BOWLING GREEN — Eastern Kentucky University has asked the state for a grant to help researchers investigate how to use algae as an energy source.
Director Roger Thomas of the Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy told the Daily News of Bowling Green that his office is reviewing EKU's application and should decide next month whether it can provide funding for the university in Richmond.
Bruce Pratt, who heads EKU's Department of Agriculture, said the $220,000 that the university needs from the state would be added to an expected $3.64 million in federal funds and $350,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission.
Pratt told the newspaper by e-mail that the project would use switchgrass and waste from crops and wood processing to put into tanks, where the algae would digest it.
Oil would then be extracted from the algae.