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illustration shows the layout of a solar powered system that turns hydrogen-carrying liquid into hydrogen gas

May 23, 2022

New Tech Aims to Drive Down Costs of Hydrogen Fuel

The new tech for extracting hydrogen gas from liquid carriers is faster, less expensive than previous approaches. 

Wind turbines

Apr 21, 2022

Study Finds Offshore Wind Could Drive Down Energy Costs in New England

An NC State study found offshore wind power could help lower average wholesale electricity prices in New England. 

gloved hands hold up solar cell panels of different sizes

Jan 25, 2022

New Technique Boosts Efficiency, Sustainability of Large-Scale Perovskite Solar Cells

The technique will reduce the cost and improve the performance of mass-produced perovskite solar cells. 

Shasta Lake during a drought in California.

Jan 5, 2022

Climate Change Could Lead to Blackouts, Higher Power Costs on West Coast

Projections from two studies show how climate change or shifting to renewable energy sources could impact West Coast power supplies. 

Photo looks out across the water at a series of windmills and the smokestacks of a power plant

Dec 17, 2021

Voluntary Pledges Could Cut Utility GHG Emissions by a Third

About one-seventh of the promised cuts are mandated by state requirements. 

Sunset on the American Tobacco Trail I-40 Pedestrian Bridge in Durham, North Carolina

Nov 17, 2021

Infrastructure Bill Experts

Billy Williams, director of NC State’s Institute for Transportation Research and Education and a professor of civil, construction, and environmental engineering, can speak to issues associated with transportation and transportation infrastructure in North Carolina. Williams can be reached at billy_williams@ncsu.edu or 919.515.7813. Jason Coupet is an associate professor of public administration. He has expertise in the administrative challenges associated with implementing… 

hands in latex gloves twist a piece of clear, elastic material that contains liquid metal

Aug 31, 2021

Using Liquid Metal to Turn Motion into Electricity – Even Underwater

To generate electricity, just squish it, stretch it, twist it, or stomp on it. 

This image shows the material birnessite with water molecules (red oxygen, two white hydrogen) and potassium cations (dark blue/lavender) at the outer surfaces and within the interlayer.

Aug 2, 2021

Birnessite Study Offers Insights For Electrochemistry, Energy Storage

The work sets the stage for understanding complex electrochemical reactions. 

solar farm

Jun 17, 2021

Combining Energy Storage And Solar Offers Unexpected Power Reliability Boost

This is encouraging news for renewable energy. 

Lake Isabella in Kern County, California.

Jun 11, 2021

Ask an Expert: How Is the Western U.S. Drought Impacting the Power Grid?

Jordan Kern, an assistant professor of forestry and environmental resources at NC State, discusses the drought's potential impact on the nation's electrical system. 

Natural pipeline construction.

May 27, 2021

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. 

diagram of a solar-powered greenhouse

Mar 17, 2021

Study Finds Plants Would Grow Well in Solar Cell Greenhouses

You can definitely grow plants (and make electricity) in a greenhouse made of see-through solar panels. 

Power line

Mar 9, 2021

Lights Out: Climate Change Could Plunge America Into Darkness. Here’s Why.

An NC State researcher details some of the vulnerabilities to the power grid from climate change. 

windmills in a field

Dec 14, 2020

Benefits of Renewable Energy Vary From Place to Place

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

satellite image shows urban lights from space

Dec 7, 2020

An Ambitious Energy Modeling Project Hopes To Inform Climate Policy

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