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Podcasts

The podcasts give readers a chance to listen to a researcher discuss their work in their own words. There will also be comprehensive podcasts--covering content you might have missed.

Bringing Science to MENA and Energy to Europe, Frank Lehner

The idea of generating solar energy on a large scale in the sun-intensive countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to satisfy their own increasing energy demand and to export surplus energy to Europe as advocated in the DESERTEC concept, has publicly received much attention in some countries, particularly in Germany, Morocco, Tunisia, and also substantial support from their governments.

Listen: Dr. Lehner describes the project and related symposium in his own words. (MP3, 5:49)


Converting Thermal Energy with Doped Buckyballs

Condensed Matter physicist and Material Scientist, Jinke Tang spoke with JRSE over the phone recently about his recent article "Seebeck coefficient and thermal conductivity in doped C60," which appears in the second issue of the journal.

Dr. Tang is a professor at the University of Wyoming Department of Physics and Astronomy, and part of his research focuses on novel thermoelectric materials that can be used for energy conversion.

Dr. Tang gives the example of using materials with high Seebeck coefficients on an automobile's exhaust to generate energy.

Listen to the Podcast (8:05)


Energy Conversations at the 14th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference

JRSE visited the 14th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference, held in Washington, D.C. on June 21-23, 2010. This podcast discusses several of the interesting energy-related talks given at that meeting.

Listen to the podcast (6:13)


Podcast with Dr. Benjamin Dawson-andoh

Benjamin Dawson-andoh, is the Assistant Professor of Wood Science at West Virginia University's Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, in Morgantown, West Virginia.

His recently published article, appearing in Issue 2 (2010) of the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, is the first of a two-paper series that reports on the use of fluorescence spectroscopy coupled with multivariate data analysis as a potential process analytical tool to develop calibration and prediction models for some physical and chemical properties of yellow poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera L.)

Listen to the podcast (7:44)


Podcast with Dr. Elena Ferapontova on Enzymatic Biofuel Cells

In terms of sustainable energy production, enzymatic biofuel cells are attractive for a number of special applications, such as disposable implantable power suppliers for medical sensor-transmitters and drug delivery/activator systems and self-powered enzyme-based biosensors; they offer practical advantages of using abundant organic raw materials as biofuels for clean and sustainable energy production.

Dr. Elena Ferapontova is an associate professor at the Interdisciplinary Nanocience (iNano) Center at Aarhus University, in Denmark. Her research focuses on enzymatic biofuel cells.

Read Dr. Ferapontova's JRSE article "Peroxidase biocathodes for a biofuel cell development".

Listen to the podcast (6:00)


Podcast with Dr. Bryan Willson on Algae Biofuels

Bryan Willson is a mechanical engineering professor at Colorado State and the co-founder of Solix Biofuels, a company that focuses on producing biodiesel from algae. While there has been some debate on the merits of biofuels, Dr. Willson hopes that those produced from algae will prove especially sustainable.

Listen to the podcast (7:47)


Reports from the 2009 ACS Green Chemistry Meeting

Nearly 500 attendees came to College Park, Maryland on June 23-25 to the 2009 ACS Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference to hear speakers on 7 different tracks. Included in this podcast are a couple of the highlights.

Listen to the podcast (7:46)


Florida State University's Biofuel Thrust

Assistant Professor Michael Wetz is from the Oceanography department at Florida State University and his research focuses on algal physiology and ecology. Dr. Wetz is part of the newly-created Institute for Energy Systems, Economics and Sustainability (IESES) at FSU. Read more in Dr. Wetz's blog entry.

Listen to the Podcast (10:09)


Renewable Energy and Lifetime Cost Analysis with Dr. Vasilis Fthenakis

Renewable Energy and Lifetime Cost Analysis
Dr. Vasilis Fthenakis
Brookhaven National Laboratory

Dr. Vasilis Fthenakis works with Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and Columbia University to develop a lifetime cost analysis for renewable energy. In this podcast, he speaks briefly about solar and nuclear energy—and the costs associated with each. Learn more about Dr. Fthenakis and his research at the BNL Photovoltaic Environmental Research Assistance Center.

Listen to the Podcast (10:52)


Dye Sensitized Solar Cells

Dye Sensitized Solar Cells
Dr. Marshal Dhayal
University of Washington Department of Biosciences

Dr. Marshal Dhayal is a Senior Fellow in the Department of Biosciences at the University of Washington. Dr. Dhayal's research focuses on constructing dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) and increasing their efficiency. For more information on Dr. Dhayal and his group's research, visit http://faculty.washington.edu/dratner/People.html. The Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy podcast is a production of the American Institute of Physics.

Listen to the Podcast (13:27)


Dr. Richard S. Eckman and RETScan

Dr. Richard S. Eckman
Senior Research Scientist
NASA Langley Research Center

Dr. Eckman talks briefly about collecting meteorological and solar data as well as his work helping to build RETScreen. Consisting of a set of cascading Excel spreadsheets, RETScreen is provided free-of-charge and can be used worldwide to evaluate the energy production and savings, costs, emission reductions, financial viability and risk for various types of Renewable-energy and Energy-efficient Technologies.

Listen to the Podcast (7:09)

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