Quarterly CEDM updates and news


MAY 24-25


Wall Street Journal Commentary Section cites Lam, Branstetter, and Azevedo

“The Opinion|Commentary section of The Wall Street Journal highlights the results from Lam, Branstetter and Azevedo work published in ERL on China’s wind electricity: https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-green-leap-forward-in-china-what-a-load-of-biomass-1486081133
Travis Carless won the SRA-EISG Student Merit Award based on his extended abstract and video. He presented this work at the SRA conference this year in San Diego. For those interested, the video can be seen on youtube. The link is provided here: https://youtu.be/6YUATY7hInk

Apt, Morgan, Azevedo, and Siler-Evans Featured in USAToday

A study conducted by EPP researchers was featured in USAToday in an article about industrial air pollution. The article referenced the 2013 study, titled “Regional variations in the health, environmental, and climate bene?ts of wind and solar generation,” which was published by Jay Apt, M. Granger Morgan, Inês Azevedo, and EPP PhD alum Kyle Siler-Evans. http://tinyurl.com/EPP-USATODAY
Student Presentations

Fan Tong

CEDM postdoc researcher Fan Tong presented a poster titled Alternative Fuel Assessment for Port Authority Transit Buses at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 96th Annual Meeting at Washington DC in early January 2017.

Evan Sherwin

EPP PhD student Evan Sherwin was a discussant for the paper "Capacity and Utilization: The Effect of Returns in Electricity Markets" at the Allied Social Sciences Association annual conference in Chicago. The paper discusses the modeling and prediction accuracy implications of including key techno-economic relationships in large-scale, long-term models of electric power system growth.
This month's Scott Institute Energy Bite episodes feature Daniel Posen, a recent PhD graduate of Carnegie Mellon's Engineering and Public Policy Department and a CEDM affiliate. Posen answers questions such as, What is crude oil and how do we turn it into useful products? Will we run out of fossil fuels? You can listen to all of our episodes and propose a question for a future show at energybite.org or go to iTunes.

Glasgo Featured on CIT Stories - "AC/DC: The Push for Better Home Energy Efficiency"

"It’s not difficult to see why this fundamental home energy inefficiency is a problem, which is why Glasgo studies the potential viability of taking the existing power infrastructure in homes and switching it from AC to DC. Using detailed device-level energy consumption data, Glasgo is able to simulate how much energy those same appliances would consume if they were operating on direct current circuits." Read the rest at: http://engineering.cmu.edu/media/feature/2016/10_27_acdc_home_energy.html

Jeremy Keen and Jay Apt were featured on Environmental Research Letters' 2016 Monthly Highlights for December:

Read their paper here: http://iopscience.iop.org/journal/1748-9326/page/2016%20monthly%20highlights;jsessionid=675A0F901753BB7289A3B9C6DBD0AC4C.c3.iopscience.cld.iop.org
Upcoming CEDM Seminars

13 Feb - Tobias Schmidt
20 Feb - Erin Baker
22 Feb - Christopher Clack
3 Mar - Jeff Bielicki
4/6 - Denise Mauzerall
4/11 (tent) - David Keith

Armanios Interviewed in Gulf New Journal on Egypt's Boost for Renewable Energy

"Egypt's Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy (MERE) has a plan to boost the country’s use of renewable energies. The MERE plans to hit a benchmark of 20 percent by 2022, when the group expects renewables to provide one-fifth of all power used domestically.

"Recent events, however, tell a complex story of a nation struggling to make progress in the face of financial headwinds... Gulf News Journal spoke with Daniel Armanios, assistant professor of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon’s Scott Institute for Energy Innovation.

“While Egypt's move to lower tariff prices on solar and allow for international arbitration of local contracts is trying to attract both renewable energy consumers and investors, it is unclear whether these measures will overcome these recent slowdowns, especially given the passage of recent austerity measures that Egypt has put into place as part of a recent $12 billion bailout plan approved by the (International Monetary Fund).” Armanios said."

Read more at http://gulfnewsjournal.com/stories/511060109-egypt-hopes-to-make-progress-with-renewable-energy
Meagan Mauter got on camera to speak with NBC Learn about the future of water desalination techniques, which will help farmers cultivate healthier, more effective soil for their crops.
Watch the video.

Rubin Receives Grant From European Climate Knowledge Innovation Community

Prof. Ed Rubin and two collaborators from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) were selected last fall to receive one of just six grants from the European Climate Knowledge Innovation Community (Climate-KIC) to support a short course aimed at helping European entrepreneurs develop their climate-friendly products and ideas.

The two-day course titled, “Business Models for Climate Change Technologies and Innovation” was run on December 15-16, 2016 on the UPV campus. Students were selected from over 60 applicants from over a dozen European countries. Details of the course are available at:

Based on the very positive feedback from this initial effort a subsequent offering is being planned for 2017 in conjunction with Climate-KIC’s educational initiatives.

Costa Samaras Interviewed in the Washington Post

"Tesla’s deep dive into driverless: ‘This is the most exciting time to be in transportation since the Model T’" - Michael Laris.

"Tesla said Wednesday that its new cars now have all the cameras, sensors, radar technology and computing power they need to truly drive themselves. That raises the prospect that hundreds of thousands of robotic cars could be on the streets far sooner than many thought possible (at least once production ramps up, software improvements are complete and the system is switched on.)

"I spoke with automation expert Costa Samaras, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, about the implications for safety, the fiercely competitive autonomous car industry, and the future of backseat snoozing on cross-country trips. Here’s an edited transcript." 

Read the rest of the interview at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dr-gridlock/wp/2016/10/20/teslas-deep-dive-into-driverless-this-is-the-most-exciting-time-to-be-in-transportation-since-the-model-t/

Zero Emissions Day: China's Wind Energy Infrastructure

"Long Lam recently published a paper, co-authored by EPP Associate Professor Inês Azevedo and Social and Decision Sciences’ Lee Branstetter, entitled “China’s wind electricity and cost of carbon mitigation are more expensive than anticipated.” The paper, published in Environmental Research Letters, discusses how China’s efforts to cut emissions from its coal power plants by 60% by 2020 have been slowed, despite a massive initiative to build up the country’s wind energy infrastructure." - Read the rest of the article from CIT's Featured Stories at: http://engineering.cmu.edu/media/feature/2016/09_21_lam_china_wind.html
Jared Cohon was named Chair of the National Academies’ Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, as of Jan 1, 2017.

Brock Glasgo was selected to receive a Phillips and Huang Family Fellowship in Energy in the amount of $5000. This fellowship was created through the generosity of Michael S. Phillips and Caroline B. Huang to help support the graduate studies of highly deserving CIT PhD students whose research interests impact the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency. His award reflects outstanding work in Engineering and Public Policy.

Brian Sergi was awarded the John and Claire Bertucci Graduate Fellowship. Bertucci Fellowships are awarded to accomplished graduate students who are pursuing doctoral degrees, have passed their PhD qualifying exams and have been admitted to PhD candidacy. The fellowships provide financial support towards their studies and research.

Meagan Mauter wins ACS 2017 James J. Morgan ES&T Early Career Award Lectureship and the CIT Dean's Early Career Fellowship
The award and Dr. Mauter’s lecture will be presented at the Spring 2017 ACS National Meeting in San Francisco at the ES&T Symposium. This award, named in honor of Dr. Morgan, the first Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Science & Technology, recognizes the contributions of early career researchers who have led our field in new directions through creative, new ideas consistent with Morgan’s early contributions. Meagan also received the CIT Dean’s Early Career Fellowship. These fellowships are awarded to untenured faculty members who have been nominated by their department heads and then selected to receive the fellowship after review and discussion of the nomination package by the CIT Review Committee.  Recipients will receive discretionary funds for a three-year period beginning July 1, 2017, or until such time when they have been promoted to Full Professor.
Recent CEDM Publications
"The Economic Merits of Flexible Carbon Capture and Sequestration as a Compliance Strategy with the Clean Power Plan" - M. Craig, P. Jaramillo, H. Zhai, K. Klima. Environmental Science & Technology, 2017, Article ASAP, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b03652.

“Known unknowns: indirect energy effects of information and communication technology” - N. Horner, A. Shehabi, I.L. Azevedo, Environmental Research Letters, 11, 10 (2016). [Full Paper]

"Variability of the wind turbine power curve" -  M. Bandi, J. Apt, Applied Sciences, 6, 262 [Full Paper]

"Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle LiFePO4 battery life implications of thermal management, driving conditions, and regional climate" - T. Yuksel, S. Litster, V. Viswanathan, and J.J. Michalek (2016)  Journal of Power Sources, v338 n15 p49-64. [Full Paper]

“China’s wind electricity and cost of carbon mitigation are more expensive than anticipated” - Lam, L., Branstetter, L., Azevedo, I.L., Environmental Research Letters, 11, 8 (2016). [Full Paper]

"Opinion: Wanted: Climate policies that work" - D. Boyd, H. Dowlatabadi, U. Valiante, Vancouver Sun, 6 July 2016. [Full Article]

"Is It Always Windy Somewhere? Occurrence of Low-Wind-Power Events over Large Areas" - M.A. Handschy, S. Rose, J. Apt,  In Press at Renewable Energy. [Full Paper]

How much electricity can we save by using direct current circuits in homes? Understanding the potential for electricity savings and assessing feasibility of a transition towards DC powered buildings,” - Glasgo, B., Azevedo, I.L., Hendrickson, C.,  Applied Energy, 180, 66–75 (2016). [Full Paper]

"Alternative fuel vehicle adoption increases fleet gasoline consumption and greenhouse gas emissions under United States corporate average fuel economy policy and greenhouse gas emissions standards" - A. Jenn, I.L. Azevedo, J.J. Michalek. Environmental Science & Technology (2016) v50 n5 p.2165-2174. [Full Paper]

"Quantifying Sources of Uncertainty in Reanalysis Derived Wind Speed" - S. Rose, J. Apt. Renewable Energy, 94: 157-165. [Full Paper]

"Marginal Costs of Water Savings from Cooling System Retrofits: A Case Study for Texas Power Plants" - A. Loew, P. Jaramillo, H. Zhai. Environmental Research Letters, 2016, 11:104004.

"The environmental competitiveness of small modular reactors: A life cycle study" - T. Carless, W.M. Griffin, P.S. Fischbeck, Energy, 114 (2016) pp. 84-99. [Full Paper]

"Consequential life cycle air emissions externalities for plug-in electric vehicles in the PJM interconnection" - A. Weis, P. Jaramillo and J.J. Michalek, Environmental Research Letters, (2016) v11 n2 024009. [Full Paper]

"Plans and prospects for coastal flooding in four communities affected by Sandy" - G. Wong-Parodi, B. Fischhoff, B. Strauss,  Weather, Climate, and Society, (2016). [Full Paper]

"Opinion: B.C. Hydro and duty of care" - D. Izony, H. Dowlatabadi, Vancouver Sun, 29 September 2016. [Full Article]

“Consumptive Water Use from Electricity Generation in the Southwest under Alternative Climate, Policy, and Technology Pathways" - S. Talati, H. Zhai, P. Kyle, M.G. Morgan, P. Patel, and L. Liu, Environmental Science & Technology, 50 (22) 12095-12104, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b01389

“Should we build wind farms close to load or invest in transmission to access better wind resources in remote areas? A case study in the MISO region,” -  Lamy, J., Jaramillo, P., Azevedo, I.L., Wiser, R., Energy Policy96, 341–350 (2016). [Full Paper]

"Effect of regional grid mix, driving patterns and climate on the comparative carbon footprint of electric and gasoline vehicles" - T. Yuksel, M. Tamayao, C. Hendrickson, I. Azevedo and J.J. Michalek, Environmental Research Letters (2016) v11 n4 044007. [Full Paper]

“Viability of Carbon Capture and Sequestration Retrofits for Existing Coal-Fired Power Plants under an Emission Trading Scheme” - S. Talati, H. Zhai, and M.G. Morgan, Environmental Science & Technology, 50 (23) 12567-12574, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b03175

"Multi-criteria assessment of a mixed-mode ventilated office building" - M. Salehi, G. Ebrahimi, W.K. Bushe, H. Dowlatabadi, McMaster University Press. [Full Paper]

“Effect of regional grid mix, driving patterns and climate on the comparative carbon footprint of gasoline and plug-in electric vehicles in the United States,” -  Yuksel, T., Tamayao, M-A, Hendrickson, C., Azevedo, I.L., Michalek, J., Environmental Research Letters11.4 (2016): 044007. [Full Paper]

“Shore Power for Vessels Calling at U.S. Ports: Benefits and Costs” - P. Vaishnav, P.S. Fischbeck, M.G. Morgan, J.J. Corbett, Environmental Science & Technology (2016) 50, no. 3 pp. 1102–10. doi:10.1021/acs.est.5b04860
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