Columbia Engineering Associate Research Scientist Xiaozhou (Sean) Zhou shows visitors from the Baotou Iron and Steel (Group) a prototype processing unit in his lab designed to repurpose manufacturing waste to produce a wide range of useable materials. —Photo by Timothy Lee Photographers China currently manufactures half of the world’s iron and steel through a… read more
The ability to efficiently and economically store variable solar energy would be a major step towards meeting growing global energy demands. This can be accomplished by converting excess solar energy into chemical energy, or “solar fuels”, a concept which has the potential to compensate for solar energy intermittency and also provide a carbon neutral transportation… read more
Novel technique may lead to longer battery life in portable electronics and electrical vehicles Yuan Yang, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Columbia Engineering, has developed a new method to increase the energy density of lithium (Li-ion) batteries. He has built a trilayer structure that is stable even in ambient air, which makes… read more
Researchers working in Iceland say they have discovered a new way to trap the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) deep underground: by changing it into rock. Results published this week in Science show that injecting CO2 into volcanic rocks triggers a reaction that rapidly forms new carbonate minerals—potentially locking up the gas forever.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, February 5, 2015—The Department of Defense (DoD), through the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), supports the demonstration of technologies that address priority DoD installation energy requirements. The demonstrations are intended to generate supporting cost and performance data needed for validation of the technology. The goal is to accelerate the deployment of innovative… read more
Colin Sullivan from Climate Wire published an article on some of the outcomes, concepts and perspectives discussed at the Research Coordination Network on Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage’s workshop and annual meeting (April 14-16, 2014). “Scientists urge bigger research budgets for pulling CO2 out of the air.” Click this link to read the article.
From Monday, April 14 until Wednesday April 16 the following posters will be on display outside of Davis Auditorium in the CEPSR/Schapiro Center. On Wednesday at 12:30-1:30 there will be a poster session for presenters to talk more about their work. To expand the abstracts, click on the + next to the title. + Capturing… read more
The paper “Small Modular Infrastructure” written by LCSE’s PhD Student Eric Dahlgren and Director Klaus Lackner, along with Garrett van Ryzin and Caner Göçmen from the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University, and published in the Engineering Economist in November 2013 was recently selected for the Eugene L. Grant award. The Grant award is given… read more
Klaus Lackner’s article “Capturing Carbon Dioxide From Air,” has recently been selected to be in a book titled Carbon Capture and Storage: CO2 Management Technologies, edited by Amitava Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D., and to be published by Apple Academic Press and distributed by CRC Books, a division of Taylor and Francis. This article is from the first… read more
A new article in Elementa by Newberry Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Scientist Wallace Broecker highlights Lackner’s Air Capture research and the need to narrow its wide range of cost estimates. The full article can be found here.