Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame

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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.


Efficiency Upgrades that Really Save

March 20, 2017

Peter Bauer
Dr. Peter Bauer

You may want a greener, more energy-efficient home because it’s good for the environment, but it’s also good for your wallet.

Energy is expensive, with the average American consumer spending nearly $2,000 per year on energy bills, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. About half of that number is spent on heating and cooling costs.…

Encouraging the Next Generation of Energy Researchers

March 20, 2017

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Hundreds of area K-12 students gathered in Notre Dame’s Stepan Center on March 4 to participate in the Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair (NIRSEF). Among those in the early morning throng were six volunteers from ND Energy’s Student Energy Board

Science fair at Notre Dame prepares young minds for future

March 20, 2017

Tony Kramer and Sam Chippas, seniors at Marian High School, combined their interests in electrical engineering and computer science to develop a robotics project for the March 4 Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair (NIREF) at Notre Dame.


Going Geothermal: University Installing Renewable Energy System Across Campus

March 02, 2017

In an effort to heed Pope Francis’ call to be better stewards of our shared Earth and to start implementing the University’s new comprehensive sustainability strategy, Notre Dame has begun planning and installing several geothermal systems across campus.

Geothermal systems are sustainable energy systems that allow the University to reduce greenhouse gas production, increase energy security and capitalize on long-term cost savings. Notre Dame’s systems are tailored specifically toward heating and cooling campus buildings by taking advantage of the Earth’s ability to store heat in its crust.…

Solved: Decades-old Mystery in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

March 01, 2017

Researchers in the Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics group of Professor Boldizsár Jankó and collaborators have solved a decades-old mystery of fluorescence intermittency – blinking – that indicates classical physics behavior in a quantum mechanical system. 

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Reilly Lecture - Frances H. Arnold: Biocatalysts for Abiological Chemistry: Bringing New Chemistry to Life

Tue Mar 28, 2017 • 12:30PM - 1:30PM

Dr. Frances Arnold Abstract: We create enzymes that catalyze reactions not known in living systems. Our approach to expanding nature’s catalytic repertoire is inspired by how nature innovate...

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Ten Years Hence Lecture

Fri Mar 31, 2017 • 10:40AM - 12:10PM

Presented by Mike O’Sullivan, Senior Vice President, Development, NextEra Energy Michael (Mike) O’Sullivan is senior vice president of development at NextEra Energy Resources, the nati...

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