Renewable Energy Workshop

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 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 said. “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: a technology overview; an industry perspective; and experiences with anaerobic digestion.

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

“Bioproducts from soybeans,” with Richard Hegg, Battelle Energy.

“Natural rubber from dandelions,” with Katrina Cornish, OARDC.

“Natural fiber composites,” with Prabhat Krishnaswamy, Natural Fiber Composites Corporation. And “Polyurethane foam from byproducts and Biomass,” with Li.

After the presentations, attendees will have the opportunity to view renewable products and interact with exhibitors and sponsors. For more information, contact Li at 330-263-3855,

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