PEEC Hosts Dr. Richard T. Sayre Presentation On Making Next Generation Biofuel Systems Work

Dr. Richard T. Sayre

LOS ALAMOS – The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host a special presentation by Dr. Richard T. Sayre of Los Alamos about next generation biofuel systems.

The presentation is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 at the Reel Deal Theater. There is no cost to attend, however donations to support PEEC are appreciated.

Among the suite of technologies being developed for sustainable energy production is the biological conversion of solar energy into chemical energy (biomass). Plants and algae use solar energy to reduce carbon dioxide to carbohydrates, proteins and oils.

Using current methods, only a fraction of the solar energy that is captured is converted into harvestable energy. Next generation biofuel production systems, however, are expected to be more efficient. They will have greater productivity, a lower impact on the environment, greater energy-return-on-investment, reduced carbon emissions, and will be directly compatible with the existing fuel conversion, transportation, and combustion infrastructure.

Dr. Sayre, currently a senior research scientist at LANL and the New Mexico Consortium, will lead the talk on this fascinating topic. Dr. Sayre will discuss how, while the path forward is challenging, it also opens up opportunities not only for energy production, but also for enhanced global food security and the mitigation of atmospheric greenhouse gases.

Donations are appreciated, and no advance registration is required. For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit or contact the organization at or 505.662.0460.

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