Energy News

  • A man speaks to a crowd while holding a certificate in a wood-paneled room with an American flag

    S.E.E.D. Fund Recipients All About the Green

    Seven projects led by students, faculty and staff received a share of the university’s annual $50,000 Sustainability Encouragement & Enrichment Development (S.E.E.D.) Fund. 
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  • Two women hold an award plaque while posing for a photo with five men

    UML Earns ‘Leading by Example’ Award for Decarbonization Efforts

    UMass Lowell received a Leading by Example award from the state’s Department of Energy Resources for its collaborative efforts with fellow honorees UMass Amherst, UMass Dartmouth and Salem State University to decarbonize their campuses.
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  • Asst. Prof. Stephen T. Lam

    UML-led Research on Molten Salt for Energy Generation Wins DOE Funding

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a team of researchers from UMass Lowell and Oak Ridge National Laboratory a $400,000 grant to develop machine learning-based approaches for simulating molten salts used in advanced nuclear reactor systems.
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  • A shape sails past wind turbines in the ocean

    UMass Lowell Wins Grant to Diversify Offshore Wind Workforce

    UMass Lowell, in partnership with the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston, has received a $241,300 grant from the Commonwealth to develop academic pathways that increase the participation of underrepresented populations in the offshore wind industry.
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  • The UML men's soccer team plays a game on North Campus

    America East Schools Team Up to Champion Sustainability

    With the collaboration between UMass Lowell’s Office of Sustainability and its Athletic Department serving as a model, the America East Conference has created a sustainability network that gives its 10 member institutions an opportunity to share best practices and advance green initiatives.
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  • Asst. Prof. of Economics Kelly Hellman, plastics engineering major Kerry Candlen and chemical engineering major Maria Fonseca-Guzman

    Rist Institute for Sustainability and Energy Awards First Fellowships

    The Rist Institute for Sustainability and Energy has awarded its inaugural fellowships to Asst. Prof. of Economics Kelly Hellman, plastics engineering major Kerry Candlen and chemical engineering major Maria Fonseca-Guzman.
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  • University officials pose for a photo at the Leading by Example award ceremony at the State House

    State Grant Powers Renewable Energy Master Plan

    UMass Lowell has received a $100,000 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources to develop a campus-wide renewable energy master plan that will help advance the university’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.
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  • UML physics major Anne Souza teaches an online lab to science teachers in Haiti

    New Honors Class Inspires Renewable Energy Research

    A new honors seminar that helps students think critically about different sources of energy is inspiring research involving renewables, including projects at UMass Lowell’s Haiti Development Studies Center.
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  • An aerial view of the UML campus and Merrimack River

    Very Cool! UML 16th on Sierra’s List of Eco-friendly Schools

    UMass Lowell is No. 16 on Sierra magazine’s “Cool Schools” list for 2020, the university’s highest ranking ever in a survey that assesses colleges’ performances on everything from sustainability-focused courses, carbon-neutral energy and land policies, eco-friendly dining halls and student engagement.
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  • Students inspect a solar panel on a parking kiosk on Jackson Street

    UML’s Solar Energy Association Provides Bright Spot for City

    Graduate students from the Francis College of Engineering’s Solar Energy Association are helping the community by inspecting the city of Lowell’s solar-powered parking meter kiosks as part of an extracurricular service-learning project.
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  • Student panelist Zachary Traverso speaks during the conference

    Renewable Energy is Great, but How Do We Store It?

    Faculty and student researchers examined what the state must do to incorporate renewable energy sources into the electrical grid to reduce carbon emissions in “The State of Grid Energy Storage in Massachusetts,” a report commissioned by the Associated Industries of Massachusetts.
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  • Asst. Prof. Hsi-Wu Wong working in the lab

    Chemical Engineering Professor Recognized with NSF CAREER Award

    The National Science Foundation recently recognized Asst. Prof. Hsi-Wu Wong of the Department of Chemical Engineering with a prestigious faculty early career development grant, called the “CAREER” award. This highly competitive annual program selects the nation’s best young university faculty-scholars “who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization.”
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  • CCI members pose with state legislators

    Faculty Experts Brief Legislators on Climate Change

    The university’s Climate Change Initiative hosted members of the state’s House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change for a roundtable discussion on climate science and policy at which faculty members shared scientific research and expertise to help inform policy decisions.
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  • MLSC's Travis McCready with Jacquie Moloney and Joseph Hartman at the ceremony

    Modernized Perry Hall Opens New Era of Research, Learning

    The university celebrated a $50 million renovation of Perry Hall, which is home to academics, research and industry partnerships in fields including biomedical, chemical and environmental engineering, as well as biomanufacturing and clean energy.
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  • Faculty members check out the symposium program

    Research, Collaboration Shine at Faculty Symposium

    Faculty members from across the university shared their research and were recognized for their achievements at the 2018 Faculty Symposium, held at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center.
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  • UMass Lowell Associate Dean of Engineering Kavitha Chandra runs the RAMP camp for incoming women engineering students -- Adriyanna Albert is in the foreground

    On-RAMP Summer Camp Supports Women Engineering Students

    The new RAMP summer camp for incoming women engineering students aims to build their skills and connect them with future mentors so they stay the course. The first-year students say it’s boosting their confidence – and helping them make friends.
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  • Orhan Kallogjeri inspects a refrigerator while Tu Anh Huynh looks on

    Engineering Students All About (Energy) Efficiency

    Mechanical engineer students, led by senior lecturer Michele Putko, are helping improve energy efficiency at the Lowell Transitional Living Center through an independent study project funded by a mini-grant from the university’s Sustainability Encouragement & Enrichment Development (S.E.E.D.) Fund.
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  • Offshore wind turbine blades

    Avangrid, UMass Lowell to Collaborate on Clean Energy

    A new research partnership between Avangrid, its subsidiary Central Maine Power and UMass Lowell will bring together researchers from the company and the university to advance the development and implementation of clean energy technologies - including hydropower, wind energy, power grids, energy storage and data sciences - over the next decade. UMass Lowell students will also benefit from the partnership, which calls for them to participate in on-campus research and for CMP to explore opportunities for co-ops, internships and fellowships. 
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  • Chemistry student Rashmi Sharma

    Student Researchers Win Tech Hackathons at MIT

    Two UMass Lowell graduate students were part of the teams that recently won top prizes at two “hackathons” organized by MIT, the U.S. Department of Defense MD5 program and the Naval Postgraduate School.
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  • Mill City Grows staff spread compost inside the greenhouse

    Urban Agriculture Greenhouse Sprouts on East Campus

    The university’s new Urban Agriculture Greenhouse, run in partnership with Mill City Grows, will be a testing ground for water and energy efficiency — while also providing food for the local community.
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  • Kids raising their hands in classroom

    Clean Energy Day: Engineering The Next Generation

    UMass Lowell professor of energy David Willis gave a presentation on wind power and its benefits, demonstrating specific processes that create clean energy, such as wind rotation, at “Clean Energy Activity Day" at the Manthala George Jr. Elementary School in Brockton.
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  • Renewable-energy entrepreneur Harish Hande speaks with students during his visit to UMass Lowell.

    At UML, Lessons from a Solar Revolutionary

    Renewable-energy entrepreneur Harish Hande, 2011 winner of Asia s Nobel Peace Prize, the Magsaysay Award, spoke with students during his visit to UMass Lowell, his alma mater, on Friday.
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  • UML police officers affix a license plate to their new electric vehicle

    University Police Adds Electric Vehicle to Fleet

    The UMass Lowell Police Department has added a Nissan LEAF electric vehicle to its fleet through the Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program.
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  • Lorenzo Chiodi demonstrates extrusion to a group of rapt fifth-graders.

    Engineering Students Talk Science with Lowell Schoolchildren

    Mechanical engineering students visited Lowell middle schools and after-school programs to get kids excited about science. It was a service-learning project that was part of a required course, Materials Science for Engineers.
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  • Chancellor Jacquie Moloney shakes hands with DOER Commissioner Judith Judson

    University Achieves Gold Standard for Sustainability

    The university earns gold rating from Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, becoming one of three institutions in the state to reach that level.
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  • The view of the solar array from the top floor of the parking garage.

    Rays the Roof: New Panels Nearly Double Solar Production

    New solar panels on the South Campus parking garage will nearly double the university’s solar power production and slash its annual electric bill by $31,000, just one of several energy-saving projects completed this summer.
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  • Asst. Prof. Trelles and his student in the lab

    Researchers Use Solar Energy For Sustainable Fuels

    Mechanical Engineering Asst. Prof. Juan Pablo Trelles is developing a new process to convert waste carbon dioxide from power plants and factories into sustainable fuels and high-value chemicals.