The ocean's powerful winds make the coast an ideal location for a wind turbine. Ironically, it's that ocean air that presents a challenge to any turbine on or near the sea. The moist, salty air combined with a turbine's metallic materials can result in corrosion, a destructive process able to bring any power-generating source to a halt.
The University of Delaware and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) have created a new avenue to connect science with resource management by launching a series of workshops where environmental academicians and regulators can share current research and discuss research needs.
Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), will be the featured speaker in the DENIN Dialogue Series at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 6, in Clayton Hall.
The University of Delaware Sustainability Task Force is seeking two undergraduate students and two graduate students to join the task force co-chairs -- John Madsen and Kathleen Kerr -- at the ACPA Sustainability Institute in Boulder, Colo.
Creating environmentally friendly high technology jobs for Delawareans was the focus of the "Creating the Clean Energy Economy" conference, held Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 13-14, at the University of Delaware's Clayton Hall.
John Byrne is a Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and director of UD's Center for Energy and Environmental Policy and member of a working group within the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize jointly with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.
UD is operating a hydrogen-powered bus on a regular shuttle route through a $1.7 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant awarded in 2007. Principal investigator is Ajay Prasad, professor of mechanical engineering, and co-investigators are Ardeshir Faghri, professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Suresh Advani, George W. Laird Professor of Mechanical Engineering.
Two UD professors are part of a research team that was awarded a $4.6 million research grant by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2007 to find ways in which hydrogen fuel cells can be made less costly and more stable by using materials such as tungsten carbide modified with low concentrations of platinum instead of pure platinum. Jingguang Chen, professor of chemical engineering and director of the Center for Catalytic Science and Technology, and Brian Willis, assistant professor of chemical engineering, will be working in conjunction with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Ballard Power Systems, a fuel cell manufacturer.
Using a novel technology that adds multiple innovations to a very high-performance crystalline silicon solar cell platform, a consortium led by UD in 2007 achieved a record-breaking combined solar cell efficiency of 42.8 percent from sunlight at standard terrestrial conditions. That number is a significant advance and demonstrates an important milestone on the path to the 50 percent efficiency goal set by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The investigators are Allen Barnett, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Christiana Honsberg, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering.