Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity: President of Honduras Visiting Colorado State University Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory Nov. 8

Note to Reporters: For security reasons, reporters MUST RSVP to Emily Wilmsen at (970) 491-2336 or Mac McGoldrick at (970) 491-4793 no later than noon on Monday, Nov. 8.


Honduras President Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo will tour the Colorado State University Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory from 3-5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8. His party includes the Foreign Minister, Environment Minister, head of the national energy company, banking executives and private energy developers interested in clean and renewable energy technology at NREL and Colorado State University.

The purpose of the visit is to showcase new developments in renewable energy to Honduran government officials and private sector representatives in the hopes of deepening existing ties and cultivating new links between Honduran and U.S. renewable energy interests in the public and private sectors.


The Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory, part of the Colorado State University College of Engineering mechanical engineering department, is world renowned for developing sustainable solutions to some of the world’s largest environmental problems.

As many as 60 students – half of them undergraduates – work directly on projects that improve the efficiency of large engines, create and test renewable energy applications on the electric grid and bring cleaner burning products – such as efficient, cleaner two-stroke engines and cookstoves – to the developing world.

Much of the laboratory’s funding comes from industry partners such as Woodward Governor Co., Caterpillar Inc. and John Deere, but the EECL has developed a history of helping to launch new companies such as Envirofit International, which is a non-profit technology leader that uses sustainable, scalable business models to solve global health and environmental problems.