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10-08-2013

Clarkson University to Host National Bioenergy Day Events on October 17

Clarkson University will celebrate the first-ever National Bioenergy Day on October 17 with a variety of events and activities, along with the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, bioenergy generators, woody biomass and switchgrass crop producers and processors, trade associations, and other universities.

National Bioenergy Day activities at Clarkson begin at 1 p.m. in the Student Center (#13 on the map at http://www.clarkson.edu/about/clarkson_map.pdf ) and will include a tour of biomass demonstration projects, including an energy cabin and greenhouse digester. At 2:15, a poster session and reception will feature biomass projects across the region. Mark Bryden, program director of the U.S. Department of Energy Ames Laboratory Simulation, Modeling and Decision Science Research Program, will speak at 3:00. Senior Project Manager Ellen Burkhard will speak about NYSERDA’s Biomass Combustion Programs at 3:45, and a panel discussion will follow with state and regional biomass energy researchers and development partners at 4:00.
 
The complete list of Clarkson activities is online at http://bit.ly/1e654Jk . The events are free and open to the public.

Other regional events include a 1-2 p.m. Shrub Willow Biomass Harvest Demonstration at Agens Farm, 7453 East Ava Road in Boonville, N.Y. The demonstration is managed by biomass energy supplier Celtic Energy Farm, and is a collaboration by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and ReEnergy Holdings. Celtic Energy Farm also has plantings in the Cape Vincent area.

“As part of the vision to create and retain jobs in sectors important to the North Country’s future, our Regional Economic Development Council’s strategic plan includes the commitment to creating the greenest energy economy in New York State," says Clarkson President Tony Collins, co-chair of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council. "The plan has actively identified the need to invest in large and small clean energy technology businesses, including biomass.”

“The first National Bioenergy Day is an opportunity to educate the public about the value of bioenergy powered by wood and agricultural crops in terms of environmental sustainability and renewable jobs and revenue for rural economies,” says New York Biomass Energy Alliance Executive Administrator Alice Brumbach.

In addition to consumer awareness, Brumbach says the October 17 nationwide event is also intended to inspire legislative support for the bioenergy industry. Activities in Washington, D.C., will recognize local events across the U.S.

The New York Biomass Energy Alliance is a coalition of individuals, businesses, and organizations working together to enhance support, understanding and use of sustainably produced farm and forest biomass as a source of renewable energy. The Alliance serves as a sounding board for both entrepreneurs and public officials.

Sponsors and supporters of National Bioenergy Day include the New York Biomass Energy Alliance, Clarkson University, American Council on Renewable Energy, National Association of State Foresters, Biomass Power Association, Pellet Fuels Institute, Forest Landowners, Biomass Thermal Energy Council, and other groups and associations.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[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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