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Apr 30, 2010

Biofuels, Hold The Sugar

Imagine if we could make biofuels anywhere, without having to worry about biofuel crops competing with food crops. Well, the feds are now funding research that would make that possible. Modern biofuels are largely made from sugar. Basically, plants (like corn) take energy from the sun to convert carbon dioxide into organic compounds (like sugar)… 

Apr 28, 2010

Tucker Hall Working Off Waste

Tucker Residence Hall has been selected to participate in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s first national “Working off the Waste” competition. 

Apr 28, 2010

NC State Residence Hall Selected to Compete in National Building Competition

North Carolina State University’s Tucker Residence Hall has been selected to participate in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) first national “Working off the Waste” competition among commercial buildings to save energy and fight climate change. 

Apr 23, 2010

Trash May Be (Energy) Treasure Trove

Earlier this month, a New York Times article highlighted the fact that European countries are burning garbage as a renewable source of energy – but that similar efforts in the United States are lagging behind. The article cites a 2009 study which “came down strongly in favor of waste-to-energy (WTE) plants over landfills as the… 

Mar 18, 2010

NC State Top Green School

NC State University has been named one of the Top 5 Greenest Schools in the Southeast by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine. 

Mar 11, 2010

NC State Named Top 5 Green School in Southeast

North Carolina State University has been named one of the Top 5 Greenest Schools in the Southeast by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine. The March issue recognizes NC State for its aggressive commitment to a more sustainable future. Backed by achievements in energy, transportation and academic programs, NC State’s balanced approach to sustainability helped garner the No. 4… 

Oct 20, 2009

NC State Develops Material That Could Boost Data Storage, Save Energy

North Carolina State University engineers have created a new material that would allow a fingernail-size computer chip to store the equivalent of 20 high-definition DVDs or 250 million pages of text, far exceeding the storage capacities of today’s computer memory systems. 

Oct 7, 2009

Fill ’er Up – With Algae

Imagine filling up your car with fuel that comes from inexpensive algae that grow quickly, don’t use up freshwater supplies and can be cultivated in areas where they won’t compete with traditional food crops, such as corn or soybeans. Researchers at North Carolina State University are working to make that a reality, with a $2… 

Sep 17, 2009

Carolina Coal

NC State is perfecting a process to turn wood chips and forest residue into a coal substitute. 

Sep 4, 2009

NC State Researcher Receives Grant to Study Nuclear Safety, Waste Reuse

A North Carolina State University researcher has received an $800,000 grant from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to explore ways to reuse or otherwise safely dispose of waste from nuclear power plants. Dr. Gary Mitchell, professor of physics at NC State, will serve as lead investigator on the project titled, “Cross Sections, Level Densities and… 

Sep 3, 2009

NC State Receives NSF Grant to Discover Plant “Switchboards”

Lignin is the “glue” that holds trees together. It’s good if you need lumber for construction – bad if you’re trying to make biofuels. Researchers at North Carolina State University will trigger the genetic “on/off switches” in more than 10,000 trees to determine how each of the 33 lignin-producing genes impact the type and amount… 

Jul 8, 2009

NC State Researchers Receive $1.3 Million to Study Advanced Battery Technology

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $1.3 million to faculty in North Carolina State University’s Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center to improve the batteries that help power plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. 

May 7, 2009

Wind Turbine Installed at Solar Center

A new vertical wind turbine that's only 30 feet tall has been installed at the Solar Center. 

Apr 7, 2009

Tiny Super-Plant Can Clean Up Hog Farms and Be Used For Ethanol Production

Researchers at North Carolina State University have found that a tiny aquatic plant can be used to clean up animal waste at industrial hog farms and potentially be part of the answer for the global energy crisis. Their research shows that growing duckweed on hog wastewater can produce five to six times more starch per…