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Earth Day lecture aims to generate sustainable collaborations


April 17, 2008

Oil prices are at all-time highs, and they could get worse. To help develop alternative energy systems, ASU professors are hoping to take a comprehensive approach that includes experts from industry and academia to enact cost-effective solutions.

“Through this collaboration, we would explore alternatives such as the solar-hydrogen cycle, as well as many other options that ASU researchers at the Polytechnic campus are working on,” says Slobodan Petrovic, an associate professor in the Electronic Systems in the College of Technology and Innovation.

To help kick off this effort, the Electronic Systems Department will play host to a renewable energy lecture on Earth Day, April 22, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Downtown Phoenix campus’ Mercado building (MERCC-C368).

During the lecture, Petrovic will present “Renewable Energy: Facts and Fallacies,” and James Subach, professor of practice with Electronic Systems, will present “Renewable Business: Real Opportunities.”

A panel discussion will follow the lectures.

This event is a first step in what Petrovic hopes is the start of a renewable energy consortium, a project that will include academic degree programs, the creation of an online journal, a biannual conference, a humanitarian foundation designed to provide sustainable energy to underdeveloped countries, and project collaboration with area businesses, governments, schools and individuals.

To register for the lecture, or for more information, visit the Web page www.poly.asu.edu/technology/esd/poly_energy_program/lecture.html or call Petrovic at (480) 727-1877.

Stephanie Patterson, stephanie.patterson@asu.edu
Public Affairs at the Polytechnic campus