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AAU Universities: Research to Secure Our Energy Future

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The world runs on energy. AAU universities are helping ensure our nation's, and the world's, energy security with scientific discoveries, technological breakthroughs, and the education of the next generation of energy problem solvers.

Faculty and students are addressing such research challenges as finding new and sustainable energy sources, improving energy storage and distribution, achieving greater energy conservation and efficiency, and understanding social and behavioral factors affecting the way we manage and consume energy.

This is the fourth in a series on AAU university research that addresses major societal issues. The first three topics are Helping Solve the Fresh Water PuzzleHelping Safeguard the Connected World, and Researching the Brain, Seeking Cures.

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Cornell: Fuel Food from Microalgae Cornell University
A new look for nuclear power Massachusetts Institute of Technology
New perovskite solar cell design could outperform existing commercial technologies, Stanford and Oxford scientists report Stanford University
Penn Chemists Work Towards Controlling Heat Energy on a Molecular Level University of Pennsylvania
Research Aims to Turn Food Waste into Fuel, Feed and Fertilizer University of Minnesota
One Step Closer to Reality: Devices That Convert Heat into Electricity The Ohio State University
Turning Greenhouse Gas into Gasoline Massachusetts Institute of Technology
New Fabric Uses Sun and Wind to Power Devices Georgia Institute of Technology
Star Power University of California, Irvine
A More Sustainable Tomorrow Michigan State University
New Findings by Stanford Chemists Could Lead to Greener Methanol Production Stanford University
Patented Bioelectrodes Have Electrifying Taste for Waste Michigan State University
Unlocking the Biofuel Energy Stored in Plant Cell Walls: Plants May No Longer Be an Untapped Energy Source The Pennsylvania State University
Stanford Researchers Find New Way of Making Hydrogen Fuel from Water and Improve Grid-scale Batteries Stanford University
Tiny Crystals and Nanowires Could Join Forces to Split Water University at Buffalo - The State University of New York
New Concepts Emerge for Generating Clean Inexpensive Fuel from Water University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Physics Discovery Could Improve Solar Cells Stony Brook University-State University of New York
IU Scientists Create 'Nano-Reactor' for the Production of Hydrogen Biofuel Indiana University
Copper Clusters Capture and Convert Carbon Dioxide to Make Fuel University of Chicago


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A Window into Battery Life for Next-gen Lithium Cells University of Michigan
Researchers building flow battery prototype to augment grid Case Western Reserve University
A Battery Inspired by Vitamins Harvard University
Blood Molecule Key to More Efficient Batteries Yale University
Oregon Chemists Build a New, Stable Open-Shell Molecule University of Oregon
Natural Gas and Wind are the Lowest-Cost Generation Technologies for Much of the U.S., New UT Austin Research Shows University of Texas at Austin
Turning Brewery Wastewater into Battery Power University of Colorado Boulder
Soaking it In: Pitt Researchers Developing Sponge-Like Material to More Efficiently Store Natural Gas University of Pittsburgh
Better Batteries Through Chemistry University of California, Irvine
New Kind of Supercapacitor Made Without Carbon: Energy Storage Device Could Deliver More Power Than Current Versions of This Technology Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Uniform 'Hairy' Nanorods Have Potential Energy, Biomedical Applications Georgia Institute of Technology
Chemists Offer Enhanced 3D Look Inside Batteries New York University
Stanford-led Team Reveals Nanoscale Secrets of Rechargeable Batteries Stanford University
Scientists Propose Novel Carbon-Capture Electrochemical Cell Cornell University
Molten Storage and Thermophotovoltaics Offer New Solar Power Pathway Georgia Institute of Technology
UNC-Chapel Hill Researchers Crack 50-Year-Old Nuclear Waste Problem, Make Storage Safer University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


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Building Energy Neutral Processes for Chemical Manufacturing Northwestern University
Innovation Could Revive Incandescent Lighting, Bring More Efficient Solar Cells Purdue University
Stanford-Engineered Cool Fabric Stanford University
Absorbing Electromagnetic Energy While Avoiding the Heat Duke University
Self-Assembling Particles Brighten Future of Led Lighting Princeton University
A House Designed for Drought University of California, Davis
Carbon Upcycling: Turning Carbon Dioxide into CO2NCRETE University of California, Los Angeles
Carbon Molecular Sieve Membranes Cut Energy Use Georgia Institute of Technology
Getting to a Zero Carbon Future University of California, San Diego
UW Engineers Achieve Wi-Fi at 10,000 Times Lower Power University of Washington
Asphalt-based Carbon-capture Material Advances Rice University
UW Researchers Illuminate Ways to Heal Defects in Solar Cells University of Washington
IU Scientists Discover 'Supramolecule' That Could Help Reduce Nuclear, Agricultural Waste Indiana University
This 'Nanocavity' May Improve Ultrathin Solar Panels, Video Cameras and Other Optoelectronic Devices University at Buffalo - State University of New York


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The Germany-Minnesota energy connection
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Can Radioactive Waste be Immobilized in Glass for Millions of Years? Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Professor Explores How Cities Can Switch to Low-carbon Grid University of Kansas
Driverless Cars Could Increase Reliance on Roads University of Washington
IU Research Explores Why Americans Resist Changing Energy Conservation Behavior Indiana University
Solar Power Saves Everyone Money Boston University
Study: Low-Emissions Vehicles Are Less Expensive Overall Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Rutgers Engineers Use Microwaves to Produce High-Quality Graphene Rutgers
Professor Explores How Cities Can Switch to Low-carbon Grid University of Kansas
Carbon-Financed Cookstove Fails to Deliver Hoped-for Benefits in the Field University of Washington
Girl Scouts Can Help Parents Make Energy-saving Decisions at Home, Research Shows Stanford University