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Biomass Preparation, Handling & Storage Workshop

The operation and financial success of any biomass-to-energy facility requires its operators to utilize high-quality, consistent biomass feedstocks. The Biomass Preparation, Handling & Storage Workshop agenda will allow producers to take an in-depth look at the latest innovations and strategies in biomass handling and compare it to their own. Whether producers are sourcing wood chips from a handful of trusted suppliers for a campus boiler or are a biorefinery working to gather, store and convert hundreds of thousands of tons of agricultural residues, this agenda will offer practical value.

Presentations may include, but are not limited to:
  • Energy efficient particle size reduction approaches
  • Effective conveyance strategies
  • Dust management, spark detection and spark arrest
  • Preventing feedstock quality degradation
  • In-situ feedstock processing and biomass upgrading
  • Manufacturing biomass intermediates
  • Cost-effective biomass storage options and system
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General Registration

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

Workshop Registration*$299.00

Add-on to Biomass Conference$249.00

*Price includes admission to all 3 pre-conference events, and food and beverage, to the International Biomass Conference & Expo's Grand Opening & Welcome Reception on Monday night




Monday, April 10

7:30 am – 8:30 amBreakfast
Room 101 BI
8:30 am – 8:40 amWelcome
Room 101 C
8:40 am – 9:50 amTechnical Session
Room 101 C
The Big Picture: Best Practices in Optimized Biomass Supply Chains
The broad scope of presentations in this panel will serve as a comprehensive jumping off point for the remaining discussions. Global in nature, the panel will look at everything from the existing wood handling infrastructure at a modern chip mill served by a well-established logging and trucking infrastructure to biomass collection innovations that provide much needed revenue opportunities for farmers in India. These presentations will focus first on systems, but will make it clear that technological advancements in individual components of the supply chain are vital to continued gains in overall efficiency.

Moderator: Tim Portz, Executive Editor, Biomass Magazine
  • Lt. Col. Monish Ahuja (Retd.), Managing Director, Punjab Renewable Energy Systems Pvt. Ltd.
    Innovative Business Model of Biomass Aggregation, Processing and Supply for Sustainability of Biomass Based Power Plants and Process Plants
  • Jeff Custer, Director of Business Development, Fulghum Fibres Inc.
    Inbound Wood Handling Strategies in a High Consumption Mill
  • Kevin Comer, Associate Principal, Antares Group Incorporated
    Development and Demonstration of Advanced Supply Chain Equipment for Harvest, Delivery, and Processing of Herbaceous Biomass
9:50 am – 10:35 amTechnical Session
Room 101 C
Preparing Biomass Bales and Mitigating Fire Risk in Storage Depots
The first class of commercial scale cellulosic ethanol production facilities each required over half a million corn stover bales each year. Building, handling and storing those bales has proven challenging. In addition, each facility has had at least one fire event. This pair of presentations will take each of these challenges in turn and provide attendees with an update on the best practices in both bale preparation and fire prevention.

Moderator: Tim Portz, Executive Editor, Biomass Magazine
  • Erin Webb, Agricultural Engineer, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    Addressing Fire Risk in Biomass Handling and Storage
  • John Gardner, Sr. Project Engineer, Vermeer Corporation
    Bale Preparation System
10:35 am – 11:05 amNetworking Break
Room 101 BI
11:05 am – 12:15 pmTechnical Session
Room 101 C
Innovations in Mechanical Biomass Preparation and Pretreatment
To guarantee the efficient conversion of inbound feedstock to an energy product, early stage material handling processes are increasingly being asked to accomplish multiple process steps simultaneously. This panel will look at innovations in mechanical approaches that reduce moisture content, reduce particle size and liberate lignocellulose. An emphasis on making the most of mechanical approaches helps conversion facilities keep energy expenditures in check, saving thermal energy expenditures for downstream processes that have no mechanical alternative.

Moderator: Tim Portz, Executive Editor, Biomass Magazine
  • Alan Miller, President, SpiroFlo Holdings Inc.
    Mechanical Dewatering of Biomass
  • Jaya Shankar Tumuluru, Research Scientist, Idaho National Laboratory
    Effect of Moisture Content and Screen Size on Size Reduction and Densification Characteristics of Municipal Solid Waste
  • Sylvie Brunel, Process Manager, Clextral Inc.
    Intensified Continuous Biomass Treatment by Twin Screw Extrusion
12:15 pm – 1:30 pmNetworking Lunch
Room 101 BI
1:30 pm – 3:00 pmTechnical Session
Room 101 C
Biomass Inertia: A Technical Discussion on the Most Effective Ways to Keep Feedstock Moving
If a material were to be designed specifically to cause handling and feeding problems, it would look a lot like most biomass streams. Material bridging and plugging slow the delivery of material to reactor throats and reduce uptime. These presentations will offer attendees a look at the best-in-class approaches available in biomass conveyance that reduce demands on staff time and increase overall operational efficiency. Presenters will make a strong argument that the success of any bioenergy conversion facility hinges on perfecting the material handling system that feeds the plant.

Moderator: Tim Portz, Executive Editor, Biomass Magazine
  • Jamil Bundalli, Project Manager, Kamengo
    Handling Biomass: The Three Root Causes of Poor Material Feed
  • Dane Floyd, President, Biomass Engineering & Equipment
    Latest Improvements in Biomass Handling
  • Desmond Smith, Materials Handling, BRUKS Rockwood Inc.
    Efficient Biomass Storage and Handling
  • Henry Van Haaster, Head of Sales, Javo International
    Toploader: An Innovative Storage and Handling System for Biomass
3:00 pm – 3:30 pmNetworking Break
Room 101 BI
3:30 pm – 5:00 pmTechnical Session
Room 101 C
Relieving the Bottleneck in the Development of Next Generation Bioenergy Products by Perfecting Inbound Biomass Supply Chains
There is nearly universal agreement that abundant biomass streams are available but currently underutilized. The challenge, the industry collectively acknowledges, is moving it from where it is to where it needs to be in a cost effective manner. Every feedstock scenario has its own challenges as well as a dedicated cadre of researchers working to bring down the delivered cost of high quality, conversion ready biomass. This panel will conclude the day by offering attendees a look at the efforts underway to unlock the full potential of our incredible biomass resource.

Moderator: Tim Portz, Executive Editor, Biomass Magazine
  • Han-Sup Han, Professor, Forestry and Wildland Resources, Humboldt State University
    Production of Quality Feedstock from Forest Residues: Sorting, Comminution, and Screening
  • Quang Nguyen, Director, Biomass Feedstock National User Facility, Idaho National Laboratory
    Industrial Feed Handling of Lignocellulosic Feedstocks
  • Paul Wever, President, Chip Energy Inc.
    Engineering A Cost Effective and Sustainable Supply Chain for the Billion Ton Bioeconomy by 2020
  • Olev Trass, Professor, Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto
    Use of the Szego Mill for Wet and Dry Biomass Processing
5:00 pm - 6:30 pmGrand Opening & Welcome Reception for the International Biomass Conference & Expo
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