Energy and Green Research

Engineering Solutions for Sustainable Power and Food

In an ecologically aware world, Stevens researchers are working urgently to ensure sustainable food sources and safe water for the world, as well as devise new eco-friendly, energy efficient and economical solutions for industrial applications.

Conserving Phosphorus for the Future
NSF funds study to conserve phosphorus, a necessary element for life.

Stevens researchers are identifying and implementing solutions to ensure the responsible use and conservation of phosphorus, which is a key ingredient in the fertilizers necessary to support high-yield agriculture. Fertilizer is essential to sustaining the crop levels needed to feed the growing world population, accounting for the production of 40 to 60 percent of the world’s food supply. Unfortunately, loss of phosphorus to the flow of water can lead to damaged coastal ecosystems.

Harnessing Wind Energy
New technology makes wind a more viable solution for America's energy needs and creates commercial opportunities.

Offshore wind energy promises stronger breezes, cheaper real estate, and proximity to population centers. But difficulties in studying wind speeds over the open ocean leave energy producers unable to fully capitalize on the power of offshore wind. Researchers are therefore evaluating a new method for measuring offshore wind speeds that promises to make assessing wind farm locations faster and cheaper using inland-based LIDAR research stations.

International Collaboration Studies Amazon River
Dr. Bruno leads cross-disciplinary effort to observe and model a globally critical coastal maritime system.

Dr. Michael Bruno, Dean of the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science at Stevens Institute of Technology and an expert on ocean observation systems and coastal ocean dynamics, has been awarded an NSF grant through the Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute Program to lead an international partnership of universities dedicated to the goal of an observing and modeling system on the Amazon River, with a particular focus on outflow.

In Bangladesh with UNICEF
Partnering with UNICEF to make drinking water safe in Bangladesh.

Stevens faculty return from a month-long mission to Bangladesh where he and his associates field tested experimental filtration methods that will help UNICEF design small community water treatment systems for removal of manganese and iron in well water.

Pollution in the Passaic
Investigating the source of invisible but costly contamination in a major NJ river.

That plastic cup floating in the Passaic River is a visible form of pollution, but tiny bacteria in the water could be far more dangerous if found in high enough concentrations, and could cost quite a bit to clean up. A research team monitors key points on the Passaic River for pathogens, in order to determine the sources of these bacteria.

Stevens undergraduates study the flow of the Passaic River.

Environmental Forensics
Department of Defense factors Green concerns into research and development.

Researchers identify a growing concern that tungsten was not as "green" as initially thought and undertake a massive research effort aimed at identifying the specific nature of tungsten-based munitions and ultimately at minimizing the life-cycle environmental impacts and cost of munitions by researching the Department of Defense's triple bottom line: mission, environment, and community.

Clean Water Technology Removes Arsenic
Saving lives with real-time detection of toxic chemicals.

Researchers develop an innovative approach for the detection of toxic chemicals by conducting extensive research in the field of Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS).

Dr. Meng uses SERS to remove arsenic from contaminated water.