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Clarkson University to Host Webinar for National Bioenergy Day, Oct. 31

Clarkson University is inviting the community to come learn more about bioenergy on Friday, Oct. 31, in honor of this month's second annual National Bioenergy Day.

Philip K. HopkeDirector of ISE/CARES / Bayard D Clarkson Distinguished Professor Philip K. Hopke will host a webinar, titled "Advancing the Use of Wood Pellets as an Important Residential and Commercial Fuel," from 1 to 2 p.m. on Oct. 31 in CAMP Room  175 (#13 on the map at ). The webinar is one of 40 events across 24 states and Canada this month to help raise awareness about how bioenergy provides significant local benefits.

You can view the webinar online at .

“The continuation of National Bioenergy Day into a second year is truly exciting. We are grateful to our sponsors, particularly the U.S. Forest Service, for their dedication to raising awareness about the role of bioenergy in communities across the nation,” said Bob Cleaves, president and CEO of Biomass Power Association. “Today, all across the country, people are learning about bioenergy and how it helps local economies and forests.”

Bioenergy refers to an industry whose companies produce electricity and heat generated from wood and other organic materials. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, in 2013, approximately 23% of all renewable energy consumed was from wood – more than wind and solar combined, and second only to hydroelectric energy.

“Bioenergy contributes a great deal to our local economy and helps keep forests and the forest industry around here more resilient,” Hopke said. “We employ local residents and generate clean energy from materials that would otherwise be discarded. We wanted to give people an opportunity to see what Clarkson is doing firsthand and learn more about bioenergy. We hope everyone will take the opportunity to join us.”

Bioenergy harnesses the sun's power to pull carbon dioxide from the atmosphere into a solid carbon form known as biomass. Bioenergy can take the form of biopower, biothermal and biofuels. Biomass can also be converted into a range of renewable chemicals and biobased products that displace fossil-derived products such as plastics.

Wood or other forms of biomass can be manufactured into a pellet form so that it is uniform and easy to handle in various bioenergy or biomass transportation processes. Pellets may be used for power, thermal or liquid fuels and are sometimes known as "solid biofuels." Watch Hopke explain the benefits of fully automatic high-efficiency and low-emissions wood pellet boilers at .

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has continued to support bioenergy’s role in protecting the health of forests on federal lands.

"Renewable wood energy is part of the Obama Administration's 'all of the above' energy strategy," he said. "The Forest Service works with its partners to support the development of wood energy projects that promote sound forest management, expand regional economies and create new rural jobs."
National Bioenergy Day sponsors include the Biomass Power Association, U.S. Forest Service, Plum Creek, Pellet Fuels Institute, U.S. Industrial Pellet Association, Biomass Thermal Energy Council and Biomass Magazine. To learn more, please visit

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University's Prof. Philip Hopke will host a webinar, titled "Advancing the Use of Wood Pellets as an Important Residential and Commercial Fuel," from 1 to 2 p.m. on Oct. 31 in Clarkson University's CAMP Room 175. Above, Hopke explains the benefits of fully automatic high-efficiency and low-emissions wood pellet boilers in a recent video interview.

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