Winter 2020 DEC Energy Seminars

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Dartmouth's Energy System with Rosi Kerr


Dartmouth Sustainability Director Rosi Kerr talks about Dartmouth's Energy System at a recent DEC Lunch
Dartmouth Sustainability Director Rosi Kerr

Dartmouth Sustainability Director Rosi Kerr gives a presentation and answers questions about the campus energy system, developments in plannng, and the future of energy at Dartmouth. 

Read a student report on the presentation

Thursday, January 23, 2020

High-Performance Nickel-Iron (NiFE) Permanent Magnetics for Electric Motors and Turbines with Professor Ian Baker


Professor Ian Baker
Professor Ian Baker

About this talk: Demand for high-performance permanent magnets for motors is increasing rapidly for applications such as wind turbine generators and motors in electric and hybrid cars. Sm-Co and Nd-Fe-B rare earth (RE) magnets, which have the highest energy product (BH)max of any magnets, are used for such challenging applications. However, RE magnets are very expensive and RE mining has been associated with severe environmental degradation. In this project we aimed to establish a low-cost method to produce bulk L1- structured NiFe, which has magnetic properties comparable to the best RE magnets.


Thursday, January 30, 2020

Energy and Society in Northern Greenland with Professor Mary Albert


headshot of Mary Albert
Professor of Engineering at Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering

About this talk: Arctic indigenous communities have valued hunting and fishing lifestyles for thousands of years. Today, Arctic subsistence lifestyles are being threatened by their current dependence on expensive fossil fuels. With sunlight availability on the scale of months rather than hours, life on a windless frozen Arctic fjord may become sustainable through a systems approach that includes adaptation of renewable energy technologies in solutions for interlinked energy-societal-environmental challenges. Upon the invitation of citizens of Greenland, in this stakeholder-driven pilot project we partner with the citizens of Qaanaaq to identify and articulate their needs, goals, and collaborative short-term and long-term projects that could lead to a sustainable hunting/fishing lifestyle in this remote area. The co-generation of knowledge in this Irving Institute-funded study is establishing a solid partnership and has set the stage for a larger recent award from NSF for continued research.


Thursday, February 13, 2020

Hawaii Energy Landscape: Examining the Transition to 100% Renewably Sourced Energy by 2045 with Tuck Students


Tuck students in Hawaii
Tuck students in Hawaii

About this talk: The Revers Center for Energy T'20 Fellows packed their Hawaiian shirts and traveled to Honolulu and Kona, Hawaii to examine the challenges of transitioning from exporting all energy to becoming 100% renewable energy by 2045. Visits included the Hawaiian Electric Company, the Hawaii State Energy Office, the Office of Climate Change, Sustainability, and Resiliency, the Elemental Excelerator, University of Hawaii, AES Hawaii (coal plant), Covanta Honolulu H-Power Waste to Energy plant, a microgrid, the Natural Energy Laboratory, and of course Parker Ranch with Dutch Kuyper T'92 and Jonathan Mitchell T'12. Come hear from the team on their conclusions about the state's diverging economic interests, technological limitations, cultural and religious elements, and competition for limited land that complicate this clean energy transition.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Student Experiential Learning and Research World Cafe with Dartmouth Undergraduate and Graduate Students


students and laptops
Student participants at the World Cafe

Read more about this event here.

Projects and Participants

  • Dartmouth Energy Alliance: Max Holden, Joe Hall, Caroline Goggins
  • Energy Blockchain for Financing and Carbon Offsetting: Junyang Ke
  • Sustainability Corps: Hannah McGrath, Brandon Holmes, Emma Miller
  • Gulf Coast Immersion Trip: Jennifer Chen & Pierce Wilson
  • Studied Hydropower Resources, Snow Accumulation, & Snowmelt in Mt. Hunter, Alaska: Katie Anderson
  • Installation of a Micro‐Hydroelectric Generator for the Inian Islands Institute in Alaska: Kevin Yang, Mallory Byrd, Abigail Brazil, Marissa Magsarili, and Ben Sacconne
  • Exploring the structural capacities of mycelium as a novel building and insulative material, as well as its ability to cleanse rainwater of acidity and nutrient deposition: Kevin Yang
  • Dartmouth Energy Future Team : Kevin Yang, Alex Derenchuck, Mallory Byrd
  • Electrochemical Society Conference in Atlanta : Andrew Hamlin & Julia Huddy
  • Research & Development of a Wearable Biomechanical Energy Harvesting Device: Haley Richards
  • WindEurope Offshore 2019 Conference in Denmark: Rick Basak

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Analysis of Energy and Indigenous Environmental Studies in the Americas with Professor Laura Ogden


Laura Ogden
Laura Ogden, Professor of Anthropology at Dartmouth

About this talk: Anthropologist Laura Ogden will discuss key themes important to Indigenous scholars working on energy issues in the United States. These themes include the centrality of water, energy and sovereignty, health and energy inequalities, as well as infrastructure politics. The Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society supported this project.

Read a student report about this project.