Rethinking Electric Power, Prompted by Politics and Disaster

Rethinking Electric Power, Prompted by Politics and Disaster

Power lines near Vega Baja, P.R., that were damaged by Hurricane Maria. Researchers say the storm’s devastation left the island a blank slate for innovative energy projects. SEATTLE — Lilo Danielle Pozzo, who teaches chemical engineering at the University of Washington, grew up in Puerto Rico. So when Hurricane Maria devastated the island in September, it felt, she said, like a perfect alignment of needs and expertise: Professor Pozzo studies batteries and electrical storage systems at the university’s Clean Energy Institute , and Puerto Rico, a place she loves, had just seen its power grid destroyed. She led a […]