Energy is far from a “free market” commodity. Public policy affects everything from availability, military deployment, jobs, price of energy and goods produced with energy, sources, and new and emerging alternatives. These policies, both local and national, affect the present and the future. Everything from personal convenience, comfort, soldiers lives, food supply, income, the stock market, and the very air we breathe and water we drink are affected.
Our national government invests enormous resources to increase our energy capacity and to reduce our dependence on imported oil through research in hydrogen and biomass-based fuels. The national laboratories partners with academia, other government agencies, and businesses to conduct research and to advance innovative technologies, then help to move the products to commercialization for public use.
This evening, all who attend are in for a special appearance from the Solar Goddess herself, Aimee Carpenter. If you've been following local solar news you may have seen Aimee featured in an article or possibly out and about at a renewable energy networking event.
Aimee will be presenting the next Solar 101 and answering the questions you may have about solar. You may be thinking to yourself, "Why in the heck would anyone in their right mind install a solar system at this time of the year? And, really, does solar even work in the Northwest?"
What is happening in the algae industry? Is Algae close to being a viable commercial feedstock for the biodiesel/biofuel industry? What is the reality and what is the hype? What can we expect to see in the near future? Where is the algae industry headed? What are the environmental implications of Algae?
What is the state of biodiesel producers in the Northwest? What are the new developments in their businesses? How are they dealing with the economic downturn, and attacks on the biodiesel industry? How are they overcoming these and other challenges?
The NW Biodiesel Network is pleased to present Imperium Renewables’ Todd Ellis, Inland Empire’s Pierson Burke, and SeQuential Biofuels’ Gavin Carpenter to discuss their organizations and the challenging current biodiesel environment.