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Monday, February 3

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


12:00 pm - 4:30 pm Pellet Fuels Institute Board Meeting*
*Private Meeting

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Grand Opening & Welcome Reception
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Tuesday, February 4

7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am - 11:00 am General Session
Biomass Magazine’s Annual Conversation with Association Leaders
Moderator: Anna Simet, Editor, Biomass Magazine
  • Tim Portz, Executive Director, Pellet Fuels Institute
  • Jeff Serfass, Executive Director, Biomass Thermal Energy Council
  • Patrick Serfass, Executive Director, American Biogas Council
  • Bob Cleaves, President & CEO, Biomass Power Association
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

Tracing the Industry’s Progress Towards Economically Viable, Commercial-Scale Torrefaction
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Moderator: Holger Streetz, Director of Business Development, Bathan AG
  • Dan Herren, President, Advanced Torrefaction Systems LLC
    Oxidation Catalysts: The Key to Commercial Torrefaction
  • Donald Fosnacht, Associate Director, Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota
    Advanced Thermal Processing of Biomass at the Natural Resources Research Institute
  • Hiroshi Morihara, CEO, HM3 Energy Inc.
    Biocoal Cheaper Than Wood Pellets
  • Jagannadh Satyavolu, Theme Leader - Biomass & Biofuels, Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research, University of Louisville
    Biomass Pretreatment to Improve Economic Viability and Product Attributes for Torrefied Biomass Briquettes
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

Pencilling Out Co-Firing Deployments to Better Understand their Impact on Material Flows, Overall Emissions and Plant Balance Sheets
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  • Daya Ram Nhuchhen, Postdoctoral Associate, University of Calgary
    Modeling a Cement Plant to Examine the Effects of Alternative Fuel Co-firing on Material and Energy Flows
  • Hoe-Gil Lee, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Tarleton State University
    Process Design and Development Strategies in a Small-Scale Biomass Energy Conversion System
  • Dave Nicholls, Research Scientist, U.S. Forest Service
    Financial Modeling of Wood and Coal Fuels for Grate-Fired Systems under High Cofiring Scenarios
  • Tiffany Yelverton, Mechanical Engineer Combustion Sources Branch, U.S. EPA Environmental Protection Agency
    Emission Characterizations from the Torrefaction and Cofiring of Agricultural By-Products on a Pilot-Scale Combustor
Track 3: Biogas & Waste-to-Energy

Deploying Innovative Process and Technology Tweaks to Maximize Plant Biogas Output
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  • Sameer Kshirsagar, Senior Applications Specialist, Komax Systems Inc.
    Innovative Mixing and Heating Technologies to Enhance Biogas Production
  • Matthew Quinn, Applications Engineer, Siemens Gas Engines
    Fuel Blending: Maximizing the Benefits for Biogas Operations
  • Joseph Curro, Principal Engineer, CDM Smith
    Well Dewatering Pumps Powered by the Sun Increase LFG Production
  • Will Charlton, Lead Scientist, Digester Doc
    Case Study: How to Turn 2mW to 50 mW
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

Deploying Sound Capital and Risk Management Strategies for Bioenergy Projects to Attract Quality Financial Partners
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  • Jordan Solomon, President, Ecostrat Inc.
    Using Biomass Risk Ratings: Reliably, Effectively and Efficiently Signaling Feedstock Risk to the Capital Markets
  • Mark Riedy, Attorney, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
    Cutting Edge Funding and Contractual Structures for Successful Bioeconomy Project Financing
  • Ron Pagel, Business Development Manager, Power Engineers
    Building a Dynamic Capital Project Team
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Refreshment Break in the Expo
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass

An Update on Wood Pellet Market Fundamentals Here and Abroad
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Moderator: William Perritt, Senior Editor, Fastmarkets RISI
  • Laurenz Schmidt, Technology Expert, FutureMetrics
    Global Wood Pellet Markets: Where We are Today and How Pellet Technologies May Respond to the Needs of the Future
  • Bruce Lisle, CEO, Energex America Inc.
    Status and Trends of the U.S. Pellet Market
  • Tim Portz, Executive Director, Pellet Fuels Institute
    Moving the Needle? What Explosive Growth in the Wood Pellet BBQ Sector Means for Producers
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

Towards a Better Understanding of Fire and Explosion Science in an Effort to Minimize Plant Risk
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  • David Grandaw, Vice President, IEP Technologies
    Industrial Explosions Present Serious Risk
  • Bil Thompson, COO, Thompson Dryers
    Preventing Fires and Explosions in Dryer Systems
  • Jeff Davis, Sr. Engineering Manager, Conversion Technology Inc.
    Changes to NFPA Standards for Fire and Explosion Prevention
  • Clive Nixon, Sales Manager, BS&B Pressure Safety Management
    Dust Explosion Protection Solutions for Biomass Fuel Production
Track 3: Biogas & Waste-to-Energy

Biogas Market Outlook: Understanding the Trajectory of the Sector and the Policies Driving its Forward Momentum
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  • Ernie Pollitzer, Owner & Senior Engineer, Clean Energy Consultants
    Update of Renewable Natural Gas Market
  • Roger Ford, CEO, Eureka Energy Corporation
    Conversion of Municipal Solid Waste to Renewable Natural Gas and the Certification of It as a Marketable Commodity
  • Thomas Brill, Of Counsel, Greenberg Traurig LLP
    Alternative Fuel Standard Programs
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

How Biofuel and Biochemical Technologies Find Scale and Push Towards Commercial Production
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  • Kamaljit Sood, CEO, SaincBio-Sainc Energy Limited
    Flow Reactor Biomass and Biochemicals Technology
  • Peter Flippo, Business Development Manager, Bioprocess Pilot Facility Netherlands
    Unlocking the Potential of Biomass: Taking your Product Development from Lab Scale to Commercial Scale
  • Joe Jobe, President & Founder, Rock House Advisors
    Biomass-based Diesel: Biodiesel vs. Renewable Hydrocarbon Diesel
  • Jose Coelho, President, Clextral USA & AMERICAS
    Intensified Continuous Biomass Treatment by Twin Screw Extrusion
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Networking Reception in the Expo
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Wednesday, February 5

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

Best in Class Strategies to Quickly Obtain and Operate within Increasingly Stringent Air Permits
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  • Chuck Doyno, Atlanta Office Director, ALL4 LLC
    Operating with a Strategic Air Permitting Mindset: Increasing Operational Flexibility and Reducing Permitting Timelines
  • Rodney Pennington, Vice President of Key Accounts, Nestec Inc.
    The Quest for the BEST in Pellet Mill Air Emission Control
  • Pedro Araujo, CEO, Advanced Cyclone Systems S.A.
    Optimized Cyclones ro Reduce Wood Dust and Fly Ash Emissions under 0,015gr/SCF after Rotary Dryers In Pellet Plants; Enabling the Use of Regenerative Thermal Oxiders (Rtos) without Wet Electrostatic Precipitators (Wesps) Upstream
  • Brad James, Principal Consultant, Trinity Consultants
    Preparing for Public Interest: Pellet Plant Air Permits
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

Why a Thorough Dust Hazard Analysis is a Vital Component of Any Plant Safety Program
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  • Jason Krbec, Sales Engineering Manager, CV Technology Inc.
    Advances in Layers of Protection for Combustible Dust Hazards
  • Jeff Nichols, Regional Sales Manager, Fagus GreCon Inc.
    The Combustible Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA)
  • Timothy Heneks, Director of Engineering Services, Dustcon Solutions Inc.
    Low Hanging Fruit: 5 Common Dust Hazards to Address Quickly
  • Vahid Ebadat, CEO, Stonehouse Process Safety
    Are you Now in Compliance with the Requirements of NFPA 652 Standard on Combustible Dust and if so, What is Next?
Track 3: Biogas & Waste-to-Energy

Putting Together Biogas Projects that Attract Investors, Withstand Legal Scrutiny and Offer the Best Chance at a Financial Return
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  • Gus Simmons, Director of Bioenergy, Cavanaugh & Associates
    Building Investor and Lender Confidence in Biogas Projects
  • Scott Warfield, Managing Director, CERES Project Services
    What Makes a Great Biogas Project
  • John Dannan, Principal – Waste to Value Investments, Generate Capital
    Financing Organic Waste Infrastructure
  • David Gardels, Partner, Husch Blackwell
    Legal Components of RNG Projects
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

Leveraging Gasification and Pyrolysis as a Platform for Advanced Biofuel Production
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  • Kelci Coates, Project Manager & Process Engineer, Frontline BioEnergy LLC
    Finally! An Economic Pyrolysis Process
  • Suzanne Allaire, CEO, GECA Environnement Canada
    Variety in Pyrolysis Technologies for Biomass Transformation
  • David LaMont, Vice President Project Development, SunGas Renewables
    SunGas Renewables Gasification Offering
  • Wilson Lam, Managing Director, LAMPS Consulting Inc.
    Feasibility Study of Coupling Bio-Based Polyol Production Using Torrefaction Gas
10:00 am - 10:30 am Refreshment Break in the Expo
10:30 am - Noon Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass

Unique Deployments: Why Torrefaction Can Work with Non-Conventional Biomass and Waste Streams
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Moderator: Holger Streetz, Director of Business Development, Bathan AG
  • Kevin Kung, Postdoctoral Researcher, MIT
    Validation of a Small-Scale, Decentralized Biomass Torrefaction Reactor
  • Shreyas Sunil Kolapkar, Graduate Research Assistant, Michigan Technological University
    Paddle Reactor for Torrefaction
  • Stas Zinchik, Treamin Energy Inc.
    Properties of Torrefied Waste Plastic-Fiber Pellets
  • Becky Long, Dryer Design Engineer, Thompson Dryers
    Emerging Market: Drying and Torrefying Hemp for Power Production
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

Maximizing on the Flexibility of Biochar Production and Use
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  • Anthony Goncalves, CEO, Nexx Energy
    Heat Recovery in a Zero-Emission Bio Char Plant
  • Sunith Babu Madduri, Ph.D. Student, Mississippi State University
    Novel Oxone Treated Hydrochar for the Removal of Pb(II) and Methylene Blue (MB) from Aqueous Solution
  • Suzanne Allaire, CEO, GECA Environment
    Wood Biochar as a Coal Replacement
Track 3: Biogas & Waste-to-Energy

Understanding Why California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard is Proving So Critical for the Expansion of the Biogas Sector
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  • Brad Pleima, Senior Engineer, EcoEngineers
    RFS & LCFS Regulatory Updates: RIN Prices & LCFS Validation/Verification Requirements
  • Natasha Beilstein, Regulatory Consultant, EcoEngineers
    Innovative LCFS Pathways with Electricity and Hydrogen
  • Jordan Godwin, Senior Journalist, OPIS
    RINs & LCFS Market Outlook for Biogas Production
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

Tracing the Continuing Effort to Develop Bioenergy Feedstocks Optimized for Downstream Conversion to Fuel and Chemical Products
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  • Burton English, Institute Professor, University of Tennessee, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
    Economic Feasibility Analysis of a Pennycress to Sustainable Aviation Fuel Supply Chain: A Case Study of Nashville International Airport
  • John McGowen, Certified Project Manager, Project Management Institute, Arizona State University
    Advancing the State of Technology in Algae Cultivation R&D
  • Wendy Owens, Founder & CEO, Hexas Biomass LLC
    Densification of Non-Wood Biomass for Long Distance Transport
  • Wichitra Singhirunnusorn, Multidisciplinary Research Center for Environmental Sustainability
    Potential Availability and Uncertainty of Utilizing Crop Residues for Decentralized Biomass Power Generation in Rural Thailand
  • Mubashra Latif, PhD student of Eco-Innovation, University of Chester United Kingdom
    Upgrading Technically Challenging Grass Clippings for Power Generation through Additives Addition
Noon - 1:30 pm Lunch in the Expo
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass

How Well-Designed Biomass Supply Chains Can Unlock Feedstock Inventories Once Considered Out-of-Reach
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Moderator: William Perritt, Senior Editor, Fastmarkets RISI
  • Jib Davidson, Certified Forester, Columbia Timber Company
    Procurement and Sustainable Delivery of Biomass Fuelwood
  • Arthur House, Executive Director, T. S. Laurent Forest Preservation LLC
    Heat Treated – Densified Woody Biomass Chips
  • Mahdi Vaezi, Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering Technology, Northern Illinois University
    Pipeline Hydro-Transport of Biomass Feedstock
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal
An Update on the Efforts to Unlock the Renewable Fuel Standard for Biomass Power Plants and Biogas Operations
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  • Bob Cleaves, President & CEO, Biomass Power Association
  • Additional Speakers To Be Announced
Track 3: Biogas & Waste-to-Energy

Capturing the Value Presented by Landfill Operations via Unique Technological and Financial Instruments
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  • Paul Luzuriaga, Director, TeamUp Initiative
    Optimizing the Landfill Biocell to Increase Energy Recovery from Organic Waste
  • Joseph Curro, Principal Engineer, CDM Smith
    Positive Pressure under Landfill Cap Remediated using Corrugated, Flat, Perforated Collector Piping
  • Brian O'Connor, President, Air Burners Inc.
    Landfill Diversion Credits via Woody Biomass Waste to Power
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

Catalyzing New Plant Revenues with Innovative Coproduct Approaches
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  • Clark Dale, President/CEO, Bio-Process Group
    Paper Pulp and Coproducts from Non-Wood Biomass
  • Md Saiful Islam, Senior Scientific Officer, Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR)
    Efficient Coproduction of Hydrogen and Volatile Fatty Acid from Sweet Sorghum Stalks by Two-Steps Fermentation with Alkali and Enzyme Treatment In Between
  • Neal Yancey, Engineer, Idaho National Laboratory
    Utilizing Sorting and Fractionation for a Consistent Feedstock Intensification and Coproduct Development
  • Daniel Hayes, CEO, Celignis Biomass Analysis Laboratory
    Analytical Methods for Enhancing Revenue Potential from DDGS
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Refreshment Break
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass

Maximum Up-Time: Maintenance Strategies for Pellet Production Teams Looking to Maximize their Operation’s Potential
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  • Holger Streetz, Director of Business Development, Bathan AG
    The Cost of Service
  • Additional Speaker Opportunities Available
Track 3: Biogas & Waste-to-Energy

Case Studies: What Recent Biogas Deployments Tell Us About the Flexibility of Renewable Natural Gas Technologies
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  • Additional Speaker Opportunities Available
5:00 pm Sessions Conclude
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Thursday, February 6

8:00 am – 4:00 pm Industry Tour
Waste-to-Energy Industry Tour
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