About Clean Energy


Anand Pramod Deshmukh has been awarded the Clean Energy Fellowship for 2013-2014 from the Graduate College. His advisor is Professor James Allison.

Our students often hear that they have an opportunity to change the world. Nowhere is this truer than in the area of clean energy.

Clean energy, as defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, refers to sources that are renewable or alternative to traditional fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, gasoline). This includes, but is not limited to, renewable energy (e.g. hydroelectric, geothermal, solar, wind, biomass), nuclear, methane (e.g. landfill gas, biogas, etc.), and emerging sources such as water power (energy from ocean waves, currents, etc.) and vehicle technologies that improve engine efficiency or fuel economy (e.g. battery technologies, plug-in hybrid vehicles, etc.).

Progress toward clean energy solutions involves the deeply intertwined issues of energy resources, technologies, demand and utilization, water resources, land use, economics and business, policy and regulation, environmental impact, safety and security. And, the acceptance of new energy solutions will hinge upon their economic and societal impact, and the potential for public good. The Clean Energy Fellows will help educate and contribute to the creation of an informed citizenry that is capable of connecting public or private energy actions to their environmental, social and economic consequences.

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