Green Fuels Depot: Demonstrating Sustainable Energy Conversion on a Local Level
The Green Fuels Depot (GFD) is a collaborative project involving the College of DuPage, the City of Naperville, Argonne National Laboratory and Packer Engineering designed to establish a sustainable energy source based on the gasification of community-generated yard waste. Residential brush and leaf materials will be converted into a flexible system of energy sources, including electricity, hydrogen and ethanol to power municipal transportation. The GFD offers the prospect of a stand-alone sustainable energy source for urban and agricultural communities as well as remote locations that lack grid electricity.
About the presenter:
Richard Jarman is currently a professor of chemistry at College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois.
He places a strong emphasis on developing awareness of important scientific issues in contemporary society, among them sustainability and alternative energy sources. In 2011 he participated in the Green Fuels Depot, a collaborative project involving Packer Engineering, the City of Naperville and Argonne. He was recently named as one of the 2013 recipients of the ACS-CEI Award for Incorporating Sustainability into Chemistry Education sponsored by the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Environmental Improvement (CEI).
Prior to joining the faculty in 2003, he had enjoyed a diverse career in scientific research and development in companies large and small including his own, Spectragen, Inc. as well as large corporations like Amoco and Exxon. His research interests include energy sources such as fuel cells and batteries, nonlinear optical and laser host materials, miniaturized lasers, amorphous semiconductor devices, zeolites and molecular sieves. He received his D.Phil in chemistry from Oxford University in 1981.