Energy

a researcher with a handheld welding tool working on battery components

Research at the Columbia Electrochemical Energy Center includes optimizing battery-pack performance. Photo by John Abbott

As director of Columbia’s newest research arm, the Columbia Electrochemical Energy Center, Alan West leads a team developing batteries that can store solar and wind-powered energy.

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On May 8, President Donald J. Trump announced that the U.S. would be pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal. Richard Nephew, a senior research scholar at Columbia’s Center on Global Energy Policy, discusses the potential consequences.
Dusk in the desert behind a solar panel

Solar panels for smallholder farming irrigation pumps in Senegal, which are part of the “Acacia Irrigation” system developed by the Quadracci Sustainable Engineering Lab at Columbia University’s School of Engineering.

Columbia World Projects issued its first report on the results of its inaugural forum convened to identify ways in which academia and practitioners might partner to address significant challenges facing humanity.

Energy harvested from evaporation can cut by half the amount of water lost to natural evaporation, researchers say.  Water-strapped cities with growing populations and energy needs could benefit most, including greater Phoenix, served by the above reservoir and irrigation system fed by the Colorado River. (Central Arizona Project)

In the first evaluation of evaporation as a renewable energy source, researchers at Columbia University find that U.S. lakes and reservoirs could generate 325 gigawatts of power, nearly 70 percent of what the United States currently produces.
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A new class of solar cells. Graphic by Nicoletta Barolini.

In a discovery that could have profound implications for future energy policy, Columbia scientists have demonstrated it is possible to manufacture solar cells that are far more efficient than existing silicon energy cells by using a new kind of material, a development that could help reduc

Columbia Great Grad 2016 Bianca Howard

Photo by Roger Wong

Bianca Howard led a pioneering study on energy consumption in New York City that resulted in a popular interactive map aimed at giving urban planners, policy makers and engineers the information they need to find sustainable solutions for the city.
Jason Bordoff. Photo by Eileen Barroso.

Jason Bordoff, a former member of the White House staff and a top energy policy expert, started learning about the industry at an early age.

By Lauren Ghelardini and Hayley Martinez

Michael Levi of the Council on Foreign Relations, Gavin Schmidt of Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Mike Hulme of University of East Anglia at the Hertog Global Strategy Initiative.

As the average local temperature continues to rise, climate change is a major topic on campus this summer. It is the focus of the Hertog Global Strategy Initiative, an annual interdisciplinary program that uses historical analysis to examine problems in world politics.

David Sandalow (above left), an assistant secretary in the Department of Energy, will study a range of issues including U.S.-China energy relations, advanced vehicle technology policy, and clean energy finance.

As part of its commitment to pursuing research on the rapidly changing energy landscape and offering real-world solutions to our most pressing energy challenges, the new Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) announc

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