CFAES scientists are testing a range of trees, shrubs, and grasses (such as switchgrass, shown here) for their potential as new bioenergy crops in Ohio. Besides producing renewable energy, the plants could be value-added crops for Ohio farmers and could restore degraded land. Read the story …
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Microbial fuel cells are the focus of a seminar Friday (4/12) sponsored by Ohio State’s Environmental Science Graduate Program. Penn State’s Bruce Logan, pictured, presents “Energy from Water: Microbial Fuel Cell Technologies Meet Salinity Gradient Energy” at 3 p.m. in 021 Lazenby Hall on Ohio State’s campus in Columbus. There’s also a video link to 121 Fisher Auditorium on OARDC’s Wooster campus, 1680 Madison Ave. Free. All are welcome. (See later posts here and here.) (Photo: Penn State.)
Rotten produce. Animal fat. Bad soda. Manure. The Wooster campus of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC, is going to waste. And that’s a good thing. The campus is using agricultural and food-processing waste to meet nearly a third of its 12-megawatt-hour annual electricity needs. That’s 3.6 MWh of green energy, or enough to power 313 average U.S. homes, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Read the story …
A reminder that global energy expert Daniel Yergin will speak tomorrow (April 2) at Ohio State in Columbus. He’s a Pulitzer Prize winner for his book The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power and is the author of the current bestseller The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World. Audience questions, a book signing, and a reception will follow right after. Free and open to the public. See previous posts here and here.
Earlier in the day, Yergin will present “The Quest: The Future of Energy” to Ohio State students (10 a.m. in the Ohio Union’s U.S. Bank Conference Theater).
For details on both events, contact Gina Langen in Ohio State’s Office of Energy and Environment, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ohio State’s South Centers in Piketon, part of CFAES, will hold a workshop April 8 on growing and marketing bioenergy crops, including miscanthus and guayule (pictured). Get more details here and here (pdf; check out the list of expert speakers). (Photo: Clarence A. Rechenthin @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database.)
There are algae we don’t want. And algae we do. A pilot algae farm now operates near Wooster (pictured) and CFAES’s research arm, OARDC, is one of the project’s partners. Studies at the farm should give us new, specific details on the system’s costs, biofuel yields, evaporation rates (including an innovative material that cuts them), and sustainability. Of note: Some of the carbon dioxide released by the farm’s coal-burning greenhouse heat source gets reused. It gets pumped back into the water, which helps the algae grow. Also: Residue left after processing the algae for biofuel also gets reused. It feeds an anaerobic digester that in turn generates energy too.
OARDC’s Dave Benfield talks about closing the carbon cycle by running cars on waste-produced, biogas-derived natural gas (video, 1:18), which OARDC is doing in a new demonstration project. Read the story.