energy http://wfae.org en UNC Charlotte Will Update Engineering Courses With DOE Funding http://wfae.org/post/unc-charlotte-will-update-engineering-courses-doe-funding <p>UNC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Charlotte is getting money from the U.S. Department of Energy to update its engineering program in an effort to help modernize the power grid.</span></p><p>The five-year project is in collaboration with three other universities.</p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:56:20 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 47451 at http://wfae.org UNC Charlotte Will Update Engineering Courses With DOE Funding Duke Energy's Store Sells Sort-Of-Free Lightbulbs http://wfae.org/post/duke-energys-store-sells-sort-free-lightbulbs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Duke Energy is offering free </span>lightbulbs<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> when you order them online. Well, almost free. You can order </span>lightbulbs<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for up to 92 percent off the retail price. The&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">company's efforts to promote energy efficiency helps their bottom line.</span></p><p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 22:17:15 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 39634 at http://wfae.org Duke Energy's Store Sells Sort-Of-Free Lightbulbs UNC Charlotte Places 13th At Solar Decathlon http://wfae.org/post/unc-charlotte-places-13th-solar-decathlon <p>UNC Charlotte&#39;s solar house, <a href="http://urbaneden.uncc.edu/" target="_blank">UrbanEden</a>, placed <a href="http://www.solardecathlon.gov/scores.html" target="_blank">13 out of 19th</a>&nbsp;in the 2013 Solar Decathlon in Irvine, Calif., that ended this past weekend, but the team went home with the People&#39;s Choice Award.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Team Austria won first place in the competition, the University of Nevada Las Vegas won second and the Czech Republic won third.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 20:30:55 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 37243 at http://wfae.org UNC Charlotte Places 13th At Solar Decathlon UNC Charlotte Students Make Progress On Solar House http://wfae.org/post/unc-charlotte-students-make-progress-solar-house <p>UNC Charlotte's Solar Decathlon Team says it's about half-way through completing the construction of its solar house. They were recently nominated from teams all over the world to compete in a U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 18:42:05 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 30182 at http://wfae.org UNC Charlotte Students Make Progress On Solar House IKEA-Charlotte Now Operates (Partly) On Sunshine http://wfae.org/post/ikea-charlotte-now-operates-partly-sunshine <p>Furniture giant IKEA has just installed 4,228 solar panels on the roof of its store in Charlotte. The panels are expected to generate up to half of the store's electricity.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 13:21:32 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 28761 at http://wfae.org IKEA-Charlotte Now Operates (Partly) On Sunshine Optimal Energy Investments http://wfae.org/post/optimal-energy-investments <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The world’s thirst for more energy has led us down the path to climate change. Some politicians have said that alternatives to fossil fuels may help us reverse that, but the problem is that alternative forms of energy aren't ready on the scale we need. And recently scientists at </span>UNC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Charlotte came to an even more alarming conclusion, that the problem is unsolvable. Two of the people working on that project talk about their troubling conclusion, when Charlotte Talks.</span></p><p> Wed, 08 May 2013 04:00:00 +0000 26773 at http://wfae.org Optimal Energy Investments Mini Nuclear Reactors http://wfae.org/post/mini-nuclear-reactors <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nuclear power continues to be a hot topic when it comes to America's energy future but a new invention could change the entire landscape for nuclear power, or so they the supports of the SMR or Small Modular Reactor. These mini power plants could soon be installed all over the country fueling skyscrapers, neighborhoods and manufacturing plants. Supporters say they are safe, scalable and can be built quickly but those who watch the nuclear industry says that much more research needs to be done before small reactors dot our cities and states. A company on the forefront of this new technology is right in our backyard and we'll hear from them and others on this new plan to power America when Charlotte Talks.</span></p><p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 04:00:00 +0000 23170 at http://wfae.org Mini Nuclear Reactors Lots Of Unknowns On Fracking's Future In North Carolina http://wfae.org/post/lots-unknowns-frackings-future-north-carolina <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing—or </span>fracking<span style="line-height: 1.5;">—for natural gas in shale rock has radically changed the nation’s energy mix. Since the </span>fracking<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> boom began in 2008, the cost of natural gas has plummeted and supply has surged. The technique is banned in North Carolina, but a bill that passed last year and another currently making its way through the legislature would open the door.</span></p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 03:49:51 +0000 Ben Bradford 22985 at http://wfae.org Lots Of Unknowns On Fracking's Future In North Carolina Charlotte Firm Takes Lead In Smaller, Factory-Built Nuclear Reactors http://wfae.org/post/charlotte-firm-takes-lead-smaller-factory-built-nuclear-reactors <p>The U.S. government and the nuclear industry are&nbsp;betting&nbsp;on new, much smaller nuclear reactors that can be mass produced in factories, and shipped around the world.&nbsp;</p><p>"We are trying to jumpstart a new U.S. industry," says Assistant Secretary of Energy Pete Lyons.&nbsp;"That’s my goal: A U.S. industry, U.S. jobs, clean energy."</p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 05:57:42 +0000 Ben Bradford 17653 at http://wfae.org Charlotte Firm Takes Lead In Smaller, Factory-Built Nuclear Reactors