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Welcome to the SAGES Project

The Sustainability and Global Energy Systems (SAGES) Project is interested in understanding and characterizing the energy needs of the global population. In concert with the goals of its partner, the AHEAD Energy Corporation (501c3), SAGES engages the academic community, the development community, governmental entities, and the public at large in robust discussions about the limits of prevailing energy sources and realistic options for the future, especially in low income countries, where half of the world's population resides with little or no access to modern energy. We are focused on understanding and addressing the growing energy problem with alternative, sustainable options responsibly coupled to current energy stalwarts from a technological and societal approach.

In addition to curriculum development, SAGES Project core activities include:

  • Energy for Development - Characterizing human/energy use relationships and how it can be used to formulate strategies for development options in low income countries
  • Sustainability and Global Energy Systems Modeling and Analysis - Global energy transitions planning (GETP); Characterization of the real energy value added (REVA) by various fuel sources; Resource evaluation and assessment; Rigorous testing of energy technologies and strategies; GHG trading schemes
  • Experimental Technologies - Optimization of biofuels from various feed stocks and waste streams; Continuous borohydride energy systems; low enthalpy geothermal electric conversion (LEGTEC); Portable electricity production systems
  • Energy and Environment - Combustion; Closed carbon cycle studies; GHG nucleation experiments in a thermal diffusion cloud chamber (e.g. SF6)

It is the general hypothesis of the SAGES Project leadership that sustainability, energy, and human interaction can be informed by models used to predict natural phenomena (e.g. nucleation theory, kinetic rate theory, etc.), and predicting successful development strategies is possible. In these academic endeavors, the purpose is to understand core problems and relevant and current concepts; make new observations and linkages through experimental design; and report findings to interested parties.

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