U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, has announced that Valparaiso University
was awarded a $2,301,379 grant through the Advanced Research Projects
Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) at the U.S. Department of Energy.
“The award will enable energy efficient, lightweight metals manufacturing by
incorporating solar technologies in a metals production process,” according
to a statement released today.
“More specifically, this technology will provide the College of Engineering
faculty and students the opportunity to develop a unique electrochemical
cell that produces magnesium using solar-thermal energy in their metals
separation process, which could potentially reduce carbon dioxide emissions
and electricity consumption associated with current metals manufacturing.”
“I am proud of Valparaiso University for being at the forefront of
innovation in energy research,” Visclosky said. “It is my hope that their
advancements in cutting-edge solar technologies will promote the use of
American renewable energy for generations to come.”
“With this funding from the Department of Energy, Valpo faculty and students
will push forward the energy science frontier by exploring new methods for
using solar energy,” Valparaiso University President Mark Heckler said.
“The research conducted at the James S. Markiewicz Solar Energy Research
Facility will provide new, more efficient energy sources for creating
commodities, positively impacting both the local and the national
“Visclosky has long advocated that in order to transition from a
carbon-based economy, we must have a comprehensive approach to our energy
policy that emphasizes conservation first and encourages the most efficient
use of a broad range of fuels, including solar,” the statement said.