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Honduran president visits Colorado State

February 24, 2009

Honduran President Manuel Zelaya toured Colorado State University's renewable energy and hydroelectric programs on Monday as part of a mission to seek U.S. business and educational opportunities for possible investment or partnerships in renewable energy companies, projects, and research.

Delegation tours CSU facilities 

Video of Zelaya'a visit

CSU is the only Colorado university Zelaya and his staff, including his foreign minister and energy advisor, will visit on this trip. Fort Collins Mayor Doug Hutchinson and other city and economic development officials also hosted a private reception for the consortium at New Belgium Brewing Co.

Other agencies assisting the delegation include the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Governor's Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

Photo:  Bryan Willson, mechanical engineering professor and director of the Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory, shows Honduras President Manuel Zelaya an Envirofit two-cycle, direct injection retrofit kit during the Honduras delegation’s tour of the Engines and Energy Conversion on Feb. 23.

Exploring U.S. business and educational opportunities

The CSU tour on Monday included a visit to the Engines and Energy Laboratory for presentations on renewable energy research on turning algae into biodiesel, creating cleaner burning cookstoves for the developing world and Smart Grid technology. The lab and its spinoff companies – Envirofit International and Solix Biofuels - are global leaders in reducing carbon dioxide emissions in ways that also improve human health and pay for the solutions through energy savings.

Zelaya and his party, including representatives of the government-owned electric company, Empresa Nacional de Energia Electrica, also toured the hydroelectric facilities at the Engineering Research Center on the Foothills campus. CSU officials also shared information on the university’s unique Supercluster model that is taking innovations more quickly to the commercial marketplace in clean energy as well as in infectious disease and cancer research.

Photo:  Bryan Willson gives Honduras President Manuel Zelaya a close look at an Envirofit cookstove.

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