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Wind, Solar, and Biofuels in the United States and Central Europe

February 16, 2012

University of Minnesota Holds Successful Workshop on Renewable Energy

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.

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