‘Forget the Fireplace’ – Engineers’ Tips For an Energy Efficient, Warm Winter
January 9, 2014
As you’re bundling up this winter, reaching for the thermostat and waiting anxiously for spring, here are a few tips from a pair of Drexel building engineers on how to stay warm AND energy efficient this winter.
Not Just the Koch Brothers: New Drexel Study Reveals Funders Behind the Climate Change Denial Effort
December 20, 2013
A new study conducted by Drexel University environmental sociologist Robert J. Brulle, PhD, exposes the organizational underpinnings and funding behind the powerful climate change countermovement. (Link to Original Study included)
Penn and Drexel Team Demonstrates New Paradigm for Solar Cell Construction
November 11, 2013
Now, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University have experimentally demonstrated a new paradigm for solar cell construction which may ultimately make them less expensive, easier to manufacture and more efficient at harvesting energy from the sun.
Shale Conference Kicks Off with Focus on Philly as 'Economic Engine'
September 26, 2013
The President of Drexel University John Fry kicked off the two-day conference, telling the natural gas industry its success in Pennsylvania depends on its partnership with Philadelphia.
Drexel Researchers Uncover New Energy Storage Capabilities Between the Layers of Two-Dimensional Materials
September 26, 2013
Drexel University researchers are continuing to expand the capabilities and functionalities of a family of two-dimensional materials they discovered that are as thin as a single atom, but have the potential to store massive amounts of energy. Their latest achievement has pushed the materials storage capacities to new levels while also allowing for their use in flexible devices.
Drexel Smart House Team Advises on Sustainability for TEDxDrexelU Event
September 24, 2013
Students from Drexel University’s Drexel Smart House (DSH) team have been invited to serve as green consultants on the TEDxDrexelU event on Saturday, Oct. 5, in order to lessen the event’s environmental footprint.
Drexel Professor Receives Funding to Develop Process for Improving Lithium Battery Performance
August 26, 2013
Christopher Li, Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for "Tuning Ion Conducting Pathways Using Holographic Polymerization." Lithium-ion batteries are the systems of choice for portable electronic devices because they offer high-energy density, flexible and lightweight design, and long lifespan.
Drexel Students’ Concept for Harnessing Energy from Wind Tunnels Takes Them to Paris Design Competition
July 24, 2013
If you live in Philadelphia, you have no doubt experienced the winds that whip through the buildings. While most of us find these wind tunnels annoying, two Drexel students found them inspiring. Alexa Forney, a junior product design major in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, and Greg Yeutter, a junior majoring in electrical engineering in the College of Engineering with a minor in product design, recently developed a concept for harnessing this untapped energy source by installing wind power solutions in urban settings.
Drexel-Cooper Union Partnership to Monitor Second Largest Green Roof in U.S. – NYC’s Javits Convention Center
May 16, 2013
In what is estimated to be one of the largest green retrofitting projects in U.S. history, a makeover of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center is underway in New York City. The cost of the transformation is on the order of $463 million. While the effects that the green technology will have on the massive convention center and its surrounding environment are not yet known, they will, however, be closely monitored by a team of engineers from Drexel University and The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.
Harvesting the Future of Energy: Drexel Engineer Joins the Quest For U.S. Energy Independence
April 25, 2013
Could fields of perennial switchgrass and willow be the key to America’s energy independence? The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to know and Drexel University’s Dr. Sabrina Spatari, an assistant professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering in the College of Engineering, is trying to provide some answers in a complicated series of hypotheticals that could determine the nation’s path toward finding a substitute for oil.
Drexel Researchers Develop Materials to Improve Battery Technology
April 16, 2013
Researchers at Drexel University recently reported on the discovery of a new family of two-dimensional materials called “MXenes.” The materials’ structures are similar to graphene, with which they share many properties, including good electrical conductivity and potential applications in energy storage. Now, in a new paper in Nature Communications, Drexel researchers have demonstrated several new possible avenues for practical applications of MXenes.
At LeBow, A New Focus on Sustainability
March 13, 2013
LeBow College of Business is preparing its students to excel in the eco-conscious business world, with new courses focused on sustainability.
Solar panels, like those commonly perched atop house roofs or in sun-drenched fields, quietly harvesting the sun’s radiant energy, are one of the standard-bearers of the green energy movement. But could they be better—more efficient, durable and affordable? That’s what engineers from Drexel and the University of Pennsylvania are trying to find out, with the aid of a little nanotechnology and a lot of mathematical modeling.
Drexel Experts Available to Comment on Marcellus Shale Drilling
February 20, 2012
Drexel University experts with a variety of expertise are available to help media report on stories regarding Marcellus Shale drilling.