Alternative Energy

  • Views: 82 Green Means Go! Converting Algae To Biofuel

    Scientists at the University of Toledo are collaborating with the Center for Innovative Food Technology in the study of the obstacles and potential impact of using algae as a viable alternative to fossil fuels.  We visit an algae-to-fuel project site and discuss the development of a comprehensive algae biofuel research facility being constructed at UT.

  • Views: 420 Naturally Warm: Using Geothermal Power to Heat Buildings

    GeoThermal Power is derived from harnessing the warmth of the Earth itself to heat buildings, or to cool buildings, depending on the time of year, especially in temperate climates, and has been used since ancient times. Wesley Mathern gives us a scientific explaination of how it all works and walks us through the process of installing a Geothermal Heating and Cooling system.

  • Views: 492 Blowing in the Wind

    The Great Lakes may provide a more reliably windy surface than the less-than-flat landmasses far from the lakeshores.  Erica Baker reports on the work of scientists with designs on tapping into the wind power offshore.

  • Views: 340 Making Green with Green

    The process of taking a green product from the idea phase to the store shelf has many stops along the way.  David Mette follows the development of organic dinnerware from EcoLogic as they test safety with the UT College of Engineering  and create a business plan with the UT College of Business.

  • Views: 482 Hybrid and Hydro: Hydraulic Technology to Enhance Hybrid Vehicles

    Hydraulics are being applied to making cars and trucks more efficient.  Jasmine Neilson talks with US Representative Marcy Kaptur and scientists from the UT College of Engineering, and then takes a ride in a new hydraulic vehicle with the UPS delivery service.

  • Views: 576 Educational Alternatives

    University of Toledo College of Education is managing a program to instruct science teachers in public schools about alternative energy.  Research shows that a future economy and manufacturing will be based more on alternative energy and less on auto manufacturing.  

  • Views: 426 Small Science; Big Impact

    Scientists are experimenting with the ‘third generation’ of solar energy, with print-screened, nano-sized dots on thin film materials; a process that may revolutionize our lives.  ‘Quantum’ dots can make any surface available for solar energy production, even the clothes we wear!

  • Views: 1285 Hydrogen Gets Hot: Could fuel cell cars be the next big thing?

    Fossil fuels are known hazards to our environment and they are not sustainable. One possible front-runner for the car of the future is the Hydrogen Fuel Cell car. How is hydrogen used as a fuel? How do we make and find hydrogen? How can drivers fuel up with the H-fuel cell? Melissa Chi looks under the hood.

  • Views: 264 It Can’t Hold a Candle to…Comparing the effectiveness of alternative forms of energy

    How much energy generation from coal, wind, or solar power does it take to power an appliance, a whole house, a town?  People hear about alternative energy all the time, but not the power-full    details. Can we gain the energy we need in a cost effective way, and save our environment at the same time?  Plugged-In meets people who are bringing new energy to the average home.

  • Views: 821 Critical Mass: Is biomass the answer to our energy needs?

    The burning of fossil fuels is currently the way we make most of our electricity, but the extraction of these materials can be costly and their supply is limited.  Plant cellulose is the most abundant biological material on Earth; is there a way we can harness this biomass material to fulfill our energy needs?  What plants are the most likely providers of energy?  How is the burning of this material less harmful than traditional fossil fuels?  Erica Baker gets some burning questions answered.

  • Views: 494 Taking the LEED: Integrating energy conservation into construction

    What is L.E.E.D. certification?  Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. (L.E.E.D.) Green Building Rating System is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. esley Mathern consults with experts in the future of green design and technology.

  • Views: 530 Green Goes Green: Alternative energy sources turn greenhouses eco-friendly

    Midwestern growers are creating a local network of grower businesses, buyers and sellers that make locally grown plants viable and affordable. They are also concentrating their energy on energy savings for the environment, and to bring down their reliance on fossil fuels.

  • Views: 453 Green-Collar Economy: Jobs that move technology out of the lab and onto the rooftop

    We explore solar panel installation as a new ‘green-collar’ career. Also, how technology is taken from idea stage to marketable product - featuring Al Compaan on PhotoVoltaics;  Xunming Deng and Matt Longthorne at Xunlight Corp.   We focus on the installation and assess ease of the technology for home utility.

  • Views: 819 Thinking Global and Buying Local: Eco-Friendly Products

    When we buy local, we rein in the effects each of us has on our environment, especially when those local products are also bio-based green products. We visit with Rebecca Singer, Assistant Director of the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) and Program Coordinator for the Northwest Ohio Green Products Center.  A business perspective is enhanced by with Dr. Kevin J. Egan, Assistant Professor of Economics at UT as he explains the environmental impact of green purchase power.  David Davis goes in search of the story and some good shopping.

  • Views: 464 Fueling Our Future

    Whether you are looking to save the planet from greenhouse gases or just looking to save money at the pump, there are many reasons to shed reliance on fossil fuels.  One way is to invest in the manufacture of Bio Fuels.  Roquel Cunningham explores the future of ethanol manufacturing.  Can it be a real alternative source of energy?  What other non-food-producing plant material can be used instead of food produce? Academic and business experts weigh in.

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