Posts Tagged 'Energy'

Clean Energy Competition

Have an idea for developing new energy technologies?

Want to show off UVa’s entrepreneurial talent?

As part of the Obama Administration’s effort to support the next generation of American clean energy entrepreneurs, the Department of Energy is offering $2 million to student-entrepreneurs for new clean energy solutions.  These funds will be awarded through a series of five regional competitions around the country.
Students at UVa and other universities in the Southeast are invited to compete in the ACC Clean Energy Challenge.  The winner of this challenge will receive a $100,000 prize and compete in the DOE National Clean Energy Business Plan Finals in Washington, D.C., in summer 2012.

To enter, you or your team should register at

Key Dates and Steps:

23 March 2012      Executive Summary (3 pages) and an Investor Video Pitch (3-5 minutes) due.  (During this preliminary round, students compete with other teams from their university.)

10 April   Teams notified of advancement to Southeast Regional Competition.

20 April        Full Commercialization Plans due.

24-25 April    Fifteen teams gather at the University of Maryland to make 20-minute presentations and compete for top prizes.

For complete rules, visit

If you are a UVa student and planning to submit an entry, please contact Prof. Bernie Carlson,, so that he can keep track of UVa’s participation.

Carbon, Our Energy Future, and You: A Community Workshop

The City of Charlottesville, the County of Albemarle, and the University of Virginia are hosting a Community Workshop inviting the public to learn more about ongoing initiatives related to energy opportunities and impacts, including recent efforts to identify effective energy management strategies.

Cost:                    Free

Date:                   Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Time:                   6:00-8:00 pm

Note:  Display Stations will be available for viewing in the Lobby all day on January 26th

Place:                  Albemarle County Office Building Auditorium and Lobby, 401 McIntyre Road, Charlottesville, VA

Further information:

Event details:  display posters on view in the Lobby with specialists on hand to answer questions/discuss issues; an interactive community survey with real-time responses; comment/suggestion boxes for community input.


This coming Monday, 10 May from 1-2 pm, VPR is hosting a special colloquium by Dr. Srikumar Banerjee , Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission & Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy, India in the Rotunda Dome Room.  I would appreciate your help in getting the word out to faculty, staff and students who may have interest in attending.

Dr. Banerjee will talk on the following topic:  “Accelerator Driven System (ADS) in Support of Sustainable Nuclear Power Program in India” – the abstract of his talk is posted below.

Dr. Phillip A. Parrish
Associate Vice President for Research
University of Virginia
PO Box 400301
Charlottesville, VA  22904-4301
434-243-4023 (office) / 434-825-5258 (cell)
434-924-3667 (fax)


Accelerator Driven System (ADS) in Support of Sustainable Nuclear Power Program in India

Srikumar Banerjee

Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission & Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy, India


Energy policy of populous country like India caters to sustain fast economic growth without burdening environment with deleterious effects and yet conserve resources for future generations. Nuclear energy would be essential for such goals even though other renewable energy sources could provide incremental supplements.

India is not endowed with large deposits of basic nuclear fuel uranium, but thorium as fertile fuel is abundantly available. Long-term goal of our nuclear energy policy is to harness thorium reserves which will last for a couple of centuries. This policy is manifested in the 3-stages of fuel cycle and reactor technology development program. A closed uranium fuel cycle is planned alongside heavy water reactors of first stage. The second stage would enhance fuel stockpiles with fast breeder reactors and provide seed fuel for thorium utilization in eventual third stage.

However, sustainable thorium fuel utilization with capacity growth requires use of sub-critical reactor system with external supply of non-fission neutrons to achieve high & economic fuel burn up (of thorium). Reprocessing of fuel and its recycling would be essential part of such a scheme. Recycling of uranium spent fuel would also reduce the radiotoxicity, whereas thorium utilization would not create large quantities of actinides waste. Final “ashes” of uranium fuel would be minor actinides which are transmuted safely by fission in dedicated sub-critical reactor.

An energy efficient way to supplement reactor with external non-fission neutrons is by nuclear reaction of spallation using high energy proton accelerator and its beam power intensity of several megawatts. This forms basic configuration of Accelerator Driven System (ADS). We have an integrated R&D program for ADS that is implemented with analytical and technology studies and experimental facilities in BARC and other institutes of Indian Department of Atomic Energy. Development of linear proton accelerator (linac) having low beam loss, high reliability and energy efficiency would require application of RF superconductivity and associated cryogenics. Termination scheme of intense proton beam at spallation target needs development of liquid lead and lead-bismuth technology and high temperature structural materials.

The above aspects of ADS in support of sustainable nuclear power in India are covered in the talk and status of activities initiated under R&D program on ADS is elaborated.

Green Energy Portal Launched

Green Energy Portal Launched for Quick Public Access to Renewable Energy Research

Oak Ridge, TN Green energy-related research and development (R&D) results are now more easily accessible through a new online portal, DOE Green Energy.  The free public portal was launched on the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) within the Office of Science.  The site is designed to ease access to green energy R&D information for use by researchers, scientists, educators, students and the general public.  Researchers can use the DOE Green Energy portal to speed scientific discovery and innovation; business and industry can use the R&D to stimulate economic growth related to renewable energy.  Educators, students, and the public can discover applications of renewable energy science and energy efficiency best practices.  The portal provides technical documents from thousands of R&D projects conducted at DOE National Laboratories and by DOE-funded awards at universities.

DOE Green Energy contains both current and historical research, including bibliographic citations, technical reports and patent information on different types of renewable energy resources and energy conservation.  Subject areas include but are not limited to solar, wind, bioenergy, hydroelectric, geothermal, tidal and wave power, and energy storage.

An easy-to-use search box allows users to selectively download, at no cost, DOE bibliographic citations and associated detailed full-text research reports and patents focusing on renewable energy and energy efficiency science and technology.  The website also includes a news feed provided by the DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy program.


Tim Byrne
DOE/Office of Scientific and Technical Information
P.O. Box 62
Oak Ridge,TN 37831
Phone: 865-241-2358

Carbon Footprint Calculator

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) has unveiled Green Footstep, a free online carbon calculator for reducing carbon emissions in building construction and retrofit projects. 

While many carbon calculators are available online, none address multiple building emissions over the building lifetime. “Green Footstep makes it easier for design professionals to set the design targets theyll need to achieve a carbon neutrality that includes not just operation, but also embodied carbon and others,” said Victor Olgyay, AIA, principal at RMI.  “Just as a life cycle cost analysis of a green building design shows the operating costs you are saving over time, Green Footstep shows you the saved carbon.” 

Green Footstep also shows designers how to comply with specific design goals such as LEEDs energy credits and the 2030 Challenge, the organization that has challenged designers to make all new buildings carbon neutral by 2030.  Edward Mazria , founder and executive director of Architecture 2030, says, “Rocky Mountain Institute’s Green Footstep is an extremely valuable goal-setting and evaluation tool that will help building designers assess a project’s carbon emission impacts with regard to site, construction, and operations.  Because the 2030 Challenge is integrated into the program, this tool can also help designers in their efforts to meet or exceed the 2030 Challenge targets.” 

The Green Footstep tool can be used on residential and commercial new and retrofit building construction projects, from pre-design through occupancy. The tool 

  • Assesses your design’s total carbon footprint due to site development, construction, and operation
  • Helps designers and other project stakeholders set carbon emissions goals and design targets
  • Reveals the most effective levers that you can use to meet the Architecture 2030 Challenge, earn credits in green building rating systems, and achieve other goals
  • Compliments a financial model (based on life cycle cost analysis) to provide the most comprehensive support for building design decisions.

Try out Green Footstep or learn more about its capabilities at

(Portions of this post excerpted from a November 11, 2009 ACRL Science and Technology Discussion List posting by Frederick Stoss.)

Sustainability Talk

As part of the U.Va  Engineering School’s alliance with SAIC– Science Applications International Corporation- we are hosting a speaker series featuring SAIC leaders discussing the needs and constraints of the energy field.   

Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the fourth lecture in the SAIC Sustainable Energy Future Speaker Series – Friday, Nov. 6  at 3 p.m. in the Mechanical Engineering building, room 205. 

A Renewable Energy Future: Facts, Fiction and Potential by Joe Cohen

Many different predictions and projections of the future use of renewable energy have been developed since the 1970s, spurred by various geopolitical conditions and environmental concerns.  Meanwhile, renewable energy technologies matured to different degrees over that period, and market modeling capabilities have improved as well.  As momentum has recently increased toward building a greener and more secure energy future, a new generation of analyses has been conducted to look at the future potential for different renewable energy technologies and scenarios of energy supply and end use. 

The final energy lecture in this series will be held Dec. 4 in Rm. 50 at the Darden School of Business. For more information, call 924-3310.

This event is FREE and open to the public.  Refreshments will be provided.

Real Time Energy Monitoring at UVa

This from the October 29 UVatoday Daily Report:

Monitor Tracks Utility Consumption at U.Va. in Real Time
Sustainability officials at the University of Virginia believe that supplying people with information can change their habits. Their latest tool is a “building dashboard,” a kiosk that publicly displays utility consumption numbers in Newcomb Hall in real time.  (Click above link for complete article)

Or visit the Newcomb Hall Real-Time Energy Monitor directly at this address.

Energy Citations Database

Energy Citations Database

The Energy Citations Database (ECD) provides free access to over 2.6 million science research citations with continued growth through regular updates.  There are over 221,000 electronic documents, primarily from 1943 forward, available via the database.  Citations and documents are made publicly available by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). 

ECD includes scientific and technical research results in disciplines of interest to DOE such as chemistry, physics, materials, environmental science, geology, engineering, mathematics, climatology, oceanography, and computer science.  It includes bibliographic citations to report literature, conference papers, journal articles, books, dissertations, and patents.

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STS Colloquium Series

Department of Science, Technology and Society
Fall 2009 Colloquium Series

Speaker:   Arne Kaijser, Professor of Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm
Title:   Technology and the Making of Contemporary Europe: Learning from the Tensions of Europe Project 
Date:   Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Time:   3:30 – 5:00 PM
Location:   Rodman Room (A207), Thornton Hall

Arne Kaijser will describe the Tensions of Europe project, a collaborative undertaking that explores ways to study transnational European history with a focus on the role of technology as a force of change.  Kaisjer will also tell us about his current research on the development of a European gas grid and the export of Soviet gas to Western Europe during the Cold War.

Brief Bio:
Arne Kaijser is a professor of History of Technology at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, and the current president of the Society for the History of Technology.  Kaijser has written extensively about the history of large technological systems, with specific projects on energy and information technology.   He is also a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Urban Technology and Centaurus.

Database of the Week: Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management

This multidisciplinary database provides comprehensive coverage of the environmental sciences, including energy resources, environmental engineering, industrial hygiene, water resource issues and waste management.  Abstracts and citations are drawn from over 6,000 serials including scientific journals, conference proceedings, reports, monographs, books and government publications from 1967 to the present.

Deep Indexing

ProQuest Deep Indexing: Environmental Sciences supplements the Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management Database and related files with access to deep indexing for tables, figures, graphs, charts and other illustrations from the scholarly research and technical literature for selected records.  Records from the database appear with searches of the Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management Database and related databases to provide an additional path for discovery.

For additional information, please see the ProQuest Deep Indexing: Environmental Sciences factsheet.  You can learn more about this database from its Factsheet or begin searching the database at CSA Illumina.

The Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management Database is one of many information resources brought to you by the Brown Science and Engineering Library!  Ask for a demonstration of this database or about other resources that can help you work faster, smarter and better!

(Use of this database from this address restricted to University of Virginia users only.  Please contact a librarian for assistance, if you are having trouble connecting.)

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