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Sunday, April 19

4:00 pm - 6:30 pm Registration Open
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm Speaker/Moderator Resource Center Open

Monday, April 20

7:00 am - 6:30 pm Registration Open
7:00 am - 6:30 pm Speaker/Moderator Resource Center Open
8:30 am - 4:45 pm Co-located Event
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Expo Grand Opening & Welcome Reception
Poster Session in the Expo Begins
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Tuesday, April 21

7:00 am - 6:30 pm Registration Open
7:00 am - 6:30 pm Speaker/Moderator Resource Center Open
7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am - 11:00 am General Session

Industry Awards
Keynote Presentation
General Session Panel
11:00 am - 6:30 pm Expo Open
11:00 am - 1:30 pm Dedicated Expo Time
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • Lunch in the Expo
  • 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
    Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass
    Clear and Present Danger: Best Practices in Dust Management and Fire Suppression
    • Bijan Shams, President, Cogent Industrial Technologies Ltd.
      Understanding and Integrating Safety into Pellet Mills
    • Bill Stevenson, Vice President Engineering, CV Technology Inc.
      Dust Explosion Issues
    • Bruce McLelland, Sales Manager Explosion Protection, Fike Corporation
      Protection Measures for Suspended Combustible Dust
    • Jim Hall, Chief Operating Officer, Pelletaire (Div of JWH Associates Inc.)
      Aeration, Temperature Monitor, and Fire Suppression of Wood Pellets in Bulk Storage
    Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal
    Where the Magic Happens: Strategies for Optimizing Boiler Performance
    • Ton Pham, Senior Engineer, Babcock Power Inc.
      A Comparison of a Biomass 50MW Modern Stoker Fired System and a Fluidized Bed Fired System
    • Jaime Gonzalez, President, Valvexport Inc.
      Automated Biomass Air Distribution System
    • Marcelo Mitre, Owner & Design Director, Mitre Power Technology LLC
      Efficient Biomass Conversion to Steam and Power
    • Jon Frost, Consultant, Trinity Consultants
      Energy Savings: Boiler MACT Energy Assessment
    Track 3: Biogas & Landfill Gas
    Maximizing Every Financial Opportunity to Make an Anaerobic Digester Project Economically Viable

    Moderator: David Minott, President & Principal Consultant, Arc5 Environmental Consulting LLC
    • Joel Laubenstein, Senior Manager, Energy and Utilities, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP
      Securing Financing: The Many Moving Parts of Completing Successful Digester Projects
    • Luca Nencetti, Associate, First Environment Inc.
      Win with RINs: New Opportunities for Biogas Producers under the RFS2 Program
    • Shashi Menon, Partner, EcoEngineers
      The Value of Carbon Credits
    • Ryan Hart, Senior Engineer, Exponent Inc.
      Protecting Life and Property at Biomass Facilities: Siting Guidelines
    Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals
    Designing Feedstocks for the Next Generation of Biofuel and Biochemical Production Facilities

    Moderator: Ali Manesh, President, American Science and Technology
    • Sam Jackson, Vice President Business Development, Genera Energy Inc.
      Beginning Commercial Energy Crop Production: Scale-Up Considerations for the Industry
    • Stevens Brumbley, Associate Professor, University of North Texas
      Engineering High Biomass Grasses for Production of Biobased Plastics and Feedstock Chemicals
    • Tim Brummels, Chief Executive Officer, Canergy LLC
      Energy Cane for Biofuels, Biochemicals and Biopower
    • Donal Day, A. Wilbert and Sons Endowed Professor, Audubon Sugar Institute, LSU AgCenter
      New Crops for Biofuel/Bioproduct Production
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Refreshment Break in the Expo
    3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
    Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass
    Reviewing the Continued Momentum in the Growth of the Global Pellet Market

    Moderator: Anna Simet, Managing Editor, Biomass Magazine
    • William Strauss, Founder & President, FutureMetrics
      Expanding Markets for Wood Pellets
    • Neil Harrison, Co-Founder, reheat
      Industrial Heat Markets: The UK Opportunity
    • Christiane Egger, Deputy Manager, OO Energiesparverband
      How to Develop Domestic Heating Markets
    • John Pierce, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP
      The Development of a Margin Market in Pellets
    Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal
    Reviewing the Industry’s Most Recent Class of Biomass Power and Thermal Projects
    • Brent Boyko, Director Business Development, Ontario Power Generation Inc.
      Ontario Power Generation Biomass Update
    • Art Nash, Assistant Extension Energy Professor, University of Alaska-Fairbanks
      Warming Up to Wood Fired Missle Defense
    • Ferman Milster, Principal Engineer-Renewables, University of Iowa
      The University of Iowa Biomass Fuel Project
    • Carl Kukkonen, Chief Executive Officer, VIASPACE
      Case Study Part 2: Update on 12 MW Biomass Power Plant and Dedicated Energy Crop Plantation in Nicaragua
    Track 3: Biogas & Landfill Gas
    Available Approaches to Optimize the Operational Performance of Biogas Facilities

    Moderator: Bill Johnson, Owner, Biomass Consulting Services
    • James Krumwied, Senior Process Engineer, EAD Engineering
      Biogas and Landfill Gas Cleanup and Reuse
    • Nicolle Courtemanche, Senior Application Engineer, SPX Flow Technology
      Mechanical Agitator Design for Anaerobic Digesters
    • Mike Muller, Chief Operating Officer, BIOGAS Equity 2 Inc.
      Anaerobic Digestion Advancements
    • Alexander Jaeger, Professor Vice Dean, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria
      Lab Scale Evaluation of Commercial Additives for Biogas Production from Agricultural Residues
    Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals
    How to Efficiently Understand the Availability, Cost and Convertibility of Available Feedstocks
    • Kevin Kenney, Director, Biomass Feedstock National User Facility, Idaho National Laboratory
      Feedstock Variability, Sources and Impacts
    • Douglas Tiffany, Assistant Extension Professor, University of Minnesota
      Costs and Environmental Analysis of Corn Stover and Switchgrass Supply Logistics
    • Daniel Hayes, Founder & Manager, Celignis Limited
      Use of Near Infrared Spectroscopy for the Rapid Low-Cost Analysis of a Wide Variety of Lignocellulosic Feedstocks
    • Stan Parton, Manager Bioenergy Practice, Forest2Market
      Quantifying RFS2 Qualified Wood Supply
    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Networking Reception in the Expo
    Poster Session in the Expo
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    Wednesday, April 22

    7:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration Open
    7:00 am - 5:00 pm Speaker/Moderator Resource Center Open
    7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast
    7:30 am - 1:30 pm Expo Open
    8:30 am - 10:00 am Concurrent Sessions
    Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass
    Practical Maintenance Measures to Maximize Up Time and Prolong Critical Wear Part Life
    • Dwaine Greg Morris, Grease Product Application Specialist- Americas, Shell Lubricants
      Premature Press Roll Bearing Failures
    • Holger Streetz, International Operations Manager, BVG Vertriebsgesellschaft AG
      Ceramic Lubricants in Pellet Mills
    • Patrick Clark, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Amandus Kahl USA Corp
      Back to the Basics: Evaluating Areas in the Pelleting Facility
    Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal
    Riding Shotgun with the King: The Enormous Opportunity for Biomass within the Existing Coal Infrastructure

    Moderator: Elliott Levine, Technology Manager, U.S. Department of Energy, Bioenergy Technologies Office
    • Darrell Taulbee, Manager Engineered Fuels Group, University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research
      Co-Briquetting of Biomass and Waste Coal
    • Emily McGlynn, Manager for Sustainability, The Earth Partners LP
      Biomass Co-Firing at Existing Coal Plants: A New Opportunity for US-China Cooperation?
    • Nancy Heimann, President, Enginuity Worldwide LLC
      The Powerful Impact of 10% Co-fire of Sustainable Biomass Engineered Fuel
    • William Strauss, Co-Founder & President, FutureMetrics
      The Emerging Demand in North America for Industrial Wood Pellets
    Track 3: Biogas & Landfill Gas
    Deploying Co-Digestion Strategies to Maximize Biogas Production
    • Jennifer Strehler, Senior Project Manager, CDM Smith
      Bioenergy from Anaerobic Digestion of Organic Food Waste
    • Özgür Kaplan, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Kocaeli University
      Biogas Production from Landfill Leachate and Various Kinds of Organic Waste
    • Shane Chrapko, Chief Executive Officer, Himark bioGas
      World’s Only Hybrid Anaerobic Digestion System that Efficiently and Effectively Processes Mixed Waste Streams
    Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals
    Harvest Moon: Practical Solutions for Gathering and Handling Commercial Volumes of Biomass Feedstocks
    • Scott Wangsgard, Biomass Marketing Specialist, New Holland Agriculture
      Low Ash Options for Collecting Corn Stover
    • Glenn Farris, Marketing Manager Biomass, AGCO Corporation
      The Evolution of an Economic Biomass Supply Chain: From Chaos to Harmony
    • Kyle Althoff, President, Equinox LLC
      Key Factors for Project Development of Biomass Supply Chains
    • Jorgen Lyngso, American Representative, Processbio
      Fully Automatic Bale Handling: From Receiving Dock through the Whole Production Cycle
    10:00 am - 10:30 am Refreshment Break in the Expo
    10:30 am - Noon Concurrent Sessions
    Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass
    Leveraging Pellet Plant Design Fundamentals to Optimize Operations

    Moderator: Tim Portz, Executive Editor, Pellet Mill Magazine
    • Jose Ignacio Pedrajas, Business Development Manager, PRODESA
      Small and Medium Scale Pellet Plants for Exporting to Residential Markets
    • Aaron Edewards, Director Business Development, Evergreen Engineering
      Theory of Constraints, Reducing Bottlenecks in a Densified Biomass Plant System
    • Desmond Smith, Manager, West Coast Office, BRUKS Rockwood Inc.
      An Analysis of Optimum Storage Pile Volumes of Wood and Fuels for Densified Biomass Plants
    • Tim Warden, President, Englo Inc.
      Odor Elimination at Biomass Stockpiles
    Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal
    Ensuring that Biomass Inputs Satisfy the Requirements of Buyers while Continuing to Deliver their Ecological Benefits
    • G. David Waechter, Founder, Verdante BioEnergy Services
      Simplify Feedstock Procurement with Tech-savvy Suppliers
    • Bill Johnson, Owner, Biomass Consulting Services
      A Review of Elements Important to Supplier and End User of Biomass, Including Supply Reliability and Quality
    • Susan Rupp, Owner/Lead Consultant, Enviroscapes Ecological Consulting LLC
      Achieving Sustainability Goals: The Role of Fish and Wildlife Agencies in Successful Biomass Production for Bioenergy
    • Robert Malmsheimer, Professor of Forest Policy & Law, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry
      Forest Carbon Accounting Considerations in U.S. Bioenergy Policy
    Track 3: Biogas & Landfill Gas
    Lessons from the Field: Examining Working Digesters to Gain Insight into their Unique Value Proposition

    Moderator: Katie Fletcher, Staff Writer, Biomass Magazine
    • Kelsey Dillon, Vice President BioPower, Avant Energy Inc.
      BioPower: Renewable, Dispatchable Solutions to Complex Energy Challenges
    • William Simmons, Director of Bioenergy, Cavanaugh & Associates
      Waste to Worth: How a Pig Farm Generates Environmental Revenue
    • Kieran Furlong, Vice President, Energy Business Development, Harvest Power
      Converting a Problem into a Solution: How Anaerobic Digestion Reduces Green House Gas Emissions
    Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals
    The Means to an End I: Thermochemical Approaches to Biofuel and Biochemical Production
    • Donald Fosnacht, Director, University of Minnesota-Duluth
      Conversion of Woody Biomass to Bio-Fuel and Other Value Added Products
    • Paul de Wild, Project Manager, Biomass & Energy Efficiency Research, Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands
      Bamboo Pyrolysis for Fuels, Chemicals and Energy
    • Heath Van Eaton, President, WyoComp
      High Value Chemical Commodities from Agricultural Waste and Byproducts Using Catalytic Pyrolysis
    • Roger Ruan, Professor & Director, University of Minnesota
      Fast Microwave-Assisted Pyrolysis and Gasification of Biomass for Biofuels Production
    Noon - 1:30 pm Lunch in the Expo
    1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
    Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass
    Investigating the Technical and Economic Viability of Non-Pelletizing Densification Approaches

    Moderator: Chas Fritz, Chief Executive Officer, Biomass Energy Enhancements LLC
    • S. Kent Hoekman, Research Professor, Desert Research Institute
      Rapid, Continuous Production of Solid Biofuel Using Reactive Twin-Screw Extrusion
    • Ezra Bar-Ziv, Professor, EB Clean Energy Ltd. – Boardman
      Firing Torrefied-Biomass in the 600MW Boardman Power Plant
    • Giordano Checchi, President, SUMA America Inc.
      Methods of Biomass Densification and their Economics
    • Robert Heimann, Principal Engineer, Enginuity Worldwide LLC
      Continuous Hydrothermal Carbonization of Annually Renewable Biomass Produces Higher BTU Content and Higher Fixed Carbon Content
    Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal
    How Policy is Deployed Locally, Nationally and Internationally to Create and Grow Biomass Markets

    Moderator: Fred Iutzi, Program Manager, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, Western Illinois University
    • Thomas Jacobsen, Executive Vice President, Blue Delta Energy
      State Incentives and Renewable Attributes for Financing Biomass Combined Heat & Power
    • Neil Harrison, Co-Founder, reheat
      Grants vs. Tariffs: Contrasting Approaches to Biomass Heat Market Development
    • Erik Holst, Consultant, Business Sweden
      How to Effectively Plan and Implement Bioenergy in an Energy System: Learnings from Sweden
    • Brendan Jordan, Program Director, Bioenergy and Transportation, Great Plains Institute
      State Policy to Expand the Bioeconomy
    Track 3: Biogas & Landfill Gas
    Mutually Beneficial: The Strategic Deployment of Anaerobic Digesters Next to Existing Industrial Facilities
    • Joseph Curro, Principal Engineer, CDM Smith
      Innovative Combustion Based Alternatives for Landfill Gas Utilization
    • Jennifer Aurandt, Program Manager, Valicor Inc.
      SWADE Technology for Ethanol Plant Biogas Creation
    • Kemal Cengiz, General Manager, InterTradePro
      Converting Leather Manufacturing Waste into Electricity and Fertilizer
    Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals
    First Steps: Using Available Pretreatment Approaches to Increase Yields at Biorefineries
    • Stergios Vakalis, Ph.D. Candidate, Wood Gas Laboratory, Free University of Bolzano
      Thermochemical Valorization and Characterization of Organic Municipal Waste
    • Sylvie Brunel, Process Manager, Clextral
      Intensified Biomass Pre-Treatment by Twin Screw Extrusion
    • Andriy Khotkevych, Research Associate, University of Minnesota-Duluth
      Hydrothermal Carbonization as a Versatile Biomass Pretreatment Technology
    • Susanta Mohapatra, Senior Scientist, American Science and Technology
      Lignocellullosic Biorefinery Pilot Plant
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Refreshment Break
    3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
    Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass
    The Industry’s Next Chapter: Making Pellets from Non-Traditional Inputs
    • Dilpreet Bajwa, Associate Professor, North Dakota State University
      Agricultural Byproducts for Pellet Production
    • Garold Gresham, Conversion Feedstock Interface Lead, Idaho National Laboratory
      Biomass Program, Enhancing Research and Evaluation of Biomass Feedstocks through the Bioenergy Feedstock Library
    • Fran Sharp, Sales Coordinator, Provitro Biosciences LLC
      Bamboo to Biomass to Pellets
    • Dae-hak Park, Chungbuk National University
      Effect of Die Dimension on the Fuel Characteristics of Mongolian Oak and Red Pine Pellets Produced by Flat-Die Pelletizer
    Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal
    Efforts to Make the Most of the Incredible Flexibility of Biomass Gasification
    • Chris Koczaja Vice President, Sales & Engineering, PHG Energy
      Waste Disposal through Gasification
    • W. David Featherman, Senior Consultant, Sapere Consulting Inc.
      Bioenergy in the Public Sector: Benefits and Costs of Using Community-Scale Gasification to Generate Power from Residual Woody Biomass
    • Anchan Paethanom, Corporate Research & Development, IHi Corporation
      Alternative Fuels from Various Biomass via Twin IHI Gasifier – TIGAR
    • Peter Rechberger, International Business Developer, Ligento green power GmbH
      Highly Efficient, Small-Scale Biomass Gasification
    Track 3: Biogas & Landfill Gas
    Maximizing the Energy Potential in Abundant Municipal Wastewater Streams
    • Mel Kurtz, President, quasar energy group
      Anaerobic Digestion System Integrated with Wastewater Treatment Plants in a Public/Private Partnership to Facilitate (Nutrient) Resource Recovery
    • Marco Lemes, Project Manager, Energy Research & Development, Sacramento Municipal Utility District SMUD
      Local Renewable Energy Projects: Bringing Benefits to the Community
    • Hani Al-koli, GIS Department Manager, Sana'a Water and Sanitation Local Corp. (SWSLC )
      Production of Biogas from Hodeida Wastewater Treatment Plant
    • Joseph Curro, Principal Engineer, CDM Smith
      Wastewater Biosolids Drying and Pelletization
    • Valentino Tiangco, Biomass Program Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District SMUD
      Community Biomass Energy Deployment
    Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals
    The Means to an End II: Biological Approaches to Biofuel and Biochemical Production
    • Albert Hartmair, Business Development Manager Feedstock Supply & Logistics, Clariant
      Cellulosic Ethanol: Using New Biomass Sources for Commercial Scale Production of Advanced Biofuels
    • Arno van de Kant, Operations Manager, BPF
      New Open Access Pilot Plant Facility
    • Paolo Carollo, Executive Vice President, North America, Beta Renewables/Chemtex
      An Overview on Commercial Deployment of Beta Renewables’ Proesa® Cellulosic Ethanol Platform
    • Zhang Quan, Fushun Research Institute of Petroleum and Petrochemicals of SINOPEC
      Research on the Preparation of Fuel Ethanol by Continuous Simultaneous Saccharification and Fermentation from Corn Stalks
    5:00 pm Sessions Conclude
    6:30 pm Wednesday Evening Event    Information coming soon
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    Thursday, April 23

    7:00 am - 5:30 pm Industry Tour
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