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NPR

The Death And Life Of Iran's Lake Urmia

NPR – The Picture Show -
"The floods certainly helped and increased the water levels," says Amir AghaKouchak, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Irvine who has studied the lake. "However, one or a series of floods won't have a long-term impact. The main issue in the basin is that the water demand is much higher than the renewable water in the basin. ... If the water demand in the basin is not managed, after a while the lake will continue to dry out."
The Desert Sun

Opinion: Valley Voice: Let’s use local resources to tackle California's electric utility woes

The Desert Sun -
One approach that I believe needs attention — locally, if not nationally — was explained in a recent NPR interview (“Take Two,” with A Martinez, KPCC radio, Oct. 24, 2019) with Professor Jack Brouwer, director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center at UC-Irvine. Brouwer made an excellent case for utilizing fuel cell technology in conjunction with battery storage that is used along with solar and wind technology to comprise a microgrid.
KPCC

Sonoma Fire, Microgrids, EV Chargers

KPCC -
Microgrids. Southern California Edison has shut off power to about 1,500 homes in the Southland today. It's a preemptive measure in case heavy winds knock over electricity transmission lines that could spark a wildfire. The move follows a controversial power shutoff in the Bay Area, and it's raising an important question: Isn't there a better way to produce and transmit electricity? Guest: Jack Brouwer, [associate professor, mechanical & aerospace engineering], University of California, Irvine. (Starts: 13:10)
CNBC

‘There are lives at stake’: PG&E criticized over blackouts to prevent California wildfires

CNBC -
“There are lives at stake,” said Jack Brouwer, an engineering professor and director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center at the University of California, Irvine. “I can’t over emphasis the calamity that these events cause at the neighborhood level. Hundreds of health care facilities don’t have back-up generators,” he said. “If you’re out of power for an hour, that’s fine, but for a couple of days — those lives count as much as those that would be lost in a fire.” The blackouts could also seriously hamper local response efforts for fire emergencies, Brouwer added.
Solar Builder

Sunpin Solar hosts engineering students to learn about solar project development

Solar Builder -
A group of engineering students from Engineers for a Sustainable World at University of California, Irvine visited nearby Sunpin Solar, a leading utility-scale solar developer and long-term asset owner. … The cool part to us is the tangible, real-world learning: UC Irvine students learned about the development process from land acquisition, construction to project completion. The presentation also addressed the questions students raised before their visit.
Solar Industry

UC Irvine Engineering Students Get Firsthand Look At Solar

Solar Industry -
A group of students from UCI’s Engineers for a Sustainable World attended Sunpin’s “Lunch and Learn” presentation and took a tour of the developer’s 96.75 MW ColGreen North Shore solar project in Riverside County. … “As engineering students, we learn about the science behind solar panels but never about the logistics and maintenance of a solar power plant. It gave us a new perspective on solar power,” says Nicole Alvarez, vice president of external affairs at UCI’s Engineers for a Sustainable World.
Solar Power World

Sunpin Solar hosts California college students for solar ‘lunch and learn’

Solar Power World -
A group of engineering students from Engineers for a Sustainable World at University of California, Irvine visited Irvine-based utility-scale solar developer Sunpin Solar last week for a Lunch and Learn presentation and a solar tour at Sunpin Solar’s 96.75-MW ColGreen North Shore solar project in Riverside County. Sunpin Solar execs covered the fundamentals of solar energy, the solar project development process, and explored post-graduation options in renewable energy industry for aspiring sustainable engineers.
Silicon Valley.com

Opinion: California needs a power company ready for today’s challenges

Silicon Valley.com -
Instead of controlling the power grid from a central location, PG&E had to send crews into the field to manually control the outages. “It’s an incredible travesty, this sort of really crude and unsophisticated approach for dealing with what is a very serious issue,” Jack Brouwer, an engineering professor and director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center at UC Irvine, told the New York Times.
UCI Gets Most of $8M Grant

5G Technology Still Faces Heat, Signal Issues, Expert Says

Orange County Business Journal -
Reflecting the speed of tech changes, University of California, Irvine scientists said they’ve already developed silicon chips that are at least four times faster than the speed of the upcoming 5G and pushes technology into “the 6G standard.” Commercialization of the super-fast wireless transceiver could be a year or two down the road, project leader and UCI Professor Payam Heydari told the Business Journal in July. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]
UCI Gets Most of $8M Grant

Enevate Sees Demand for Fast-Charging Auto Batteries

Orange County Business Journal -
The company was co-founded in 2005 by [Marc] Madou and Ben Park, who is now Enevate’s chief technology officer and who has a Ph.D. in mechanical and aerospace engineering from UCI. … [Jarvis Tou, Enevate executive vice president for marketing and products], called the company a “spinout” from the University of California, Irvine research. The company isn’t connected to UCI as a majority state is owned by outside investors and a minority share is held by employees. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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