Going Green: Sustainable Technologies
Brown, Marilyn A.
Lively, Ryan P.
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Dr. Ryan Lively, a Postdoctoral Scholar in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, at Georgia Tech, delivered a presentation on novel low-energy intensity separations for biofuels, focusing the potential of Algenol processes for alternative energy production. Mr. Mark Simpson, doctoral student in Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech, presented: “The Solar Vortex: Electrical Power Generation Using Buoyancy-Induced Vortices.” Mr. Simpson explored how artificially induced vortices could be harnessed to capture thermal energy. He presented his prototype technology for this purpose, identified the low environmental impact of this novel technology, and presented preliminary findings of its energy efficiency relative to traditional energy sources. Dr. Marilyn Brown delivered a presentation entitled: “The Closing Door on 450 ppm CO or 2° C Rise in Global Temperature.” Dr. Brown addressed the critical role of energy efficiency in meeting national and international energy consumption and CO emissions reductions. Georgia Tech and Duke University have collaborated to advance research in this area and are the only two universities in the U.S. that utilize the National Energy Modeling System (NEMS) to model and forecast energy consumption. The NEMS is the major system utilized by the U.S. Energy Information Administration for such energy modeling and forecasting.