UCSD Chancellor Earns National Medal of Science for Solar Energy Research
It isnt that often that you hear of a university chancellor receiving one of the United States governments highest honors, but thats just what happene...
It isn’t that often that you hear of a university chancellor receiving one of the United States government’s highest honors, but that’s just what happened this year when University of California, San Diego Chancellor and scientist Marye Anne Fox earned the National Medal of Science. She is among 10 researchers to receive this prestigious honor, all of whom received this red, white and blue medal from the President today.
According to the press statement from the White House, Fox was honored “for her research contributions in the areas of organic photochemistry and electrochemistry and for enhancing our understanding of excited-state and charge-transfer processes with interdisciplinary applications in material science, solar energy conversion, and environmental chemistry.” She is joined by Wakir Aharonov of Chapman University; Stephen Benkovic of Pennsylvania State University; Esther Conwell of University of Rochester; Susan Lindquist of Whitehead Institute at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Mortimer Mishkin of National Institutes of Health; David Mumford of Brown; Warren Washington of National Center for Atmospheric Research; Stanley Prusiner of the University of California, San Francisco and Amnon Yariv of the California Institute of Technology.
“The extraordinary accomplishments of these scientists, engineers and inventors are a testament to American industry and ingenuity,” President Obama said. “Their achievements have redrawn the frontiers of human knowledge while enhancing American prosperity and it is my tremendous pleasure to honor them for their important contributions.”
The UCSD Chancellor received the honor following her research in solar energy, a practice that has enabled the school to take a $1 billion campaign goal as well as additional academic and research roles.
“It’s a great honor to receive this prestigious recognition, and I am humbled and proud that the contributions made by my research group have advanced organic chemistry,” said Fox. “I was fortunate to have had brilliant and hardworking graduate students who focused on fundamental principles that were later translated into practical use in solar energy conversion, environmental remediation and material science. I truly believe that important developments in science and science education are vital for the future of this nation.”
Fox was appointed UCSD’s seventh Chancellor in August 2004 and immersed herself in the university’s strengths of innovation, interdisciplinary scholarship and international leadership.
Hydrostor receives $4m funding for A-CAES facility in Canada
Hydrostor has received $4m funding to develop a 300-500MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility in Canada.
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to plan construction.
The project will be modeled on Hydrostor’s commercially operating Goderich storage facility, providing up to 12 hours of energy storage.
Hydrostor’s A-CAES system supports Canada’s green economic transition by designing, building, and operating emissions-free energy storage facilities, and employing people, suppliers, and technologies from the oil and gas sector.
The Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Jr. Minister of Natural Resources, said: “Investing in clean technology will lower emissions and increase our competitiveness. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”
A-CAES has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the transition to a cleaner and more flexible electricity grid. Specifically, the low-impact and cost-effective technology will reduce the use of fossil fuels and will provide reliable and bankable energy storage solutions for utilities and regulators, while integrating renewable energy for sustainable growth.
Curtis VanWalleghem, Hydrostor’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are grateful for the federal government’s support of our long duration energy storage solution that is critical to enabling the clean energy transition. This made-in-Canada solution, with the support of NRCan and Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is ready to be widely deployed within Canada and globally to lower electricity rates and decarbonize the electricity sector."
The Rosamond A-CAES 500MW Project is under advanced development and targeting a 2024 launch. It is designed to turn California’s growing solar and wind resources into on-demand peak capacity while allowing for closure of fossil fuel generating stations.
Hydrostor closed US$37 million (C$49 million) in growth financing in September 2019.