May 9, 2013 | Research News
Power plants: UGA researchers explore how to harvest electricity directly from plants
The sun provides the most abundant source of energy on the planet. However, only a tiny fraction of the solar radiation on Earth is converted into useful energy.
April 4, 2013 | Research News
UGA receives renewed funding as part of federal bioenergy research initiative
The Department of Energy announced today that it has renewed funding for three bioenergy research centers, including the BioEnergy Science Center, a partnership of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Georgia and other university and industry partners
March 26, 2013 | Research News
UGA discovery may allow scientists to make fuel from CO2 in the atmosphere
Excess carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere created by the widespread burning of fossil fuels is the major driving force of global climate change, and researchers the world over are looking for new ways to generate power that leaves a smaller carbon footprint.
February 28, 2013 | Events on Campus
2013 EcoFocus Film Festival set for March 20-24 in Athens
The Artic documentary "Chasing Ice" will officially open the 2013 EcoFocus Film Festival March 21 at Ciné. An initiative of the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology now in its sixth year, EcoFocus features top-quality full-length, short and children's films that address pressing environmental issues.
February 14, 2013 | General News
UGA leads inaugural SEC Symposium on renewable energy
Experts from all of the Southeastern Conference's 14 universities joined with representatives from industry and government in Atlanta Feb. 10-12 at the inaugural SEC Symposium, a meeting designed to forge new collaborations among universities, and to share the research and innovation of SEC institutions with the outside world.
February 6, 2013 | Research News
SEC Symposium to address role of Southeast in renewable energy
In late January, just days after a federal appeals court ruled that the 2012 EPA mandate for cellulosic biofuels was overly optimistic, the EPA issued a new renewable fuel production requirement for 2013. The new standard, 14 million gallons, almost doubles the 2012 standard of 8.7 million gallons of biofuels made from grasses and woody material.
February 5, 2013 | Research News
Newly discovered plant structure may lead to improved biofuel processing
When Li Tan approached his colleagues at the University of Georgia with some unusual data he had collected, they initially seemed convinced that his experiment had become contaminated; what he was seeing simply didn't make any sense.
January 22, 2013 | Events on Campus
UGA selects 10 student scholars to attend inaugural SEC Symposium on renewable energy
The University of Georgia Bioenergy Systems Research Institute and the Office of Sustainability have selected 10 undergraduate students to serve as UGA's University Scholars at the inaugural Southeastern Conference Symposium, which will be held Feb. 10-12 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.
December 18, 2012 | Research News
Researchers examine public opinion on biofuel industry in the Southeast U.S.
Public opinion and local support may very well be the linchpins that determine the future of bioenergy in the United States. The Southeastern U.S. is poised to become a major producer of bioenergy, and a wide range of bioenergy technologies are now in various stages of development in the region. Will residents support the new ventures? Who will grow the biomass? Will those in established industries fight against it? These are but a few of the critical questions that citizens, policymakers and investors must answer if bioenergy is to become a viable alternative to fossil fuels.
September 6, 2012 | Events on Campus
UGA College of Environment and Design holds dedication ceremony for new building
The University of Georgia College of Environment and Design will host a dedication ceremony and open house for its new building, located at 285 South Jackson Street, on Sept. 21 at 10 a.m.
August 27, 2012 | Research News
Discovery of plant gene lays groundwork for improved biofuel processing
Since 2007, researchers at the BioEnergy Science Center, one of three Department of Energy-funded research centers, have partnered to figure out how to break down plants so that they easily release the simple sugars that can be processed into biofuels. It's a breakthrough that could make biofuels cost competitive with gasoline.
July 27, 2012 | Research News
A growing effort: UGA professors receive $2 million to speed biofuel development
In the ongoing search for cleaner, renewable energy sources, biofuels derived from trees, shrubs and grasses have emerged as a strong candidate. But creating the next generation's energy source is not as simple as growing a few crops; extensive research is required to ensure that these plants produce enough biomass and fuel per acre to make biomass farming economically viable.
May 29, 2012 | Research News
UGA chemistry professors awarded $1.5 million to conduct energy-related research
If you want to increase your car's gas mileage or build a more powerful handheld electronic device, don't bend steel or slice silicon chips. Manipulate nanomaterials and molecules instead.
April 18, 2012 | General News
UGA Solar Demonstration Project to be installed this spring
The University of Georgia is about to get a little bit greener. This spring, the Athens campus will enjoy not only the familiar beauty of renewed life and vegetation as the season unfolds, but also the implementation of renewable energy through the UGA Solar Demonstration Project.
December 16, 2011 | Research News
Tropical Energy: UGA and University of Puerto Rico create algae biofuels center
Taking advantage of a marine location and tropical climate that are ideal for growing algae, researchers from the University of Georgia and the University of Puerto Rico are creating a renewable energy center to grow algae-based biofuels.