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Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal
Track 3: Biogas & Landfill Gas Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass

Tuesday, March 25

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass
How New Discoveries in Pellet Production Emissions are Driving Change in Plant Design, Permitting and Operation
As more export scaled pellet facilities come online and log more and more operational hours, important discoveries are being made regarding plant emissions. Volatile organic compounds at levels that must be captured and destroyed are increasingly being detected in the pelletizing line. At smaller facilities, the VOCs from these operations never approach threshold levels and so historically haven’t received much attention. This panel will clearly outline what is now known about these important emissions levels and lay out the design and equipment options available to bring plants into the requisite emissions parameters.
  • Moderator: Tim Portz, Executive Editor, Biomass Magazine
  • Brad James, Managing Consultant, Trinity Consultants
    Pellet Mill Design Regulated by Air Regulations
  • Karl-Heinz Schulz, COO & EVP Business Development, Seeger Green Energy
    Optimized Integration of the Different Drying Technologies with regard to Economical and Ecological Requirements
  • Justin Price, Principal, Evergreen Engineering Inc.
    First Things First: Engineering a Financial Success
  • Rodney Pennington, Vice President, Key Accounts, NESTEC
    Pellet Plant - ZERO Fuel - Air Emission Control
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass
Technical Approaches Being Pursued to Make the Production of Pellets from Non-Woody Biomass More Viable
Pelletizing is a densification strategy that continues to open significant market opportunities for woody biomass, while feedstocks like herbaceous biomass or agricultural residues present challenges that have limited their applicability to pellet production. Still, as global interest in the use of biomass inputs for power production continues to increase, researchers are working to identify solutions which thus far have kept these abundant feedstocks out of pellet mill feed baskets. Featuring both mechanical and biological approaches, this panel will dig into the progress being made to make the manufacture of pellets from these non-woody sources more feasible.
  • Moderator: Mark Robinson, Director of Research & Mapping, Energy Florida
  • Shyam Thapa, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Arkansas State University
    Densified Biofuel Pellets Produced from Agricultural By-Products
  • Sunil Thapa, Graduate Research Student, Biology, Eastern Illinois University
    Strength and Energy Characteristics of Densified Miscanthus Straw Pretreated with the White-Rot Fungus Trametes versicolor
  • Robert Heimann, Principal Engineer, Enginuity WorldWide
    Novel Non-Woody Conversion Method Deploying Low Energy Roasting to Produce a Weatherable / High BTU Power Cube

Wednesday, March 26

8:30 am - 10:00 am
Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass
Baskets of Opportunity: Strategies and Feedstock Resources Worth Pursuing to Ensure Future Biomass Demands are Met
Recent policy decisions in Europe have generated great interest in fiber streams from the Americas as a means to low carbon power production. While these needs are currently being met by the in-place pulp industry, work is already being done to ensure this demand can be met sustainably as it increases. The presentations on this panel look at the possibility of fast growing woody biomass species in a plantation setting as well as the opportunity offered by invasive species in the American southwest to fill in supply gaps as they emerge.
  • Moderator: Kolby Hoagland, Data & Content Manager, BBI International
  • Mike Baughman, President, Intertech Services Corporation, & Executive Director, Lincoln County Regional Development Authority
    Feedstock Security: The Million Acre Pinyon-Juniper Option in Eastern Nevada
  • Dean McCraw, President, McCraw Energy LLC
    Reading Between the Tree Rows Continues
  • Jeff Wright, Manager, Sales & Product Devleopment, ArborGen Inc.
    Bio-Energy Forest Plantations for the Southeastern United States
  • Amnon Ronen, CEO, Galiltec SA
    Dedicated Energy Crop Solutions with Arundo Donax & Eucalyptus
10:30 am - Noon
Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass
Market Development Strategies for the Domestic Pellet Heating Market that are being Deployed Successfully
Pellet producers eyeing local markets are as well versed as anyone in the broader biomass industry about the critical importance of grassroots market building efforts. For producers at these smaller volumes, each and every new customer counts and represents new demand that is most effectively measured in decades. This panel features the producers most aggressively engaged in market building, the approaches they are taking and the results they are generating for their operations.
  • Moderator: Kolby Hoagland, Program & Data Manager, BBI International
  • Jonathan Kahn, President & CEO, Geneva Wood Fuels
    Wood Pellets for Residential and Light Commercial Use: Challenges and Opportunities for Producers - One Ton at a Time
  • William Strauss, President, FutureMetrics
    Success in the Domestic Heating Pellet Market: The Story of Maine Energy Systems
  • John Bonitz, Renewable Energy Manager - Biomass Specialist, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
    Market Differentiation via Sustainability
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass
Vital Safety Considerations for Manufacturers, Handlers, and Shippers of Wood Pellets
Combustible dust presents a very real safety hazard that must be fully understood and carefully monitored if plant operators intend to keep their staff and their facilities away from an unwanted occurrence. Additionally, as the practice of stockpiling more and more woody biomass becomes routine, an awareness of carbon monoxide offgassing is emerging as a leading safety consideration wherever woody biomass is found in bulk. This panel will provide pellet producers and pellet handlers with the information they need to keep their operation a safe work environment.
  • Moderator: Cam McAlpine, President, PRMedia Strategic Communications
  • Mark Fecke, Managing Engineer , Exponent - Failure Analysis Associates
    Combustible Dust Risk Evaluation Made Simple
  • Amy Theis, Director, Risk Management Services, Fauske & Associates 
    Hazard of CO Offgassing from Woody Biomass Storage
  • Jeff Nichols, Managing Partner, Industrial Fire Prevention LLC
    Practical Prevention of Combustible Dust Fires and Explosions in Biomass Industry
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass
Drop-In Biomass: Using Torrefaction to Produce a Fuel that More Seamlessly Integrates with Coal Combustion Infrastructure
The holy grail of biomass densification is to produce a feedstock that provides all of the environmental attributes of a feedstock derived from biomass streams loaded with organic carbon, while possessing the performance characteristics of a fossil fuel feedstock full of inorganic carbon. Torrefaction holds incredible promise to accomplish just that. If the opportunity to repower portions of the existing coal fleet with biomass is to be fully realized, the work in torrefaction outlined in this panel must find increasing commercial success.
  • Moderator: Anna Simet, Managing Editor, Biomass Magazine
  • Sudhagar Mani, Associate Professor, Biochemical Engineering, University of Georgia
    Advanced Densification of Torrefied Biomass
  • Amber Broch, Assistant Research Engineer, Desert Research Institute
    Improved Wood Pellets via Hydrothermal Carbonization (HTC)
  • Andrew Eyer, Process Engineer, Fiber Technologies Division, Andritz Inc.
    Enhanced Biomass Alternatives: A Comparison of Torrefaction and Steam Explosion Technologies
  • Donald Fosnacht, Director, Center for Applied Research & Technical Development, University of Minnesota Duluth
    Manufacture of Moisture Resistant Torriefied Biomass Agglomerates
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Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

Tuesday, March 25

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal
The Technological Advances Stoking the Viability of Increased Biomass Cofiring
The nearly 1500 coal-fired power generation units in the United States contribute nearly 42% of the country’s electric power. These assets play a vital role in the country’s current power mix and are increasingly being eyed by the biomass industry as a foundation upon which to build a transition toward greater deployment of biomass derived power from a fossil fuel incumbent. This panel catches up with leading research in biomass co-firing with presentations focused on material handling, pre-treatment and supply chain methodologies and compelling economic feasibility assessments.
  • Moderator: Elliott Levine, U.S. DOE, Bioenergy Technologies Office
  • Ezra Bar-Ziv, Professor, Michigan Technological University
    Firing Biocoal in Boardman Power Plant
  • Jayant Khambekar, Senior Project Engineer, Jenike & Johanson Inc.
    Cofiring Biomass: Material Handling Considerations
  • Robert Morrow, Senior Technical Manager, Detroit Stoker Company
    Co-Firing Applications with Grate Fired Technologies
  • Richard Boardman, Manager, Advance Process & Decision Systems, Idaho National Laboratory
    Logistics, Costs, and GHG Impacts of Utility-Scale Cofiring with 20% Biomass
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal
Dialing It In: Boiler Set Ups and Control Mechanisms that Yield Maximum Efficiency
Controlling when and where combustion occurs in a biomass fired boiler is critically important for operators seeking the greatest efficiency from their boilers. Maximizing combustion efficiency becomes an exercise in controlling the introduction of fuel and air into the boiler. Featuring the latest thinking on air and fuel loading, this panel also features a presentation about how innovative boiler set ups are allowing for the combustion of more challenging, alkali-laden fuel feedstocks.
  • Moderator: Bill Johnson, President, Biomass Consulting Services
  • Bruce Coffee, Chief Engineer, Hurst Boiler & Welding Co. Inc.
    Three Ways to Optimize Solid Fuel Efficiency
  • Kevin Toupin, Director, Boiler Equipment & Design, Babcock Power Inc.
    Fuel Flexibility with Advanced Stoker Technology
  • Mike Ward, Business Manager, Energy & Environmental Service, Valmet Inc.
    BFB Conversion and Biomass Lessons Learned

Wednesday, March 26

8:30 am - 10:00 am
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal
The Biomass Waltz: How Downstream Demand Drives Upstream Feedstock and Feedstock Collection Developments and Vice Versa
As the biomass industry progresses and gains energy market share, its development must really advance on two different fronts. Both feedstock and feedstock harvest and collection technologies and conversion technologies must continue to evolve. Moreover, these two fronts must often advance not necessarily in synchronicity, but certainly with an awareness and regard for one another. This panel looks at the efforts that are happening in upstream collection and supply chains in anticipation of the increased demand being created by downstream conversion discoveries.
  • Moderator: Tim Portz, Executive Editor, Biomass Magazine
  • Eric Rund, CEO, Green Flame Energy – Division of Rund Farms
    Practical Multi-Fuel Biomass Boilers Key To Local Biomass Markets
  • Scott Weishaar, Biomass Collection & Logistics, Vermeer Corporation
    Biomass Solution from Field to Boiler
  • Jon Baker, Operations & Wood Procurement Manager, Cousineau Forest Products
    Feedstock Procurement for Small and Large Biomass Boilers
10:30 am - Noon
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal
The Clean Energy Trifecta that is Small-Scale, Biomass Fueled, Combined Heat and Power Facilities
With a sharp focus on the economic advantages offered by combined heat and power operations, this panel will explore the smaller, modular solutions available while outlining situations where they make the most financial sense. Presenters will discuss the different technologies and deployment models available to bring biomass power and thermal energy to environments with smaller, more nuanced demands. Gasification and organic rankine cycle technologies will receive close attention as well as advantages offered by modular plant design.
  • Moderator: Jordan Solomon, President, Ecostrat
  • Richard Fosgitt, Engineering & Technology, Cirque Energy Inc.
    Gasification for Combined Heat and Power Renewable Energy
  • Simone Passera, Sales Engineer & Business Developer, Turboden S.r.l.
    Maximizing Energy Utilization from Biomass Residues with Organic Rankine Cycle Technology for CHP
  • Frank Binkiewicz, Manager, Power Generation Sales, Valmet Inc.
    Pre-Engineered and Modularized CHP Plants
  • Robert Emrich, Vice President, Sales, ElectraTherm Inc.
    Generating Renewable Energy from Small-Scale Biomass: Case Studies
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal
Taking a Big Swing: How Biomass is Increasingly Being Called Up to the Big Leagues of Heat and Power Generation
The trajectory of increased biomass deployment is occasionally marked with large spikes as larger municipalities, states and provinces commit to the adoption of biomass energy. This panel features both case studies outlining the transition to biomass in two very different locales in North America and a deep dive into the technological advances making similar transitions more viable for the municipalities and energy generators looking to follow the paths blazed by these early adopters.
  • Moderator: Carrie Annand, Vice President, External Affairs, Biomass Power Association
  • Brent Boyko, Atikokan Station Manager, Ontario Power Generation Inc.
    OPG Atikokan Biomass Conversion
  • Mark Mirabito, Chief Operating Officer, NTE Energy
    A Hybrid Solution: Combining Biomass Combustion with Steam Electric Generating Technologies
  • Kerry Flick, Director of Technology, Valmet Inc.
    Large Scale Biomass Gasification for Heat & Power
  • Valentino Tiangco, Biomass Program Manager, SMUD Sacramento Municipal Utility District
    Biomass to Power: Progress and Opportunities in the SMUD Region
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal
Home Sweet Home: The Perfect Fit that Biomass Thermal Energy is for Rural Communities
Increasingly small communities are looking at the biomass streams available nearby or waste streams generated by their citizens as potential energy inputs for local institutions and businesses. This panel will look closely at four case studies where woody biomass, food wastes and MSW are being converted to serve the heating, power and cooling needs of the community. These presentations promise to be rich in technical detail while also providing insight into overall project costs and economic viability.
  • Moderator: Joseph Seymour, Executive Director, Biomass Thermal Energy Council
  • Chris Koczaja, Vice President, Sales & Engineering, PHG Energy
    Case Study: How a Small Town Converts Waste Problems to Energy Opportunities
  • James Jerue, Chief of Property Management, State of Rhode Island
    Biomass Brings Rural Hospital Budget Neutral Cooling
  • Tim Baye, Professor, Business Development & Bioenergy Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Extension
    Biogas/Biomass Synergy of Rural Baseload Distributed Generation
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Track 3: Biogas & Landfill Gas

Tuesday, March 25

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Track 3: Biogas & Landfill Gas
Making it Work: How Digester Designs Evolve to Meet Unique Operating Conditions
The variability of the project parameters outlined in this panel would not be possible without the incredible flexibility afforded by the anaerobic digestion platform. Two of the projects featured in this panel are of a high-solids nature and these presentations will focus on the technological approach to managing these kinds of substrates. The other two projects featured on the panel are wastewater treatment plants in unique settings that are both in the early stages of proving out the AD technologies that provide the best solution for their operations in the long term.
  • Moderator: Ermanno Santilli, CEO, MagneGas Corporation
  • Wayne Brown, Vice President, North American Operations, Gicon Engineering North America GmbH
    Structural and Energetic Changes to Organic Waste Associated with Treatment in a High-Solids Anaerobic Digestion Facility and Suitability for Further Aerobic Composting
  • Carmen Trandafirescu, Project Manager, OGIN Biogas Technology
    Dry Methanisation: The Productive and Efficient Way of Digestion
  • Hani Al-koli, GIS Department Manager, Sana'a Water and Sanitation Local Corp. (SWSLC), Yemen
    Anaerobic Treatment for Sana'a Wastewater using UASB Reactor Pilot Plant
  • Jagannadh Satyavolu, Theme Leader, Biomass and Biofuels, Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research, University of Louisville
    Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Project to Reduce Green House Gas (GHG) Emissions at University of Louisville
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Track 3: Biogas & Landfill Gas
How Municipalities are Deploying Anaerobic Digestion to Capture the Energy in Organic Waste Streams
Landfills are increasingly being called upon to control, capture and destroy the methane they generate and one of the means to that end is to eliminate inbound carbon-rich organic materials like industrial and residential food waste. Increasingly, these materials are being driven out of the normal MSW flow and into digesters built and operated by the municipalities themselves or third party operators. This panel will feature case studies outlining how this practice is growing in popularity, building an operational history and establishing real momentum.
  • Moderator: Gene Jones, CEO, Southern Waste Information eXchange Inc. (SWIX)
  • Derick Dahlen, President & CEO, Avant Energy Inc.
    Creating Value: An Innovative Approach to Producing On-Peak Power from Waste
  • Alex MacFarlane, Vice President of Project Development, Harvest Power
    A Holistic Approach to Organics Co-Digestion: Harvest Power Orlando Facility at Reedy Creek Improvement District WWTP
  • Shane Chrapko, CEO, Himark bioGas
    North America’s First Integrated BioRefinery Utilizing 73,000 Tons /Year of Metro Edmonton Municipal Solid Waste to Produce Green Power
  • Morten Jacobsen, Senior Project Manager, Renew Energy A/S
    Waste to Energy and Valuable By Products: A Complete Solution

Wednesday, March 26

8:30 am - 10:00 am
Track 3: Biogas & Landfill Gas
Technologies and Systems Enabling the Efficient Digestion of Abundant Food and Brewery Waste Streams
Rich in case studies, this panel will look closely at the technologies allowing for increased rates of the deployment of anaerobic digesters at breweries and industrial food production facilities. Panel attendees will get a close look at everything from food de-packaging strategies being deployed in a retail environment all the way through to gas clean up approaches. Attention will be given to how technological advances like these are unlocking new waste treatment approaches for producers of these organic waste streams as well as new markets for builders and operators of anaerobic digesters.
  • Moderator: David Minott, President & Principal Consultant, Arc5 Environmental Consulting LLC
  • Mel Kurtz, President, quasar energy group
    Food Recovery and Recycling
  • Jeff VanVoorhis, Senior Project Manager, Symbiont
    Regional Waste-to-Energy: A Solution to Environmental Challenges
  • Laetitia d'Ursel, Business Development, Waterleau
    Proven Innovative Anaerobic Digestion Solutions: Real Cases for Biomass, Food Waste and Wastewater
  • Kyle Goehring, Regional Sales Manager, EISENMANN Corporation
    Driving Organic Waste Processing Innovations with Anaerobic Digestion
  • Nina Kshetry, Project Manager, UEM Inc.
    Advancing Small Scale Digesters
10:30 am - Noon
Track 3: Biogas & Landfill Gas
Surveying the Momentum in Transportation Fuel Markets for Biogas Producers
Biogas advocates in North America have long dreamt of the pro-biogas policy foundation enjoyed by other countries in the world, most notably in Western Europe as a means to accelerate the growth of the market. And while arguably not as robust as European drivers, the Renewable Fuels Standard is increasingly being identified as a policy platform that can yield real results stateside for biogas producers and users. This panel will take a comprehensive look at how the RFS can impact biogas producers as well as the technologies required to convert biogas into a transportation fuel, thereby allowing producers to engage in this emerging and growing market.
  • Moderator: Tim Franta, Space to Energy Regional Innovation Center, Energy Florida
  • Heather Cavanagh, Senior Project Manager, Cornerstone Environmental Group LLC
    Biogas to CNG: Why Now?
  • Will Overly, Manager, Carbon Projects, Blue Source USA
    RINs: Filling the Environmental Attribute Value Void
  • Robert Kwartin, Vice President, ICF International
    RECs and RINs: Exploring New Opportunities and Challenges for Biogas Producers in the Electricity and Transportation Markets
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Track 3: Biogas & Landfill Gas
It’s All About the Money: Getting Anaerobic Digestion Projects Off the Drawing Board and Under Construction
Featuring a varied group of professionals each with a slightly different perspective on the financing of anaerobic digesters, this panel will provide a complete picture of how the economic life of a digester is determined, penciled out and ultimately leveraged to solicit the necessary capital for a project. The full economic lifecycle of a digestion project will be explored with attention paid to the first dollars spent in the feasibility phase all the way through to the revenue generated via energy and coproduct sales.
  • Moderator: Mark Yancey, Vice President, BBI Project Development
  • Cory Wendt, Senior Manager, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP
    Financing Biogas Projects: Current Market Status, Participants, and Funding Party Requirements
  • Marco Lemes, Project Manager, Energy Research & Development, SMUD Sacramento Municipal Utility District
    Developing Biogas Projects in the Sacramento County
  • Carmen Trandafirescu, Project Manager, OGIN Biogas Technology
    Financial Aspects of a Biogas Plant
  • Clemens Halene, COO, quasar energy group
    WWTP Digesters, Long Term Contracts, and Modernization of Municipal Infrastructures
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Track 3: Biogas & Landfill Gas
Technological Advances in Digestate Mixing, Gas Analysis and Clean-Up, and Nitrogen Management
As the biogas industry matures and continues to gain momentum in North America, specialization inside of the space will accelerate as companies take on the many challenges of creating, cleaning and using biogas. This panel will feature presentations highlighting a novel pressure swing adsorbtion gas cleaning system, an analyzer capable of detecting siloxanes at very low levels, an ultra-efficient digestate mixer, and is rounded out with a look at new centrate treatment regimes.
  • Moderator: Sue Retka Schill, Senior Editor, BBI International, & Managing Editor, Pellet Mill Magazine
  • Neal Megonnell, Director, Platform Marketing, ATMI
    Development of New Adsorbents for Biogas Upgrading Applications
  • Eilert Balssen, Sales Manager Biogas & Agriculture, Xylem Water Solutions
    Effective Mixing to Reduce Energy Consumption in a Digester
  • William Murphy, Senior Applications Engineer, MKS Instruments
    On Line Analysis of Total Si in Landfill and Digester Gas
  • Andrea Nifong, Technology Specialist, World Water Works
    Incorporating DEMON® for Centrate Treatment: A Case Study of Resource Reduction and Cost Savings
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Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

Tuesday, March 25

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals
O Pioneers: A Close Look at the Early Settlements on the Frontier of Advanced Biofuels and Biochemicals
It would be hard to imagine a more compelling period of time in the development of advanced biofuels and biochemicals. Concurrently, the world’s first cellulosic ethanol facilities are finalizing their construction while industry foes are ratcheting up their skepticism and doubt and asking the public to follow them. The importance of bringing these facilities into production successfully cannot be overstated and this panel will provide conference attendees with an up-to-the-minute progress report on the commercialization efforts of four of the biggest players in the space.
  • Moderator: Douglas Machon, Director, Business Development, NAES Corporation
  • Christopher Standlee, Executive Vice President, Abengoa Bioenergy
    Abengoa's Advanced Biofuel Story
  • Tim Cesarek, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Enerkem Inc.
    Converting Residual Biomass into Biofuels and Renewable Chemicals: A Commercial Reality in Edmonton, Canada
  • Albert Hartmair, Business Development Manager, Feedstock Supply & Logistics, Clariant Produckte (Deutchland) Gmbh
    Cellulosic Ethanol: Using New Biomass Sources for Commercial Scale Production of Advanced Biofuels
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals
Emerging Harvest, Supply Chain and Feedstock Practices in the Dawn of Advanced Biofuel Commercialization
The harvest of 2013 saw the world’s first significant harvest of agricultural residues that will ultimately find themselves in the fermentation tanks of the industry’s very first production facilities. As these advanced biofuel facilities come online, this panel will provide a snapshot of the readiness of the harvesting, collection and storage infrastructure that has been developing alongside these conversion facilities and will be relied upon to keep them in consistent and quality feedstock.
  • Moderator: Don McCabe, Vice President, Ontario Corn Producers Association
  • Glenn Farris, Marketing Manager, Biomass, AGCO Corporation
    The Harvesting Solution: More than 500,000 Tons Baled and the Plan that will Deliver 1 Million Annually
  • Kevin Kenney, Director, Biomass Feedstock National User Facility, Idaho National Laboratory
    Biomass Feedstock Least-Cost Formulation
  • Kyle Althoff, President, Equinox LLC
    Strategic Components for Project Development of Biomass Supply Chains
  • Sam Jackson, Vice President, Business Development, Genera Energy Inc.
    Building Successful Feedstock Logistical Systems

Wednesday, March 26

8:30 am - 10:00 am
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals
First Steps First: Understanding the Impact Biomass Storage and Pretreatment Can Have on Yield
As the efforts to commercialize the large scale production of advanced biofuels from biomass progresses, increasing attention is being paid to the very first processes a feedstock goes through on its journey through the production environment. The challenge for producers using a biological process has always been making the sugars locked up in these feedstock streams more available for the conversion yeasts. This panel investigates the growing thought that a pretreatment program must also include harvest, storage and handling approaches as they can impact downstream yield.
  • Moderator/Presenter: Bruce Pratt, Director, CRAFT Program, Eastern Kentucky University
    Comparison of Storage Methods of Switchgrass on Fermentable Sugars Yields
  • Barry Wortzman, Vice President, Business Development, GreenField Specialty Alcohols Inc.
    Pretreatment: The Achilles Heel to Commercializing Cellulosic Ethanol
  • Richard Phillips, Professor of Forest Biomaterials, North Carolina State University - Raleigh
    Autohydrolysis: A Simple, Low Capital, Financeable Bioethanol Process using Proven Process Equipment and Technology
  • Clay Dye, Project Manager, Genera Energy Inc.
    Safe and Efficient Feedstock Handling and Preprocessing
  • Débora Fonseca, Post Doctoral Researcher, Laboratory of Biological Processes, Hydraulics Engineering and Sanitation, University of Sao Paulo
    Transcripts Levels of Xylose Reductase, Xylitol Dehydrogenase, D- Xylulokinase and Alcohol Dehydrogenase Genes associated to Fermentation of Pentoses from Different Hemicellulosic Sources by Scheffersomyces (Pichia) stipitis
10:30 am - Noon
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals
Reviewing the Efforts to Establish Alternative Feedstocks as Significant Contributors to the Bioeconomy
Energy has become the most talked about means of adding value to an agricultural commodity for good reason. The first biofuels build out was very good for corn and corn farmers. As biofuels production pushes forward into its second and third iterations researchers are working hard to deliver similar opportunities for their crops. Looking at a broad cross section of both well understood and emerging commodities, this panel will provide attendees with a snapshot of where these crops are on their journeys to becoming the next big thing in biofuels inputs.
  • Moderator: Jennifer Cooke-Yin, Attorney, Stinson Leonard Street LLP
  • Brad Saville, Professor, University of Toronto, Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry
    Ethanol Production from Energy Cane
  • David Ripplinger, Assistant Professor, Agribusiness and Applied Economics, North Dakota State University
    Sweet Developments: Commercialization of Energy Beets in North Dakota
  • Jeffrey Moody, Research Assistant, Utah State University
    Life Cycle Assessment and Techno-Economic Analysis of Wastewater Algae for Electric and Fuel Production
  • Jose Adriano Marini, Researcher, Embrapa Brasil
    Mandiocabas: A New Source of Ethanol in Amazon Forest
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals
Biological Conversion and Contamination Control Pathways for Advanced Biofuel Production
The commercialization of second generation biofuels production platforms at its core is classic biological blocking and tackling. Recalcitrant sugars must be made available to yeasts. Yeast strains with an affinity for particular sugars must be identified and optimized and bacterial outbreaks that threaten fermentation tanks must be stopped cold. The presentations assembled here offer will offer attendees a clear picture on the advancements made in these fundamental biological steps in advanced biofuel production.
  • Moderator: Jamey Cline, Business Development Director, Christianson & Associates PLLP
  • Eric Sumner, Global Business Development Manager, DuPont Industrial Biosciences
    Control of Microbial Contamination in Advanced Biomass Conversion
  • Doug Rivers, Director, Research & Development, ICM Inc.
    Commercialization of ICM’s Generation 1.5™ Technology
  • Ayesha Farooq, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Nottingham
    Bioethanol Production from Lignocellulosic Waste by Developing New Yeast Strains
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals
Pyrolysis as a Waypoint on the Road to Higher Value Fuels and Chemicals
Pyrolysis continues to generate interest as an intermediate process step to both begin the process of biomass conversion into fuel products while also densifying material. This panel features the work of four unique research initiatives where pyrolysis played an important role in preparing a heterogeneous biomass stream for further refinement into power, fuels and chemicals. The research featured here will illuminate for attendees that pyrolysis is a process step that can unlock market opportunities for biomass streams that aren’t currently contributing significant gallons to advanced biofuel pools.
  • Moderator: Brian Davis, North American Coordinator, BioPetrol Ltd.
  • Paul de Wild, Research Scientist, Biomass & Energy Efficiency, Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands
    Libra: A Lignin Biorefinery Approach for Enhanced Profitability
  • Nathaniel Anderson, Research Forester, USDA Forest Service, RMRS
    Empirical Financial Models to Guide Investment in Distributed Scale Forest Biomass Conversion Systems
  • Ali Manesh, Sr., President, American Science and Technology
    Two Step Organosolv Process
  • Brian Cooper, Project Manager, Hazen Research Inc.
    Gas Phase Catalysis of Pyrolysis Oil for Fuels and Chemicals
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Bonus Panels

Wednesday, March 26

10:30 am - Noon
Bonus Panel:
International Colloquium I: Biomass Utilization Around the World
  • Moderator: Richard Weiner, Chair, Energy Law Department, & Vice President, Fredrikson & Byron P.A.
  • Carlos Molina, President, GROSS LLC
    Biomass Power Generation in Mexico
  • Carl Kukkonen, CEO, VIASPACE
    12 MW Biomass Power Plant and Dedicated Energy Crop Plantation in Nicaragua
  • Paulo Seleghim Jr., Professor, University of Sao Paulo
    Multi-Objective Optimization of an Industrial Process of Biomass Conversion into Energy Vectors: A Case Study of Sugarcane to Ethanol and Electricity
  • Jorge Sanchez Diaz, Founder & CEO, Ecobamboo S.A.
    Bamboo, R+D for a New Technology of the Oldest Biomass
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Bonus Panel:
International Colloquium II: Biomass Utilization Around the World
  • Moderator: Mike Aller, Energy Florida
  • Stergios Vakalis, Ph.D. Candidate, Wood Gas Laboratory, Free University of Bolzen - Bolzano, Italy
    Implementing the ‘GAST’ project: Opportunities and Development of Small-Scale Biomass Gasification in South Tyrol
  • Bengt- Erik Lofgren, CEO, AFAB/IRETI
    Evolution of a Bioeconomy Leader
  • Femi Seun Akinrinola, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Leeds
    Assessing the Prospect of Torrefaction in Nigeria
  • Harpreet Kambo, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Guelph
    Hydrothermal Carbonisation and Its Effect of Operating Conditions on Physicochemical Properties of Biomass
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