Energy & Environment

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Yale researchers are leading the push for new technologies that will decrease our dependence on fossil fuels—the demand for which is expected to rise by 50% by the year 2030. Yale Chemical and Environmental Engineering faculty and researchers are finding new ways to extract energy from waste materials, designing new means of water desalination and improving solar cell efficiency using nanotechnology. At the Energy Sciences Institute at Yale’s West Campus, researchers are dedicated to finding renewable energy solutions to our pressing energy problems, working across disciplines that include chemistry, geology, engineering and physics to advance new technologies in solar energy, alternative fuels and carbon mitigation. Research projects underway include ways to sequester carbon dioxide in rocks and finding ways to capture and use the energy wasted during the generation of solar power