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Margaret Bradford, Director Marketing and Community Relations 3345 Redwood Highway, H Bldg. Grants Pass, OR 97527

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July 8, 2009 RCC will demonstrate wood gasifier, offer summer fabrication class A gasification unit that turns woody biomass into an energy source will be up and running for a demonstration July 14 at Rogue Community College. "The gasifier is built, and we're going to fire it up and make some gas," said RCC welding instructor Mike Friesen, who constructed the energy-producing machine. The demonstration is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. in Y Building on the RCC Redwood Campus, 3345 Redwood Hwy., Grants Pass. "This device uses a renewable, resource readily available in this area," Friesen said. "It produces gas that could power a vehicle or generate electricity for living off the grid." Gasification converts carbonaceous materials, such as coal, petroleum, biofuel, or biomass, into carbon monoxide and hydrogen by reacting the raw material -- such as house waste or compost -- at high temperatures with a controlled amount of oxygen and/or steam. The resulting mixture is called synthesis gas or syngas and is itself a fuel. RCC will offer a class this summer that will allow students to build their own gasification unit using traditional metal fabrication methods. Participants will construct a working wood gas generator for personal use. The "hands-on" course will combine many aspects of metal fabrication. Beginning with flat stock and standard commercial, off-the-shelf plumbing components, students will learn fabrication techniques such as metal cutting, bending, shaping, and welding. Tuition is $1,168. Additional cost for materials will be approximately $250. The internal combustion engine/electric generator system will be the responsibility of each student. Due to the intense nature of the course, enrollment will be limited. There are no prerequisites, but mechanical aptitude and some welding experience is recommended. For more information on the demonstration or class, call Jeanne Howell, RCC associate dean, at 541-245-7909. Gasification technology has been around for years, Howell said. During WWII some Europeans outfitted their automobiles with the devices, which are also known as wood gas generators. In 1989 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published an article -- complete with building instructions -- on how to retrofit cars, trucks, and tractors with wood gasifiers so that America could continue operating in the event of catastrophic fuel shortages. Gasification of fossil fuels is widely used on industrial scales to generate electricity. However, almost any type of organic material can be used as the raw material for gasification, including wood, biomass, or plastic waste. ### N10-98

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