Media Watch

Voice of OC

To Desalinate or Not to Desalinate: UCI Debate Over Controversial Proposed Huntington Beach Plant

Voice of OC -
Academics, advocates and activists met for a panel discussion at UC Irvine to hash out the pros and cons of a proposal to build a desalination plant in Huntington Beach, with environmentalists once again warning it would damage marine environments and raise water bills.

Race to rewire California will happen one neighborhood at a time

Orange County Register -
“I hope we’re enabled to make a difference,” said UC Irvine engineering professor Jack Brouwer, who is leading the team planning to retrofit Oak View, one of a dozen similar teams working on competing plans to transform existing cities and farms into emission free zones that can be replicated throughout California.
The New York TImes

Energy Idea for Mars Yields a Clue for Powering Data Centers

The New York Times -
Scott Samuelsen, director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center at the University of California, Irvine, said data centers could become an important market for fuel cells because the industry “appears to want to be more environmentally sensitive but more reliant on their own resources.”
Greentech Media

Is 3D Printing the Solution for Ultra-Tall Wind Turbine Towers?

Greentech Media -
Can RCAM Technologies build 3D-printed concrete turbine towers as fast and as cheaply as it estimates? Construction and testing of a prototype will be done in partnership with UC Irvine at the school’s civil engineering laboratory.
Transport Topics

Fuel Cells Gain Momentum as Range Extenders for Electric Trucks

Transport Topics -
“With fuel cells, you can size the energy conversion device — the fuel-cell stack — to meet the power demands and simply size the hydrogen storage to be appropriate for the amount of energy you need,” said Jack Brouwer, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and associate director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center and Advanced Power and Energy Program at the University of California, Irvine.
The San Diego Union Tribune

Health officials say testing San Diego River for hep A would waste resources

The San Diego Union Tribune -
That kind of contamination would make contact with the water dangerous, said Sunny Jiang, professor and chair of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Irvine.

Catalina Sea Ranch snags federal grant to start kelp farming

Orange County Register -
The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E, grant was part of a $22 million nationwide research disbursement that included $1.8 million for macroalgae cultivation research at UC Irvine.

How California might look if it was 100 percent carbon neutral

Orange County Register -
UC Irvine researcher Jack Brouwer, a professor of mechanical engineering, said SB 100 didn’t go far enough. Under a bill focused on decarbonizing the electric grid, homes could move more toward electrifying appliances which could be a lifestyle shift for some Californians, Brouwer said.

Poseidon's environmental plan doesn't halt criticism of proposed desalination plant

Daily Pilot -
Sunny Jiang, chairwoman of UC Irvine’s Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, said the plan shows Poseidon is working toward making the plant more environmentally sustainable.
U.S. News & World Report

10 Colleges With the Most Applications

U.S. News & World Report -
Many colleges have large applicant pools. But some schools have enough applicants to fill a football stadium, making the admissions process feel as stressful as trying to win a homecoming game.

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