LightWorksis a sustainability research project that aspires to identifypractical solutions to global energy challenges. The project run bythe Arizona State University aims at developing concrete measures toaddress energy challenges through the concept of energytransformation (Energy from sunlight) (Arizona State University,2016). The project involves light focused research that covers thedevelopment of renewable sources of energy as a means of ensuringsustainable development. As an ongoing project, LightWorks engages inidentifying solutions to the world’s fuel, electric, and socialchallenges. The project is responsible for major adaptations acrossthe globe regarding alternative as well as renewable energy sourcesthat do not harm the environment. Through the process developed bywell-skilled experts using productive resources from the University,LightWorks utilizes established energy fields to understand andsupport the large-scale conversion of carbon (IV) oxide, water, andsunlight into useful products. The Arizona State University hasestablished several energy fields that cover for the research of newand improved means to renewable and less pollutive global energy.LightWorks research, which is a multidisciplinary effort, leverage onthe unique strengths of ASU, especially in renewable energy fieldsthat include biofuels, artificial photosynthesis, as well as thenet-generation photovoltaics. As a result of pollution and scarcityof the current fuel energy, LightWorks options to create and promotethe use of natural light sources. These are regarded as potentsources of energy that ensure a sustainable development process. Theuniversity has established different artificial energy fields thatfacilitate a better learning and development environment. The U.S.Energy Department finances the LightWorks research. Among thepersonnel working on this project, include Gary Dirks, Kristin Mayes,Clark Miller, Stephen Goodnick, and Ellen Stechel. In May 2016,LightWorks in collaboration with Neptune’s Micro-Grid Projectplanned a microgrid training boot camp. The camp offered trainingtechniques on the application of microgrids in different centersaround the globe. It is anticipated that the world capacity ofmicrogrids will grow by over 500 percent in the next ten years.LightWorks has been envisioned to include additional light-basedprojects in various fields from computing to healthcare and beyond(Arizona State University, 2016).
Sustainingthe energy sources for the future is one of the primary objectives ofthe LightWorks research and society group. To realize this goal, theteam develops an ends to meet sources of energy that do not pollutethe environment. The University has designed microgrids as a measureof the use of sunlight as a source of energy, which is less pollutiveand renewable. The project employs social sciences to emphasize andengage the public in formulating policies that support sustainabledevelopment. The efforts by the LightWorks research group, such asdeveloping renewable energy tools and plans in collaboration with thegovernment, contributes significantly to the long-term evolution ofa more sustainable human society. The concept of developing a moresustainable human society regards the utilization of the renewablesources of energy to avoid the depletion of the non-renewable ones.
Inconclusion, energy remains a significant need for both the currentand the future generations. Sustainable development encompasses theprocesses and measures that look to end certain power limitations, byproviding viable alternatives with a focus on their effects ongenerations to come. Unlike fuel and electric energy, the developersof LightWorks energy argue that the use of natural renewable sourceshas the potential to reduce the adverse effects of pollution on theenvironment and support sustainability.
ArizonaState University. (2016).LightWorks.Retrieved from https://sustainability.asu.edu/lightworks/
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