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SUNY-ESF briefs Senator Clinton's staff on turning New York's wood into energy of the future

ESF team to meet with Senator Clinton April 5
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(Syracuse)—Researchers at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) have invented a method for removing energy-rich sugars from wood, a process that will help provide local feedstocks for ethanol production at bio-refineries like the one under development in Fulton, NY.

Wednesday, SUNY-ESF graduate and undergraduate students demonstrated the process of using water to separate wood into its components for members of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's staff.

One of those components is sugar that can be fermented to produce ethanol and used in cars instead of, or in combination with, traditional gasoline.

Attending the demonstration was: Kris Balderston, Senator Clinton's Deputy Chief of Staff; Legislative Fellow Melissa Ho; and Cathy Calhoun from Clinton's Syracuse office.

Meetings followed the demonstration with Dr. Thomas E. Amidon, chair of the college's Faculty of Paper Science and Engineering, who developed the biorefinery process, other researchers and Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., SUNY-ESF President.

President Murphy and Dr. Maureen Fellows, Director of Information Technology and Institutional Planning, will meet with Senator Clinton in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, April 5, 2005 to detail SUNY-ESF's role turning New York's mixed northern hardwood forest in a renewable energy resource.

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Release No. 25 March 31, 2005


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