Sundrop Fuels executive to speak on solar biomass technology

Published: Mar 22, 2010 10:00:00 AM
Media Contact: Sally Credille,, 334-844-3447

James Trainham, senior executive vice president for Sundrop Fuels, Inc., will present "The Renewable Fuel Challenge: Harnessing the Power of the Sun" on Friday, March 26 at 3:30 p.m. in 1103 Shelby Center. His seminar is hosted by Auburn University's Department of Chemical Engineering. 

Sundrop Fuels is using concentrated solar energy to produce renewable fuels from biomass. Trainham will discuss the company's application of technology from the University of Colorado-Boulder and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to drive endothermic gasification reactions for large amounts of biomass to be converted into fuel. He will also demonstrate how this solar technology could be competitive with today's fossil fuels and help catalyze renewable fuel growth.

Trainham is responsible for research and development engineering design, as well as scale-up and commercialization of Sundrop Fuels' unique gasification technology. Prior to joining Sundrop Fuels, he worked with PPG Industries and DuPont Company. Trainham holds bachelor's and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from the University of California-Berkeley and a master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Contributed by Cassity Hughes