In This Issue
Summer Bridge on Engineering the Energy Transition
June 26, 2023 Volume 53 Issue 2
This issue explores the energy transition needed to address the mounting threats of climate change. The articles are an excellent resource to help inform meaningful decisions and steps for energy-related contributions to reduce carbon emissions.
Articles In This Issue
  • Wednesday, June 7, 2023
    AuthorJohn Anderson

    Great leadership rests on two important traits: optimism about the future, and commitment to do both great and good things. The engineering profession and our country lost two great leaders this year who demonstrated both: Gordon Moore (1929–2023; NAE 1976) and Bill Wulf (1939–2023; NAE ...

  • Wednesday, June 7, 2023
    AuthorRonald M. Latanision

    With this issue I bid farewell to my Bridge partner, Managing Editor Cameron Fletcher. She is retiring after 11 years with the NAE and a total of 37(!) at the National Academies. She joined the NAE staff in June 2012 and so seamlessly and masterfully assumed her responsibilities that one NASEM ...

  • Wednesday, June 7, 2023
    AuthorVijay Swarup and Robert C. Armstrong

    Engineers have the unique skills to develop models, technologies, and systems to guide policymakers and society through the energy transition.

    Mitigating climate change while simultaneously increasing energy supply to meet growing energy needs equitably and securely is one of the world’s ...

  • Wednesday, June 7, 2023
    AuthorAlexander H. King

    Wind energy and EVs have demonstrated the value of wise materials choices and point the way forward for other clean energy technologies.

    The deployment of any new technology at large scale burdens the supply of the materials from which it is made, and the availability (or lack thereof) of those ...

  • Wednesday, June 7, 2023
    AuthorJeremy Twitchell, Di Wu, and Vincent Sprenkle

    Energy storage is essential to a clean electricity grid, but aggressive decarbonization goals require development of long-duration energy storage technologies.

    The job of an electric grid operator is, succinctly put, to keep supply and demand in constant balance, as even minor imbalances between ...

  • Wednesday, June 7, 2023
    AuthorRakesh Agrawal and Jeffrey J. Siirola

    Numerous existing and emerging technologies can help chemical process and petroleum refining industries decarbonize their operations.

    In 2018[1] the US manufacturing sector used 19.4 percent of the country’s primary energy and emitted 17.5 percent of its total greenhouse gases (GHGs). The ...

  • Wednesday, June 7, 2023
    AuthorShannon M. Bragg-Sitton, Richard D. Boardman, and Aaron S. Epiney

    Achieving a net zero carbon society demands a new approach that will use all clean energy generation options available.

    Governments and private industry around the world have established aggressive goals to achieve net zero carbon emissions for the power, industrial, and transportation sectors ...

  • Wednesday, June 7, 2023
    AuthorKathryn A. McCarthy, Jess C. Gehin, Vivek A. Sujan, and Lynne K. Degitz

    Deployment of advanced reactors, clean hydrogen, and fusion energy requires private-public partnerships, investment, streamlined regulations, international cooperation, and policy support.

    Decarbonization of the global economy in the near term necessarily focuses on current energy options for ...

  • Wednesday, June 7, 2023
    AuthorWayes Tushar, Chau Yuen, Tapan K. Saha, and H. Vincent Poor

    Peer-to-peer trading benefits the grid through reductions in peak demand, reserve requirements, and operating costs as well as improved reliability.

    Electricity generation is the largest source of carbon dioxide (CO2) production, contributing about 40 percent of global energy-related emissions ...

  • Wednesday, June 7, 2023
    AuthorThomas J. Overbye, Katherine R. Davis, and Adam B. Birchfield

    As the power grid becomes both more essential and more vulnerable, new approaches are needed to ensure its resiliency.

    Large-scale electric grids worldwide are in a time of rapid transition due to a variety of changes, including the addition of large amounts of renewable and distributed ...

  • Wednesday, June 7, 2023
    AuthorDavid E. Daniel, Akhil Datta-Gupta, Ramanan Krishnamoorti, and James C. Pettigrew

    The Gulf region can leverage its energy history, infrastructure, capacity, and expertise to lead the energy transition.

    Beginning with some of the earliest American oil wells in the mid-19th century and continuing with the first true offshore oil rig in the 1940s, the US Gulf of Mexico region is ...