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New Wind Tower Structure overcomes Energy Efficiency Challenges

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. 

Teachers collaborate with ND Energy faculty to improve energy curriculum in local high schools

June 14, 2016 • Categories: ND Energy

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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

Notre Dame holds ribbon cutting for new Turbomachinery Laboratory

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.

Cooling down Chicago: How green and cool roofs could impact urban climate

June 02, 2016

Postdoctoral researcher Ashish Sharma stands on a green roof

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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.