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    Emerge 2015: Artists + Scientists

    Arizona State University’s Emerge 2015 will showcase its radically new visions of the future on Friday, March 6, at the university’s SkySong Innovation Center in Scottsdale.

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    Connecting the Humanities and Sustainability

    LightWorks interviewed Joni Adamson, ASU professor of English and Environmental Humanities and Senior Sustainability Scholar of the Wrigley Institute, to discuss exactly how the humanities and sustainability are interconnected.

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    Potential Efficiency Measures for AZ

    Energy Policy Innovation Council (EPIC)'s Jeffrey Swofford outlines several potential energy efficiency measures that Arizona can include in its Clean Power Plan (CPP) state plan.

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    Inspiring Building Designers of Tomorrow

    The School of Sustainability and ASU LightWorks join to support the 2015 Intel Sustainable Buildings Conference which aims to connect students to industry leaders, discuss ways to collaboratively work through challenges.

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    Op-ed: How committed is SRP?

    Troy A. Rule, faculty director of the Program on Law and Sustainability at Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, writes an opinion piece for azcentral stating that SRP exhibits more marketing prowess than a real embrace of renewable energy.

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    U.S. Secretary of Energy visits ASU

    U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz recently visited ASU to meet with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) students, and explore DOE research projects at the university.

Energy Solutions


The Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation partners with the rapidly growing algae industry to propel Arizona into the forefront of innovation in biofuels and bio-product research and development.

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Utility of the Future Center

Arizona State University is in a unique position to launch the nation’s first Utility of the Future Center designed to assist utilities, regulators and consumers in making the move to a clean energy future.

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QESST Center

QESST uses quantum mechanics to solve challenges to harnessing solar power in economically viable and sustainable ways.

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Arizona Solar Summit

The Arizona Solar Summit seeks to position Arizona as the global leader in solar energy through world-class market, industry, policy, and research capabilities.

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LightSpeed Solutions

LightSpeed Solutions is a collaborative effort among multiple institutions to develop energy systems that use sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water to produce sustainable, scalable, and infrastructure-compatible liquid hydrocarbon fuels.

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Sustainable Algal Biofuels Consortium

The primary objective is to evaluate biochemical (enzymatic) conversion as a potentially viable strategy for converting algal biomass into lipid-based and carbohydrate-based biofuels. Secondary objective is to test the acceptability of algal biofuels as replacements for petroleum-based fuels.

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Solar Electric

A major societal challenge is to generate electricity with minimal environmental impact. One way to do this is by using the power of the sun. ASU is working to provide efficient, low-cost, and scalable solar electric systems.

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Social Sciences

Critical facets of energy system change are not amenable to research in the natural sciences and engineering, requiring instead social science and humanistic approaches; therefore ASU is launching a new initiative to support social and humanistic studies of energy change.

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Solar to Fuels

Solar panels can produce electricity from sunlight, but what about the liquid fuels that power our vehicles? ASU scientists are working to create renewable transportation fuels from sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water.

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Algae / Cyanobacteria

Photosynthetic microorganisms are outstanding candidates for producing biofuels because they are more efficient at capturing sunlight energy than terrestrial plants, can achieve very high concentrations of oily components within their cells, and can operate without large consumptions of water and nutrients.

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Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is currently the least costly energy opportunity in our economy. ASU is working toward a cultural transformation where society has the knowledge and tools to make energy efficiency a consideration in everything it does.

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Arizona's Energy Future

Many people see energy as a technical challenge, but it is not–it is a social, policy, and business opportunity with significant technical dimensions. ASU already envisions energy in these larger terms. We are defining ourselves as a global leader in this critical field.

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Energy Education

U.S. educational institutions have helped our country be a world leader for well over 100 years. Yet, now, as ASU President Michael Crow has consistently argued in his vision for ASU as a New American University, our educational institutions must change if the U.S. is to meet the energy challenges of the 21st century.

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Partnering with Industry

ASU has a compelling opportunity to partner with energy industry leaders to advance the industry, create an energy ecosystem with widespread benefits to all participants, and quickly commercialize the resulting technology.

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Policy Engagement

Energy policy outcomes develop explicit links between advanced technologies; conservation and sustainable buildings; and underlying economic, social, and cultural behavior. ASU is using system dynamics and agent-based approaches to develop both micro- and macro-scale energy outcome models.

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