Penn State Energy and Environment News

Form fit: Device wraps around hot surfaces, turns wasted heat to electricity

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Penn State scientists have created flexible thermoelectric devices that can wrap around pipes and other hot surfaces, converting wasted heat into electricity more efficiently than previously possible. 

Libraries launches ROAM, an expanded open educational resources repository

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Penn State University Libraries’ Open Publishing unit recently launched ROAM (short for “Repository of Open and Affordable Materials”), a newly expanded online publication service for openly licensed educational materials authored by Penn State faculty from all disciplines and campuses.

‘Machine Learning for Weather Prediction’: A free public lecture on Jan. 22

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Jia Li, professor of statistics and computer science, will present a free public lecture titled “Bioinformatics and Machine Learning for Bioinformatics and Weather Prediction on Jan. 22 via Zoom, part of the 2022 Ashtekar Frontiers of Science Lectures in the Eberly College of Science.

Libraries expands agreement, supports open access monographs

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Penn State University Libraries has expanded its agreement with the Public Library of Science (PLOS), a nonprofit publisher of peer-reviewed open access research journals. The Libraries has also expanded its support for open access monograph publishing by university presses.

2022 Materials Spotlight series kicks off Jan. 27 with “The Future of Plastics”

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Presented by the Penn State Materials Research Institute, the Materials Spotlight Series connects industry and Penn State faculty and students for a series of presentations designed to create connections and spark discussions. The first edition of the 2022 Materials Spotlight Series, “The Future of Plastics,” will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 27 on the virtual platform Gather.Town.  

International journal cover features engineering science and mechanics professor’s work

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Huanyu “Larry” Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Penn State, and his research team recently published a review paper that was featured on the cover of a special issue of the International Journal of Extreme Manufacturing

EarthTalks: Erica Smithwick to discuss changing climate narrative, conference

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Erica Smithwick, distinguished professor of geography, will discuss key takeaways from the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference and the need to change the climate narrative, during a talk on Jan. 24.

Latest NSF rankings show breadth and depth of Penn State research

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Penn State’s research enterprise ranks 22nd in the country in total research expenditures, according to the latest National Science Foundation rankings of Higher Education Research and Development research expenditures, released in January 2022.   

Opportunity: Call for Penn State Drawdown Scholar REU Applications

The 2022 Penn State Drawdown Scholars Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program is currently accepting applications from outstanding students to conduct research on Drawdown solutions to reverse global warming.

Nanoscale window coating could help reduce energy costs

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Replacing single-pane windows with more energy-efficient double-pane windows can be costly — so a team of Penn State researchers examined the energy-saving properties of a single-pane window coating that would make replacement unnecessary.

Integrated modeling of climate impacts on electricity demand and cost

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A team of researchers led by Penn State has developed a coupled water–power–economy model to capture how the impacts of climate-related water stress and temperature changes can cascade through energy systems.

Penn State awarded $3.4 million contract to target plastic waste

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Penn State has been awarded a $3.4 million contract from the REMADE Institute to fund research targeting the inefficient methods currently used to process and upcycle mixed plastic waste.