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Monday, March 14

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

Reviewing the Best Available Fire and Explosion Protection/Mitigation Solutions
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  • Geffrey Mitchell, Western Regional Sales Manager, IEP Technologies
    Passive Vs. Active Explosion Protection: Which Is More Appropriate For Your Plant?
  • Anders Bergstrom, General Manager, Firefly AB
    Combining Spark Detection Systems And Quick Suppression Systems To Increase Fire Safety In Plants Handling Biomass
  • Lindsey Scharg, Fire Rover, LLC
    Fire & Explosion Risk Management Utilizing 24/7 Remote Video Thermal Monitoring & Suppression
  • Jason Krbec, Sales Engineering Manager, CV Technology, Inc.
    Advancements in Explosion Venting Technology for Biomass Operations
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

Maintenance and Fuel Feeding Strategies to Optimize Energy Yield in Biomass Boilers and Biofuel Reactors
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  • Derek Stuart, Global Product Manager – Power, AMETEK Land
    Thermal Imaging of Fuel Feed Issues in Biomass Boilers
  • Jacob Miller, Engineering Manager, Detroit Stoker Company
    Wood Pellet Handling Strategies for Grate Fired Boilers
  • Jayant Khambekar, Senior Consultant, Jenike & Johanson, Inc.
    How to Reliably Feed a Biofuel Reactor
  • Mitchell Pezzi, President, KEPS SPG
    Effective On-Line Boiler Cleaning with Shock Pulse Generators
  • Lawrence Berg, Vice President – Engineering, RJM Corporation (USA), Inc.
    CFD Based Performance Improvement of Fluidised Bed Gasifier Firing Waste Wood
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Networking Break
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass

Clear and Present Danger: Confronting Dust Hazards at Wood Bioenergy Facilities
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  • Christopher Giusto, Director of Industrial Projects, Hallam-ICS
    How to Make a Business Case for DHAs & Combustible Dust Safety
  • Stephen Kasik, Technical Sales, Osprey Corporation
    Capturing Process Air: A Look A Collecting And Managing Combustible Dust
  • Dane Floyd, President, Biomass Engineering & Equipment
    The Time Bomb: Dust Safety in Pellet Plants
  • Timothy Heneks, Director of Engineering Services, Dustcon Solutions, Inc.
    Finding Your Footing: One Pellet Plant's Journey to Fire & Explosion Safety
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

Cutting Edge Emissions Control Strategies for Biomass-to-Energy Plants
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  • Daniel Menniti, Business Development Director, Mississippi Lime Co.
    Advances in Acid Gas Capture with Enhanced Hydrated Lime
  • Martin Schroeter, Product Manager, Tri-Mer Corp.
    Advanced Completely Dry Multipollutant Emission Control in The Exhaust of Biomass and Waste Fueled Gasification, Pyrolizing and Boiler Application
  • Rui Faria, Project Sales Manager, Advanced Cyclone Systems, S.A.
    The Role of Cyclones in Negative Emissions Processes (Removing CO2 From The Atmosphere).
  • Parker Robb, Process Engineer, Thompson Dryers
    Preventing Thermal Damage to the Product and Reducing Overall Emissions
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Grand Opening & Welcome Reception
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Tuesday, March 15

7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am - 11:00 am General Session
8:30 am - 8:40 am
  • Welcome
    • Tim Portz, Executive Director, Pellet Fuels Institute
8:40 am - 9:05 am
  • Award of Excellence & Groundbreaker of the Year
    • Anna Simet, Editor, Biomass Magazine
9:05 am - 11:00 am
  • Biomass Magazine’s Annual Conversation with Association Leaders

    Moderator: Anna Simet, Editor, Biomass Magazine
    • Tim Portz, Executive Director, Pellet Fuels Institute
    • Harold Arnold, President, Fram Renewable Fuels & USIPA Board Member
    • Patrick Serfass, Executive Director, American Biogas Council
    • Carrie Annand, Executive Director, 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

Surveying the Interplay Between Global Wood Pellet Markets, Decarbonization Ambitions and Sustainable Supply Chains
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Moderator: William Perritt, Senior Editor, Fastmarkets RISI
  • Joseph Kochanski, Director, Sales & Marketing, SCS Global Services
    Incentives, Challenges, Trends, and Requirements of Sustainability Certifications for the Wood Pellet Supply Chain
  • Holger Streetz, COO & Board Member, Bathan AG
    New Approaches to Sustainable Raw Material Tracing
  • William Strauss, President & Founder, FutureMetrics
    Industrial Wood Pellet Markets: Pellet Fuel Is a Significant Part Of The Strategy To Decarbonize The Power Sector In Many Countries
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

How the NFPA 652 is Catalyzing New Thinking in Dust Management and Plant Safety
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  • Vahid Ebadat, CEO, Stonehouse Process Safety
    Compliance With NFPA 652 And Other Standards On Combustible Dust? How Industry Is Adopting NFPA 652 In Practice
  • Bruce McLelland, Business Development Director of Explosion Protection, Fike Corporation
    Regulatory Requirements Lead to Fire and Explosion Risk Abatement
  • Parker Robb, Process Engineer, Thompson Dryers
    Changing your Attitude about Fires and Explosions in Dryer Systems
  • Jeff Davis, Director of Engineering, Conversion Technology, Inc.
    The DHA and Lessons Learned Since Issuance of NFPA 652
Track 3: Biogas & Waste-to-Energy

Fundamentals of Successful Biogas/RNG Project Development and Financing I
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Moderator: David Gardels, Partner, Husch Blackwell
  • Douglas Tholo, Client Manager – Sales, Symbiont Science, Engineering and Construction
    Keys to Successful Project Development for EPC Execution of RNG Projects
  • Scott Warfield, Senior Director for Business Development, BioEnergy DevCo
    Developing and Financing Anaerobic Digester and RNG Projects
  • Kevin Tangen, Principal, Evergreen Engineering
    Good Contracts Make Good Projects: 10 Things to Consider Before Signing
  • Todd Taylor, Attorney & CEO, Avisen Legal
    Beyond Dairy RNG: Food Waste RNG Project Developing and Financing
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

Cost Effectively Handling and Preparing Biomass Feedstocks at Large Scale Conversion Facilities
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Moderator: Mitchell Pezzi, President, KEPS SPG
  • Steve Nelson, General Manager/Engineer, Wolf Material Handling Systems
    Solid Bulk Material Handling for Biomass-Based Gasification
  • Tony Lubiani, BMH Technology Oy
    Biomass Fuel Preparation for Large Scale Facilities
  • Carrie Hartford, Senior Project Engineer, Jenike & Johanson, Inc.
    “Smart” Transfer Chutes with In-Line Acoustic Sensors for Bulk-Solids Handling Solutions
  • Troy Semelsberger, Technical Staff Member, Los Alamos National Laboratory
    Acoustic Sensors for "in operando" Moisture Measurement and Wear Monitoring
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Refreshment Break in the Expo
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass

How Strong Wood Pellet Markets are Spurring Continued Innovation and New Thinking in Plant Design
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Moderator: Holger Streetz, COO & Board Member, Bathan AG
  • Mike Curci, Director of Sales, PRODESA
    Changing the Paradigm of Pellet Plants by Making Them Economically Viable to Operate as Smaller Plants
  • Jason Kessler, President, KESCO, Inc.
    Islands are for Vacations, Not Pellet Plant Designs
  • Timo Mueller, Marketing Manager, Salzhausener Maschinenbautechnik SALMATEC GmbH
    Turning Wood By-Products into A Valuable Energy Source
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

Zeroing In On Plant Trouble Spots to Maximize Dust Control Efforts
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  • Bruce McLelland, Business Development Director of Explosion Protection, Fike Corporation
    Dust Management / Fire & Explosion Risk Abatement It’s the Little Things-Dust
  • Magnus Rundqwist, Director Global Bulk Sales, BRUKS SIWERTELL
    Got Dust?! – Material Handling and Dust Mitigation In a Modern Biomass Facility
  • Greg Bierie, Technical Specialist, Benetech
    Production Done Safely - Conveyor Technology and Best Practices to Control Combustible Dust and Spillage
  • Thomas Nelson, CEO, Torresak, LLC
    Modified Atmosphere Packaging: Preserving Feedstock and Preventing Fires
Track 3: Biogas & Waste-to-Energy

Fundamentals of Successful Biogas/RNG Project Development and Financing II
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  • Mark Riedy, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
    Cutting Edge Funding and Contractual Structures for Successful Biogas/RNG Project Financing
  • Andrew Eastman, Senior Counsel, Husch Blackwell, LLP
    Financing a Biogas Project
  • Todd Taylor, Attorney & CEO, Avisen Legal
    The Cow Jumped over the Digester: Getting a Dairy RNG Project Financed
  • Jason Kuzma, Partner, STROOCK
    Biogas/RNG at Wastewater Treatment Facilities
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

Utilizing Pyrolysis to Convert Biomass into Valuable Energy and Biochar Products
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  • Diego Guevara, Economic and Carbon Analyst, ARTi - Advanced Renewable Technology International
    Biochar Pyrolysis Systems as the Omitted Component of Diesel and Biofuel Production: A Carbon Credit Disrupter
  • Andrew Friedenthal, Business Development Manager, CHAR Technologies
    Pyrolysis, Upgraded Biomass as Coal Replacement, RNG
  • Alexandre Carrier, Business Development Manager, Nexx Energie
    Diversification Of Feedstock in a Heat Recovery Zero-Emission Bio Char Plant
  • Christopher Headrick, Founder & President, H2 Energy Group, Inc.
    Sustainable & Renewable Hydrogen from Biomass
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Networking Reception in the Expo
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Wednesday, March 16

7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast
7:30 am - 1:30 pm Expo Open
8:30 am - 10:00 am Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

A Progress Report on the Effort to Establish a Foothold for e-RINS within the RFS
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  • Carrie Annand, Executive Director, Biomass Power Association
  • Patrick Serfass, Executive Director, American Biogas Council
Track 3: Biogas & Waste-to-Energy

Novel Biogas Technologies Unlocking the Potential of Waste Streams Once Considered Not Viable
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  • Ernie Pollitzer, Owner & Senior Engineer, Clean Energy Consultants
    Separated MSW as Biogas Feedstock
  • Thibault Caille l'Etienne, Executive Officer, PRODEVAL
    Power Your Car from Your Wastes
  • Art Nash, Energy Specialist/Associate Professor of Energy, UAF Cooperative Extension Service
    Supercritical Water for BTU Extraction From Liquified Biomass
  • Andrew Eastman, Senior Counsel, Husch Blackwell, LLP
    Landfill Gas-to-Electricity... to Cryptocurrency?
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

Exploring the Viability of Sustainable Aviation Fuel Production from Biomass I
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  • Tom Wilson, Managing Director, Wilson Bio-Chemical
    Sustainable Aviation Fuel from MSW
  • Gord Crawford, VP Engineering, Expander Energy Inc.
    Biomass Gasification and FT conversion into Renewable Synthetic Paraffinic Diesel and Jet
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

First Things First: Answering Critical Feedstock Questions Early in the Project Development Lifecycle
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  • Jordan Solomon, CEO, Ecostrat, Inc.
    The BDO Zone Initiative: Accelerating and de-risking biobased investment and infrastructure development in communities across North America
  • Eberhard Lucke, CEO, Lucke Consulting Technical Services, LLC
    Feedstock Characterization as Starting Point for Process Selection
  • Neal Yancey, Engineer, Idaho National Laboratory
    Developing Blended Feedstocks to Improve Performance
  • Edward Wolfrum, Principal Investigator, Feedstock Conversion Interface Consortium, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    The Feedstock Conversion Interface Consortium - Understanding and Mitigating the Impacts of Feedstock Variability in Bioconversion Processes
10:00 am - 10:30 am Refreshment Break in the Expo
10:30 am - Noon Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass

How Decarbonization Aims are Stoking Renewed Interest in Biocoal Production
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  • Roland Verhe, Scientific Manager, RenaSci
    Production Of Bio-Ethanol And Biocoal From The Organic Fraction Of Municipal Solid Waste And Refuse Derived Fuel
  • Suzanne Allaire, CEO, GECA Environnement
    The Industrial Race to Supply Biocoal
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

A Good Fit: An Argument for the Flexibility and Cost-Effectiveness of Wood Chips in Heat and Power Applications
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  • Mark Froling, President, Froling Energy
    Screened Dry Wood Chips--the Middle Biomass Fuel
  • Art Nash, Energy Specialist/Associate Professor of Energy, UAF Cooperative Extension Service
    Biomass Heating for Classrooms and Greenhouses
  • Mahdi Vaezi, Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering Tec, Northern Illinois University
    Phytosanitized Heat-Treated Wood Chips vs. Industrial Wood Pellets; A Maine-to-the-UK Substitution and Supplemental Analysis
  • Parker Robb, Process Engineer, Thompson Dryers
    Phyto-sanitation: The Future of Importing and Exporting Woody Biomass
Track 3: Biogas & Waste-to-Energy

Approaches and Technologies Expanding the Production and Use of Landfill Gas
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Moderator: Andrew Eastman, Senior Counsel, Husch Blackwell
  • Joseph Curro, Principal Engineer, CDM Smith
    Citrus Processing Plant Gets Juiced on Landfill Gas
  • Mark Bertane, Principal Executive, Blackhawk Technology Company
    Zero-Emission Solar/AC Piston Pumping Boosts RNG in Landfills and WTE
  • Jessie Howell, Sales Manager North America, ElectraTherm
    Landfill Gas Utilization through Organic Rankine Cycle
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

Exploring the Viability of Sustainable Aviation Fuel Production from Biomass II
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  • Mark Yancey, Chief Technical Officer, D3MAX, LLC
    Production of Sustainable Aviation Fuels from Corn Stover via NREL’s Deacetylation and Mechanical Refining Technology
  • John Pierce, Partner, STROOCK
    Sustainable Aviation Fuel
  • David Skibinski, President & CEO, FiberX
    Corn Stover, Lignin-Based Resin
Noon - 1:30 pm Lunch in the Expo
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass

Finding the Sweet Spot for Forest Biomass Collection and Conversion
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  • Han-Sup Han, Professor, Northern Arizona University
    Forest Biomass Collection, Processing, and Transportation
  • Nathaniel Anderson, Research Forester, US Forest Service
    Economic Analysis of Small and Medium-Scale Conversion Systems In The Forest Sector
  • Lawrence Sullivan, Biomass Practice Manager, LD Sullivan & Company, LLC
    Renewable Forest Raw Materials as Feedstocks
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal
Game Changer: How New Fuel Markets are Rewarding Low-Carbon Production
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Moderator: Ravi Jethra, Global Industry Manager - Power, WIKA Instrument, LP
  • Melissa Leung, Business Development, GECA Environnement
    Leveraging The Carbon Market for Ethanol, Biogas & Other Types of Productions
  • James DeSellem, Advisory Engineer, Technology Group, Babcock & Wilcox
    Carbon Neutral to Carbon Negative with Biomass? Yes, And Easier Than You Might Think
  • Vijay Rengaraju, Global Market Segment Leader for Renewable Energy, ABB Inc.
    Capex Optimization and Low Carbon Profitability
  • Scott Tolbert, Senior Engineer, Conservation Systems Team Lead, Energy & Environmental Research Center, University of North Dakota
    Biomass Cofiring with Precombustion Carbon Capture Baseline Testing at UND EERC
Track 3: Biogas & Waste-to-Energy

How and Why Utilities are Increasing Renewable Natural Gas Volumes in Their Pipelines
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  • Greg Morse, Director of Policy and Planning, Vermont Gas Systems, Inc.
    Gas Utilities Embracing RNG and Decarbonization
  • Scott Coye-Huhn, Program Manager, Low Carbon Fuels, SCS Global Services
    How to Focus your Resources for Low Carbon Fuel Markets: Lessons Learned from the First Year of Third Party LCFS Verification
  • David Elam, Vice President and Project Director, TRC Environmental Corp.
    Demonstrating Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Quality to Ensure Pipeline Injection
  • Brad Pleima, Senior Engineer, EcoEngineers
    Carbon Intensity Reduction Strategies for RNG
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

Emerging Technologies Capable of Liberating the energy Value of Biomass Feedstocks
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  • Peter Flippo, Business Development Manager, Bioprocess Pilot Facility
    Valorization Of Residual Biomass Streams
  • Wayne Lei, Chief Technical Officer, Restoration Fuels, LLC
    Restoration Fuels Torrefaction Plant Commissioning, Status and Outlook
  • Wim van der Zande, CEO, GIDARA Energy
    Gasification, a Proven Path Towards Advanced Biofuels
  • Geoffrey Bell, CEO, Microbiogen Pty Ltd.
    Maximising Biomass Value and Sustainability through the Latest Biotechnology Solutions
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Refreshment Break
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass

Enlarging the Funnel: The Effort to Bring Even More Biomass Resources into Renewable Energy Production
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  • Brock Harrington, Biofuel Sales Manager – North America, ANDRITZ Feed and Biofuel
    Agri-Residues and Energy Crops Pelleting
  • Robert White, Representative, Warren & Baerg Manufacturing, Inc.
    Densifying Non-Woody Biomass Feedstocks
  • Holger Streetz, COO & Board Member, Bathan AG
    Peanuts – An Alternative Renewable Material Source
  • Roger Ford, CEO, Eureka Energy Corporation
    Conversion and Certification of Industrial Hemp for Renewable Natural Gas
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal
Practical Approaches to Reducing a Biomass-to-Energy Plant’s Parasitic Load
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  • Doug Jones, Senior Project Engineer, New York Blower Company
    Specification Of Fans and Blowers - Penny Wise And Pound Foolish
  • Burkhard Barton, Business Development Manager, KSB SE & Co. KGaA
    Efficiency Increase of Boiler Feed Pumps in Power Plants
  • Ravi Jethra, Global Industry Manager – Power, WIKA Instrument, LP
    Field Instrument Surveys in Energy from Waste Plants
Track 3: Biogas & Waste-to-Energy

Best Practices in Digester Commissioning and Ongoing Operation
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  • Will Charlton, President, Digester Doc
    Case Study: Anaerobic Digester Startup to Full Production in Six Weeks
  • Additional Speakers To Be Announced
5:00 pm Sessions Conclude
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