Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership 2017 RFP Awards Funding for Sustainable Energy Research

Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership has awarded funding for two leading-edge energy and environmental research projects, one to develop direct current (DC) power architecture for smart homes and the other to explore harvesting deep sea methane carbon-neutrally.

Minjie Chen, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment has been awarded funding for his project titled “Multi-Input Multi-Output (MIMO) Bi-directional DC Power Deliver Architecture for Smart Homes.” Maurizio Chiaramonte, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, received the award for his research project on “Simultaneous Carbon Dioxide Storage and Methane Harvesting from Hydrate-bearing Sediments.”

Funding for the awards are made possible through member company contributions to Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership. The two grants total $299,652. Both projects run from Jan.1, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2018. More information on the two projects can be found here.

2017 Annual Meeting – November 10

The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment and Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership hosted their Annual Meeting on Friday, November 10, 2017, at the center’s Maeder Hall Auditorium, Princeton University. This year’s annual meeting featured a keynote address on “Three Reasons for Hope in the Fight to Solve Climate Change” by Fred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense Fund.

This year’s Annual Meeting aims to catalyze the exchange of ideas and spark future collaborations by bringing together corporate leaders and researchers, policy experts, faculty, students, and postdocs for a day of talks, including lightning rounds and panel discussions on electrification of transportation for energy storage and smart mobility and coastal resilience to rising seas and storm surge, faculty research presentations, and a student poster session. For more information, click here.

American Tower joins Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership

American Tower, one of the largest global real estate investment trusts and a leading independent owner, operator, and developer of multi-tenant communications real estate, became the newest member of Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership, a program that fosters research collaborations between practitioners outside academia and experts across Princeton University to pursue transformational innovations in the fields of energy and the environment.

American Tower is based in Boston, Massachusetts and has a global portfolio of approximately 149,000 sites across five continents and sixteen countries. Read more here.

Siemens Corporate Technology joins Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership

Siemens Corporate Technology joined Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership. The organization is focused on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission, as well as medical diagnosis. The company employs 372,000 people worldwide. Read more here.

Princeton University advances dialogue & collaborations with ExxonMobil

From liquid metal walls for nuclear fusion reactors to battery storage for electric vehicles, Princeton University researchers presented their work on innovative technologies and potential solutions for ensuring the world’s energy and environmental future at a May 9th event meant to further University research collaborations with ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company. ExxonMobil is a member of Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership, a membership-based program administered by Princeton’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. Read more here.

NRG Energy joins Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership

NRG Energy, the leading integrated power company in the U.S, has joined Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership, an initiative that forges research collaborations between practitioners outside academia and experts across Princeton University to pursue transformational innovations in the fields of energy and the environment. The company, whose retail electricity providers serve almost 3 million residential and commercial customers throughout the country, is headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey and Houston, Texas. Read more here.

Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership

Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership is a membership-based program that enables transformational innovations in the fields of energy and environment through close collaborations between academic experts and industry leaders. With deep and longstanding expertise in key areas of science, technology, and policy, Princeton University offers its corporate partners a unique opportunity to engage in big-picture thinking and to find innovative solutions. E-ffiliates, which is administered by the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, also fosters interactions with exceptional students who are positioned to become leaders and innovators.


Companies are invited to participate in this partnership by becoming a member. See the tabs above to learn more about the program and its benefits. Please email Jeff Fitts, Research and Development Strategist, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.


Mark Zondlo

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Associate Director for External Partnerships
Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment