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A Growing Industry: Be Part of It at Renewable Energy Workshop Nov. 10 in Wooster

October 19, 2011

WOOSTER, Ohio -- Companies, farmers, and university and private researchers will converge in Wooster on Thursday, Nov. 10, to show the growth of Ohio’s renewable energy and products sector and explore new opportunities within this promising green industry. And they want you to be a part of it.

Registration is now open for the fourth annual Renewable Energy Workshop at Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC). The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster.

Registration (including lunch and materials) costs $25 before Nov. 3 and $35 after that date. The cost for college students is $10. To register, fill out the form available at or contact Mary Wicks, 330-202-3533,

This year, the workshop will focus on the production of biogas through anaerobic digestion and the conversion of agricultural feedstocks and waste to industrial products, said Yebo Li, a biosystems engineer with OARDC and OSU Extension.

“We have speakers from both industry and academia presenting the opportunities and challenges of bioenergy and bioproducts,” Li pointed out. “Updates on the commercialization of several OARDC bioenergy and bioproducts projects will also be presented. Attendees will also have the opportunity to visit the booths of exhibitors and see bioproducts samples.”

Anaerobic digestion presentations include:

  • “Technology overview,” Li.
  • “An industry perspective,” Clemens Halene, quasar energy group, which operates a 550,000-gallon anaerobic digester on the OARDC campus.
  • “Experiences with anaerobic digestion from Akron,” Annette Berger, KB Compost Operations.
  • “On-farm opportunities and challenges,” Dan Brown, Brown Dairy and Ohio State.

After lunch, the workshop will concentrate on the topic of bioproducts, including:

  • “Bioproducts from soybeans,” Richard Hegg, Battelle Energy.
  • “Natural rubber from dandelions,” Katrina Cornish, OARDC.
  • “Natural fiber composites,” Prabhat Krishnaswamy, Natural Fiber Composites Corporation.
  • “Polyurethane foam from byproducts and Biomass,” Li.

After the presentations, attendees will have the opportunity to view renewable products and interact with exhibitors and sponsors, including TechColumbus, OARDC’s Bionergy and Bioproducts Lab, the Ohio BioProducts Innovation Center, quasar energy group, and the Sustainable Energy Network of Wayne County.

The full-day program qualifies for five continuing education hours for professional engineers.

For more information, contact Li at 330-263-3855,

OARDC and OSU Extension are the research and outreach arms, respectively, of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.


Mauricio Espinoza