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One challenge to making energy renewable and a viable alternative to fossil fuels is the transient nature of its sources, such as light and wind.
At Arizona State University, the Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis pursues the development or use of biological and biologically-based artificial systems to address societal energy needs, with an emphasis on solar energy conversion and bio-inspired energy transformation that can be sustained, cost-effictive and carbon-neutral, and conserve high-value land.
With ASU partners, two significant successes have been in cyanobacterial biodiesel and algal-based biofuels and biomaterials efforts, now in field-testing, with many more ongoing efforts in development of biohydrogen, novel fuel cells and photovoltaics.