AUBURN – Wei Zhan, assistant professor in the College of Sciences and Mathematics at Auburn University, has received a five-year, $580,000 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development, or CAREER, award, to conduct research on solar energy.
Zahn’s research proposal is titled “Molecular Photovoltaics – A Lipid-Based Approach” and his research is designed to provide insight into a more efficient conversion of solar energy to electrical energy. Although solar energy has the potential to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, many current technologies are inefficient and costly.
AUBURN – A new environmental partnership in Alabama could provide municipalities a way to convert their “green” waste into energy while reducing the amount sent to landfills.
Auburn University is collaborating with the City of Fultondale, Alabama Power Company and the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs to develop a plan for using the city’s green waste – such as trees, tree limbs, leaves and grass clippings – as a source of clean, renewable energy.
“Fultondale, like other communities, sends tons of green waste to the city landfill each year,” said Steve Taylor, director of Auburn’s Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts. “By using innovative gasification technology available through Auburn University, those limbs and branches could be used to power as many as 500 homes. The first step is making sure the process can be carried out in a manner that is cost effective.”
AUBURN – Jim Fischer, senior advisor to the USDA Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics, will present a seminar, “Energy for the Bioeconomy,” Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 3 p.m. in the Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Science conference hall.
Fischer will give an update on bioenergy and the latest developments in the global energy situation. The talk will be part of Fischer’s two-day visit to Auburn in which he will receive briefings and a tour of the university. A reception will follow.