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Episode 108: Making the Most of Alternative Energy Sources

Algae and new opportunities for alternative energy.

AZSCI - Algae quote Ogden Kim Ogden, Ph.D., Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, discusses the challenges of using algae to create renewable energy.

In recent years, Kim Ogden has developed novel ways to use plants or algae for high yields of biofuel and other useful bioproducts. Now she is Director of a new Institute for Energy Solutions that is integrating the development and deployment of renewable and fossil-based energy in the broadest sense: the Institute brings together academics, industry, and the community to find effective ways to generate energy, store the energy for use at low-production times, maximize economic use of energy byproducts, and increase public awareness of the opportunities offered by various energy sources. In addition, she has received a $15M grant from USDA-NIFA to explore methods to efficiently grow guayule plants for use as a source of natural rubber. This is a collaboration with Bridgestone Americas, Inc., the tire makers; and the rest of the planet, or the “bagasse,” will be converted to jet fuel.

In this episode:

Kim Ogden, Ph.D., Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Leslie Tolbert, Ph.D., Regents' Professor in Neuroscience

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