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Baker’s Research as Part of Wind Energy Team Attracts National Attention

Erin Baker

Erin Baker

The research of Erin Baker, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, and a team of multidisciplinary researchers, has been attracting national attention from the Washington Post and many other media outlets. In a study designed by UMass Amherst’s Baker and others, a panel of international wind power experts says technological advancements are expected to continue to drive down the cost of wind energy. The survey of the world’s foremost wind power experts, led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, anticipates cost reductions of 24-30 percent by 2030 and 35-41 percent by 2050, under a median or “best guess” scenario, driven by bigger and more efficient turbines, lower capital and operating costs, and other advancements.

A Celebration of the Life and Loving Memory of Dr. Ernest Theodore Selig III

Dr. Ernest T. Selig

Dr. Ernest T. Selig

Dr. Ernest T. Selig

1933-2016

Dr. Ernest T. Selig, "Ernie", was born in Harrisburg, PA to Ernest T. Selig, Jr. and Dorothy Ferree Selig, the second of three children. Ernie, with his sister Jean and younger brother Larry, grew up attending 8 different schools in PA, MO, CO, UT, OH and DE before college. Graduating first in his high school class, he enrolled at Cornell University in mechanical engineering.

Lau Receives $1,000 Sustainability Grant to Teach the Role of Nanotechnology in Achieving Water Sustainability

Boris Lau

Boris Lau

Boris Lau of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department was one of 10 campus academics who each received a $1,000 Sustainability Curriculum Fellowship (SCF), a year-long interdisciplinary program sponsored by the Chancellor’s Office and others to develop or augment courses with sustainability-related topics. As Lau explains about how he will use the fellowship, “My overarching goal is to enable students to understand the important roles of nanoscale science and technology in achieving water sustainability.” See News Office article

Wind Energy Experts Anticipate Significant Continued Cost Reductions

Diagram of Wind Energy Cost Reduction

A panel of international wind power experts, in a study designed by the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Erin D. Baker and others, says technology advancements are expected to continue to drive down the cost of wind energy. The survey of the world’s foremost wind power experts led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, anticipates cost reductions of 24 percent to 30 percent by 2030 and 35 percent to 41 percent by 2050, under a median or “best guess” scenario, driven by bigger and more efficient turbines, lower capital and operating costs and other advancements. The findings are described in an article in the journal Nature Energy published Sept. 12. Read the UMass News Office Press Release

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