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Monday, March 4

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass

A Technology-Enabled, Stepwise Approach to Dust Hazard Management and Mitigation

Room E25AB - Monday, March 4 (1:00 pm - 2:30 pm)
Read Description
Moderator: Ravi Jethra, Global Industry Manager, WIKA
  • Bob Petrochko, Dustcon Solutions, Inc.
    Safeguarding Biomass Operations Part 1: Lessons Learned From DHAs at 15 Biomass Pellet Plants
  • Jeramy Slaunwhite, Rembe, Inc.
    Demystifying Combustible Dust Explosions - Hazards, Prevention and Protection Strategies
  • Shingo Watanabe, Linde, Inc.
    Safe Management Of Fire, Explosion and Toxic Risks In Woody Biomass Pellet Storage
  • Zack Baldwin, Hallam-ICS
    Don’t Judge a Duct by its Spiral
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

Pairing Strong Funding Partners and the Right Technology to Unlock Sustainable Aviation Fuel Market Opportunities

Room E22AB - Monday, March 4 (1:00 pm - 2:30 pm)
Read Description
Moderator: Rafael Sanchez, Senior R&D Engineer, IntraMicron
  • Gord Crawford, Expander Energy Inc.
    Biomass Gasification and FT conversion into Renewable Synthetic Paraffinic Diesel and Jet
  • Mark Riedy, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
    State-Of-The-Art Funding and Offtake Structures for SAF Projects
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm Refreshment Break
E22-E25 Corridor
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2:45 pm – 4:15 pm Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass

Leveling up Your Plant's Fire Protection Program


Room E25AB - Monday, March 4 (2:45 pm – 4:15 pm)
Read Description
Moderator: Holger Streetz, CEO, Bathan AG
  • Robert Baxter, B3 Systems, Inc.
    Remote Sensing of Accumulated Wood Dust
  • Todd Havican, Fagus GreCon, Inc.
    Emerging Technologies in Spark Detection and Extinguishing
  • Bob Petrochko, Dustcon Solutions, Inc.
    Safeguarding Biomass Operations Part 2: Lessons Learned From HACs at 15 Biomass Pellet Plants
  • David Bursell, MoviTHERM
    How IoT and Thermal Imaging are Revolutionizing Biomass Early Fire Detection
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

An Investigation of the Exciting Opportunities Emerging in Biomass-to-Hydrogen Production

Room E22AB - Monday, March 4 (2:45 pm – 4:15 pm)
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Moderator: Sammy Aso, Senior Lecturer, Rivers State University
  • Jeff Norton, V-Grid Energy Systems, Inc.
    Mobile Blue Hydrogen Production
  • Veshal Venkat, Southwest Research Institute
    Renewable Strategies for Hydrogen Production
  • John Pierce, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
    EFuels - CO2 as Feedstock and Biomass
  • Scott Vanderau, ETA Energy Transaction Advisors
    The Current Landscape of Biomass to High-Value Products Projects in Development
4:15 pm – 4:30 pm Networking Break
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Grand Opening & Welcome Reception
Exhibit Halls CD
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Tuesday, March 5

8:00 am - 9:00 am Breakfast
Ballroom Foyer
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9:00 am - 9:10 am
    General Session
    Welcome
    Ballroom B21C
    • John Nelson, Vice President, Sales, Marketing & Operations, BBI International
9:10 am - 9:20 am
General Session
Excellence in Bioenergy & Groundbreaker of the Year
Ballroom B21C
  • Anna Simet, Editor, Biomass Magazine
9:20 am - 9:35 am
General Session
Pellet Fuels Institute Update
Ballroom B21C
  • Tim Portz, Executive Director
9:35 am - 9:50 am
General Session
U.S. Industrial Pellet Association Update
Ballroom B21C
  • Elizabeth Woodworth, Interim Executive Director
9:50 am - 10:05 am
General Session
American Biogas Council Update
Ballroom B21C
  • Patrick Serfass, Executive Director
10:05 am - 10:20 am
General Session
Clean Fuels Alliance America Update
Ballroom B21C
  • Paul Winters, Director of Public Affairs and Federal Communications
10:20 am - 10:35 am
General Session
Biomass Power Association Update
Ballroom B21C
  • Carrie Annand, Executive Director
10:35 am - 11:00 am
General Session
Association Executives Q & A
Ballroom B21C
    Moderator: Anna Simet, Editor, Biomass Magazine
  • Tim Portz, Executive Director, Pellet Fuels Institute
  • Elizabeth Woodworth, Interim Executive Director, U.S. Industrial Pellet Association
  • Patrick Serfass, Executive Director, American Biogas Council
  • Paul Winters, Director of Public Affairs and Federal Communications, Clean Fuels Alliance America
  • Carrie Annand, Executive Director, Biomass Power Association
11:00 am - 6:00 pm Expo Open
Exhibit Halls CD
11:00 am - 1:00 pm Dedicated Expo Time
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11:30 am - 1:00 pm Lunch in the Expo
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1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass

Soup to Nuts: An Overview of the Art of Making Wood Pellets

Room E25AB - Tuesday, March 5 (1:00 pm - 2:30 pm)
Read Description
Moderator: Paul DiCarlo, Engineering Project Manager, KESCO, Inc.
  • Kyle Hoffman, CPM
    Material Preparation and Co-Densification
  • Timo Mueller, SALMATEC
    The Pelleting Process
  • Jason Kessler, KESCO, Inc.
    Pellet Cooling & Storage
  • Holger Streetz, Bathan AG
    Key Maintenance Tasks in Wood Pellet Plants
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

Driving Efficiency and Safety into Biomass Drying, Handling and Combustion

Room E24AB - Tuesday, March 5 (1:00 pm - 2:30 pm)
Read Description
Moderator: Gareth McDonald, Portfolio Director – Materials Handling, Worley Consulting
  • Evan Nyer, Carbon Captured Naturally
    Using Dry Conditions to Store Biomass
  • Yves Marc Schade, STELA Drying Technologies Corp.
    Exhaust Gas Condensation – Thermodynamic Benchmark and Potential Of High Efficiency Drying Technology
  • Ravi Jethra, WIKA
    Innovations & Best Practices for Monitoring Pressure in Biomass & Thermal Power Stations
  • Vahid Ebadat, Stonehouse Process Safety
    Self-Heating Hazards of Biomass Materials
Track 3: Biogas & Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)

Strategies and Approaches for Increased Biogas Production

Room E23AB - Tuesday, March 5 (1:00 pm - 2:30 pm)
Read Description
Moderator: Katie Schroeder, Associate Editor, BBI International
  • Sameer Kshirsagar, Komax Systems, Inc.
    Increase Biogas Production
  • MacKenzie Bernhard, Econward
    Chemical and Biological Approaches to Increased Biogas Production: Thermal Hydrolysis
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

An Examination of the Progress to Commercialize Biomass Conversion through Pyrolysis and Gasification

Room E22AB - Tuesday, March 5 (1:00 pm - 2:30 pm)
Read Description
Moderator: Cornelius van Tonder, Director, BARA Consultants Inc.
  • Jayant Khambekar, Jenike & Johanson, Inc.
    Jen-Zero System for High Pressure Gasification for Advanced Biofuels
  • John Tharpe, American BioEnergy Converting Corp
    Pyrolysis System Review
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Refreshment Break
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3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass

Perfecting Feedstock Sourcing, Drying and Blending to Increase Pellet Quality

Room E25AB - Tuesday, March 5 (3:00 pm - 4:30 pm)
Read Description
Moderator: William Perritt, Senior Editor, Fastmarkets RISI
  • Wedig Graf Grote, STELA Drying Technology Corp.
    The European Pellet Plant - Raw Material Sourcing and Drying
  • Kyle Pukylo, NuCycle Energy
    Synergizing Feedstock Procurement Strategies with Fuel Quality Standards: A Comprehensive Approach
  • Zach Smith, Idaho National Laboratory
    Blending Biomass For Higher Quality Pellets
  • Neal Yancey, Idaho National Laboratory
    Using Mechanical Screening and Air Classification to Reduce Variability and Increase Pellet Quality
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

Reviewing Best in Class Biomass Handling and Conveyance Technologies

Room E24AB - Tuesday, March 5 (3:00 pm - 4:30 pm)
Read Description
Moderator: Werner Botha, Director, BARA Consultants Inc.
  • Amy Duncan, Dos Santos International
    Sandwich Belt High Angle Conveyors Creating Energy Solutions in Harmony with the Environment
  • Lewis Steven Beckham, PhD, Amos-Agmachinery, LLC
    Gentle Handling for Wood Pellets
  • Mahdi Vaezi, Northern Illinois University
    Pipeline Hydro-Transport Of Biomass Feedstock For Biofuel Production Purposes
Track 3: Biogas & Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)

Deploying Best-in-Class Treatment Technologies to Increase the Value of Produced Biogas

Room E23AB - Tuesday, March 5 (3:00 pm - 4:30 pm)
Read Description
Moderator: Cornelius van Tonder, Director, BARA Consultants Inc.
  • Vaughn Watson, Vector Systems Inc.
    5 Common Issues Affecting Your Biomass SCR Systems
  • Rafael Sanchez, IntraMicron
    Sourcat™ Sulfur Recovery For Acid Gas And Remnant Gas Streams To Enable Traditional And Renewable Gas Production
  • Joseph Curro, CDM Smith
    Simplified Treatment of Landfill Gas for Seasonal Use Applications
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

Approaches for Establishing and Defending Low Carbon and Sustainability Claims in Biomass Energy Products

Room E22AB - Tuesday, March 5 (3:00 pm - 4:30 pm)
Read Description
Moderator: Bobby Frank, Sales Manager – Wood Resource Consulting, North America, ResourceWise
  • Andy Miller, Loamist
    Software for Accessing Low Carbon Feedstocks
  • Benjamin Kling, Beta Analytic Inc.
    Biogenic Testing of Biofuels for Regulatory Compliance
  • Henry Ines, Chainparency
    Sustainability and Validating Claims In Biomass Supply Chains
  • Luca Pandolfi, Woodland Biomass Innovations
    Strength in Numbers: How to Leverage Partnerships in Public Outreach
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Networking Reception in the Expo
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6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Evening Networking Social - Learn More
Richmond Marriott - Hotel Bar
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Wednesday, March 6

7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast in Expo
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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

Reviewing Domestic and Global Pellet Markets and Public Attitudes About their Development

Room E25AB - Wednesday, March 6 (8:30 am - 10:00 am)
Read Description
Moderator: William Perritt, Senior Editor, Fastmarkets RISI
  • Tim Portz, Pellet Fuels Institute
    By the Numbers: A Statistical Review of the U.S. Domestic Wood Pellet Market
  • William Strauss, FutureMetrics
    The Future of The Industrial Wood Pellet Sector
  • Trip Jobe, ResourceWise
    2023 and Beyond: Woody Biomass Feedstock Revolution and Its Impact on Investment and Innovation
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

An Exploration of Technologies Increasing Efficiency and Reducing the Carbon Intensity of Biomass Power Generation

Room E24AB - Wednesday, March 6 (8:30 am - 10:00 am)
Read Description
Moderator: Bobby Frank, Sales Manager – Wood Resource Consulting, North America, ResourceWise
  • John Bullock, Babcock & Wilcox
    Carbon Capture at an 18-20 MW Biomass-Fired Power Plant
  • Bill Hunter, ProcessBarron
    Steam Turbine Efficiency in Biomass
  • Daniele Castellani, Zuccato Energy, Inc.
    Power Generation from Biomass
  • Valerio Magalotti, Yanmar R&D Europe srl
    A New Challenge In Lignocellulosic Waste Valorization Through Micro Scale Gasification System
Track 3: Biogas & Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)

The Novel Technologies Expanding the Reach of Biogas Production and Utilization

Room E23AB - Wednesday, March 6 (8:30 am - 10:00 am)
Read Description
Moderator: Ernie Pollitzer, Owner, Clean Energy Consultants
  • Sam Schutte, Synthica Energy, LLC
    Rhinegeist Brewing & Synthica Energy: Turning high strength wastewaters into renewable energy
  • Joseph Curro, CDM Smith
    Combustion Based Alternatives for BioGas Utilization
  • Nicholas Taricani, Remington & Vernick Engineers
    Designing A Digester System – It’s a Gas!
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

Surveying Potential Feedstock Supply Chains for Sustainable Aviation Fuel Production

Room E22AB - Wednesday, March 6 (8:30 am - 10:00 am)
Read Description
Moderator: Steve Csonka, Executive Director, CAAFI
  • David Hughes, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, University of Tennessee
    Developing a Potential SAF Supply Chain from Woody Biomass in the Southeast
  • Dane McSpedon, Hughes Energy Group
    SAF From Second Generation Cellulose Biomass - Comparison of ATJ to Other Pathways
  • Jordan Godwin, Oil Price Information Service, LLC (OPIS)
    Navigating Sustainable Aviation Fuel Market Opportunities
10:00 am - 10:30 am Refreshment Break in the Expo
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10:30 am - Noon Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass

The Technologies Ready to Unlock Opportunities in the Biochar Market

Room E25AB - Wednesday, March 6 (10:30 am - Noon)
Read Description
Moderator: Werner Botha, Director, BARA Consultants Inc.
  • Andrew White, CHAR Technologies
    Biomass Upgrading to Biocoal & RNG Using High-Temperature Pyrolysis (HTP)
  • Robert Kovach, Pyreg
    Scaling Biochar Production Plants To Meet The Increasing Need For Carbon Dioxide Removal
  • Mustapha Ouyed, ONYM
    Revolutionizing Biomass: ONYM's Path From Innovative Development to Large-Scale Application
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

How Increased Demand for Biofuels is Catalyzing Continued Innovation in Purpose-Grown Energy Crops

Room E24AB - Wednesday, March 6 (10:30 am - Noon)
Read Description
Moderator: Tim Portz, Executive Director, Pellet Fuels Institute
  • Chang-Jun Liu, Brookhaven National Laboratory
    Field-Grown Poplars With Engineered Nonconventional Lignin And Novel Flavonoids Show Enhanced Biomass Processability And Biofuel Yield
  • Dane McSpedon, Hughes Energy Group
    Alternative Biomass to Biofuel - In Every Backyard
Track 3: Biogas & Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)

Building a Biogas Project That is Well Capitalized and Poised to Maximize Every Revenue Stream

Room E23AB - Wednesday, March 6 (10:30 am - Noon)
Read Description
Moderator: Anna Simet, Editor, Biomass Magazine
  • Andrew Eastman, Husch Blackwell
    Biogas Joint Ventures - Sharing Risk and Reward
  • Brad Huxter, Trillium / Love's
    Maximizing the Profitability of your Organic Waste
  • Sammy Aso, Rivers State University
    Monetizing the Fertilizer Value of Liquid Fraction Digestate
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

Exploring the Potential of Biochemical and Non-Traditional Biofuel Markets

Room E22AB - Wednesday, March 6 (10:30 am - Noon)
Read Description
Moderator: Katie Schroeder, Associate Editor, BBI International
  • Matthew DeWit, SixRing Inc
    Biofuels and Industrial Chemicals From Lignocellulosic Biomass
  • Kevin Hershner, Tributary LLC
    E-Methanol: An Ideal Fuel to be made in the Heartland
  • Chan Meza, Southwest Research Institute
    Unconventional Feedstock Processing
Noon - 1:00 pm Lunch in the Expo
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1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass

The Value-Added Benefit of Biochar Production in Biomass Energy Operations

Room E25AB - Wednesday, March 6 (1:00 pm - 2:30 pm)
Read Description
Moderator: Anna Simet, Editor, Biomass Magazine
  • Raj Kathuria, International BioRefineries, LLC
    Poultry Litter to Biofuels
  • Guy Penard, Yilkins
    Unlocking Biomass Potential
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

Maximizing Combustion Conditions in Biomass Boilers

Room E24AB - Wednesday, March 6 (1:00 pm - 2:30 pm)
Read Description
Moderator: Shaunica Jayson, Marketing Director, American Boiler Manufacturers Association
  • Lawrence Berg, RJM Corporation (USA), Inc.
    CFD Modeling of Typical Biomass Combustion Systems
  • Cornelius van Tonder, BARA Consultants Inc.
    Combustion Considerations for Macadamia Nuts and High Volatile Biomass in Co-Fired and Biomass Boilers
  • John Olver, Emisshield, Inc.
    Improving Financial and Sustainability With High Emissivity Coatings
  • Nick Fischer, Detroit Stoker Company
    Fuel and Combustion Considerations for Renewable Fuels
Track 3: Biogas & Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)

Weighing the Impact of the RFS, LCFS and Inflation Reduction Act on the Biogas Markets of Today and Tomorrow

Room E23AB - Wednesday, March 6 (1:00 pm - 2:30 pm)
Read Description
Moderator: Dylan Chase, Manager of Public Relations, RNG Coalition
  • Daniel Keating, EcoEngineers
    RNG Beyond RFS and LCFS
  • Christopher Peterson, Husch Blackwell
    Inflation Reduction Act and Biogas Projects
  • Ernie Pollitzer, Clean Energy Consultants
    EPA RFS Biogas Reform
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

Wood Pellets With a Twist: Using Technology to Increase Overall Plant Profitability

Room E22AB - Wednesday, March 6 (1:00 pm - 2:30 pm)
Read Description
Moderator: Neal Yancey, Research Engineer, Idaho National Laboratory
  • Fernando de Howitt, ARTi (Advanced Renewable Technology International)
    Pyrolysis of Biomass Pellets For Increased Profitability and Carbon Credits
  • Bruce Bruso, CBA Environmental Services, Inc.
    Pellet Optimization with RBS BECCS+U Technology
  • Jill Caskey, Solex Thermal Science, Inc.
    Decarbonizing Wood Pellet Production Through Moving Bed Heat Exchange Technology
  • Mattias Erixon, Valmet, Inc.
    Benefits of Using BioTrac for Black Pellet Production
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