MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University will host two biodiesel workshops from 1-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, in the Michigan Room of the University Center.

            The workshops will feature several presentations by regional biofuels professionals. Keith Reinholt of the Michigan Soybean Association will present “Biodiesel 101 and Beyond.”

            Chris Case from Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, along with Bill Doan from Porcupine State Forest, will present how they each converted their fleets to use a biodiesel fuel blend. The final presentation will be given by Bill Garmier, founder of Renewable Lubricants.

            Biodiesel fuel is made from plant material such as soybeans, canola, peanuts, coconuts and algae, and can be run in any diesel engine. It is of particular interest to the Upper Peninsula because Michigan’s first and only biodiesel production plant is currently under construction in Gladstone.

            Admission is free for NMU students with ID and $3 for the general public. This event is sponsored by the Graduate Student Union, the NMU Student Finance Committee, Northern Options Energy Center, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and the Michigan Soybean Association.

            For more information, contact Jennifer Silverston at 226-1136.

Prepared By
Becky Kratz