Alternative Energy Research

Alternative Energy Research


Alternative energy research at Bloomsburg University consists of the distinct areas of biofuels, wind energy, and organic photovoltaic cells.  

Nathaniel Greene built a campus biodiesel facility (2007-09, with Mark Tapsak from Chemistry), initiated a major biomass project at the university Heating Plant (2008-10, with BU Facilities staff), installed a biofuel heating system at the municipal recycling center in the Town of Bloomsburg (2009), and oversaw the installation of a campus solar array, solar kiosk, and electricity monitoring system (2011 – present, with Jeff Brunskill from Geosciences).   In the spring of 2013, Nathaniel Greene spent a sabbatical semester as an analyst with Aegis Wind, LLC in Waitsfield, Vermont, an installer of community-scale wind turbines.

John Huckans served as a technical advisor to the Bloomsburg WindJET, an effort by a consortium consisting of a local company and engineers from Minnesota and California to build an experimental wind turbine having high efficiency at low wind speeds (2011 – present).  The project received a grant from the Keystone Innovation Zone for $30,000 to support student stipends, equipment, and faculty compensation for wind turbine research. 

John Huckans and Mark Tapsak (Chemistry Department) study novel organic photovoltaic cells.  Together they have built a laboratory, which synthesizes, fabricates, and tests the efficiencies of borane-based diblock copolymer solar cells.