Episode 205: What’s the difference between first and second generation solar cells? Episode 204: How can semiconductors bring electric vehicles to the next stage? Episode 203: What are semiconductors? Episode 202: How much data do smart grids collect? Episode 201: Are researchers using smart grid data? Episode 200: What is a smart grid? Episode 199: Why is forecasting electricity demand hard? Episode 198: How is demand for electricity forecasted? Episode 197: Why do electric providers predict electricity demand? Episode 196: Where was the first nuclear power plant built for domestic peacetime located? Episode 195: What fuel did Pittsburgh’s first street lamps consume? Episode 194: Were there ever natural gas wells within the city of Pittsburgh’s boundaries? Episode 193: What cities used to be the nation’s centers for refining petroleum? Episode 192: Which fuel sources were the most important in Pittsburgh’s history? Episode 191: Is biomass a viable energy source? Episode 190: What are biofuels and what are they used for? Episode 189: Do you ever worry about the environmental impact of all the plastic we use? Episode 188: Will we ever run out of fossil fuels? Episode 187: What is crude oil and how do we turn it into useful products? Episode 186: A lot of cities have goals to reduce greenhouse gases. What are they doing in Pittsburgh? Episode 185: What exactly does the “metric global warming potential” entail? Episode 184: As our population changes, how will energy use change?Episode 183: What exactly is the “Food-energy-water nexus”?Episode 182: What are the costs of different types of electricity generation? Episode 181: What are variable electricity prices? Episode 180: Does shopping online save energy? Episode 179: What are vampire electrical loads? Episode 178: How much electricity do data centers consume? Episode 177: How do coastal towns feel about offshore wind projects compared to onshore ones in their community? Episode 176: Where do most people prefer to have wind energy projects located? Episode 175: What do people think about the prospect of a wind farm in their community? Episode 174: What’s the advantage of adding energy storage to a wind project? Episode 173: Where should we build wind energy projects? Episode 172: Are biofuels good for the environment? Episode 171: What are the true prices of alternative fuels? Episode 170: Why does fuel contain 10% ethanol? Episode 169: What are flex fuel vehicles? Episode 168: Why aren’t alternative fuels more available? Episode 167: How can we encourage renters and landlords to use less electricity? Episode 166: Can we help low-income families use less electricity? Episode 165: Why do people decide to put solar panels on their home? Episode 164: How should your electricity bill show your consumption? Episode 163: Can smart meters be hacked? Episode 162: Where does energy go when we use it? Episode 161: What are some of the options for using shale gas? Episode 160: How are new materials important to our energy infrastructure? Episode 159: How is solar thermal power generated and used? Episode 158: How is solar electric power generated and captured? Episode 157: Should I buy batteries for my home? Episode 156: What are electric bikes? Episode 155: What kind of batteries are used in drones? Episode 154: Why do batteries catch fire? Episode 153: How many miles can an electric vehicle go before running out of energy? Episode 152: How do coal-fired power plants use water? Episode 151: Are there any problems with using water desalination to increase our water supply? Episode 150: Can hydraulic fracturing cause earthquakes & if so, what can we do about it? Episode 149: What practices are available to better manage the wastewater from hydraulic fracturing? Episode 148: Is it true that hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, uses a lot of water? Episode 147: Which is better, a revenue-neutral carbon tax or a cap-and-trade program? Episode 146: Why do environmental regulations tend to adversely affect firms that extract or use coal? Episode 145: How does environmental policy affect measures like GDP? Episode 144: I am considering buying an electric vehicle, should I? Episode 143: Do markets tend to solve environmental problems without government regulation? Episode 142: Is there one single technology or strategy that could solve the climate problem? Episode 141: Is the environmental effect of renewables the same everywhere? Episode 140: Do rebates for energy efficient appliances work? Episode 139: Are natural gas vehicles a good idea? Episode 138: What is energy storage? Episode 137: Is it cost-effective to put solar panels on my roof? Episode 136: What is a ground-source heat pump and should I install one in my house? Episode 135: Should I get new windows to improve the energy efficiency of my home? Episode 134: What is the most cost-effective way to improve the energy efficiency of my home? Episode 133: Do homes use more energy today than in the 1980’s? Episode 132: How Can Cities Prepare for Blackouts? Episode 131: Can we prevent blackouts? Episode 130: Why are some power companies charging a fee to customers who install solar panels? Episode 129: What would it take to go off the grid entirely? Episode 128: Where should wind and solar plants be located to best lower pollution? Episode 127: Are wind and solar the only low-pollution sources of electricity generation? Episode 126: How much of our electric power could be generated by renewables like wind and solar? Episode 125: How have some new energy technologies influenced the global price of energy? Episode 124: What can happen when businesses implement new technologies to increase energy efficiency? Ep 123: Can the current price of energy influence our use of new energy technologies? Episode 122: How can tax policy influence which energy technologies we use? Ep 121: What are the impacts of energy on water? Ep 120: What are the hidden costs of energy? Ep 119: How can maximizing our energy and water efficiency bolster national security? Episode 118: How is nuclear waste shipped and stored? Episode 117: What are national energy labs and what do they do? Episode 116: Will automated vehicles help save energy? Episode 115: If I buy a plug-in electric vehicle, when is the most efficient time to charge it? Episode 114: Will everyone be driving a plug-in electric vehicle in the future? Episode 113: If I buy a plug-in electric vehicle, how much will it help the environment? Episode 112: Are electric vehicles the right choice for you? Episode 111: How can social networks affect energy investment decisions? Episode 110: Default settings make things easy, but do they save us the most energy? Episode 109: Would a display in your home providing information on how much energy you use influence your behavior? Episode 108: Can knowing how much energy my neighbor uses affect my energy use? Episode 107: Can the knowledge that we’re being watched change how we use energy? Episode 106: Have you ever wondered how natural gas is used to make electricity?
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