Student Roundtable with Arun Majumdar

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This is the growth trajectory of energy clubs. Pretty sure it’s the first of its kind!

From discussions with the leaders of energy clubs here at the Summit, the biggest bottlenecks seem to be getting the MBA’s to communicate with the engineers, and getting seed/VC funding to campus to encourage student energy innovation.

Some things we talked about with Arun:

  • Natural gas is disruptive, natural gas feedstock intensive technologies is a good opportunity to ramp up domestic manufacturing
  • Cost of solar and wind could be cost competitive in the next decade, but the challenge is storage and grid integration, hardware and software.
  • There are no routers for the electrical grid, but then you need to worry about congestion. Real-time grid management is key.
  • Rafael Torres of Yale’s Energy Club suggests students help out on ARPA-E projects. Arun suggests cleantech case competitions and creating renewable energy and energy efficiency  projects on campus.
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