Illinois Renewable Energy Fair set for Aug. 9-10

The second annual Illinois Renewable Energy Fair is set for Aug. 9 and 10 at the Ogle County Fairgrounds on Limekiln Road in Oregon, Ill. Fair hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 10.

Keynote and featured presentations (all in Building A) are as follows:

Professor Thorsteinn I. Sigfusson: Hydrogen Economy in Iceland (2:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday) Professor Sigfusson from the University of Iceland is a leading international authority on the hydrogen economy and president of Icelandic New Energy, Ltd. Iceland is the first country in the world to declare its intent to replace gasoline and diesel fuel with hydrogen to power its autos, trucks, buses, and fishing fleet; this year, Iceland opened the first commercial hydrogen fueling station in the world. Dr. Sigfusson will describe the development of hydroelectric energy and geothermal energy during the past century and the governmental desire to aim for a hydrogen economy. He will describe possible paths to reach the goal of a hydrogen economy.

John Perlin: Fiftieth Anniversary of the Bell Silicon Solar Cell (2:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday) John Perlin is the author of From Space to Earth, the story of solar electricity, which has recently been reprinted by Harvard University Press. His presentation will chronicle the progress of solar cells from their development 50 years ago to the present. His story will reveal the sweat, toil, and insights that help humanity to realize its most cherished dream: harnessing the almost limitless energy of the sun. He recently made a similar presentation in Osaka, Japan, which was a resounding success.

Featured speakers: Bruce & Joyce Papiech: GSG Wind Farm Development (10:45-11:45 a.m. Saturday); Steve Wilke: Wind Energy for the Future (12 to 1 p.m. Saturday); Palmer Carlin: Wind for Homes, Farms and Businesses (noon to 1 p.m. Saturday); Mark Burger: Strategies to Increase PV in Illinois (1:15-2:15 p.m. Saturday); Paul Wallace: How ComEd Can Help You With Your PV Project (10:45-11:45 a.m. Sunday); Jean-Charles Poullain: Wind in the City (noon to 1 p.m. Sunday).

Other program notes

Musicians: in front of Building 5

Brad Shoemaker, Guitarist and Soloist (1:30-2:30 p.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday)

Prairie Wolf Trio (1:00-2:30 p.m. and 3:30-5:00 p.m. Sunday)

Food Service:

Ogle County Grange: Ham sandwiches, pie; Knights of Columbus: Brats, pop; Bruns’ Powerhouse: Roasted beef and BBQ pork sandwiches; Duck Soup Coop: Vegetarian and light snacks; Red Avocado: Slushies.

Admission to the fair is $5/day for adults; $3/day for youth (12-16); children (under 12 with parent) are admitted free; and IREA members are admitted free. No pets or alcohol are allowed on the grounds. For accommodations, visit:;,asp; or (See full schedule in the advertisement on page A8).

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