Purdue Research to Make Solar Energy in Indiana More Viable Option--WBAA
September 29, 2008
WEST LAFAYETTE, IN (2008-09-29) Indiana's expert on electricity consumption thinks solar energy has to be more cost-effective for it to compete with current fuel sources.
State Utility Forecasting Group Director Doug Gotham says it costs about twice as much to get electricity from solar power than coal. He made the comments during testimony to the state's Regulatory Flexibility Committee. Gotham says researchers at Purdue are examining how to make photovoltaic cells less expensive.
June 22, 2016
Groups of high schoolers eagerly lined up Tuesday morning at Purdue University to test how well their handcrafted wind turbines would perform when stacked against the power of four fans. The kids were competing to create a turbine that would generate the most energy as a part of a challenge for the Duke Energy Academy at Purdue. The annual academy, now in its fifth year, brings in U.S. high school students to learn about renewable energy with hopes they'll be inspired to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields and solve energy challenges. "We want these students to be the leaders of tomorrow," said Pankaj Sharma, managing director of the Purdue Energy Center and Global Sustainability Institute. The academy lasts throughout the week and is hosting 52 students and 27 teachers from mainly Indiana schools, though about 20 percent come from outside states, said Tolu Omotoso, a civil engineering graduate student and coordinator for the academy.Read Full Story