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Aug. 30, 2006

UI Energy Expo Will Spotlight Sustainable Alternatives

The University of Iowa campus and portions of downtown Iowa City will be the scene of a major exposition of cutting-edge renewable energy technologies, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27. The Energy Expo will be the public face of a week of energy and sustainability events taking place on the UI campus. The Expo will be free and open to the public.

Philippe Pierre Cousteau, grandson of legendary environmentalist and deep-sea explorer Jacques Cousteau, is among the nationally recognized guests who will be in attendance.

"This is an exciting time for energy and sustainability efforts," says UI Interim President Gary Fethke. "The UI has been a leader in environmental and energy issues, not just in the classroom and lab, but in our own power plant. The university's use of oat hulls to replace coal has been a model for power plants everywhere. The Energy Expo 2006 promises to provide a forward looking snapshot of the growth in this industry."

The exposition will include nearly 100 exhibits of wind, solar, and renewable fuel designs and devices, some of which are now or soon will be available to private citizens and small businesses to help reduce energy costs. One of those is an affordable wind turbine appropriate for farms and residences. The Energy Expo will be the first time the machine has been on public display.

The Energy Expo will host a number of energy and sustainability related workshops and presentations throughout the day. The Expo is made possible by a grant from the Iowa Energy Center and the support of UI business partners, the UI Energy Conservation Advisory Council, and UI Facilities Management. A global warming educational rally sponsored by the UI Student Government and Engineers for a Sustainable World will be held at 5 p.m. on the east lawn of the UI Pentacrest.

The Energy Expo takes place during a week of energy conferences, Sept. 24-30, including the Big Ten and Friends Energy Management Conference, and the Engineers for a Sustainable World International Conference. (See

Among the exhibitors will be:

• Chicago Climate Exchange

• Clipper Wind - Cedar Rapids

• Environmental Reclamation and Recycling - Des Moines

• GreenMaker Building Supply - Chicago

• Iowa Renewable Fuels Association

• Mortenson Wind Energy Construction, Minnesota

• Rebearth Products - Geothermal, Truro

For the most current information, go to the Energy Expo 2006 website at:

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