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RENEWABLE ENERGY: Wind, Solar, and Biofuels in the United States and Central Europe

Friday, January 13, 2012
9:00 am to 4:00 pm with lunch
302 Kaufert Lab, St. Paul campus
University of Minnesota
6 CEU credits, with a focus on STEM related topics

Austria is a world leader in the development of environmental technology, exemplified by receiving the title "The Green Heart of Europe". Austria has addressed many of the concerns and issues the United States is currently facing in the attempt to develop a sustainable economy. The workshop was an opportunity to hear from Austrian experts about Austria's development of new technologies in solar, wind, and biofuels. Hans Kordik from the Austrian Embassy, Washington, D.C. and Marcel Frei, General Manager of Bachmann Electronic Corporation, U.S. division, represented the Austrian views and efforts in renewable energy solutions. Faculty from the U of MN Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering discussed the status of the technology in the United States and provided lesson plans as well as demonstrations that make the introduction of the topic relevant to the classroom.

The workshop was created as a collaboration between physical and social science educators in an effort to broaden the approach in introducing to students the "how" as well as the "why" for investigating the use of renewable energy and examining the long-term effects on the well-being of society. We looked at the question of meeting current needs and how that will affect the needs of future generations.

Presenters:
Marcel Frei, General Manager for Bachmann Manufacturing, Austria and U.S.
Hans Kordik, Counselor for Agriculture and Environment at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Shri Ramaswamy, Professor and Head, Dept. of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, U of MN
Ulrike Tschirner, Professor, Dept. of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, U of MN

Sponsored by the Center for Austrian Studies in the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and the College of Science & Engineering, and the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Minnesota; Advantage Austria; and Horst Rechelbacher Foundation

Download the Workshop composite which will lead you to materials containing presentations, lesson plans, and resources (PDF)

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