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e-GUIDE Updates

e-guide Selected Figures
The e-GUIDE Initiative is a partnership of groups at five universities: the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and University of Washington. Read updates from some of the students in our lab conducting research with e-GUIDE in the following summary documents: Updates...
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Lessons on Clean Cooking

home cooking
This Tuesday, May 14th in Paris, the IEA and the Clean Cooking Alliance will bring together leaders from countries to advocate for closing the large SDG gap in adoption of the clean cooking agenda. Coming out of an OPEC Fund meeting on April 22, 2024, a few of us (SEforALL,...
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Sustainable Energy for Some

bare bulb
Last week I visited the slums of Kampala, Uganda while on my way to the Sustainable Energy for All Forum in Kigali. I wanted to see with my own eyes the conditions in the slums when it comes to energy and water. It is well known the world over that...
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New qSEL Study Quantifies Important Considerations for Heating Decarbonization in the United States

Fossil Fuel Ratio Map
Read the full article published in Joule. Greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation get a lot of attention, but the 12% of nationwide emissions from burning fossil fuels in buildings cannot be overlooked, particularly because they are the largest emissions source in many places. For example, in New York State...
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Lessons For The Future From The Recent Cold Weather Spell In The Northeast

For the few days before and after New Year’s Day, the Northeast experienced extreme cold temperatures. Natural gas prices peaked at nearly 50 times last year’s average. Electricity prices also rose, and were nearly 3 to 5 times the usual for this time of year. Our next electric and gas...
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Four More Shared Solar Installs In Uganda!

The Quadracci Sustainable Engineering Lab was asked to assist in the installation of four new Shared Solar units in rural Uganda. This past December, power was turned on and payment systems were activated. That means eighty new households have a stable source of electricity. Those electric connections can be used...
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Discussing the future of the grid at IADB’s Cutting-Edge Workshop

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In the last week of August 2017, IADB held a conference in conjunction with the Quadracci Sustainable Engineering Lab. The goal was to introduce and discuss new and innovative possibilities for the future grid. Given recent developments in alternative energy sources and growth in the use of sensors, this workshop...
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The Quadracci Sustainable Engineering Laboratory

In 2017 The Sustainable Engineering Lab had its official relaunch as the The Quadracci Sustainable Engineering Laboratory. The name change followed a generous supporting donation from the Quadracci family and The Windhover Foundation. The launch was a happy occasion in The Northwest Corner Building at Columbia University. (Photographs by Timothy...
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Planning access to electricity under the SEforAll initiative in Ecuador

On March 6, a third workshop was held in relation to the preparatory studies leading to a national electrification plan for universal coverage throughout Ecuador. This is the third workshop supported by Columbia University's Sustainable Engineering Laboratory (SEL) within this activity. The two previous workshops were carried out to, first,...
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qSEL Project Updates

Our lab has been busy over the last year. If you're new to some of our projects or just want an overview, here are a few introductions: Acacia Irrigation Acacia Irrigation is an off grid battery-less solar pumping system. Our lab currently has three working systems in Gabar, Senegal. The...
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