ABO Member Michael Wilson Wins Third Consecutive Sustainability Challenge Grant

May, 1 / 2017

Many ABO members are doing exciting things—in the algae space, in the sustainability space, in research, in industry, in labs and beyond. Today we would like to feature one group that has been making an impact on algae-focused technological development for many years: The Center for Applied Energy Research at the University of Kentucky.

The University of Kentucky has coordinated with a number of partners on some of the most advanced algae research in the field. Projects at the UK Center for Applied Energy Research have explored photobioreactor design, carbon capture from energy production and other systesm for large scale algae cultivation and processing.

Last month, ABO member Michael Wilson received his third consecutive University of Kentucky Sustainability Challenge Grant earlier this year, which will allow him to “bring in five undergraduate students from a broad range of disciplines to create a novel interdisciplinary research program.” The program, in short, provides support for projects that bring students together from a variety of academic disciplines in order to tackle a real-world sustainability conundrum. In the past, Wilson’s teams have worked on designing a sustainable bus shelter that incorporated solar power and water collection concepts.

We will be sure to track the project as it progresses—it promises to be valuable for both students and the broader community. More details about Wilson and the grant can be found here.