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KREC June Quarterly Meeting

A Wrap-up of KREC's June 24th Quarterly Meeting in Lexington

Kieth Sharp

Professor Keith Sharp discusses the progress of research on
the KREC-funded solar pipe project.



Professor and Endowed Chair for Infrastructure
Research, Mark McGinley presented information
about his KREC-funded project - Cost Effective
Energy Efficient School Design.

KREC held its June Quarterly Meeting on the 24th at Spindletop Hall in Lexington. The meeting featured presentations from Dr. Keith Sharp, Dr.Vijay Singh and Dr. Mark McGinley, who reported on the progress of research from their KREC Competitive Grants Program projects.  Frank Moore, from the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence, spoke about the economic importance of a biomass industry in Kentucky.

Forty-six attendees, representing business, government, higher education and the public, heard the presentations and participated in discussions and question-and-answer sessions during the meeting. KPPC Executive Director Cam Metcalf presented updates on KREC activites and KREC members and guests had the opportunity to network and share information about renewable energy research, initiatives and business opportunities in Kentucky.

After the meeting, attendees visited the University of Kentucky's Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) algae research lab. The researchers are investigating the potential for developing a commercially viable algae-based system for CO2 mitigation from coal-fired power plants. The CAER researchers will also look into the possibility of producing  biofuels or bioproducts from the algae. Visitors toured the facility and asked questions about CAER's renewable energy research.


The CAER's algae research greenhouse in operation. Algae
is grown and harvested at the University of Kentucky facility.

CAER Algae research



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