Renewable Energy Research Has A New Home In Lexington

Aug 15, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - University of Kentucky officially opened the doors to its newest research facility Wednesday. Research in the $20.8 million dollar building will focus on renewable energy.

"What we do is convert biomas into biofuels..." UK researcher Liz Ware explains to curious onlookers the work being done on biofuels at the university’s new facility.

It’s a building officials are a “living laboratory," one used for research into biomass, energy storage, and solar technology. Fittingly, the building itself is also designed to use 54% less energy than similar facilities. Governor Steve Beshear said the building, which received the lion’s share of its funding from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, holds great potential.

"Batteries are so much a part of the future, not just in automobiles but in so many other appliances and buildings and we're going to be the center of that research in the country," Beshear says.

The facility will also house research into organic solar cells and high-efficiency lighting.