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Monday, April 10

8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Biomass Preparation, Handling & Storage Workshop (Read More)
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Heating the Midwest (Read More)
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Emerging Biomass Feedstocks Forum (Read More)
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Grand Opening & Welcome Reception
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Tuesday, April 11

7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am - 11:00 am General Session
Welcome & Awards

The State of our Industry: Biomass Magazine’s Annual Conversation with Biomass Association Leaders

Moderator: Tim Portz, Executive Editor, Biomass Magazine
  • Patrick Serfass, Executive Director, American Biogas Council
  • Bob Cleaves, President & CEO, Biomass Power Association
  • Jeff Serfass, Executive Director, Biomass Thermal Energy Council
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 Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass

A Necessary Discipline: Best Practices in Dust Management and Fire Prevention
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Moderator: Katie Fletcher, Staff Writer, Biomass Magazine
  • Brian Edwards, Principal Engineer, Conversion Technology Inc.
    Addressing Combustible Dust Hazards
  • Marcel Ruesink, Director Business Development, Minimax FSG
    How to Mitigate Fire Events?
  • David Grandaw, Vice President Sales, IEP Technologies
    Managing Dust Explosion Risk within Biomass Operations
  • Bill Mills, Dust Collection System Engineer, Benetech
    Dust Management/Fire & Explosion Risk Abatement
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

Why On-Spec Feedstock is So Vital for Heat and Power Generation and the Efforts Underway to Ensure It Happens throughout the Industry
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  • Charlie Niebling, Partner, Innovative Natural Resource Solutions LLC
    National Wood Chip Heating Fuel Technical Quality Standard: An Update on Development
  • Sean Dee, Senior Engineer, Exponent Inc.
    Feedstock Specifications: Interpretations of Off-Spec Feedstock
  • Michael Oswald, President, Precision Energy Services
    The Importance of Designing the Biomass Power Plant to the Fuel
  • Jordan Solomon, President, Ecostrat Inc.
    How to Manage Fuel Spec Issues: A Supplier's Perspective
Track 3: Biogas & Landfill Gas

De-Risking Biogas Projects to Put Investors at Ease and Get Vital Project Capital Flowing
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  • Shlomi Palas, CEO, Blue Sphere Corporation
    Financing Biogas Projects
  • Josh Dale, VP Project Finance, Rabobank
    Project Financing 101 and How to Make an AD Project Financeable
  • Joel Vyduna, Manager, Luminate LLC
    Biogas Project Finance: Navigating the Due Diligence Process
  • Brett Hogarth, Head of Business Development, Ecostrat Inc.
    Addressing Feedstock Availability and Price Risk
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

Exploring the Evolving Science of Manufacturing Fuel and Chemical Intermediates
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  • Ted Aulich, Principal Process Chemist, EERC Energy & Environmental Research Center
    Renewable Crude Pathway to Commercial Biofuels/Chemicals
  • Roger Ruan, Professor & Director, University of Minnesota
    Microwave Assisted Fast Catalytic Pyrolysis and Gasification of Solid Wastes for Energy, Chemicals and Materials Production
  • Ezra Bar-Ziv, Director Business Development, EB Clean Energy Ltd. – Boardman
    Enhanced Bio-Oil for Power Applications
  • Lei Zhu, Research Associate Biofuels/Biomass, Washington State University
    Development of Microwave Pyrolysis Biochar as Carbon Catalysts for High Value Chemicals and Hydrocarbons
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Refreshment Break in the Expo
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass

Surveying the Trajectory of Domestic and Foreign Wood Pellet Markets
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Moderator: Katie Fletcher, Staff Writer, Biomass Magazine
  • William Strauss, President, FutureMetrics
    New Markets for Industrial Wood Pellets: Japan, Canada, and the U.S.
  • Richard Weiner, Attorney, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
    Where to Export Next
  • Richard Vlosky, Director & Professor, Louisiana Forest Products Center
    An Overview of Wood-based Energy in North America with a Focus on Pellets
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

Making Its Way: Where and How Biomass is Earning its Place as a Feedstock of Choice
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Moderator: Tim Portz, Executive Editor, Biomass Magazine
  • Jeff Guillemette, Biomass Fuel Manager, Ever-Green Energy LLC
    Success with Biomass CHP in Saint Paul
  • Dalia El Tawy, Sr. Marketing Manager, Siemens Energy Inc.
    Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Solutions Using Biomass Fuels: Case Studies of Industrial Applications
  • Erin Hazen, Renewable Energy Business Development Manager, University of Iowa
    University of Iowa: Ramping Up on Biomass
  • Ilaria Peretti, Sales & Business Development Manager NA, Turboden S.r.l.
    First and Successful ORC in Pellet Industries
Track 3: Biogas & Landfill Gas

Operational Strategies to Make the Most of an Anaerobic Digester Once It’s Up and Running
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  • Allan Evora, President, Affinity Energy
    Smart Control Systems: Maximize Plant ROI and Support Preventative Maintenance
  • Ravi Jethra, Program Manager Renewable Power, Endress + Hauser
    Improved Monitoring of Landfill Biogas for Fiscal Purposes
  • Scott Grieco, Vice President & Practice Leader, OBG
    Anaerobic Treatment for Industrial Wastewater: Critical Factors for a Successful Start-Up and Operation
  • Brian Meek, Director of Plant Operations, Avant Energy Inc.
    Simplifying the Complex Operations of Biogas Plants
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

The Corn Platform: Launching Second Generation Bio-Product Innovation from a First Generation Giant
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  • Mark Yancey, VP Project Development, D3MAX
    D3MAX Project Update
  • Raghu Nandan Gurram, Process Development Scientist, American Science and Technology
    Cellulosic Ethanol from Corn Fiber Using Organosolv Processing
  • Murray McLaughlin, Advisor, Bioindustrial Innovation Centre
    Corn Stover to Sugars to High Value Chemicals
  • Glenn Farris, Marketing Manager Biomass, AGCO Corporation
    A New and Innovative Approach for Two OEMs for Supplying Feedstock to a Project
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Networking Reception in the Expo
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Wednesday, April 12

7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast
7:30 am - 1:30 pm Expo Open
8:30 am - 10:00 am Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass

Innovative Operational Approaches Available to the Pellet Industry’s Early Adopters
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  • Dane Floyd, Founder & President, Biomass Engineering & Equipment
    Today’s Pellet Plant Won't Run on Yesterday’s Conveyors
  • Holger Streetz, International Operations Manager, Bathan AG
    Update on Maintenance Best Practices from Europe and Industry 4.0 in Pelletizing
  • Jonas Berghel, Associate Professor, Karlstad University
    The Amount of Dust and Rejects as well as the Electricity Consumption during Production Decreases with the Use of Appropriate Additives
  • Francis Sharron, President, SolaGen Incorporated
    First Biomass Fired ORC Plant in the U.S. is Brought Online
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

Cost Effective Emissions Control Strategies and How to Implement Them
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  • Martha Watson, Business Development Director, Advanced Cyclone Systems
    New “Agglomerating” High Efficiency “MK” Cyclones to Comply with Emission Levels of 0.07 lb/MMBTU in Biomass Boilers
  • Tom Wassel, P.E., Air Techniques, Inc./ReVenture Park
    Control of NOx Emissions in Process Equipment
  • John Boyle, Senior Director, Technology Development, Fuel Tech Inc.
    Advanced SNCR NOx Reduction Experience on Large Utility Biomass
  • Jo Ann Pacinelli, President, Ecospray Technologies S.r.l.
    A Novel Method of Reducing SNCR Operating Costs
Track 3: Biogas & Landfill Gas

Digester Process Configurations and Designs Aimed at Safely Maximizing Biogas Production
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  • Hisham Hafez, Industrial WW Management Specialist, Greenfield Specialty Alcohols Inc – Chatham
    GFSA High Rate Two Stage Anaerobic Digestion (GFSA-HRTSAD) Technology
  • Scott Grieco, Vice President & Practice Leader, OBG
    Anaerobic Treatment Processes for Dairy Process Wastewater: Comparison of Reactor Configuration and Treatment Performance at Two Working Plants
  • Jeff Ross, Process Engineer, Harris Group Inc.
    Process Safety Challenges Presented by Biogas Facilities and the Importance of a HAZOP
  • Matt Julius, Professor of Biology, St. Cloud State University
    A University Biogas and Algal Biomass Production Center for Education and New Revenue
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

Setting the Table: Engineering and Design Practices Worth Implementing during a Project’s Earliest Days
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  • Peter Flippo, Business Development Director, Bioprocess Pilot Facility
    Piloting / Scaling Up as Key Enabling Technology: Explanation and Showcases
  • Ali Manesh, President, American Science and Technology
    Pre-Commercialization Lignocellulosic Biorefinery Pilot Plant Update
  • Tiffany Trottman, Business Development Manager, Nelson Engineering Inc.
    Design and Construction Tools to Benefit Your Capital Projects
10:00 am - 10:30 am Refreshment Break in the Expo
10:30 am - Noon Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass

The Critical Importance of Managing Moisture and Exhaust Gases at Your Pellet Facility
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Moderator: Katie Fletcher, Staff Writer, Biomass Magazine
  • Rodney Pennington, VP of Key Accounts, NESTEC Inc.
    Zero Fuel Operation: Pellet Plant Air Emission Control RTO/RCO
  • Chris Meadows, Sales Manager, Triple/S Dynamics
    Is Condensation Affecting Your Bottom Line?
  • Additional Speakers TBA
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

So Happy Together: What We’re Learning from the Transition to Biomass Feedstocks at Large Power Facilities
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  • Bryce Koprucki, Control Systems Engineer, Novaspect
    Co-Firing Control and Interlocks
  • Sasha Mackler, Director, U.S. Market Development & Government Affairs, Enviva LP
    Biomass for Power: Value Proposition, Opportunities, and Challenges from the Perspective of the Largest Feedstock Supplier
  • Jim Easterly, Biomass Project Manager, Black & Veatch Corp.
    Success Factors and Lessons Learned for International Biopower Projects
  • Luther Raatikka, Senior Consulting Engineer, Mechanical, Zachry Engineering Corporation
    Technical, Environmental and Economic Considerations Associated with Biomass Co-Firing
Track 3: Biogas & Landfill Gas

Exploring the Contributions Swedish Innovators are Making in the Global Biogas Sector
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Moderator: Amanda Bilek, Government Affairs & Communications Director, Great Plains Institute

  • Anders Wistrom, CEO, Centriair USA Ltd.
    Odor Control for Organic Waste Transport and Processing
  • Pernilla Holgersson, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden
    Benchmarking the Biogas Value Chain in Sweden and Minnesota
  • Maria Hammar, Hifab AB
    Biogas as Business Development for Farmers
  • Jan Mokin, Puregas Solutions
    Farm Produced Upgraded Biogas Injected into Gas Grid with Nutrient Extracted
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

Expanding Market Opportunities for Bioenergy by Doubling Down on Biomass’s Low Carbon Intensity
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Moderator: Ron Kotrba, Editor, Biodiesel Magazine
  • Brendan Jordan, Vice President, Great Plains Institute
    Lowering Ethanol Carbon Intensity through Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Tim Rooney, Project Manager, Antares Group Incorporated
    Increasing Biogenic Carbon Sequestration Benefits of Biomass Supply Systems
  • Jamie Stephen, Managing Director, TorchLight Bioresources
    Can Biomass Play a Role in Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Canada's Oil Sands?
  • Alain Castro, CEO, Ener-Core Inc.
    Ener-Core and Dresser-Rand/Siemens Solution for Using Low-Quality Industrial Waste Gases as a Low-Cost Fuel for Cogeneration Plants
Noon - 1:30 pm Lunch in the Expo
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass

Tracing the Efforts to Bring Next Generation Wood Pellets to Commercial Viability
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  • Ezra Bar-Ziv, Professor, EB Clean Energy Ltd. - Boardman
    Safety Considerations in Biomass Torrefaction
  • Marin Dujmovic, Graduate Student, Lakehead University
    Supply Chain Management of Advanced Wood Pellets: Storage and Real Time Field Characterization
  • Michael Wild, Principal, Bridgewell Resources
    Torrefaction: Status of Technology, Experience in Logistics
  • Wilson Lam, Process Engineer, KTC Industrial Engineering Ltd.
    Process Design and Dynamic Simulation of Biocoal Production via Torrefaction
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

Practical Maintenance Measures Available to Producers Looking for Best-In-Class Boiler Performance
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  • Scott Poeppel, Vice President, American Cladding Technologies Inc.
    Advances in Laser Metal Deposition for Maximizing Boiler Performance
  • Mark Holt, Senior Engineer, Great River Energy
    Improved Cleaning and Reduced Maintenance in Retrofitted Waste to Energy Boilers
  • Ian Saratovsky, Director, Chemical Product Management, Fuel Tech Inc.
    Minimizing Boiler Deposits with Advanced CFD Modeling and Chemical Treatment for Biomass Fuels
  • Joe Estrada, Regional Manager, Combustion Technologies Corporation
    Boiler Optimization and MATS Compliance testing using Delta CO/O2/NO Extractive Monitoring Systems
Track 3: Biogas & Landfill Gas

Optimal Output: Deploying Innovative Best Practices to Ensure Your Digester is Running Full Throttle
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Moderator: Tim Portz, Executive Editor, Biomass Magazine
  • Will Charlton, President, Digester Doc
    Using Biological and Chemical Sciences to Optimize Your Methane Production in Your Co-Digestion Project/Facility
  • Aleksandr Smotritckii, Bioenergy LLC
    Multi-Staged Substrate Pretreatment Approach to the Increased Biogas Production
  • Paul Greene,, Client Services, CDM Smith
    Anaerobic Digestion Facility Design Best Practices to Maximize Throughput and Optimize Efficiency
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

Unlocking New Market Opportunities with Production Pathways that Yield Higher Value Biochemicals and Specialty Fuels
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Moderator: Ron Kotrba, Editor, Biodiesel Magazine
  • Rakesh Govind, President, PRD Tech Inc.
    Systematic Generation of Reaction Pathways for Manufacturing Bulk Industrial Chemicals from Carbon-Neutral Feedstocks
  • Zoe Volioti, Business Development, Sustainability Consult
    Producing Biomaterials from Wood and Other Second-Generation Biomass
  • Timothy Staub, Global VP Business Development, Green Biologics Inc.
    Green Chemistry: Performance as a Differentiator
  • Saikat Dutta, Professor, University of Delaware
    Reaction Network of Hydrodeoxygenation of Trifurylmethane to Access Jet Fuels
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Refreshment Break
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass

Examining the Role State Policy Can Play in Boosting Bioenergy Markets
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  • James Rhodes, Independent Consultant, Trestle Energy
    Clean Fuel Standards: Transportation Policy to Help Unlock Biomass Heat and Power Markets
  • Additional Speakers TBA
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

O & M Strategies that Prolong the Working Life of Critical Components in Biomass Heat or Power Facilities
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  • Mark Holt, Senior Engineer, Great River Energy
    Lifetime Extension of Superheater Pendants and Economic Analysis of Material Usage
  • Jeff Hayes, Product Manager, Beijer Electronics
    Human Machine Interfaces Deployments for Harsh Biomass Production Environments: Why, Where and How
  • Ravi Jethra, Program Manager Renewable Power, Endress + Hauser
    Reducing Commissioning Times in Biomass Power Plants with Smart Process Instrumentation
  • Craig Truempi, Reliability Program Director, Novaspect
    How and Why to Start a Reliability Program
Track 3: Biogas & Landfill Gas

The Perfect Fit: How Digesters Can Be Configured to Fit a Multitude of Operating Parameters
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  • Jagannadh Satyavolu, Theme Leader Biomass & Biofuels, Conn Center, University of Louisville
    In-Situ Prevention of Hydrogen Sulfide Formation during Biogas Production
  • Daniel Yingling, Strategic Business Planning Manager, EMG International
    High Rate Anaerobic Digester Systems for Food, and Beverage Manufacturing Wastewater Treatment and Energy Generation: Engineering Design Factors and Cost Benefit Analysis
  • Ken Smith, Principal & Owner, KRSmith & Associates LLC
    Micro-Anaerobic Digestion and CHP from Food Waste
  • Valentino Tiangco, Biomass Program Manager, SMUD Sacramento Municipal Utility District
    Dairy Power Program in SMUD Service Territory
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

Highest and Best Use: Maximizing the Incredible Flexibility of Biogas
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  • Rudy Garcia, Vice President Sales, Verdek
    BioGas to Vehicle Fuel: Overcoming the Obstacles
  • Archana Umeshrao, Analyst, Pentair
    Renewable Green Energy Source from Biogas to Biomethane and Green CO2
  • Joseph Curro, Principal Engineer, CDM Smith
    Converting Industrial Burners to Landfill Gas Firing
5:00 pm Sessions Conclude
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Thursday, April 13

8:30 am – 3:15 pmIndustry Tour
Biomass Heat and Power in the Twin Cities
(Koda Energy/Rahr Malting & District Energy St. Paul/Environmental Wood Supply)
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