WisBusiness: Stevens Point conference will focus on biofuels


Researchers, investors and ethanol producers, plus representatives of paper and forest products companies should be well represented at a biofuels conference set for April 16-17 on the UW-Stevens Point campus.

Tom Still, whose Wisconsin Technology Council is co-sponsoring the event, said it will focus on the state’s “fast-emerging potential “as a center for energy production from cellulose, waste and non-edible plants.

Still said the conference is being held in Stevens Point because it is in the heart of forest products country and is home to the state’s top paper center. The title of the event is “Wisconsin’s Biofuels Destiny: Food, fiber and forest products for the 21st century.”

The keynote speak on April 16 is Dr. Timothy Donohue, principal investigator and scientific director for the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. The $125 million center is one of three federally funded centers announced in 2007 by the U.S. Department of Energy and will focus on ramping up production of cellulosic ethanol and other biofuels. Donohue is also director of the Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative.

To register for the conference, go to www.wisconsintechnologycouncil.com

See release: http://www.wisbusiness.com/index.iml?Article=122143