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Mines and NREL awarded $1.5M by U.S. Department of Energy to develop next generation solar PV technologies

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz recently announced more than $53 million for 40 innovative solar energy research and development projects, including one competitive award to Colorado School of Mines and the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), to develop low cost, extremely high efficiency solar cells. This project supports the goals of the Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative to drive down the cost of solar energy and move innovative ideas to the market more quickly.

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Research examines intrusion of toxic vapors into indoor air

We spend 90 percent of our time indoors (according to the EPA) without realizing that the air we breathe could be potentially dangerous to our long-term health. Civil and Environmental Engineering professor Tissa Illangasekare has spent the last five years researching how volatile organic compounds, which are commonly entrapped as non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPLs) or dissolved into groundwater to produce plumes, affect our indoor air concentration.

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Humanitarian engineering class explores moving African village

Eleven students are part of a humanitarian engineering course that is designing plans to relocate a village displaced by mining operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa. The course ‘Projects for People,’ taught by corporate social responsibility and Human Centered Design professor Benjamin Teschner, is geared toward students interested in the social challenges associated with the extractive industries and how engineering helps address these problems.

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