The Arizona Solar Summit IV featured the first public unveiling of the state’s new master energy plan, emPOWER Arizona: Executive Energy Assessment and Pathways. Governor Jan Brewer signed the executive order on February 18, making it the state’s first comprehensive energy plan in 20 years. The Arizona Solar Summit was hosted by ASU LightWorks, ASU SkySong, the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, and was sponsored by NRG.
The Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy (ARPA-E) recently announced the allocation of $30 million in funding for 12 projects selected to conduct research for the Full-Spectrum Optimized Conversion and Utilization of Sunlight (FOCUS) program. ASU LightWorks’ deputy director Steven Goodnick and ASU assistant professor Zachary Homan will lead two research teams in support of FOCUS to develop cutting-edge solar energy technology projects.
Slate Magazine recently published an article covering the “Rescuing Climate Policy” panel held at the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University on Feb. 5. The panel discussed opportunities to push renewable energy policy forward in order to combat climate change. ASU LightWorks Director Gary Dirks was a panelist and commented that the era of low-cost fossil fuels is reaching its end.
Two solar energy projects led by Arizona State University will receive up to $6.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy. The projects are a part of the DOE’s Full-Spectrum Optimized Conversion and Utilization (FOCUS) program which aims to develop new hybrid solar energy converters. Steve Goodnick, deputy director of ASU LightWorks, was interviewed about ASU’s breakthrough solar cell technology.
A partnership has been announced between Arizona State University, Heliae, and SCHOTT North America. Through the collaboration, SCHOTT financed a Helix photobioreactor built by Heliae and installed at ASU’s Arizona Center for Algae Technology (AzCATI). Over the next several years, algae researchers at AzCATI will leverage the Helix photobioreactor to further the understanding of algae production technology.
Arizona State University algae research was highlighted in a recent article by KJZZ, the National Public Radio (NPR) member station in Phoenix, Arizona. The article featured an interview with ASU Professor Milton Sommerfeld at the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI). Sommerfeld explained the potential of algae as a fuel source and how ASU is looking at ways to make extracting oil from algae cheaper.