Google, Princeton, GE, and Clearpath Form Coalition to Advance Clean Energy Tech

Published on: 08 June 2022
by KnowESG

Princeton University, with founding members Google, GE, and ClearPath, is leading a new alliance that will use academic research to help speed up renewable energy technology, such as long-term energy storage and carbon capture.

The group was founded by Princeton University's ZERO lab to assist businesses and organisations in implementing low-carbon innovations to make their operations more sustainable while making energy technologies more viable. The initiative funds two areas of research: creating decision-making aids and assessing technology for economic, environmental, and other implications.

Princeton assistant professor of mechanical and aeronautical engineering Jesse Jenkins and the ZERO Lab devised and implemented the initiative, which is coordinated with the corporate programme Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership. Zero carbon, energy systems, research, and optimisation are abbreviated as ZERO.

One of the coalition's goals is to pool funds and increase the amount of research that can be done in areas where ZERO Lab researchers are working. Long-term energy storage, adaptable geothermal energy systems, carbon capture and sequestration, and commercial fusion power plants are among these technologies.

The coalition's founding members were chosen based on their multiple clean energy triumphs.

For example, Google has committed to matching energy demand from its data centres and offices with local carbon-free power on an hourly basis, also known as 24-7 carbon-free electricity procurement.

Jenkins has previously worked with the corporation on carbon-free electricity procurement 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and the United Nations has a compact on the subject, stating that it is a critical component of attaining net-zero emissions globally by 2050.

Google is a member of the Long Duration Energy Storage Council. Its parent company, Alphabet, is part of a group that has pledged $925 million to carbon capture efforts, including Facebook's Meta and Shopify. The internet giant has put $3.5 billion towards renewable energy projects throughout the world.

GE also boasts a diverse portfolio of energy technologies, including wind and gas turbines and advanced nuclear power. One-third of the world's electricity is generated by the firm, which is also exploring innovative technologies like hydrogen-fueled gas turbines, carbon capture platforms, and offshore wind superconducting platforms.

With GE's assistance, the 998-megawatt Traverse Wind Energy Centre in Oklahoma is the largest wind farm built in a single phase in North America. In addition, the company is collaborating with General Motors to find rare materials for renewable energy equipment.

ClearPath is a non-profit that creates and campaigns for clean energy policies, with an emphasis on energy and industrial advancements.

The organisations will be able to collaborate with faculty members on themes such as optimising power architecture in data centres and protecting the power grid as part of the Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership.

The group wants to bring together other key players involved in the renewable energy transition. It also hopes that its framework and flexible funding will enable academics to tackle pressing energy issues as they arise, rather than waiting for funding cycles or grants.

Source: Environmental Leader

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