Feb 1, 2013

Ag & Energy Expo

Central Lakes College (CLC) in Staples invites the public to “power up” as it hosts the third Ag and Energy Expo on Saturday, Feb. 9. This free event, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., is a chance to hear about and witness demonstrations of the latest innovations and research fostered on behalf of renewable energy. It is co-sponsored by Mid-Central Federal Savings Bank (MCFSB), Wadena, and the CLC Agricultural and Energy Center, Staples.
“We are striving to keep agriculture and the go-green, eco-friendly movement in the forefront of our growing markets and communities,” said Julia Palmer of MCFSB.  “It is reassuring to know that as a team of businesses professionals and college specialists, we are keeping our region on the map.”
            Palmer said that the event brings together the leading professionals and practitioners from energy companies who work to provide environment-friendly technology, green energy and highly efficient energy forms. The resulting knowledge could support better technical practices and brighter ideas to meet the demand for clean energy.
“Issues and problems which face the industry are brought to the table,” she said, “while businesses display their products and services to potential clientele to foster stronger and better business relations.”
The day offers a showcase of energy industry products and services of interest to building and other property owners, contractors, property managers, engineers, government energy specialists, and anyone interested in the future of energy. Topics include green engineering techniques, air filtration, energy auditing and verification.
Sessions will cover all energy sectors, Palmer said. These include wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, oceanic, and bioenergy.
David Winkelman will display a new purchase – a used Chevrolet pick-up with a 6.6-liter and VW Jetta diesel engine he plans to operate using Straight Vegetable Oil (SVO). Students in the CLC Diesel Technology program will show a conversion power plant operating on SVO.
Others displaying innovations in energy will include leaders from Widseth, Smith & Nolting and Hunt Utilities Group.
“We will provide an unmatched opportunity to connect with other energy industry experts, influential business leaders, conservationists, and green building enthusiast, as they share innovative techniques to address the energy issues and advance the green building movement,” Palmer said.
                         For more information, contact Palmer at (218) 639-7615, (218) 640-0193, or email jpalmer@midcentralbank.com