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FALL 2016
News & Updates
 

 
Breakthrough Energy Ventures Fund Announced
DIRECT: Graduate Education in Clean Energy Gets ‘Big Data’ Overhaul
Student Training & Exploration Grants Announced
CEI Grad Fellow Brings Home the Gold
Research & Discovery

Electrifying the Transportation Sector
The journal ACS Catalysis recently published Washington Research Foundation Innovation  Fellow in Clean Energy, Nirala Singh’s and Chemistry Professor Charles Campbell’s research on electrochemical hydrogenation of phenol. This reaction serves as a model for the conversion of waste biomass (such as lignin) into transportation fuels using renewable electricity. ACS CATALYSIS Article

"Optimal Participation of an Electric Vehicle Aggregator in Day-Ahead Energy and Reserve Markets"
IEEE Transactions on Power Systems published this paper from Professor Ortega-Vazquez and CEI Graduate Fellows Mushfiqur R. Sarker and Yury Dvorkin. In it, they propose a bidding strategy for aggregators (wholesale buyers or brokers of a utility service) to maximize their profits from participating in competitive energy and different regulating reserves markets, while compensating electric vehicle owners for degradation. IEEE TRANSACTIONS Article
K-12 Outreach
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CEI & Campus Allies Encourage Young Women to Pursue Photonics
In October, CEI, Women in Chemical Engineering, the Society of Women Engineers, Women in Chemical Sciences, and Husky Gamers hosted a Photonics Fair at UW for young women in grades K-12. Over 50 girls (including a few Girl Scout troops) participated in our demos meant to excite them about exploring STEM topics. More
Government Relations

DOE & WA Sign MOU on Grid Modernization at CEI
On October 18, 2016, CEI hosted a DOE and regional delegation for the signing of an MOU on grid modernization.  CEI Director Dan Schwartz and Electrical Engineering Professor Daniel Kirschen participated in the conversation about our transactive campus project with WSU and PNNL, and grid cybersecurity. More

DOE Report on Regional Opportunities for Clean Energy Tech Innovation
The DOE recently released a new report entitled, “Exploring Regional Opportunities in the U.S. for Clean Energy Technology Innovation.” Volume I summarizes the results of 14 university-hosted regional forums that DOE participated in on regional clean energy innovation. On August 15, CEI hosted one of these forums, the Northwest Regional Clean Energy Innovation Partnership (RCEIP) Workshop, at the UW with U.S. Secretary of Energy J. Moniz, Governor Jay Inslee, Senator Maria Cantwell, Representative Kilmer as well as representatives from  local cleantech companies, national labs, and regional organizations. The Northwest Regional Clean Energy Innovation Partnership Workshop Report is available here.
 
Upcoming Events & Speaking Engagements

DECEMBER 13 - 15, 2016
Renewable Energy World International Conference

Mike Pomfret, Managing Director of the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds, will present CEI’s testbed model to this gathering of cleantech researchers and business leaders.
 
JANUARY 5, 2017
Clean Energy Institute Interdisciplinary Seminar Series 
4 – 5 p.m. at the University of Washington, Johnson Hall 102

Jianhui Wang, Section Manager for Advanced Power Grid Modeling at Argonne National Laboratory, presents "Grid Modernization: Challenges, Opportunities, and Solutions"

JANUARY 12, 2017
QAFCO - Texas A&M at Qatar Conference

CEI Director Dan Schwartz will give a talk on "Probing the nonlinear dynamics of a battery to gain new diagnostic insights."
Staff Update

CEI has added a number of new team members in the past months. Please join us in welcoming them!

Kathryn Corp, Education Fellow
Suzanne Offen, Senior Communications Manager
Felippe Pavinatto, Staff Scientist, Washington Clean Energy Testbeds
Michael Pomfret, Managing Director, Washington Clean Energy Testbeds
Gabriella Tosado, Education Fellow  
Kelly Thornton, DIRECT Program Manager
Our Mission
The Clean Energy Institute is accelerating the adoption of a scalable clean energy future by advancing next-generation solar energy and battery materials and devices, as well as their integration with systems and the grid.