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Clarkson hosting National Bioenergy Day


POTSDAM - Clarkson University will celebrate the first-ever National Bioenergy Day on Oct. 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 ) and will include a tour of biomass demonstration projects, including an energy cabin and greenhouse digester. At 2:15 p.m., 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 p.m. Senior Project Manager Ellen Burkhard will speak about NYSERDA’s Biomass Combustion Programs at 3:45 p.m., and a panel discussion will follow with state and regional biomass energy researchers and development partners at 4 p.m.

The complete list of Clarkson activities is online at . The events are free and open to the public.

“As part of the vision to create and retain jobs in sectors important to the north cCountry’s future, our Regional Economic Development Council’s strategic plan includes the commitment to creating the greenest energy economy in New York State,” said 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 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.

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