Community Design in the College of Arts and Architecture’s Stuckeman School are teaming up to host a one-hour webinar at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 1 to address the substantial challenges that low-income individuals in Pennsylvania face in accessing energy efficiency programs.
The second annual Penn State Solar Law Symposium will be held via webinar from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 16. The event, co-sponsored by Penn State Extension and Penn State’s Center for Energy Law and Policy, is designed for those with beginning and intermediate levels of knowledge.
The Fall 2022 Celebrating Women in Energy and Water Research seminar series continues on Thursday, Nov. 3 with two seminars by Maša Prodanović, Frank W. Jessen Professor in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. The free seminars are open to Penn State faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students.