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.
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.
4-H Electric Congress Celebrates 70th Year
Every summer, North Carolina 4-H Electric Congress draws young people from across the state for hands-on learning, and fun, in science, technology, engineering and math related to electricity.
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.
Saving America’s Nuclear Industry
NC State is helping the nuclear energy industry remain a significant part of America's long-term energy portfolio.
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.
NC State’s Alex Hsain Wins Truman Scholarship
Hanan “Alex” Hsain, a junior majoring in materials science and engineering at NC State, has been awarded a 2017 Truman Scholarship.
Winter Break Conservation Saves $300,000
Since 2004, NC State has saved $3.5 million in energy costs by shutting down campus buildings during the winter holiday break, including nearly $300,000 this past year.
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.