Experience firsthand how wood and other organic materials generate energy through interactive exhibits developed by staff from the Bioenergy Science Center (BESC) in collaboration with the Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga, Tenn., and the Southeast Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems (IBSS).
“Farming for Fuels” exhibits and lesson plans teach basic concepts such as the carbon cycle, how woody biomass, such as trees and grasses, can produce biofuels, and the technical and economic obstacles to a bio-based fuel economy.
A tractor-trailer scale mobile wood gasifier turns woody biomass into electricity on a small scale – on the spot. The mobile biomass gasifier comes to UGA as the final stop on a “whistle stop tour” across the Southeast.
UGA faculty and students will be on hand to guide visitors, including over 200 seventh grade students from Hilsman Middle School in Athens, through the activities.
PARTNERS: Bioenergy Systems Research Institute (BSRI) BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) Southeast Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems (IBSS) Office of Service-Learning
James C. Liao, UCLA's Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Professor and chair of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been named co-winner of the 2013 Eni Prize for renewable energy research.
The honor, to be presented at the presidential Palace in Rome on June 27, is given by the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei in Milan. Liao shares the 2013 renewable energy award with Frances Arnold, a professor of chemical engineering at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. The foundation awarded separate prizes to five other researchers.
Liao was recognized for his work in synthesizing isobutanol and other higher alcohols as biofuels. Liao also has developed a way to turn electricity into liquid fuel. His breakthroughs have potential for use in numerous industrial and energy applications.
Version 1.1 of the Road Trip Challenge is now available on ITunes which includes two new trip options of Nashville Tennessee to Naperville Illinois and Naperville Illinois to Ann Arbor Michigan
The 'Road Trip Challenge', developed by the Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga Tennessee in collaboration with BESC, is now available as a free download on ITunes under the education category for use on IPad. The game incorporates lessons to explore fuel efficiency, fuel availability, and environmental impact. Users design their own cars and select types of fuel for travel to different destinations.
UNT researchers for the first time are creating new bioproducts from
lignin, including carbon fiber and improved animal feedstock. The
discoveries also will help scientists around the world better
understand lignin, a substance that makes plants woody and firm.
U.S. Department of Energy, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz presented the afternoon keynote presentation at the BIOMASS 2013 conference on August 1st in Washington D.C. During this presentation the Energy Secretary called out BESC for a breakthrough in identifying a bacteria that makes soluble biomass without pretreatment. He noted that this bacteria, C.bescii, is now part of the scientific lexicon.
Since 2007, the Energy Department’s three BioEnergy Research Centers have pursued breakthroughs in biofuel technologies -- working to move these discoveries toward commercialization. Meet Wellington Muchero – a quantitative geneticist at the BioEnergy Science Center in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.