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ODU Prof to Discuss Algae-based Biofuel on 'With Good Reason' Sept. 30

Patrick Hatcher, Old Dominion University professor and executive director of the Virginia Coastal Energy Research Consortium, will be a guest on an upcoming "With Good Reason" radio program.

The show will be broadcast locally by WHRV (89.5 FM) at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30.

With the world expected to run out of oil in the not-too-distant future, Hatcher is a scientist in a race against time to find alternative energy solutions.

While he believes wind energy could be part of the solution, Hatcher thinks the most promising renewable energy source might be biofuel made from algae. Hatcher says algae farms on a land area the size of Maryland could power every car in the country.

Hatcher, ODU's Batten Endowed Chair in Physical Sciences, has a long history of research expertise in the field of alternative fuels, with more than 200 articles in established journals.

During the past 20 years, scientists from universities, hospitals, industries and government agencies have lined up to work with Hatcher on projects requiring chemical analysis of hard-to-analyze compounds. His research applies to some of our biggest 21st-century environmental and health challenges, such as alternative fuels, water quality, global warming and the origins of disease.

"With Good Reason" is produced for the Virginia Higher Education Broadcasting Consortium by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and is broadcast in partnership with public radio stations in Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Other broadcast times and stations for the program are available at http://www.withgoodreasonradio.org/when-to-listen.


This article was posted on: September 24, 2010

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