To raise awareness of clean energy technologies and potential job opportunities, the Center for Workforce Education at Walters State Community College in Morristown is holding a seminar next week on switchgrass production and bioenergy.
The event is at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 27, in Room 110 of the Clifford "Bo" Henry Technology Building.
The seminar's presenter, Dr. Sam Jackson, is also involved with an ongoing University of Tennessee project to grow and improve switchgrass for commercial use.
The University of Tennessee Biofuels Initiative is monitoring more than 1,000 acres of improved varieties of switchgrass for biofuel research.
is part of a US DOE project designed to help make bioenergy production from
renewable resources more efficient, cost-effective and sustainable. Dr. Sam
Jackson and Dr. Nicole Labbe, UT biofuels researchers, are heading up the
project team that also includes UT Extension biofuels specialists and partners
at Ceres and Dupont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol. Together with farmers
from nine east Tennessee counties, the team has planted approximately 1000 acres
of improved varieties of switchgrass, according to a press release.