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09-26-2007

Interactive Clean Diesel & Alternative Fuel Exhibition at Clarkson October 4 & 5

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Clarkson University will host Volkswagen of America's high-tech, interactive mobile exhibit, the Dieselution Tour, a mobile exhibit, to educate the media and the public on advances in clean diesel technology and alternative fuels, on Thursday and Friday, October 4 and 5.Interactive Clean Diesel & Alternative Fuel Exhibition at Clarkson October 4 & 5

Using interactive displays and exhibits, the Dieselution Tour will highlight current environmental issues and showcase advances in diesel engine technology, design and performance. The exhibit embarked September 26 from Michigan on a four-month tour, and will be making stops at events and locations around the United States, including environmental and alternative fuel festivals, auto shows and the 2008 Super Bowl.

To complement the Volkswagen display, Clarkson University's Center for the Environment is sponsoring a Clean Energy & Transportation Expo in the Cheel Campus Center lobby from 2-6 p.m. on Thursday, October 4, featuring displays and poster presentations from Clarkson faculty and students, and the community

The Dieselution Tour is centered around a 53-foot-long, double-expandable semi-trailer with exhibits and interactive displays. Elements include an "Alt Fuel/ Alt Film video area; a Dieselab with a series of interactive and video displays; a Diesel Heritage section, illustrating Volkswagen's diesel history and leadership; a Sustainability Station, involving an interactive quiz and a Carbon Footprint Calculator; a Beyond Diesel perspective featuring SunFuel; and a Motorsports display, outlining Volkswagen's recent history and international success in racing diesel vehicles in events like the Baja 500, Pikes Peak, and the Dakar rally.

Clarkson's Thursday expo will feature more than 20 displays and poster presentations from Clarkson faculty & students and the community on topics like the sustainability of the biofuels revolution, wind energy research, biofuel performance and emissions, energy end environmental implications of fuel ethanol production, biodiesel for school buses, generating biogas on dairy farms.

The Dieselution Tour will also feature the 2009 Jetta TDI, Volkswagen's new, 50-state clean diesel offering. The vehicle is scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. in spring of 2008. A 3.0-liter V6 TDI Touareg, a 1977 Rabbit Diesel, and the Polo Blue Motion will also be on display at the exhibit.

Partner/sponsor companies involved in this landmark exhibit are International Truck and Engine Company and CarbonFund.org, a non-profit carbon offset provider.

Signifying Volkswagen's environmental concern, the Dieselution Tour will be certified as CarbonFree by Carbonfund.org. Volkswagen and Carbonfund.org recently announced a partnership to offset one year of carbon emission from each new Volkswagen sold in the U.S. from September, 2007 through January 2, 2008. In return, Volkswagen is working with Carbonfund.org to reforest land in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley (LMAV) in northern Louisiana, a wetland ecosystem that had been largely converted to farmland.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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