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April 29, 2011
Contact: Diane Silver, KU Energy Council, 785-864-1759

KU offers free biodiesel course in Garden City

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LAWRENCE — Information about federal grants for biodiesel production, a discussion of the health of the biodiesel market and a look at the future of biofuels will be provided during a free University of Kansas short course being offered May 4 and 5 at the 3i Show in Garden City.

The course is being put on by the KU Energy Council, an organization of distinguished KU professors who research all aspects of energy. The council is a division of the KU Center for Research Inc.

The annual 3i Show includes more than 500 exhibitors and is the largest free exposition of its kind in the state of Kansas. Located this year at the Finney County Fairgrounds, the event showcases agri-business products. The “3i” in its name stand for industry, implements and irrigation.

The KU Energy Council’s short course will be held in a tent at O-554 to O-556 on the exhibition grounds. The council also has a table in the exhibition hall at I-129.

The course will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on both days. On Wednesday, May 4, the topic is biodiesel production and speakers include representatives of the Renewable Energy Group, High Plains Bioenergy, Emergent Green Technology and Healy Biodiesel. On Thursday, May 5, speakers from the USDA and the Kansas Soybean Commission and Kansas Soybean Association will discuss federal funding for biodiesel and national policy issues.

The course is being run by Susan Williams, an Energy Council member, associate professor of chemical and petroleum engineering and the director of the KU Biodiesel Initiative.


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