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Tuesday, March 16

7:30 am - 5:00 pm Expo Open
8:30 am - 10:00 am General Session
Room 1
Welcome & Awards

Keynote Presentation
  • To Be Announced
Biomass Magazine’s Annual Conversation with Association Leaders
Moderator: Anna Simet, Editor, Biomass Magazine
  • Tim Portz, Executive Director, Pellet Fuels Institute
  • Peter Thompson, Deputy Director, Biomass Thermal Energy Council
  • Patrick Serfass, Executive Director, American Biogas Council
  • Carrie Annand, Executive Director, Biomass Power Association
  • Seth Ginther, Executive Director, U.S. Industrial Pellet Association
10:00 am - 10:30 am Dedicated Networking - Expo Time
Expo Hall
10:30 am - 12:00 pm Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass
Room 1
International Market Outlook for Densified Biomass
  • Gordon Murray, Executive Director, Wood Pellet Association of Canada
    Canadian Export Market Overview
  • Esben Vestergaard, Regional Sales Manager, RUF Briquetting Systems
    An Overview of the Market Possibilities for Briquettes Seen from a European Perspective
  • Christiane Egger, Deputy Manager, Oekoenergie-Cluster
    Goodbye Oil ... Hello Pellets!
  • Annette Bossler, Senior Market Intelligence Expert, FutureMetrics
    A Japanese Export Market Overview
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal
Room 2
How Large-Scale Bioenergy Can Support U.S. Climate Goals
  • Katie Brubaker, Senior Consultant, Trinity Consultants
    Affordable Clean Energy Rule and Influence of Biomass Combustion
  • William Strauss, President, FutureMetrics
    How the Industrial Wood Pellet Sector can be Part of the US Strategy for Fighting Climate Change
  • Elizabeth Nesbitt, Senior International Trade Analysts, US International Trade Commission
    Using Waste Carbon Feedstocks to Produce Chemicals and Biofuels
Track 3: Biogas & RNG
Room 3
RNG Project Development: Knowing the Market and the Rules
  • Brad Pleima, Senior Engineer, EcoEngineers
    Emerging Markets for RNG
  • David Gardels, Partner, Husch Blackwell
    Legal Components of RNG Projects
  • Todd Taylor, Attorney & CEO, Avisen Legal
    Financing a Biogas Project: Money comes Last
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals
Room 4
Growing, Storing and Converting Fast-Growing Cellulosic Feedstocks
  • Obste Therasme, Assistant Professor, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
    Fuel Quality Changes and Dry Matter Losses of Hot Water Extracted and Non-Extracted Willow Biomass
  • Camille Rebelo, COO, Ecoplanet Bamboo Group LLC
    Non Traditional Feedstocks: Dedicated Bamboo Resources
  • Jose Adriano Marini, Researcher, Embrapa Brasil
    Mandiocabas, a New Source of Ethanol
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch & Learn
Room 1
  • Bryan Dolan, Sr. Application Engineer, Timken Company
    Pellet Mill Grease Testing and Selection Criteria
  • Ron Pagel, Business Development, Power Engineers Inc.
    Renewable Energy Biomass Gasification
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Dedicated Networking - Expo Time
Expo Hall
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass
Room 1
The Pellet Industry's Intersection with Smart Forestry
  • Neal Yancey, Engineer, Idaho National Laboratory
    Utilizing Advanced Fractionation Methods to Increase the Feedstock Value of Forest Residue
  • Robert McCullough, Principal, McCullough Research
    The Emerging Role of Biomass as a Tool in Addressing Wildfire Risks
  • Holger Streetz, COO, Bathan AG
    Including Pest Infested Wood into the Pelleting Process
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal
Room 2
Renewing the Push for Electric RINs Under Biden
  • Bob Cleaves, President & CEO, Biomass Power Association
  • Additional Speakers to be Announced
Track 3: Biogas & RNG
Room 3
Getting In the Zone with Patents & Project Finance
  • Mark Riedy, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
    Cutting Edge Funding and Contractual Structures for Successful Biogas Project Financing
  • Jordan Solomon, President, Ecostrat
    Bioeconomy Development Opportunity (BDO) Zone Program Opportunities to Unlock $$$ for Bioeconomy
  • Peter Jackman, Director of Biotech Group, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.P
    Understanding the Critical Issues and Best Practices for Your Patent Portfolio
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Dedicated Networking - Expo Time
Expo Hall
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass
Room 1
Domestic Pellets: A Producer View
  • Tim Portz, Executive Director, Pellet Fuels Institute
  • Additional Speakers to be Announced
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal
Room 2
Optimizing Biomass Combustion through Technological Innovation
  • Larry Berg, Vice President of Engineering, SAS Inc.
    Optimal Biomass Plant Performance and Combustion Optimization: A Holistic Approach
  • Derek Stuart, Global Product Manager, AMETEK Land
    Thermal Imaging Allows Improved Operation of Biomass-fired Boilers
  • Shawn Coughlan, Vice President, Applied Control Engineering Inc.
    Retrofits for Aging Control Systems
  • Mitchell Pezzi, President, KEPS SPG
    Effective On-Line Boiler Cleaning with Shock Pulse Generators
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal
Room 4
Understanding Biochar: Industry Trends and Opportunities
  • Suzanne Allaire, CEO, GECA Environnement
    Trends in Biochar/Biocoal Production in North America: An Outlook for the Market
  • Thomas Miles, Principal, TR Miles Technical Consulting Inc., Exec. Director, US Biochar Initiative
    New Opportunities for Biochar from Biomass Energy: Overview of Biochar Opportunities
  • Matt Young, Research Engineer, University of Minnesota Duluth – Natural Resources Research Institute
    Engineering and Process Considerations When Using an Indirectly Heated Kiln for Biochar Research: BIO-SYNGAS-SAF
Track 3: Biogas & RNG
Room 3
Navigational Considerations for Biogas Project Developers
  • Stephen Boulter, CEO, Farnsworth, Boulter, Burke
    Lessons from the Heartland Case
  • Ernie Pollitzer, Owner & Senior Engineer, Clean Energy Consultants
    Making Biogas from Municipal Solid Waste
  • Joseph Curro, Principal Engineer, CDM Smith
    Wastewater Biosolids Drying and Pelletization Utilizing Landfill Gas as a Fuel
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Wednesday, March 17

7:30 am - 5:00 pm Expo Open
8:30 am - 10:00 am Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass
Room 1
Staying in Tighter Control of Combustible Dust
  • Jeff Davis, Director of Engineering, Conversion Technology Inc.
    Combustible Dust Hazard Identification and the DHA
  • Brian Mathews, Engineering Manager, Scientific Dust Collectors
    ASHRAE Standard 199: The True Measure of Dust Collector Performance
  • Chris Giusto, Director of Combustible Dust Safety, Hallam-ICS
    How to Maximize Combustible Dust Safety
  • Jason Krbec, Sales Engineering Manager, CV Technology Inc.
    New Combustible Dust Code for the Pellet Industry
Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass
Room 4
Making Fringe Feedstocks More Viable for Pellets
  • Tim Hagen, Chemical Engineer, University of Minnesota Duluth – Natural Resources Research Institute
    Pellets Made with a Novel Polylignin Binder have Enhanced Fuel and Durability Properties
  • Wendy Owens, Founder & CEO, Hexas Biomass LLC
    Growing Market for Plant-based Bioenergy Pellets: Expanding with Technology & Market Access to Feedstocks
  • Additional Speakers to be Announced
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal
Room 2
Getting the Most Out of Your Grate-Fired Boiler
  • Dave Nicholls, Research Forest Products Technologist, USDA Forest Service
    Wood/Coal Cofiring with Grate-Burners- Simulating Economic Feasibility under Different Fuel Handling Scenarios
  • Ben Janvier, President, Enero Solutions Inc.
    Power Generation Optimization of Grate-Type Boilers using Advanced Biomass Combustion Controls
Track 3: Biogas & RNG
Room 3
Turning Animal Manure Liabilities Into Biogas Assets
  • Scott Warfield, Director of Engineering & Construction, BioEnergy DevCo
    Project Case Study: Solving Challenges of Organics Disposal in the Delmarva
  • Maxime Droit, Management, Reurasia Management Corporation
    Handling Chicken Manure
  • Will Charlton, President, Digester Doc
    Realizing the Most out of Your Biogas through Chemistry and Biology
  • Kevin Chase, CEO, Vanguard Renewables Ag
10:00 am - 10:30 am Dedicated Networking - Expo Time
Expo Hall
10:30 am - Noon Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass
Room 1
Tools and Tech for Fire and Explosion Mitigation
  • Rob Lade, European Managing Director, IEP Technologies
    Explosion Risks and Mitigation Methods for Critical Process Equipment in the Biomass Facility
  • Ron Reynolds, Product Manager, CV Technology Inc.
    High-Speed Infrared Spark Detection Systems
  • Timothy Heneks, Director of Engineering Services, Dustcon Solutions Inc.
    Fire Prevention in Wood Handling Applications
  • Vahid Ebadat, CEO, Stonehouse Process Safety
    Self-Heating Hazards of Biomass Materials
Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass
Room 4
Capital-Efficient Pellet Plant Emissions Control
  • Becky Long, Dryer Design Engineer, Thompson Dryers
    Reducing Emissions in Rotary Dryers
  • Kim Tutin, Founder & CEO, Captis Aire
    Alternative Emissions Control Technology for Wood Drying
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal
Room 2
Leveraging the Versatility and Scalability of Biomass CHP
  • Marc Portnoff, Manager of New Technology, Thar Energy LLC
    Efficient CHP, Biomass Fired System, Based on a Novel sCO2 Brayton Cycle Power Block
  • Manuel Flores, Engineer/Technical Director, Biomass Fuel Resources Philippines
    Biomass-Fired Cogeneration Power Plant (B.F.C.P.P.) Projects for the Republic of the Philippines
  • Matthew Quinn, Applications Engineer, Siemens Gas Engines
    Important Technical Considerations in the Application of a Biogas CHP Plant
  • Sebastian Kießling, Capstone Turbine Corp. & B+K
    Converting Biomass and Waste to Energy
Track 3: Biogas & RNG
Room 3
How Hemp-Derived RNG Can Enhance U.S. Decarbonization and Grid Resiliency
  • Roger Ford, CEO, Eureka Energy Corporation
    Hemp to RNG for Energy Integration and Independence
  • Nick Walters, Founding Member, National Hemp Growers Cooperative
    Creating Hemp Supply Chain for End-Users and the Growing Use of Hemp for Energy and Industrial Materials
  • Eberhard Lucke, CEO, Lucke Consulting Technical Services LLC
Noon - 1:30 pm Dedicated Networking - Expo Time
Expo Hall
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass
Room 1
Biomass Handling Solutions that Support Compliance
  • Joseph Dos Santos, President, Dos Santos International
    Sandwich Belt High Angle Conveyors in Harmony with the Environment
  • Greg Bierie, Sales & Technical Marketing Specialist, Benetech
    Leading Edge Conveyor Technology to Control Combustible Dust and Spillage
  • Chris Shapiro, Sales/Marketing Manager, SHW Storage & Handling Solutions Inc.
    Silo Hammer Mill Feed Rotor System: Pellet Plant Layout Concept
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal
Room 2
How Torrefaction Pretreatment Setups Determine Outcomes
  • Brian Barry, Chemistry & Materials Science Program Leader, University of Minnesota Duluth – Natural Resources Research Institute
    The Impact of Torrefaction Pretreatment Conditions on Syngas Composition and Yield from Woody Biomass
  • Jean-Philippe Jacques, Directeur General, Innofibre, Center d'Innovation des Produits Cellulosiques
    The Biomass Preparation: A Key Step in Development of BioBased Products (Pyrolysis - Therm - Biochar)
  • Dan Herren, President, Advanced Torrefaction Systems LLC
    Oxidation Catalysts: The Key to Commercial Torrefaction
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals
Room 4
How Cellulosic Biofuels Production can Parlay Into Biomass Power
  • Jayant Godbole, President & Director, PRAJ Americas Inc.
    Simultaneous & Sustainable Production of Cellulosic Ethanol & RNG from Agricultural Residues
  • Dane McSpedon, Member of Board, Wilson Biochemical
    Creation of Liquid Biofuels from Organic Fraction of MSW: UK Success
  • James DeSellem, Advisory Engineer, Babcock & Wilcox
    Unlocking the Combustion Question for a Waste Stream
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Dedicated Networking - Expo Time
Expo Hall
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass
Room 1
Material Handling Solutions Designed to Keep Biomass Moving
  • Lionel Danos, Biomass, Pulp/Paper Engineering & Project Manager, Clextral Inc.
    Intensified Continuous Biomass Treatment by Twin Screw Extrusion
  • Jamil Bundalli, Project Manager, Kamengo Technology Inc.
    Handling Biomass: The Three Root Causes of Bin Hang-ups and Intermittent Discharge
  • Jayant Khambekar, Senior Consultant, Jenike & Johanson Inc.
    Pretreatment Tower: Material Handling Considerations
  • Bruce Bruso, CEO, CBA Environmental Services Inc.
    Remedial Biomass Solutions Technology: Feedstock Moisture Reduction through PreProcessing
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal
Room 2
Scaling Up Pyrolysis and Torrefaction
  • Anthony Goncalves, CEO, Nexx Energy
    Optimization of a Heat Recovery Zero-Emission Biochar Plant
  • Shane Torwalt, Engineering Director, Vista Projects Limited
    Modernizing Plant Design Methodology for Biomass Energy Production
  • Matt Young, Research Engineer, University of Minnesota Duluth – Natural Resources Research Institute
    Pilot-Scale Moving Bed Torrefaction for Demonstrating Biomass Pretreatment: Project Update
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals
Room 4
Trust but Verify: Tools for Analyzing Biofuel Feedstocks
  • Sima Kurepa, Account Manager, Beta Analytic Inc.
    The Application of Carbon-14 Testing in the Biobased & Biofuel Industries
  • Tim Rooney, Project Manager, Antares Group
    Advanced Biofuels and Biochemicals: Engineering Workable Supply Chains
5:00 pm Sessions Conclude
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