Campus Connection: UW nets $4.7 million for bioenergy education project
The Capital Times
A team of UW-Madison researchers landed a grant worth nearly $4.7 million to teach students in rural parts of Wisconsin how renewable biofuels such as wood or switchgrass can be used to produce energy and thereby reduce the country's dependence on fossil fuels and imported oil.
"Merging science education with the realm of energy is very important for our students and for our future," says UW-Madison biochemistry professor Rick Amasino, one of the principal investigators who helped secure the funding along with UW-Madison's Hedi Baxter Lauffer, the director of the Wisconsin Fast Plants Program, and John Greenler, the education outreach program director with the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center.
Ironically, just two days after this grant was announced, Gov. Scott Walker's administration killed plans to spend $100 million on a boiler that would burn plant-based fuels at UW-Madison's Charter Street power plant. Officials said the facility instead will be outfitted with natural gas boilers, which are less expensive.
"Clearly it would have been great to have seen that bioenergy project move forward," says Greenler. "But I think there is a recognition that our economy and budget problems are very serious right now."
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