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Energy expert to give Brooks Lecture

In fuel production, the new “black gold” grows green. And Princeton Environmental Institute’s Eric Larson is working to make that green, or biomass, energy even more effective.

Larson brings his energy expertise to the annual D.W. Brooks Lecture as he speaks on “Making More of Biomass Energy” Oct. 2. The annual lecture and awards ceremony will be at 11 a.m. in Masters Hall of the Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center and Hotel.

Larson’s talk will focus on “new and better ways of making transportation fuels from nonfood biomass,” he said. “Georgia and the Southeastern U.S. in general have among the best climate and soils in the country for growing biomass.

“We can make considerably more effective and competitive use of biomass for transportation fuel than current ‘first generation’ fuels like corn ethanol and soy biodiesel,” Larson added. “And we can do this with technologies that are either commercial today or could be within a couple of years.”