Workshop to cover wind farms, solar power, biogas

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Ohio State Univeristy Extension will host a Nov. 8 Renewable Energy Workshop for those interested in learning how green energy generation could provide added income to farmers.

The workshop will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. It will cover wind farms, solar power and biogas, and will include tours of Wooster-area green energy companies and projects.

Registration (including lunch and materials) costs $40 before Nov. 2 and $50 after that date. The cost for college students is $20. To register, fill out the form available on the workshop’s brochure, downloadable at or contact Mary Wicks, 330-202-3533,

"Our speakers this year include OARDC researchers and OSU Extension specialists involved in various renewable energy projects, representatives from green energy companies, and representatives from businesses that have decided to include a renewable energy component in their operations," said Yebo Li, an OARDC biosystems engineer who specializes in renewable energy, fuel and products.

Morning presentations include:

  • "Bio-based Energy Opportunities and Challenges," Li.
  • "Case Study: CNG (compressed natural gas) for Vehicles," Clemens Halene, vice president, quasar energy group.
  • "Wind Energy: Opportunities and Challenges," Eric Romich, energy development specialist, OSU Extension.
  • "Case Study: Wind for Power," Greg Courtney, Wind Turbines of Ohio.
  • "Solar Energy: Opportunities and Challenges," John Drouchard and Barry Romich, Wayne County Sustainable Energy Network; Fred Michel, biosystems engineer, OARDC.
  • "Case Study: Solar for Power," Roger Geiser, G&S Titanium.
  • After lunch, workshop participants will tour three locations:
  • G&S Titanium, which in March 2012 installed a 65-kW solar array at its Wooster plant.
  • Cedar Lane Farms, home of an open-pond algae pilot project for production of biofuels and bioproducts. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the project is a collaboration between West Virginia-based Touchstone Research Laboratory and OARDC.
  • quasar energy group, a Cleveland-based company that produces biogas for energy and fuel. The company operates a 550,000-gallon anaerobic digester at OARDC that provides more than a third of the campus's energy needs.

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

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

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