The Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy) is a University Research Center whose mission is to foster and grow energy-related research toward sustainable and affordable energy solutions, to support energy-related education and outreach throughout the Notre Dame and surrounding communities, and to influence the national and global discussions of the most pressing energy policy issues and questions of our time. ND Energy plays a pivotal role in developing new and improved energy technologies and systems and focuses on developing engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, and social scientists to be leaders in their disciplines and literate in the systems of energy production and use.
June 15, 2016 • Categories: ND Energy
An innovative wind turbine tower design could reduce costs and change the energy landscape. Through a seed grant funded by ND Energy, the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame, researchers are working together to design a non-traditional structure for wind turbines that will both increase efficiencies and decrease energy costs.
June 14, 2016 • Categories: ND Energy
ND Energy welcomes local high school teachers this summer who will be working alongside several ND Energy faculty and associated researchers to improve the energy curriculum in the teachers’ classrooms. The Research Experience for Teachers (RET): Engineering a More Sustainable Energy Future…
June 08, 2016
Nearly two years ago to the day of the ribbon cutting, the University of Notre Dame announced a plan to build a $36 million turbomachinery research and testing laboratory at Ignition Park in South Bend. On that day, June 25, 2014, the University and its project partners — the City of South Bend, Great Lakes Capital, the state of Indiana and Indiana Michigan Power — unveiled a vision for the new Notre Dame Turbomachinery Laboratory (NDTL), a high-powered research laboratory to analyze and advance the technology of gas turbine engines used for jet aircraft, power generation plants and the oil and gas industry.
Tuesday (June 7), the 25,000-square-foot facility was officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring University leaders and researchers along with community, state and private sector representatives. Researchers at the NDTL will study aerodynamics, thermodynamics and structural mechanics of parts of large rotating machines, with a focus on things such as vibration, stability, flow and efficiency.
June 02, 2016
More than 50 percent of today’s population lives in cities. According to the United Nations Development Programme, that number is predicted to rise to 70 percent by 2050. Growing urbanization increases the overall temperature of a city as buildings, roads, parking lots and other infrastructure absorb heat, creating an urban heat island (UHI). A UHI causes areas like Chicago to be significantly warmer than surrounding rural areas, which threatens urban sustainability and can lead to high mortality rates and scarcity of resources as well as high electricity demands.
Sixteen students have been awarded research fellowships by ND Energy to conduct energy-related research at the University of Notre Dame during summer 2016 and the 2016-2017 academic year. Eleven undergraduate students received The Vincent P. Slatt Fellowship for Undergraduate Research in Energy Systems and Processes, nine from the University of Notre Dame and two from colleges affiliated with the Atlanta University Consortium. Five graduate students from the University of Notre Dame received The Patrick and Jana Eilers Graduate Student Fellowship for Energy Related Research. The recipients of these awards represent four Notre Dame Colleges and Schools, including Architecture, Arts & Letters, Engineering, and Science.