Grass Energy Short Course 2012

Site Tour and Short Course
October 24-25, 2012
Allegheny College, Meadville PA



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24 October, 2012
13:00 Depart for tour
13:30 Miscanthus demo
14:30 Travel to switchgrass site
15:00  Switchgrass demo
16:00 Pellet plant tour
17:30  Reception
19:00 Return to hotel
25 October, 2012
8:00 Registration table opens
8:30 Welcome and introductions
8:45 The regional vision for perennial grass production
9:30 Switchgrass production
10:00 Break
10:30 Miscanthus production
11:00 Yields and other comparisons for Switchgrass and Miscanthus
11:45 Lunch
12:30 Ecological impacts
13:15 Fuel production from perennial grasses
13:45 Alternate Markets
14:15 Break
14:30 Economics of perrenial switchgrass systems
15:15 Discussion - building the region's grass energy industry
16:00 Close



Speakers for this short course include nationally recognized experts in perrenial grass energy production and utiliztion. Speakers include:

Dan Arnett – Ernst Seed
Stacy Bonos – Rutgers University
George Boyajian – Primus Green Energy
Zane Helsel – Rutgers
Mike Jacobson – Penn StateDavid Marrison – Ohio State Extension
Tom Voigt – University of Illinois
Jon Griswold – Aloterra Energy


This workshop was organized by a regional partnership of Penn State Extension and the Penn State Biomass Energy Center, Ohio State University Extension, and Rutgers University, in collaboration with Ernst Biomass, Aloterra, and Primus Green Energy.

Penn State is an Equal Opportunity University.

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