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Monday, April 16

8:30 am - 5:00 pm Biomass Carbonization & Torrefaction Summit
Ballroom B

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8:30 am - 5:00 pm Biomass Preparation, Handling & Storage Workshop
Ballroom E

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5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Grand Opening & Welcome Reception
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Tuesday, April 17

7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast
Ballroom Lobby

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8:30 am - 8:50 am Welcome
Ballroom CD
Tim Portz, Executive Director, Pellet Fuels Institute
8:50 am - 9:10 am Industry Awards
Ballroom CD

Anna Simet, Editor, Biomass Magazine
9:10 am - 9:40 am Keynote Presentation
Ballroom CD

Steve Skarda, Global Climate and Energy Leader, Procter & Gamble
9:40am - 11:00 am Biomass Magazine's Annual Conversation with Industry Association Leadership
Ballroom CD
Moderator: Anna Simet, Editor, Biomass Magazine
  • Patrick Serfass, Executive Director, American Biogas Council
  • Carrie Annand, Executive Director, Biomass Power Association
  • Tim Portz, Executive Director, Pellet Fuels Institute
  • Dan Wilson, Board Chairman, Biomass Thermal Energy Council
  • Steve Skarda, Founding Member, Renewable Thermal Collaborative
11:00 am - 6:30 pm Expo Open
Exhibit Hall CD
11:00 am - 1:30 pm Dedicated Expo Time
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11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch in the Expo
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1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass

Effectively Mitigating Fire and Explosion Hazards at Wood Pellet Production Facilities
Ballroom CD

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Moderator: Tim Portz, Executive Director, Pellet Fuels Institute
  • Fred Callahan, Southeast Regional Manager, IEP Technologies
    Explosion Risks and Mitigation Methods for Critical Process Equipment in the Biomass Facility
  • Jason Krbec, Sales Engineering Manager, CV Technology Inc.
    Dust Hazard Analysis for Biomass Pellet Operations
  • Clive Nixon, Regional Sales Manager, BS&B Pressure Safety Management
    Managing the Dust Explosion Hazard in Wood Pellet Production
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

The Technical Advancements Responsible for Making Biomass Co-firing Practicable
Ballroom A

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Moderator: David Nicholls, Forest Products Technologist, USDA Forest Service
  • Jayant Khambekar, Senior Consultant, Jenike & Johanson Inc.
    Future of Biomass Co-firing: The Role of Material Handling
  • Marcus Chee, CEO, Nanomass Corp
    Co-Fired Power Generation
  • Rich Clasby, Business Development Manager, Detroit Stoker Company
    Combustion Equipment Retrofits and Co-firing for Biomass Boilers
  • Preben Messerschmidt, Project Director, Ramboll
    Co-firing Biomass with Coal at Power Generation Stations
Track 3: Biogas & Waste-to-Energy

Biogas Case Studies I: Anaerobic Digestion and Landfill Gas Deployments at Food and Beverage Facilities
Ballroom B

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Moderator: Ron Kotrba, Editor, Biodiesel Magazine
  • Steven Cox, President, GkW Energy Inc.
    Design, Construction, and Demonstration of a Micro-Scale Anaerobic Digestion / Power Generation Process
  • Joseph Curro, Principal Engineer, CDM Smith
    Citrus Processing Plant Gets Juiced on Landfill Gas
  • Manaf Farhan, President & CEO, EMG International
    High-Rate Anaerobic Digester Technology for Brewery and Food Manufacturing Wastewater Treatment and Renewable Energy Generation: System Components, Performance Data and Maximizing ROI
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

Process Preface: Strategies for Preparing Heterogeneous Biomass Streams for More Efficient Downstream Conversion
Ballroom E

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Moderator: Ali Manesh, President, Attis Innovations/American Science & Technology
  • Peter Flippo, Business Development Director, Bioprocess Pilot Facility
    Pretreatment of Lignocellulosic Biomass at Pilot Scale: Design Considerations Vs. Operational Challenges
  • Quang Nguyen, Director, Biomass National Feedstock User Facility, Idaho National Laboratory
    Key Factors in Designing a Robust Biorefinery Feedstock Preprocessing System
  • Jaya Shankar Tumuluru, Research Scientist, Idaho National Laboratory
    Size Reduction and Pelleting of Corn Stover: Impact of Moisture Content, Length to Diameter (L/D) Ratio and Screen Size on Pellet Properties and Energy Consumption
  • Raghu Gurram, Process Development Scientist, Attis Innovations/American Science & Technology
    Alternative Pulping Process for Paper and High Value-Added Biochemical Production
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Refreshment Break in the Expo
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3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass

Designing Pellet Plants to Maximize Operational, Environmental and Financial Performance
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Moderator: Tim Portz, Executive Director, Pellet Fuels Institute
  • Brad James, Principal Consultant, Trinity Consultants
    Optimized Pellet Plant Design: Reduced Environmental Compliance Burden
  • Ron Pagel, Business Development Manager, Power Engineers Inc.
    Building a Dynamic Capital Project Team: Plant Design Considerations
  • Forcus Martinez, Sales Manager - North America, Prodesa
    Design and Supply of Wood Pellet Plants Under EPC and O&M Contracts
  • Holger Streetz, International Operations Manager, Bathan AG Germany
    How to Double Production and Reach Designed Pellet Plant Capacity
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

Strategic and Tactical Approaches to Further Strengthen Biomass’s Advantage in Small Scale Applications
Ballroom A

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Moderator: Ron Kotrba, Editor, Biodiesel Magazine
  • Carl Liboro, Graduate Student, Alfred University
    Feasibility Study of a Rural Electric Microgrid with Biomass as a Distributed Energy Resource
  • Alexandra Rekkas, Senior Research Associate, David Gardiner and Associates
    The Renewable Thermal Collaborative (RTC): Reducing Emissions through Renewable Heating and Cooling
  • Rafal Strzalka, Centre for Sustainable Energy Technology, University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart
    System Performance Optimization of Decentralized Biomass CHP Plants
  • Tony “T.J.” Morice, Managing Member TNT Ventures LLC & Principal Verita Energy LLC
    Messersmith Case Studies and How PACE Can Help Future Biomass Projects
  • Jeff Hallowell, Founder & CEO, Biomass Controls LLC
    Biomass and Sewage Sludge: An Emerging ISO Standard for Small-Scale Combined Heat and Power Generation
Track 3: Biogas & Waste-to-Energy

Biogas Case Studies II: Managing Animal Waste Streams with Anaerobic Digestion
Ballroom B

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Moderator: Anna Simet, Editor, Biomass Magazine
  • Guy Mannino, CEO, Verdek LLC
    Converting Cow Manure into Pipeline Quality-Gas and Generating Revenue: A Farm in Minnesota Reaps the Benefits
  • Gus Simmons, Director of Bioenergy, Cavanaugh & Associates
    One Big Step in N.C.’s Bioenergy: Swine Waste Project Connects to the Natural Gas Pipeline
  • Marcel Pohl, Working Group Leader Biogas Technology, DBFZ (German Biomass Research Center)
    Energy Efficiency Evaluation of 60 Agricultural Biogas Plants: Methodologies and Challenges
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

Conversion Pathways I: The Race to Commercialize the Production of Biochemicals from Biomass Inputs
Ballroom E

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Moderator: Douglas Rivers, Independent Contractor/Consultant, Sunflwr Inc.
  • Danny Haynes, Technical Coordinator, AkzoNobel
    Imagine Chemistry an Open Innovation Approach to Biochemicals
  • Barry Perlmutter, President & Managing Director, BHS Filtration
    Improving Biochemical Process Operations with Continuous Pressure and Vacuum Filtration Technologies
  • Tiffany Trottman, Business Development Manager, Nelson Engineering Inc.
    Overview of Biomass Processing Technologies & Suitable Applications
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Networking Reception in the Expo
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Wednesday, April 18

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

Hard to Handle I: Mastering the Art of Moving Biomass Streams Efficiently Into and Through Your Production Facility
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Moderator: Mike Curci, Sales Manager Biomass Handling Systems, Andritz
  • Dane Floyd, President, Biomass Engineering & Equipment
    What has the Industry Learned about Conveyors?
  • Desmond Smith, Manager, West Coast Office, BRUKS Rockwood Inc.
    Complete Wood Handling and Delivery Systems for All Processes
  • Carl Romlin, Financial Executive, Drinor
    Enhanced Pellet Production
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

Why Setting a Course and Following a Well-Defined Azimuth is Vital to Biomass-to-Energy Project Development Success
Ballroom A

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Moderator: Anna Simet, Editor, Biomass Magazine
  • Eric Steltzer, Deputy Director- Renewables, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
    Cracking Biomass in Massachusetts: Opportunities and Challenges to Advance Renewable Thermal Systems
  • Chris Urchell, Consultant, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP
    Biomass to Energy Facilities: Getting from the Concept to Implementation and all the Detail Along the Way
  • Jeffrey Weisz, Managing Member, Green Energy Opportunity Fund LP
    Elements of Project Puzzle
  • Bill Reeves, President, ESI Inc. of Tennessee
    Thermal Energy and Power Generation from Biomass: Finding the Sweet Spot
Track 3: Biogas & Waste-to-Energy

Technical Approaches to Preparing Biogas for Its Most Valuable Use
Ballroom B

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Moderator: Valentino Tiangco, Biomass Program Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District SMUD
  • Phil Gates, Project Manager, Bartlett & West
    Biogas Facility Needs 101
  • Dick Nixdorf, Chief Technology Officer, CerX LLC
    Hot Gas Ceramic Fiber Filter Potential for Cleaning Biogas
  • Valentino Tiangco, Biomass Program Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District SMUD
    Pre-and Post-Combustion NOx Control System with Hydrogen Assistance and Using Microwave Technology for Biogas Engines
  • Jeff Tocio, National Sales Manager, Pentair Haffmans
    Turning Waste Streams into Value Streams
  • William Brundick, Global Technical Services Manager, Schlumberger - Purification Solutions
    Purification Techniques for Hydrogen Sulfide Removal
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

Conversion Pathways II: The Opportunity Awaiting Biomass in Biofuel's Next Chapter
Ballroom E

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Moderator: Ron Kotrba, Editor, Biodiesel Magazine
  • Martin Mitchell, Sales & Marketing Manager – Americas & Asia Region, Clariant
    From Idea to Market: Bringing Cellulosic Ethanol to Scale
  • Ravi Jethra, Program Manager, WIKA Instrument Corporation
    Improving Reliability Via Diaphragm Seals on Advanced Bioethanol Production Processes
  • Douglas Rivers, Independent Contractor/Consultant, Sunflwr Inc.
    Technology Advancement Ideas for Cellulosic Biomass Conversion
  • Ernie Pollitzer, Owner/Senior Engineer, Clean Energy Consultants
    New Technologies for Biodiesel with Unconventional Feedstocks
10:00 am - 10:30 am Refreshment Break in the Expo
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10:30 am - Noon Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass

Densification 2.0: Novel Approaches Aimed at Extracting More Energy from Varied Biomass Streams
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Moderator: Stan Elliot, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Pacific Coast Pellets
  • Magnus Ståhl, Associate Professor Environmental and Energy Systems, Karlstad University
    Mechanical Dewatering has Positive Effects on the Thermal Drying Efficiency and Wood Pellet Quality
  • Stefan Frodeson, Lecturer & Doctoral Student, Karlstad University
    Pelletizing Pure Biomass Substances: A Way to Increase Waste- and By-Products in the Pellet Production Chain
  • Wayne Lei, Chief Technical Officer, Oregon Torrefaction for the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities
    Partial and Full Load Tests Using Densified Torrefied Biomass at U.S. Power Plants
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

Ensuring that Your Plant's Safety Protocols Align with Regulatory Guidance and the Industry's Best Available Technologies
Ballroom A

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Moderator: Anna Simet, Editor, Biomass Magazine
  • Brian Edwards, Director of Engineering, Conversion Technology Inc.
    Changes to Dust, Fire and Explosion Prevention Standards
  • Sean Dee, Managing Engineer, Exponent Inc.
    Finding the Hidden Hazards in Thermal Conversion of Biomass
  • Melinda Carter, Territory Sales Manager, Bulwark/Wrangler FR
    PPE and Combustible Biofuels: The Often-Overlooked Piece of Protection
  • Jeffrey Nichols, Managing Partner, Industrial Fire Prevention LLC
    Spark Detection Prevents Fires and Saves Your ASSets!
Track 3: Biogas & Waste-to-Energy

Approaches for Gauging Inbound Feedstock Availability, Its Quality and Its Overall Impact on Digester Performance
Ballroom B

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Moderator: Tim Portz, Executive Director, Pellet Fuels Institute
  • Will Charlton, President, Digester Doc
    Increasing Biogas Production through Feedstock Selection, Chemistry and Biology
  • Luc De Baere, Managing Director, OWS Inc.
    Energy and Compost from the Organic Fraction of MSW
  • Brett Hogarth, Director, Business Development, Biomass Advisory Group, Ecostrat Inc.
    Best Practices and New Approaches to Predicting Feedstock Availability and Risk
  • Derek Hundert, General Manager, PlanET Biogas USA Inc.
    Processing of Specified Risk Material as Feedstock for Anaerobic Digestion
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

How Savvy Biogas Developers are Leveraging Vehicle Fuel Markets for Increased Revenue Streams
Ballroom E

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Moderator: Ali Manesh, President, Attis Innovations/American Science & Technology
  • Paul Greene, Design & Construction, CDM Smith
    Biogas Upgrading for Lucrative RINs: Technology Comparison
  • John Nelson, Director of Construction Sales, T.V. John & Son, Inc.
    Renewable Natural Gas: Lessons Learned from an EPC Contractor
  • Ernie Pollitzer, Owner/Senior Engineer, Clean Energy Consultants
    Biogas Cellulosic RIN Generation
  • Roger Ford, President, Eureka Energy Corporation
    Coupled Natural Gas and Hemp-Derived Bio-Gas for Conversion to Drop-In Transportation Fuels
Noon - 1:30 pm Lunch in the Expo
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1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass

Best Practices in Managing Emissions at Biomass Power and Pellet Production Facilities
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Moderator: Tim Portz, Executive Director, Pellet Fuels Institute
  • Tom Wassel, P.E. Air Techniques, ReVenture Park
    VOCs and Oxidizers Employed to Eliminate Them
  • Rodney Pennington, Vice President, Special Projects, Nestec Inc.
    Refurbish Instead of Replace
  • Pedro Araujo, CEO, Advanced Cyclone Systems S.A.
    ACS´s New Hurricane Cyclone Families Customized to Specific Needs Considering How Inter-Particle Agglomeration (Clustering) Affect Collection Efficiency
  • Thomas Dunder, Principal Scientist, TRC Environmental Corp.
    Use of Air Emissions Measurement Technologies to Optimize the Co-Firing of Biofuels for Regulatory Emissions Compliance
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

The Argument for a More Thorough and Formal Understanding of Available Biomass, Its Quality and the Overall Risk within the Supply Chain
Ballroom A

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Moderator: Anna Simet, Editor, Biomass Magazine
  • Dean McCraw, Founder/CEO, Phloem
    Real Time Tracking of Woody Biomass Supplies
  • Jordan Solomon, President, Ecostrat Inc.
    U.S. National Standards for Biomass Supply Chain Risk
  • Charlie Niebling, Partner, Innovative Natural Resource Solutions LLC
    National Wood Chip Heating Fuel Technical Quality Standard: Ready for the U.S. Market!
  • Jim Easterly, Biomass Project Manager, Black & Veatch Corp.
    Arizona Forest Bioenergy Assessment
Track 3: Biogas & Waste-to-Energy

Getting Biogas Projects Funded and On Their Way to Groundbreaking
Ballroom B

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Moderator: Nikolas Patentalakis, Commercial Director, BiogasWorld
  • Shlomi Palas, CEO, Blue Sphere Corporation
    Financing Biogas Projects
  • Janice Tran, Investment Professional, Generate Capital
    Getting Financing for Your Biogas Project
  • David Gardels, Partner, Husch Blackwell
    Navigating the Legal Components of Biogas to RNG/Pipeline Projects
  • Brad Pleima, Senior Engineer, EcoEngineers
    Navigating the Hurdles of Biogas to RNG/Pipeline Projects
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

All About the Money: Strategies for Getting Your Project over the Capitalization Hump
Ballroom E

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Moderator: Ron Kotrba, Editor, Biodiesel Magazine
  • Jordan Godwin, Senior Journalist, OPIS
    RINs & LCFS Credits: Incentives Galore
  • Benjamin Hubbard, Principal, Nexus Program Management Group
    What You Must Know When Seeking Project Financing
  • Mark Riedy, Partner & Head of Energy Team, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
    Creative U.S. and International Debt and Equity Financing Mechanisms for Bioeconomy Projects and Technology Companies
  • Scott Warfield, Director, CERES Project Services
    One is the Loneliest Number: Why a Strategic Partner Might be Your Best Bet to Get Your Project Funded and Moving Forward
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Refreshment Break
Ballroom Lobby

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3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

Hard to Handle II: Mastering the Art of Moving Biomass Streams Efficiently Into and Through Your Production Facility
Ballroom A

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Moderator: Tim Portz, Executive Director, Pellet Fuels Institute
  • Heikki Hämäläinen, Business Manager, Protacon Technologies LTD
    Lessons Learned from Deployment of Integrated Supply Chain Management Systems: From Finland to the U.S.
  • Carrie Hartford, Senior Project Engineer, Jenike & Johanson Inc.
    How to Move Beyond the Challenges of Biomass Material Handling
  • Jamil Bundalli, Project Manager, Kamengo Technology Inc.
    Handling Biomass: The Three Root Causes of Bin Plugging and Poor Material Discharge
  • Chenlin Li, Senior Staff Engineer, Idaho National Laboratory
    Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium: Providing Innovative Solutions to Address Biomass Quality and Operational Challenges Faced by Biorefineries
Track 3: Biogas & Waste-to-Energy

Capitalizing on the Natural Synergies between Wastewater Management and Biogas and Biofuel Production
Ballroom B

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Moderator: Nikolas Patentalakis, Commercial Director, BiogasWorld
  • Joseph Curro, Principal Engineer, CDM Smith
    Wastewater Biosolids Drying and Pelletization Utilizing Landfill Gas as a Fuel
  • Alex Rosenthal, Senior Process Modeling Expert, inCTRL Solutions
    From "I wonder what would happen" to "Wow, that's a great idea!": A Guide to Dynamic Simulation of Biogas Production Plants
  • Michael Washer, Director, The Merrick Consultancy, Merrick & Company
    Making Biosolids Disappear: The Magic of Hydrothermal Liquefaction
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

Moon Shots: A Look at the Biomass Sector through a Lens of Unbridled Possibility
Ballroom E

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Moderator: Ron Kotrba, Editor, Biodiesel Magazine
  • Paul Wever, President, Chip Energy Inc.
    500 Billion Dollar U.S. Bioeconomy by 2020
  • Jordan Thut, Pilot Plant Engineer, Attis Innovations/American Science & Technology
    Lignocellulosic Bio-Refinery Scaled Up Pilot Plant Update
5:00 pm Sessions Conclude
7:35 pm Wednesday Evening Event
Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies
SunTrust Park
Tickets are available for pick up at the conference registration desk on Wednesday between 7:00 am - 1:30 pm
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Thursday, April 19

8:00 am – 12:30 pmIndustry Tour
Coca-Cola Trigeneration Landfill Gas-to-Energy Facility
Attendee check-in 8:00 AM Lower Level Cobb Galleria Centre/Renaissance Atlanta Waverly East Lot Pick-up/Drop-off
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