April 9 - 20, 2018

The OSU150 Sun Grant Festival is part of OSU150, a year-long celebration of OSU’s 150th anniversary. Discover Oregon State's research into alternative energy that can reduce dependence on fossil fuels while also energizing rural economies.


The Sun Grant Initiative at Oregon State University: Moving America Toward Energy Independence

The vision of an energy-independent America has stirred leaders and citizens to seek ways to reduce our reliance on imported, petroleum-based energy. Developing our own home-grown energy is a key strategy for achieving that vision.

Bio-based raw materials offer the promise of greater energy independence. That’s good for national security, and it’s good for the environment. Bio-based materials also have potential to diversify American agriculture, stabilize rural economies, and enhance prosperity for rural and urban citizens.

Funded by Congress through the Farm Bill, the Sun Grant Initiative supports research and development to replace fossil fuels with bio-based raw materials in products such as vehicle fuels and feedstocks for generating electricity, as well as building materials, lubricants and solvents, plastics and adhesives, and pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.


April 9

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sun Grant Festival Kickoff Day
                           Memorial Union Quad

April 10

6 p.m.                24-Hour Solar Power: Using Microchannel Heat Exchangers
                            for Renewable Electricity
                            Old World Deli

April 11

6 p.m.                 Sun Grant Initiative and the Regional Feedstock Partnerships

                             The LaSells Stewart Center, C&E Hall

April 12

1:30 p.m.             Unlocking the Potential of Little-known Biomass Crops

5:30 p.m.             Biofuels in a Sustainable Bioeconomy: Under What Conditions?

                                Memorial Union, Room 109

April 13

1 to 3 p.m.          Stahlbush Island Farms Tour

April 16
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.    Eight Approaches for Reducing Dependence on Fossil Fuels
                                sessions include presentations, lunch and research posters  (does this make sense?)
                                Memorial Union Ballroom

April 17

4 to 6 p.m.          Solar Array Tour

April 18

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Turning Waste into Energy Lab Tours

1:30 to 3 p.m.               Greenhouse Tour

April 20

3 to 4:30 p.m. Turning Waste into Energy Lab Tours

5 to 9 p.m.       OSU150 Sun Grant Festival at Northwest Spring Fest
                             Student Experience Center Plaza



Our Energy, Our Planet, Our Future   
Art Exhibit at The LaSells Stewart Center


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