Alternative-Energy Research Gets Federal Boost At University Park

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By Adam Smeltz
April 30, 2010


Penn State will receive $2.5 million for two groundbreaking energy-research projects at University Park, U.S. Sens. Bob Casey and Arlen Specter said Thursday.

The money, part of the federal stimulus package created by the Recovery Act of 2009, will come from the U.S. Department of Energy.

One project will focus on how to create gasoline by using hydrogen, carbon dioxide and algae. Penn State will collaborate with the University of Kentucky in that work.

The other effort aims to develop a new energy-storage device, a high-energy density capacitor, which promises to keep storage costs low. Recapping Inc., a California-based firm, will be Penn State's research partner in that project.

"These projects will help grow Pennsylvania's green economy and are a great boost in our efforts to end the country's dependence on foreign oil and energy," Specter said in a press release.

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