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Monday, March 18

8:30 am - 5:00 pm Biomass Preparation, Handling & Storage Workshop
Meeting Room 106

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5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Grand Opening & Welcome Reception
Exhibit Hall AB

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Tuesday, March 19

7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast
Georgia International Gallery

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8:30 am - 11:00 am General Session
Chatham Ballroom

8:30 am - 8:40 am Welcome
Tim Portz, Executive Director, Pellet Fuels Institute
8:40 am - 8:50 am A Georgia Welcome
Tim Echols, Commissioner, Georgia Public Service Commission
8:50 am - 9:15 am Presentation of the Award of Excellence & Groundbreaker of the Year
Anna Simet, Editor, Biomass Magazine
9:15 am - 11:00 am Roundtable Discussion: Biomass Industry Associations
Moderator: Anna Simet, Editor, Biomass Magazine
  • Patrick Serfass, Executive Director, American Biogas Council
  • Carrie Annand, Executive Director, Biomass Power Association
  • Tim Portz, Executive Director, Pellet Fuels Institute
  • Seth Ginther, Executive Director, U.S. Industrial Pellet Association
  • Johannes Escudero, CEO & Executive Director, Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas
  • Dan Wilson, Board Chairman, Biomass Thermal Energy Council
11:00 am - 6:30 pm Expo Open
Exhibit Hall AB

11:00 am - 1:30 pm Dedicated Expo Time
Exhibit Hall AB

11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch in the Expo
Exhibit Hall AB

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1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass

Best Practices in Dust Control and Fire Risk Mitigation I
Meeting Room 202
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Moderator: Tim Portz, Executive Director, Pellet Fuels Institute
  • Rob Markle, Regional Sales Manager, IEP Technologies
    Industrial Explosion Protection for Biomass Facilities
  • Jason Krbec, Sales Engineering Manager, CV Technology Inc.
    Inherently Safer Plant Design for Combustible Dust Hazards
  • Vipul Dholakia, Technology Manager, Gas Applications, Air Products & Chemicals Inc.
    Fire Suppression for Biomass Storage Using Nitrogen Inerting
  • Timothy Heneks, Director, Engineering Services, Dustcon Solutions Inc.
    Fire vs. Explosion Hazards in a Biomass Pellet Plant
  • Holger Streetz, Director of Business Development, Bathan AG
    Handling Second Degree Feedstock
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

The RFS & eRINs: An Un-Implemented Law that Could be a Boon for Biomass, Biogas and WTE
Meeting Room 101
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Moderator: Anna Simet, Editor, Biomass Magazine
  • Brad Pleima, Senior Engineer, EcoEngineers
  • Patrick Serfass, Executive Director, American Biogas Council
  • Bob Cleaves, President & CEO, Biomass Power Association
Track 3: Biogas & Waste-to-Energy

Awakening a Sleeping Giant: Why Biogas Developers Continue to Eye Food Waste Streams for New Project Deployments
Meeting Room 106
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Moderator: Todd Taylor, CEO & Attorney, Avisen Legal
  • Michael Corbett, Director of Applied Science, Divert
    Developing Best Practices for Food Waste Digestion
  • Justin Price, Principal, Evergreen Engineering Inc.
    Some Projects Give Green Energy the Green Light…and Some Die on the Vine
  • Roger Ford, CEO, Eureka Energy Corporation
    Bio-Waste Conversion and Production of Liquid Transportation Fuel
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

First of Their Kind: Updates on the Commercialization Efforts of Leading Next Generation Biofuel Production Technologies
Meeting Room 104
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Moderator: Neal Yancey, Engineer, Idaho National Laboratory
  • Jayant Godbole, President & Director, Praj Americas Inc. USA
    Simultaneous Production of Biochemicals & 2G Ethanol from Cellulosic Feedstocks
  • Jordan Thut, Project Engineer, Attis Innovations
    Lignocellulosic Bio-Refinery with Contract R&D Capabilities
  • Ananda Nanjundaswamy, Assistant Professor, Agriculture/Applied Sciences, Alcorn State University
    Insights from Yeast Transcriptomics: A Powerful Tool in Cellulosic Ethanol Production and Process Optimization

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Refreshment Break in the Expo
Exhibit Hall AB

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3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass

Best Practices in Dust Control and Fire Risk Mitigation II
Meeting Room 202
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Moderator: Tim Portz, Executive Director, Pellet Fuels Institute
  • Jeffrey Nichols, Managing Partner, Industrial Fire Prevention LLC
    Spark Detection: Why Fire Prevention is So Important
  • Vahid Ebadat, CEO, Stonehouse Process Safety
    Safe Processing of Combustible Dust: Compliance with Requirements of NFPA 652, 2019 Edition
  • Derek Stuart, Global Product Manager - Power, AMETEK Land
    Early Detection of Spontaneous Heating and Spontaneous Combustion in Biomass Handling
  • Brian Edwards, Director of Engineering, Conversion Technology Inc.
    Conducting a Combustible Dust Hazard Analysis
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

Case Studies: Innovative System Design in Recent Heat and Power Deployments
Meeting Room 101
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Moderator: Carrie Annand, Executive Director, Biomass Power Association
  • Joakim Wren, Associate Professor, Management & Engineering, Linkoping University
    Small Scale Co-Generation Based on ORC (Organic Rankine Cycle) Systems: A Study of Two Pilot Installations in Swedish Sewage and District Heating Plants
  • Tom Brokaw, Engineering Manager, ElectraTherm Inc.
    Biomass Combined Heat & Power for Power and Heat
  • Charles Strasburger, Vice President, Magaldi Technologies LLC
    Benefits of Wet-Dry Ash Conversions
Track 3: Biogas & Waste-to-Energy

Capitalizing on New and Emerging Market Concepts for Biogas
Meeting Room 106
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Moderator: Bernard Sheff, Chairman, American Biogas Council
  • Joseph Curro, Principle Engineer, CDM Smith
    Combustion Based Alternatives for Low to Medium Flow Biogas Projects
  • Ben Cauthen, Bioenergy Project Engineer, Cavanaugh & Associates
    RNG at the State Level: Working toward a More Sustainable Future
  • Thomas Dunder, Technical Director, TRC Environmental Corp.
    Ensuring Biogas Marketability: Test Program Design, Implementation, and Reporting
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

How to De-Risk, Fund and Attract Strategic Financial Partners to Biomass-to-Energy Projects in Today’s Market
Meeting Room 104
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Moderator: Kevin Prohaska, Partner, Stoel Rives LLP
  • Mark Riedy, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
    Creative U.S. and International Debt and Equity Financing Mechanisms for Bioeconomy Projects and Technology Companies
  • Todd Taylor, CEO & Attorney, Avisen Legal
    Angels, Venture and Strategics: How to Finance Advanced Biofuels and Biochemicals Now
  • Jordan Solomon, President & CEO, Ecostrat
    Applying Risk Ratings to Decrease Capital Cost of Bio-Projects
  • Sasisanker Padmanabhan, Associate Principal Technologist, PRAJ Industries Limited
    Valorization of Lignin: Improving the Viability of 2G Ethanol

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Networking Reception in the Expo
Exhibit Hall AB

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Wednesday, March 20

7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast
Exhibit Hall AB

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7:30 am - 1:30 pm Expo Open
Exhibit Hall AB

8:30 am - 10:00 am Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass

Examining Global Pellet Markets and the Supply Chain Participants Propelling them Forward
Meeting Room 202
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Moderator: Holger Streetz, Director of Business Development, Bathan AG
  • William Strauss, President, FutureMetrics
    Overview of the Industrial Wood Pellet Markets and Forecasts for the Future
  • Christiane Egger, Manager, Cleantech-Cluster Energy
    Dynamising Pellet Heating: The Example of the State of Upper Austria
  • Todd Bush, Partner, CM Biomass Partners A/S
    The Role of a Trader
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

Leading Emissions Control Technologies for Biomass-to-Energy Facilities Available Today
Meeting Room 101
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Moderator: Tim Portz, Executive Director, Pellet Fuels Institute
  • Becky Long, Dryer Design Engineer, Thompson Dryers
    Emission Control for Drying Lines: Preventing Thermal Damage and Improving Cyclone Efficiency
  • Perry Helmer, Sales Manager Grain Processing, Scheuch North America
    Particulate Emissions Control Technologies for Woody and Non-Woody Biomass and RDF Combustion
  • Rodney Pennington, Vice President Key Accounts, Nestec Inc.
    Smart Pellet Plant Air Emission Compliance versus End of Pipe Approach
  • Rod Gravley, Technology Director, Tri-Mer Corporation
    Particulate, NOx, CO, Mercury and Acid Gas Control with Catalytic Ceramic Filters
Track 3: Biogas & Waste-to-Energy

A Review of Leading Technical Approaches to Maximizing Biogas Production
Meeting Room 106
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Moderator: Brett Hogarth, Director, Business Development, Ecostrat
  • Norma McDonald, North American Sales Manager, Organic Waste Systems Inc.
    Revisiting Options: Biogas and Clean Compost from MSW
  • Haoqin Zhou, Graduate Student, Iowa State University Bioeconomy Institute
    Biochar as an Effective Additive to Enhance the Anaerobic Digestion of Municipal Sludge: Effects of Feedstock Pretreatment on Biochar Property and Function in Biogas Production
  • Manaf H. Farhan, President & CEO, EMG International LLC
    Innovative Digester Technology for High Strength Wastewater Treatment and Biogas Generation
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

Pairing Well Engineered Feedstock Handling Systems and Innovative Downstream Conversion Approaches to Broaden the Spectrum of Useable Renewable Fuel Inputs
Meeting Room 104
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Moderator: Jordan Solomon, President & CEO, Ecostrat
  • Jayant Khambekar, Senior Consultant, Jenike & Johanson Inc.
    Importance of Feedstock Preparation in Biofuels Production on Commercial Scale
  • Ray Ganga, Senior Staff Engineer, Wellons Power Group
    Start with the Fuel
  • Mohammad Abdel-Hamid, Professor, University of Mansoura
    Microalgae as Promising Feedstock of Jet Fuel and Biodiesel: Case Studies
  • John Pierce, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP
    Woody Biomass to Hydrocarbons

10:00 am - 10:30 am Refreshment Break in the Expo
Exhibit Hall AB

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10:30 am - Noon Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass

Examining the Promise of Torrefaction for Producing a Drop-In Coal Replacement
Meeting Room 202
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Moderator: Patrick Kongsbak, Trading, CM Biomass
  • Jagannadh Satyavolu, Theme Leader - Biomass Conversion and Biofuels, Conn Center, University of Louisville
    Hydrolyzed Bagasse as a Low Cost Binder to Produce High Quality Torrefied Bagasse Briquettes
  • Wilson Lam, Principal Consultant, LAMPS Consulting Inc.
    Process Design Analysis of Biocoal Production via Wet Torrefaction
  • Becky Long, Dryer Design Engineer, Thompson Dryers
    Large-scale, Economic Production of Torrefied Biomass
  • Ezra Bar-Ziv, Founder, Treamin Energy Ltd.
    Torrefaction of Low Quality, Non-Recyclable, Biomass and Plastic Waste Blends
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

Mining Small- and Large-Scale Installations for Best Practices in Feedstock Supply Chain Design and Operation
Meeting Room 101
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Moderator: Anna Simet, Editor, Biomass Magazine
  • Magnus Rundqwist, Manager, Global Bulk Sales, BRUKS SIWERTELL
    Biomass Transformation: What Equipment does it Really Take to Move Biomass from U.S. Forests to a Power Plant in the UK?
  • Richard Schroeder, President, BioResource Management Inc.
    Meeting the Needs of Supplying a 100MW Biomass Plant
  • Pat Liew, Business Development Manager, Ecostrat Inc.
    How to Avoid Supply Chain Mistakes for Biomass Heating
Track 3: Biogas & Waste-to-Energy

Developing a Biogas Project that Will Attract Investment, Get Built and Deliver a Return
Meeting Room 106
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Moderator: Bernard Sheff, Chairman, American Biogas Council
  • Max Vernier, Business Unit Leader – Bioenergy Lending, Live Oak Bank
    Banking 101: How to Leverage a Biogas Project
  • David Gardels, Partner, Husch Blackwell LLP
    Biogas 101 - What Every Generator of Organic Waste Needs to Know: "Green Attributes" Can Make Biogas Economical for You!
  • Brad Pleima, Senior Engineer, EcoEngineers
    Overcoming the Top 5 Hurdles to a Renewable Natural Gas Project
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

Thermochemical Conversion Approaches to Refine Waste Biomass into Renewable Fuel and Chemical Products
Meeting Room 104
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Moderator: Jordan Klinger, Research Scientist, Idaho National Laboratory
  • Roland Verhe, Professor, Ghent University
    Circular Economy: Increasing the Value of Selected Municipal and Industrial Waste Streams into Biofuels and Biocoal
  • Brian Cody, Vice President, Business Development, Velocys
    Opportunities for Waste Biomass in Renewable Fuel Markets
  • Brad Damstedt, Development Professional, Praxair
    Hot Oxygen Enhanced Syngas Reforming
  • David Dayton, Senior Fellow, Chemistry/Biofuels Director, RTI International
    Advanced Thermochemical Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels and Bio-Products

Noon - 1:30 pm Lunch in the Expo
Exhibit Hall AB

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1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass

Reviewing Recent Innovations in Biomass Fuel Manufacturing Approaches
Meeting Room 202
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Moderator: Justin Price, Principal, Evergreen Engineering Inc.
  • Jaya Shankar Tumuluru, Research Scientist, Idaho National Laboratory
    High Moisture Pelleting Studies on Pine and Switchgrass Blend in a Pilot Scale Ring Die Pellet Mill
  • Melissa Patton, Executive Director, Carolina Land and Lakes RC&D
    Pellets for Poultry
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

How and Why Biomass Heating Deployments are Gaining Traction in Artic and Sub-Artic Locales
Meeting Room 101
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Moderator: Tim Portz, Executive Director, Pellet Fuels Institute
  • Devany Plentovich, Program Manager – Biomass & CHP, Alaska Energy Authority
    It Takes a Village: Rural Small-Scale Heating Systems
  • Karen Petersen, Biomass Coordinator, Southeast Conference
    From Biomass to Lettuce: The Story of Two Alaskan Schools
  • Tim Kalke, General Manager, Sustainable Energy for Galena, Alaska
    Sustainable Biomass Heating in Galena, Alaska
  • David Nicholls, Forest Products Technologist, USDA Forest Service
    Economic Modeling of Wood and Coal for Grate-Fired Systems in Arctic Conditions under Varying Fuel Costs
Track 3: Biogas & Waste-to-Energy

Protecting Your Biogas Project from the Pitfalls Other Developers Often Miss
Meeting Room 106
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Moderator: Russell Carr, Professor & Chair, Chemical Engineering, University of New Hampshire
  • Katrina Bagwell, Associate, Environmental Planning Specialists Inc.
    Creating a Streamlined Air Permitting Process: From Siting to Operation
  • Peter Jackman, Director, Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox PLLC
    Lessons from IPRs Involving Biomass-Related Patents
  • Carrie Hartford, Senior Project Engineer, Jenike & Johanson Inc.
    Scale-Up Challenges with Biomass
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

Leveraging Innovative Pretreatment Approaches to Coax Renewable Fuels and Chemicals from Challenging Feedstocks
Meeting Room 104
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Moderator: Jaya Shankar Tumuluru, Research Scientist, Idaho National Laboratory
  • Peter Flippo, Business Development Director, Bioprocess Pilot Facility
    Valorisation of Lignocellulosic Biomass at Pilot Scale: Design Considerations vs. Operational Challenges
  • Taylor Sulmonetti, Associate, Exponent Inc.
    Chemical Pretreatment of Lignocellulosic Biomass: Breaking Down the Challenges at the Industrial Scale
  • Ed De Jong, VP of Development, Avantium Technologies
    Dawn Technology™: Superior Lignocellulosic Fractionation Technology for Chemicals, Fuels and Energy Applications
  • Raghu Nandan Gurram, Senior R&D Scientist, Attis Innovations
    Organosolv Fractionation for Enhanced Biorefinery through Complete Valorization of Lignocellulosic Feedstock

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Refreshment Break
East Concourse

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3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass

Outside the Box: Reviewing the Innovative Projects Expanding the Boundaries of Conventional Biomass-to-Energy Thinking
Meeting Room 202
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Moderator: Tim Portz, Executive Director, Pellet Fuels Institute
  • Jeff Wright, CEO, Durania LLC
    Eucalyptus Bio-energy Plantations: Importance of Harvest Planning
  • Stas Zinchik, Ph.D. Candidate Michigan Tech & Mechanical Engineer, Treamin Energy Ltd.
    Plastic Waste as Enabler for Pellets Production
  • Kimberly Samaha, CEO, Born Global Foundation
    Process Innovation: Turning Aging Biomass Power Plants into Bio-Hub Ecosystems
  • Bill McDonald, VP Research, Anellotech
    MinFree™ - A Biomass Pre-Treatment Process Enabling Mineral-Reduced Feedstocks for Both Pellet Producers and Biomass Conversion
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

Striking a Balance: The Interplay Between Forest Resources and Global Biomass Markets
Meeting Room 106
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Moderator: William Perritt, Senior Editor, Fastmarkets RISI, Woodfiber & Biomass Markets
  • Michelle Halsted, Graduate Research Assistant, Oak Ridge National Lab, University of Tennessee
    Sustaining Bioenergy: Incentives to Ensure Woody Biomass Reforestation
  • Marcus Taylor, Research Forester, USDA Forest Service
    Effects of Increasing Biomass Power on Forest Resources in the Southeast
  • Valentino Tiangco, Biomass Program Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
    Strategic Value of Biomass in SMUD Region

5:00 pm Sessions Conclude
6:00 pm Wednesday Evening Event
Savannah Smiles Dueling Piano Bar (Register & Learn More)
Take the Savannah Belles Ferry from the Convention Center landing to the City Hall landing
Short walk to Savannah Smiles - please check the ferry schedule

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Thursday, March 21

8:30 am – 11:00 am Industry Tour
East Coast Terminal Co., Peeples Industries (Register & Learn More)
Transportation provided to/from the Savannah International Trade Show & Convention Center

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