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Biomass Carbonization & Torrefaction Summit

Biomass Carbonization & Torrefaction Summit

The Biomass Carbonization & Torrefaction Summit is a one-day, intensive conversation about the promise of upgrading biomass streams via torrefaction or the production of biochar and the markets that await the developers and producers who can scale-up and efficiently manufacture commercial volumes of these products. Attendees can expect conversations about downstream energy markets, but the program’s inclusion of biochar will introduce new market segments to a biomass audience more familiar with traditional power or heat markets. Additionally, the Biomass Carbonization & Torrefaction Summit will examine how the production of torrefied biomass and biochar will fit into the existing biomass supply chain and how it might propel the broader biomass sector even further forward.

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General Registration

If you have any questions on registration or rates please give us a call at 866-746-8385.

Summit Registration* $299.00

Add-on to Biomass Conference $249.00

*Price includes admission to all pre-conference events, and food and beverage, to the International Biomass Conference & Expo's Grand Opening & Welcome Reception on Monday night



Monday, April 16

Ballroom A
8:30 am – 9:10 am Exploring the Potential for Torrefaction as a Forest Management Tool
  • Brian Brashaw, Program Manager, Forest Products Marketing Unit, U.S. Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory
    Advancing Development and Markets for Hazardous Fuels through Torrefaction
  • Matt Krumenauer, Vice President Special Projects, U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities
    Oregon Torrefaction
9:10 am – 10:40 am How Biochar Production Can Perfectly Complement Heat and Power Production
  • Tom Miles, Biomass Energy Engineering Consultant, T.R. Miles Technical Consulting
    Overview: U.S. Biochar Initiative, Oregon
  • Jonah Levine, Development Manager, Confluence Energy
  • Jim Brown, COO, Karr Group
  • Greg Stangl, CEO, Phoenix Energy
10:40 am – 11:10 am Networking Break
11:10 am – 12:00 pm Why We Need Torrefied Biomass: Markets Where Torrefied Biomass is a Solution When Other Biomass Streams Aren’t
  • Ezra Bar-Ziv, EB Clean Energy, Ltd.-Boardman
    Torrefaction of Industrial Residue Pellets
  • Joseph James, President, Agri-Tech Producers LLC (ATP)
    Combining Innovative Torrefaction & Remediation Processes to Maximize the Use of Opportunistic Biomass and Lower Bio-Coal Costs
  • Additional Speakers TBA
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Networking Lunch
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm A Close Look at the Commercial Scale Production of Torrefied Biomass
  • Sudhagar Mani, Associate Professor, University of Georgia
    Integration of Torrefaction Technology with Existing Wood Pellet Mills
  • Michael Wild, President, International Biomass Torrefaction Council
    Torreffied Biomass Along the Supply Chain
  • Donald Fosnacht, Associate Director, Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota
    Use of Hydrothermal Carbonization and Torrefaction for Preparing Biomass for Solid Fuels and Advanced Chemicals
  • Jagannadh Satyavolu, Theme Leader, Biomass/Biofuels, Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research
    A “Binder-Free” Approach to Producing Torrefied Biomass Briquettes
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Networking Break
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Where Biochar is Adding Real Value and Finding Marketplace Traction as a Result
  • Kelby Fite, VP/Director, Bartlett Tree Experts
  • Mark Highland, President, The Organic Mechanics Soil Company
  • Don Murphy, President/Owner, Waste To Energy Inc.
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Grand Opening & Welcome Reception for the International Biomass Conference & Expo

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