Tyler Huggins

  • From beer to batteries: using wastewater to make energy

    It takes about seven barrels of water for every barrel of beer produced. Left over is thousands of gallons of wastewater, which ends up in a water treatment facility. But what if there is a better option? A group of doctorate-engineering students at the University of Colorado-Boulder believe they have found one: using it to grow a fungus that could help make lithium-ion batteries. Read More

  • CU Boulder researchers develop an eco-friendly solution to all that brewery wastewater

    Researchers at the University of Colorado-Boulder published a study in journal of Applied Materials & Interfaces last month that details a new potential use for brewery wastewater: naturally-derived lithium ion battery electrodes, or the material in batteries that conducts electricity. Read More

  • Brewery wastewater finds new use as fuel cell material

    In Colorado, researchers have developed a process for using brewery wastewater to create carbon-based fuel cell materials. The breakthrough could help brewers reduce the need for costly wastewater treatment. The University of Colorado Boulder researchers cultivated the fast-growing fungus Neurospora crassa in sugar-rich brewery wastewater and were able to dictate the fungus’s chemical and physical properties to create naturally-derived lithium-ion battery electrodes. Read More

  • A Battery Made from Beer

    Well not quite, although some home brewers might find the idea of a battery made from beer appealing. ACS Publications reports researchers at University of Colorado Boulder have found a way to convert wastewater from the brewing process into green electrodes. Read More

  • From Beer to Battery –Turning Brewery Wastewater Into Energy

    What do beer breweries and batteries have in common? If you’re an engineer at the University of Colorado Boulder, both represent an opportunity for an innovative bio-manufacturing process to create more efficient and sustainable energy storage cells — i.e. batteries. Read More

  • Beery wastewater gets an electrifying new life

    According to the University of Colorado Boulder, breweries go through about seven barrels of water for every barrel of beer produced. All that leftover wastewater can't just be dumped in the sewer – it has to be filtered first, which can be expensive. Now, however, the university says that there may be a new use for the water. It could be used to grow a fungus that's in turn made into "green" battery electrodes. Read More

  • Turning brewery wastewater into battery power

    CU Boulder engineers have developed an innovative bio-manufacturing process that uses a biological organism cultivated in brewery wastewater to create the carbon-based materials needed to make energy storage cells. Read More


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    Building an energy or materials science technology is difficult. Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) can help you do that by providing business planning and technical mentorship, up to $200,000 in a fellowship grant, and up to $220,000 to spend on research work at Argonne National Laboratory. Read More

  • Clean Energy Trust Challenge Accepting Applications Until Jan. 17

    The Clean Energy Trust (CET) Challenge is one of the nation’s largest fundraising events for energy tech startups. This is the eight year of the program and the third consecutive year that CET has committed to invest $1,000,000 in cleantech startups in the Midwest. The … Read More

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    A key component of the Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) program is business mentorship. In addition to the world-class scientific and technical support that CRI will provide innovators, participants will also get assistance in developing business strategies, conducting market research, and finding long-term financing and potential … Read More

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    Applicants for CRI came from 22 states. About 50% of applicants were with startups; the rest were students, professors, postdocs or members of industry. The four recipients represent Colorado, Indiana, North Dakota and Ohio. Read More

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