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A portrait of Jacob Jones, Jacob Jones, director of the STEPS Center and professor of materials science and engineering at NC State

Sep 9, 2021

New NSF Center Will Advance Phosphorus Sustainability

A new interdisciplinary center will advance ambitious goals to reduce phosphorus dependence — with the support of a five-year, $25 million grant. 

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. 

Flowers inside new NC State greenhouse.

Aug 19, 2021

Greenhouse Effect: A More Sustainable Campus

Grounds Services is saving money and boosting sustainability by growing flowers and plants in its own greenhouse on the west side of campus. 

diagram shows how the new process recycles nanowires

Jul 26, 2021

Researchers Demonstrate Technique for Recycling Nanowires in Electronics

The work is a step toward more sustainable electronics. 

solar farm

Jun 17, 2021

Combining Energy Storage And Solar Offers Unexpected Power Reliability Boost

This is encouraging news for renewable energy. 

NC State Stewards, wearing matching green T-shirts, speak to a small group of fellow students outside next to a solar panel.

Apr 19, 2021

Finding Your Wolfpack: Flourish With Sustainability

With dozens of sustainability-focused opportunities, students can make real change on campus and foster meaningful relationships. 

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. 

Worker carries solar panel on the roof of the Murphy Center.

Jan 21, 2021

Here Comes the Sun

NC State is partnering with Mooresville-based Powerhome Solar to add an array of energy-saving panels on top of the Murphy Center. 

a wildfire in the hills of california

Aug 20, 2020

Fire, Air Conditioning and Where We Get Our Power

A changing climate is already impacting how we consume electricity – and how we make it. 

tractor with compost in front of hoop structure

Apr 21, 2020

Closing the Loop

NC State’s new Compost Facility and Research Cooperative diverts organic waste from the landfill, giving it new life in a number of beneficial ways on campus. 

anaerobic digester on a dairy farm with rainbow in background

Feb 10, 2020

Model Shows Users How to Make On-Farm Sustainable Energy Projects More Profitable

Model can predict when farm-based sustainable energy projects will turn a profit. 

diagram of a greenhouse with translucent solar panels on the roof.

Feb 7, 2020

Next Generation of Greenhouses May Be Fully Solar Powered

Many greenhouses could become energy neutral by using see-through solar panels to harvest energy. 

photo of anaerobic digesters

Nov 13, 2019

Turning (More) Fat and Sewage Into Natural Gas

NC State researchers have developed what is, to date, the most efficient means of converting sewage sludge and restaurant grease into methane. 

solar panels in the desert

Jun 6, 2019

Discovery Sheds Light on Synthesis, Processing of High-Performance Solar Cells

Halide perovskite solar cells hold promise as the next generation of solar cell technologies, but while researchers have developed techniques for improving their material characteristics, nobody understood why these techniques worked. New research sheds light on the science behind these engineering solutions. 

fish on ice

Feb 11, 2019

Study: Aquaculture Does Little, if Anything, to Conserve Wild Fisheries

New research finds that aquaculture, or fish farming, does not help conserve wild fisheries.