Message from the Director
One of the goals of the Andlinger Center is to become a leading source of reliable, timely information on energy and the environment for policymakers, corporate leaders, educators, students, and other interested citizens. A wealth of expertise is available to us through Princeton’s world-class faculty and researchers, and the Andlinger Center is in a position to share that expertise with others. We have an opportunity to impart the information needed to understand the environmental, societal, and economic tradeoffs of our energy choices.
One way in which we are addressing this need is by creating a series of publications called Energy Technology Distillates
. Designed to provide succinct yet substantive information, these publications cover emerging topics in energy and the environment that combine technological, economic, and policy considerations. The objective is to provide the non-expert reader with the language and key concepts needed to ask informed questions, and to provide analyses that can help policy and other decision makers develop sound energy and environmental policies, laws, and regulations.
The first distillate, Grid-Scale Electricity Storage: Implications for Renewable Energy
, is a collection of concise articles about energy storage, co-authored by expert faculty and researchers at Princeton, with Professor Emeritus Robert Socolow leading the effort. The report describes fundamental concepts, leading technologies, challenges associated with the intermittency of renewable energy, cost analyses, climate impacts, and important regulatory initiatives that can act to drive commercial deployment.
Academia, government, industry, and other entities must engage with one another in a collaborative way if we are to develop sustainable sources of energy and protect the environment. It is my hope that by becoming a trusted source of information, the Andlinger Center can encourage these interactions and facilitate the practical technology and policy solutions we need.
─ Emily A. Carter