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Penn State DuBois to Offer Program on Biofuels Industry

1/31/2008 —

DuBois – With Clearfield County poised to be a leader in the production of biofuels, Penn State DuBois is prepared to educate area residents about this emerging industry.

The Biomass Energy Workshop is designed to educate anyone who is interested in the production and use of biofuels.  Experts in Continuing Education at Penn State DuBois say this workshop will provide valuable information for anyone living in and around Clearfield County, where three different companies plan to build biofuel production facilities. 

“Our goal is to keep our communities informed and educated on an industry that could soon supply an enormous economic boost to our area,” said Continuing Education Representative, Jeannine Hanes.  

The one day course will cover the basic principles and technology used in the production and conversion of biomass, such as corn,  into fuels for transportation, heat, electricity and other products.  Farmers might find valuable information on how to store crops for fuel production, while chemists might be interested in the conversion process.   Discussions centered around the economic and environmental impacts will appeal to business owners, sportsman and most citizens.      

“This course will truly offer something for anyone and everyone who is interested in biofuel production,” said Hanes.  “It covers the fuel production process from start to finish.” 

The course will be taught by the Director of Penn State’s Biomass Energy Center, Dr. Thomas Richard who holds a Ph.D in Biological Engineering. 

The Biomass Energy Workshop will be held at Clearfield Area High School on Tuesday, February 5, from 8:00 a.m. until noon.  You must be registered to attend.  All students, faculty and staff of Clearfield Area High School are invited to attend the program free of charge. 

For more information, or to register, call the Penn State DuBois Department of Continuing Education at (814) 375-4715. 

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