2020 Undergraduate Research Showcase


The Direction of Future Energy Source

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Dr. Jared Romero


With 52% of greenhouse gas emissions being pinned to the use of fossil fuels, it is imperative the world find a better way to supply its energy. The majority of the world’s energy source is currently provided by fossil fuels, and the usage of them produces carbon dioxide and many other toxins that threaten life as we know it. From destroying ecosystems to altering the natural direction of streams, the mining of fossil fuels weighs heavy on our earth. Nuclear power, hydropower, wind, and solar panels are some options that have been presented to replace the toxin producing fossil fuel power plants. But, perhaps, the most viable source of energy comes unexpectedly from waste products. Feces from grazing animals along with our own waste can be utilized by way of anaerobic digestion. By taking these non-usable assets and using them to create natural gas and generate electricity, we can not only generate power remote communities for the underprivileged, but also supply hot water for use and clean up the rivers and streams where these communities currently dump their waste, bathe, wash clothes, and play.

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