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Valparaiso University Gets Solar Research Grant

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Valparaiso University is getting a two-point-three million dollar U-S Department of Energy grant to fund cutting-edge solar research.  First District Congressman Pete Visclosky says the funds will assist College of Engineering faculty and students in developing a unique electrochemical cell that produces magnesium using solar-thermal energy, which could potentially reduce carbon dioxide emissions and electricity consumption associated with current metals manufacturing.  
“I am proud of Valparaiso University for being at the forefront of innovation in energy research,” Congressman Visclosky said. “It is my hope that their advancements in cutting-edge solar technologies will promote the use of American renewable energy for generations to come.”  
“With this funding from the Department of Energy, Valpo faculty and students will push forward the energy science frontier by exploring new methods for using solar energy,” Valparaiso University President Mark A. Heckler, Ph.D., said. “The research conducted at the James S. Markiewicz Solar Energy Research Facility will provide new, more efficient energy sources for creating commodities, positively impacting both the local and the national economies.”
For more information on ARPA-E and its innovative project portfolio, please visit http://www.arpa-e.energy.gov/


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