Archive for June, 2007

June 13 Issue Forum: Alternative Energy in Central Illinois–Biofuels, Wind, and Solar

The public is invited to attend a forum on Alternative Energy sponsored by the Champaign County Democrats Meet Up Committee.

Where: Champaign County Democrats Headquarters, 14 E. Washington St., Champaign

When: Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 7 P.M.

Speakers:
Frank Dohleman, Ph.D. student in the Department of Plant Biology at UIUC and Coordinator of the C-FAR Special Research Initiative for Biomass Energy in Illinois
Matt Malten, University of Illinois Sustainability Coordinator and Co-Project Manager of the South Campus Wind Turbine Project
Angus Rockett, Professor and Associate Head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at UIUC and former Senior Program Administrator at U.S. Department of Energy Office of Basic Energy Sciences, with over twenty years experience working with solar energy.

The recent focus on the issue of global warming, news of the dwindling supply of fossil fuels, the rising costs of fuel at the pump and increasing utility bills have prompted major concern from consumers. Citizens want reliable and unbiased scientific information about alternative energy sources that are being promoted as possible solutions to future consumer needs. Frank Dohleman, Matt Malten, and Angus Rockett will give presentations on current research and/or practical application as well as the pros and cons of biofuels, wind power, and solar power – three energy sources now being studied at the University of Illinois as viable alternatives to fossil fuels.

FOLLOW-UP TOUR OF UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS SOUTH FARMS, WIND TURBINE PROJECT

Where: Meet at Champaign County Democrats Headquarters, 14 E. Washington St., Champaign.

When: Thursday, June 14, 2007, 5:30 – 7:30 P.M.

Program: Matt Malten and Frank Dohleman will lead a tour through the South Farms research sites of the South Campus Wind Turbine Project and the ongoing biofuel research studies. Participants will meet at Champaign County Democratic Headquarters and carpool to the UIUC South Farms sites. Drivers appreciated.

Both events are sponsored by: Champaign County Democrats Meet-Up

Admission to both events is free and the public is welcome to attend. For more information please call Champaign County Democrats at (217) 359-3760.