Louisville researcher wins $500,000 green energy grant

A grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) could cause a revolution in the energy industry led by one Louisville researcher. University of Louisville researcher Joshua Spurgeon received the $500,000 grant to continue his work in renewable energy.

Spurgeon’s research in the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research in the J.B. Speed School of Engineering centers on hydrogen fuel made from water using solar energy. He hopes to find ways to make hydrogen fuel more economically competitive through this grant.

The grant, which will spread funding over five years, is part of NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development program. Spurgeon is one of only a handful of non-faculty recipients of the competitive award. In addition to the research component, he will use the award to build and develop a new master’s degree focused on renewable energy and materials.

— Rachel Nix

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