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Wood energy and biomass forum hosted in Palmer


The Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension Center will host the Wood Energy and Biomass Forum from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in Palmer.

A panel of experts from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the Pacific Northwest and Pakistan will  talk about practical alternative energy for agricultural, home and community use. Topics will include the use of biochar, a type of charcoal, as a soil amendment and for remediation of heavy metals for mining; microgrids and microhydropower systems; the use of biomass gasification for electricity and heat; and thermal mass greenhouse heaters.

Speakers will include Mingchu Zhang, Debu Misra and Jonathan Kamler of the University of Alaska Fairbanks; Brian Fronk of Oregon State University; Mike Leister of Washington; Qari Waheed of Pakistan; and Jim Scott of Talkeetna.

The forum will take place at the Matanuska Experiment Farm’s Mess Hall, at 1509 S. Georgeson Drive. The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service is coordinating the free event.

Please register by calling the Palmer Extension office at 907-745-3360 or by emailing Melissa Clampitt at mrclampitt@alaska.edu. For more information, contact Extension energy specialist Art Nash at alnashjr@alaska.edu or 907-474-6366.

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