News and Announcements

In 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released the Revolution Now report, highlighting four transformational technologies: land-based wind power, silicon photovoltaic (PV) solar modules, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), and electric vehicles (EVs). That study and its 2014 update showed how dramatic reductions in cost are driving a surge in consumer, industrial, and commercial adoption for these clean energy technologies—as well as yearly progress.

In addition to presenting the continued progress made over the last year in these areas, this year’s update goes further. Two separate sections now cover large, central, utility-scale PV plants and smaller, rooftop, distributed PV systems to highlight how both have achieved significant deployment nationwide, and have done so through different innovations, such as easier access to capital for utility-scale PV and reductions of non-hardware costs and third-party ownership for distributed PV.

Along with these core technologies, this update briefly introduces three additional technologies on the cusp of wider deployment and cost reduction in the coming years: smart building systems, fuel-efficient freight trucks, and vehicle lightweighting.

Call for Presentations and Posters by Dec. 15, 2015.

  • April 27-28, 2016 event
  • Location held at  Rutgers EcoComplex
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  • For more information contact: Dr. Serpil Guran, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: 609-499-3600 ext. 4225

Undergraduate student Ajay Kashi has won first prize in the student poster competition at the 2015 AICHe National Meeting in Salt Lake City. Ajay Kashi is a Chemistry and Chemical Biology major conducting research in the Dismukes Laboratory under the mentorship of Dr. Anders Laursen. Ajay attended the meeting to present his research conducted this past summer supported by a Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) Summer Internship on “Scalable Synthesis of Nanoscale Ni5P4 As a Novel HER Catalyst: Investigating the Correlation Between Particle Size and Electrochemical Activity”.

2015 Anders Laursen and Ajay Kashi

Ajay said "My internship with the Rutgers Energy Institute not only gave me a taste of what it feels like to do truly independent research at the graduate level; it also reaffirmed my longstanding desire to pursue a path toward further education in the field of alternative energies and renewable fuels." 

Dr. Laursen proudly stated that "Ajay's work relates in a very direct way to the energy problem currently facing our society. Renewable electrolysis of water is a potential corner stone for the sustainable society and realizing this technology will require the very best young minds. His work focused on how to scale up the production up one of the  most promising catalyst, which will help guide our future research toward achieving renewable energy storage in the near term."

Six undergraduate interns, ranging from across the many fields of energy expertise at Rutgers, researched and explored their topics for 12 weeks this summer on our Rutgers Campuses. At the close of the program, each intern made a presentation and wrote a short research paper, for a day of interdisciplinary learning.

2015 REI Summer internship recipients were: Giuseppe Bongiovi (Physics major), Katelyn Dagnall (Chemical Engineering major), Kevin Feigelis (Physics major), Ajay Kashi (Chemistry & Chemical Biology major), Hardik Patel (Mechanical Engineering major), and Kaila Roffman (Material Science and Engineering major).

Research titles and Faculty mentors:

  • Giuseppe Bongiovi and Kevin Feigelis’s project was with Dr. Sunil Somalwar, titled “Design and Construction of a Prototype Residential Solar Dehumidification”.
  • Katelyn Dagnall’s project was with Dr. Fuat Celik, titled “Photocatalytic Biomass Reforming over Modified TiO2
  • Ajay Kashi’s project was with Dr. Charles Dismukes, titled “Scalable Synthesis of Nanoscale Ni5P4 as a Novel HER Catalyst: Investigating the Correlation between Particle Size and Electrochemical Activity”
  • Hardik Patel’s project was with Dr. Stephen Tse titled, “Flame Synthesis of Graphene”.
  • Kaila Roffman’s project was with Dr. Dunbar Birnie and Frank Felder titled, “Modeling Solar Energy and Local Marginal Pricing for comprehension of Battery Implementation into a Solar Array”.

Over the programs five years, students work has been published in prominent journals.

More information about the REI Summer Internship program can be found at the REI website

The National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) has awarded the NBIA Soft Landings International Incubator designation to the Rutgers EcoComplex Clean Energy Innovation Center, a business incubator located in Bordentown, New Jersey. The Rutgers EcoComplex becomes the third active Soft Landings incubator in New Jersey; the Rutgers Food Innovation Center, which focuses on the food and agribusiness sector, and the Enterprise Development Center at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) also have the designation. Through its Soft Landings program, NBIA recognizes business incubation programs across the world that offer specialty services to help foreign companies enter into their domestic market. The Rutgers EcoComplex was selected for the program because of its slate of business services for nondomestic firms and its demonstrated success at helping these firms enter the U.S. market.  The EcoComplex has successfully worked with international companies in areas of environmental and alternative energy innovation.

A recent Rutgers University assessment on bioenergy potential in New Jersey found that the state producers over 7 million dry tons of biomass annually, over 4 million of which could be recovered and used to generate power, heat or vehicle fuel.

Dr. Serpil Guran, Director of Rutgers EcoComplex and REI member, speaks on sustainable biomass and use of waste on WMBC-TV.

Rutgers Energy Insitute (REI) Director Paul Falkowski gave a presentation recently at the Positive Economy Forum in Le Havre, France titled "Climate Change:  Change our Lifestyles or Change the Planet?"

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The Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Science is pleased to announce that the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2015 Solicitation 2.  Applications are due 5:00pm ET on Tuesday December 15, 2015. 

*Update for the 2015 Solicitation 2: The SCGSR program is now open to graduate students with Permanent Resident status, in addition to U.S. Citizens, who meet all other eligibility requirements. Detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements and access to the online application system, can be found at:   

Applications are now being accepted for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Challenge Program, an innovative new program designed to give undergraduates an early start on the scientific process and solving real world science problems. The program is a 10-week summer internship that awards winning candidates a competitive weekly stipend, furnished housing, and travel assistance to and from ORNL. Participants will be able to conduct hands-on research under the direction of a scientist or engineer at ORNL.

Eligible applicants must be an undergraduate junior or senior in good standing at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university. Participants are selected based on their ability to derive a solution to a research Challenge Question. The two challenges are “Simulation and Design of Artificial Model Magnets Challenge” and “The ORNL Distributed Energy Research Challenge.”

For an in-depth technical description of each Challenge project, and to learn how to apply, visit the ORNL Challenge Program website at The application window closes at 11:59 p.m. on January 15, 2016. For any questions about this program, please contact Nicie Murphy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (865) 241-6958.

Climate Change Risk Analysis

Professors Bob Kopp and Enrique Curchitser will be teaching a 3-credit course titled “Climate Change Risk Analysis” during the Spring 2016 semester. This course will cover the science, economics and public policy of climate change risks. It will be held on Thursdays from 1:10pm-4:10pm in Civic Square Building 168, Rutgers Downtown New Brunswick campus. Natural/social science and engineering students may register for 16:460:571:01 (SAS) or 16:107:571:01 (SEBS). Policy and planning students should register for Seminar in Urban Planning under 34:970:663:01.

  • Contact Professor Kopp at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) Associate Director, Bob Kopp, speaks at NY Times Food for Tomorrow conference, October 20-21, 2015.

New for this Spring 2016: Climate Change, Public Health and Policy

Undergraduate Course Outline for 10:775:202

Instructor:      Frank A. Felder

                        Civics Square Building, Room 249

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 Date/Times/Location:            Spring, 2016, Tuesday and Thursdays, 2:40-4:10, College Ave. (Building: TBD)

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a four-year, $12 million grant to establish a new research center led by a Rutgers professor to accelerate the development of materials that improve energy efficiency and boost energy production.

Grant aims to accelerate development of new technologies, such as better materials for conversion of heat to electricity, more efficient batteries.

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for Rutgers New Brunswick Undergraduate Students
Sponsored by The Rutgers Energy Institute

The Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) is hosting its annual energy competition intended to engage students in devising creative and innovative solutions in reducing energy at Rutgers.  "Energy Innovation" is the challenge for this 2017 competition.  

The Goal: 
One goal of the Rutgers Energy Institute is to work with students, faculty and staff across the campus complex to reduce our carbon-footprint and make significant strides towards a carbon neutral university.

The Challenge:
To develop an implementable plan reducing student energy consumption on campus as well as promoting awareness about smarter eco-friendly practices across campus.  Students must demonstrate how energy can be conserved by creating innovative solutions to common energy expenditures.

Enrolled undergraduate students in any program on the New Brunswick-Piscataway campus are eligible. Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are not eligible. Register for the competition by sending an email indicating intent to submit an entry to Beatrice Birrer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than February 24, 2017.

Submission Date:
Proposals should be submitted on or before March 25, 2017 via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Three awards ($2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second place, and $1,000 for third place) will be awarded to undergraduate students or teams who have submitted energy reduction plans selected to be the most innovative, practical, and low-cost solutions by a panel composed of faculty chosen by the REI Advisory Board.  

Useful Rutgers Links:

DOE report examines the current and potential future impacts of climate change and extreme weather on the U.S. energy sector at the regional level.

On August 3, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency released the final Clean Power Plan (CPP), a regulatory action under the Clean Air Act (CAA) that establishes guidelines for states to limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing power-generation units. The plan differs in a number of important ways from a draft version released in June 2014.

Rutgers The Daily Targum covered REI Energy Policy Seminar talk by Colin McCormick on "Integrating Variable Renewables into the Grid: Technical and Policy Challenges” 

2015 Quadrennial Technology Review (QTR)

The 2015 Quadrennial Technology Review (QTR) examines the status of the science and technology that are the foundation of our energy system, together with the research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) opportunities to advance them. It focuses primarily on technologies with commercialization potential in the midterm and beyond. It frames various trade-offs that all energy technologies must balance across such dimensions as cost, security and reliability of supply, diversity, environmental impacts, land use, and materials use. Additionally, it provides data and analysis on RDD&D pathways to assist decision makers as they set priorities, within budget constraints, to develop more secure, affordable, and sustainable energy services.

QTR 2015 complements the work of the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), which focuses on energy infrastructure and government-wide energy policy. Insights gained from these analyses provide important information for stakeholders and decision-makers in government, industry, academia, and civil society who together form our national energy enterprise.

Download the full report

In a new book titled "A Roadmap to Green Supply Chains, Using Supply Chain Archeology and Big Data Analytics," Prof. Kevin Lyons, Assoicate Director Rutgers Energy Institute,  provides professionals in businesses, governments and institutions with a guide for "greening” their supply chains without jeopardizing their ability to compete.

Lyons draws heavily on his own experience as chief procurement officer at Rutgers University and his work in supply chain archaeology for insights and strategies on how to maintain efficient supply chains and protect the environment. Read more

Professor Kevin Lyons, Associate Director Rutgers Energy Institute,  received a prestigious New Jersey state governor’s Jefferson Award in the category of PSEG environmental stewardship for his work in sustainable purchasing.

Lyons, who teaches supply chain management at Rutgers Business School and previously worked as Rutgers University’s chief procurement officer, accepted the award during a ceremony on June 8 at the Newark Museum. He was among 22 individuals presented with a Jefferson Award. Read more

Notice of Intent to Issue Photovoltaic Research and Development Funding Opportunity Announcement

Funding Number: DE-FOA-0001387 Funding Amount: $18,000,000

SunShot intends to release a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) that will advance photovoltaic (PV) technology towards or beyond the 2020 SunShot goals. Successful applicants will demonstrate a convincing ability to improve the limits of power conversion efficiency, fielded energy output, service lifetime, or manufacturability for commercial and emerging PV technologies. 

This funding opportunity will have three topic areas with different funding levels based on the size, scope, and length of the project. Across these three topic areas, projects are expected to be funded with maximum award levels ranging from $100,000 to $450,000 per year. The total federal funding will be approximately $18 million.

Download the full notice of intent HERE, which includes more information about each of the three topic areas. Stay tuned for the full FOA soon.

Posted 8/27/2015

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