Dennis McGinn, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment), will be the keynote speaker at the the 8th Annual Algae Biomass Summit—the largest algae conference in the world, being held Sept. 29-Oct. 2 in San Diego, California. In May, McGinn visited the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI) and announced support for ASU's algae-based biofuels.
Gregg Zachary, professor of practice at ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, wrote a profile piece for IEEE Spectrum magazine that examines the history of breakthrough engineers and their impact on humanity. Zachary explores the criterion of what makes an “engineering hero” and encourages society to seek and celebrate the visionary leaders of our times.
A new three-week ASU Solar Energy Engineering & Commercialization certificate program is aimed at increasing solar energy expertise around the world. The program is geared for professionals in the solar energy industries and focuses on emerging technologies involved in the field, as well as the production and applications of solar energy.
ASU spin-out company Heliae announced a partnership with Sincere Corporation, a Japan-based waste management and recycling company, to form a joint venture and develop a commercial algae production facility in Saga City, Japan. This joint venture will progress Heliae’s proprietary algae production technology to supply natural astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant with broad health benefits.
Elisabeth Graffy, Arizona State University professor and ASU LightWorks co-director of energy policy, law and governance co-wrote an Energy Law Journal article about the impact of solar installations to energy markets and electric utilities. The article, “Does Disruptive Competition Mean a Death Spiral for Electric Utilities,” was an effort of Graffy and Steven Kihm, director of market research and policy for the Energy Center of Wisconsin.
Arizona State University was awarded a $20 million grant by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to launch a research partnership aimed to explore approaches for anticipating and mitigating national security risks associated with climate change. The initiative aims to provide tools, techniques, and environments for decision-making and increased global sustainability and resilience.