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Sunday, April 19

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

Monday, April 20

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

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

Tim Portz, Executive Editor, Biomass Magazine

Presentation of the Groundbreaker of the Year Award  Learn More

Presentation of the Excellence in Bioenergy Award  Learn More

General Session Panel
Biomass Magazine’s Annual Conversation with Industry Association Leadership

Moderator: Tim Portz, Executive Editor, Biomass Magazine
  • Joseph Seymour, Executive Director, Biomass Thermal Energy Council
  • Seth Ginther, Executive Director, U.S. Industrial Pellet Association
  • Mike McAdams, President, Advanced Biofuels Association
  • Jennifer Hedrick, Executive Director, Pellet Fuels Institute
  • Bob Cleaves, President & CEO, Biomass Power Association
  • Gustav Melin, President, AEBIOM, European Biomass Association
  • Bernard Sheff, Chairman of the Board, American Biogas Council
11:00 am - 6:30 pm Expo Open
Exhibit Hall B
11:00 am - 1:30 pm Dedicated Expo Time
Exhibit Hall B
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • Lunch in the Expo
    Exhibit Hall B
  • 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
    Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass
    200 BC
    Clear and Present Danger: Best Practices in Dust Management and Fire Suppression

    Moderator: Tom Bryan, President, BBI International
    • 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 LLC
      Aeration, Temperature Monitor, and Fire Suppression of Wood Pellets in Bulk Storage
    Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal
    200 DE
    Where the Magic Happens: Strategies for Optimizing Boiler Performance

    Moderator: Adam Sherman, Manager, Biomass Energy Resource Center, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
    • 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
    M100 CD
    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
    M100 AB
    Designing Feedstocks for the Next Generation of Biofuel and Biochemical Production Facilities

    Moderator: Tom Abbott, Certified Crop Advisor & Certified Professional Agronomist, USDA-ARS
    • 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, CEO, 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
    Exhibit Hall B
    3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
    Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass
    200 BC
    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, re:heat
      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
    200 DE
    Reviewing the Industry’s Most Recent Class of Biomass Power and Thermal Projects

    Moderator: Carrie Annand, Vice President of External Affairs, Biomass Power Association
    • 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
    • Ingrid Gronstal Anderson, Environmental Compliance Specialist, University of Iowa
      The University of Iowa Biomass Fuel Project
    • Carl Kukkonen, CEO, VIASPACE
      Case Study Part 2: Update on 12 MW Biomass Power Plant and Dedicated Energy Crop Plantation in Nicaragua
    Track 3: Biogas & Landfill Gas
    M100 CD
    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 Vestin, Chief Commercial Officer, Cleanergy AB
      Utilizing Low Methane Level and Contaminated Gases from Solid and Water Waste with the Stirling Engine
    Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals
    M100 AB
    How to Efficiently Understand the Availability, Cost and Convertibility of Available Feedstocks

    Moderator: Jordan Solomon, President, Ecostrat
    • 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/Biochemical Practice, Forest2Market
      Quantifying RFS2 Qualified Wood Supply
    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Networking Reception in the Expo
    Poster Session in the Expo

    Exhibit Hall B
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    Wednesday, April 22

    7:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration Open
    Auditorium Lobby
    7:00 am - 5:00 pm Speaker/Moderator Resource Center Open
    7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast in the Expo 
    Exhibit Hall B
    7:30 am - 1:30 pm Expo Open
    Exhibit Hall B
    8:30 am - 10:00 am Concurrent Sessions
    Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass
    200 BC
    Practical Maintenance Measures to Maximize Up-Time and Prolong Critical Wear Part Life

    Moderator: T.J. Morice, Vice President, Marketing and Operations, Marth Companies
    • 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
    200 DE
    Riding Shotgun with the King: The Enormous Opportunity for Biomass within the Existing Coal Infrastructure

    Moderator: Doug Machon, Director, NAES Corporation
    • 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
    M100 CD
    Deploying Co-Digestion Strategies to Maximize Biogas Production

    Moderator: Amanda Mott, Energy Projects Specialist, Wisconsin State Wood Energy Team
    • Jennifer Strehler, Senior Project Manager, CDM Smith
      Bioenergy from Anaerobic Digestion of Organic Food Waste
    • Özgür Kaplan, Research Assistant, Mechanical Engineering, Kocaeli University
      Biogas Production from Landfill Leachate and Various Kinds of Organic Waste
    • Shane Chrapko, CEO, Himark bioGas
      World’s Only Hybrid Anaerobic Digestion System that Efficiently and Effectively Processes Mixed Waste Streams
    Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals
    M100 AB
    Harvest Moon: Practical Solutions for Gathering and Handling Commercial Volumes of Biomass Feedstocks

    Moderator: Don McCabe, President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture
    • 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
    Exhibit Hall B
    10:30 am - Noon Concurrent Sessions
    Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass
    200 BC
    Leveraging Pellet Plant Design Fundamentals to Optimize Operations

    Moderator: Mike Curci, Capital Sales Manager, Biomass, Andritz Inc.
    • Jose Ignacio Pedrajas, Business Development Manager, PRODESA
      Small and Medium Scale Pellet Plants for Exporting to Residential Markets
    • Justin Price, Principal, Evergreen Engineering Inc.
      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
    • Chad Lane, Mechanical Engineer, Probe America Inc.
      Odor Elimination at Biomass Stockpiles
    Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal
    200 DE
    Ensuring that Biomass Inputs Satisfy the Requirements of Buyers while Continuing to Deliver their Ecological Benefits

    Moderator: Collin Craige, Research Engineer, Oklahoma State University
    • 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
    M100 CD
    Lessons from the Field: Examining Working Digesters to Gain Insight into their Unique Value Proposition

    Moderator: Scott Ingram, Business Development, North America, Zeeco Inc.
    • Kelsey Dillon, Vice President BioPower, Avant Energy Inc.
      BioPower: Renewable, Dispatchable Solutions to Complex Energy Challenges
    • Tory Wagoner, Principal & Director of Operations, 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
    • Paul Knowles, Director, Technical Operations, Natural Systems Utilities
      The Ridgewood Green Digester Energy Project: Novel Sustainable Infrastructure through Public Private Partnership
    Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals
    M100 AB
    The Means to an End I: Thermochemical Approaches to Biofuel and Biochemical Production

    Moderator: Ali Manesh, President, American Science and Technology
    • Richard Kiesel, Director, Natural Resources Research Institute Minerals Laboratory and Renewable Energy Center
      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
    Exhibit Hall B
    1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
    Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass
    200 BC
    Investigating the Technical and Economic Viability of Non-Pelletizing Densification Approaches

    Moderator: Chas Fritz, CEO, 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
    200 DE
    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, re:heat
      Grants vs. Tariffs: Contrasting Approaches to Biomass Heat Market Development
    • Gustav Melin, President, AEBIOM, European Biomass Association
      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
    M100 CD
    Mutually Beneficial: The Strategic Deployment of Anaerobic Digesters Next to Existing Industrial Facilities

    Moderator: Katie Fletcher, Staff Writer, Biomass Magazine
    • 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
    • Michael Schuppenhauer, President & CEO, Farmatic Inc.
      Integration and Economics of AD for Ethanol Plants and Energy Cropping
    Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals
    M100 AB
    First Steps: Using Available Pretreatment Approaches to Increase Yields at Biorefineries

    Moderator: Tim Portz, Executive Editor, Biomass Magazine
    • 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
    M100 Lobby and 200 Lobby
    3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
    Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass
    200 BC
    The Industry’s Next Chapter: Making Pellets from Non-Traditional Inputs

    Moderator: Dennis Becker, Associate Professor Forest Resources & ESPM, Morse Distinguished Faculty, University of Minnesota
    • 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
    • Dae-hak Park, Wood and Paper Science, Chungbuk National University
      Effect of Die Dimension on the Fuel Characteristics of Mongolian Oak and Red Pine Pellets produced by Flat-Die Pelletizer
    • Hans Iverson, General Manager, SCG LLC
      Molecular Permeation Effect Generated by Integrating the IHB Solid Fuel Additive to a Pelletization Process
    Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal
    200 DE
    Efforts to Make the Most of the Incredible Flexibility of Biomass Gasification

    Moderator: Chris Zygarlicke, Deputy Associate Director for Research, Energy & Environmental Research Center, University of North Dakota
    • 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
    M100 CD
    Maximizing the Energy Potential in Abundant Municipal Wastewater Streams

    Moderator: Dennis Bayrock, Global Director Fermentation Research, Phibro Ethanol Performance Group
    • Alan Johnson, Vice President Project Development, 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
    • 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
    M100 AB
    The Means to an End II: Biological Approaches to Biofuel and Biochemical Production

    Moderator: Richard Weiner, Attorney, Fredrikson & Byron P.A.
    • Arno van de Kant, Operations Manager, BPF
      New Open Access Pilot Plant Facility
    • Paolo Carollo, Executive Vice President, Beta Renewables USA Inc.
      An Overview on Commercial Deployment of Beta Renewables’ Proesa® Cellulosic Ethanol Platform
    • Zhang Quan, Senior Engineer, 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
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Wednesday Evening Event
    Metropolitan Club at Target Field
    An Evening of Food, Drinks, and Networking
    Transportation provided from the Hilton and the Hyatt starting at 5:45 pm and rotating from each hotel until 9:45 pm.
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    Thursday, April 23

    8:30 am - 12:00 pm Industry Tour
    Departs from the Hilton Minneapolis Lobby 
    Koda Energy/Rahr Malting Tour Learn More
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