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Bioenergy Day to educate students on rise of biofueled world

Students of all ages will soon have a little more bioenergy knowledge, as the fourth annual Bioenergy Day will present opportunities to learn about the rise of a biofueled world.

Hosted by the University of Tennessee, in partnership with Oak Ridge national Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Bioenergy Day will feautre a 3-D printer and examples of 3-D printed objects, including a 3-D printed table made of renewable bamboo produced by ORNL and 3-D printed giveaways.

There will also be opportunities to speak to bioenergy experts in the rapidly expanding field, as well as ORNL internship opportunities available for high school and college students.

National Bioenergy Day celebrates the importance of bioenergy, which is the use of agricultural waste and forestry byproducts to generate heat and energy. There will be several showcases throughout the United States to display bioenergy facilities and the bioenergy supply chain.

Bioenergy is also responsible for thousands of jobs that work to keep American forests healthy and utilize organic byproducts like forest trimmings, industry byproducts and agricultural residuals. The U.S. gets 2.5 percent of its energy from bioenergy, according to the National Bioenergy Day website.

The free event will feature many contributors, including the Creative Discovery Museum of Chattanooga, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Genera Energy Inc. and the U.S. Forest Service.

The event will be held Oct. 19 from 3-5 p.m. at the UT Arboretum Auditorium in Oak Ridge.

News Sentinel Staff contributed to this post.

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