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Tuesday, February 28th

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

How to Move Your Biomass Handling Operations Towards a Highly Efficient, Value-Added Production Phase
Ballroom A - Tuesday, February 28 (1:00 pm - 2:30 pm)
Read Description

  • Lawrence Berg, RJM Corporation (USA), Inc.
    Materials Handling - The Forgotten Cornerstone To Optimal Plant Efficiency
  • Amy Duncan, Dos Santos International
    Sandwich Belt High Angle Conveyors Elevating the Value of Biomass
  • Sandra Eksioglu, University of Arkansas
    Streamlining of a Biomass Feedstock Processing System via Analytical Models
  • Dane Floyd, Biomass Engineering & Equipment
    Uptime Funk - Gonna Give It To You
Track 3: Biogas & Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)

Gleaning the Lessons Offered by Operating Facilities About Successfully Planning, Designing and Building Biogas Projects
Ballroom E - Tuesday, February 28 (1:00 pm - 2:30 pm)
Read Description

  • Carl Hinchman, Valkyrie Analytics
    Valkyrie Case Study: A One Year Review of Inline, Real-Time Monitoring at a Food Waste Digestion Project, Increased Energy & Improved Stability
  • Randy Baerg, Warren & Baerg Manufacturing, Inc.
    Ground and Densified (Cubed) Baled Biomass - For Anerobic Digestion producing Renewable Natural Gas (RNG): Real World Experience from a New Facility - Things to Consider Seriously
  • Matt Steiman, Dickinson College Farm
    Co-Digestion Of Brewers Spent Grain With Dairy Manure And Food Waste
  • Tahereh Malmir, Concordia University, Next-Generation Cities Institute
    Energy Generation Assessment of Food Waste, Landfilling and Anaerobic Digestion in Montreal using IWM-2 and WARM LCA models
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Networking Break
Ballroom Lobby
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

Assessing the Impact of the Clean Energy Provisions within the Inflation Reduction Act on the Biomass Sector
Ballroom A - Tuesday, February 28 (3:00 pm - 4:30 pm)
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Moderator: Holger Streetz, COO, Bathan AG
  • William Strauss, FutureMetrics
    How the Inflation Reduction Act Opens the Door to the Implementation of Bioenergy Carbon Capture and Sequestration in the US
  • Todd Taylor, Avisen Legal
    Biogas Boom! A (somewhat) simple review of the new tax credit provisions for biogas in the Inflation Reduction Act
  • Carrie Annand, Biomass Power Association
    Charging Up Transportation with Biomass
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

Reviewing the Work Being Done in Our National Laboratories to Perfect Biomass Handling and Preparation Techniques
Ballroom B - Tuesday, February 28 (3:00 pm - 4:30 pm)
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Moderator: Neal Yancey, Engineer, Idaho National Laboratory
  • Wencheng Jin, Idaho National Laboratory
    Wedge-Shaped Hopper Design For Milled Woody Biomass Flow
  • Jordan Klinger, Idaho National Laboratory
    Influence Of Biomass Physical Properties And Comminution Techniques On Size Reduction Performance
  • James Parks, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    Multi-scale Simulation for High-Temperature Biomass Conversion
  • Tomas Grejtak, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    Improving Knife Milling Performance In Biomass Size Reduction By Using Wear-Resistant Blade Materials
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Grand Opening & Welcome Reception
Exhibit Halls AB
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Wednesday, March 1

8:30 am - 9:30 am Breakfast
Ballroom Lobby
9:30 am - 10:00 am
General Session
Welcome
Award of Excellence & Groundbreaker of the Year

Ballrooms CDF
  • Tim Portz, Executive Director, Pellet Fuels Institute
  • Anna Simet, Editor, Biomass Magazine
10:00 am - 11:00 am
General Session

Biomass Magazine’s Annual Roundtable with Association Leadership
Ballrooms CDF
Read Description

Moderator: Anna Simet, Editor, Biomass Magazine
  • Tim Portz, Executive Director, Pellet Fuels Institute
  • Patrick Serfass, Executive Director, American Biogas Council
  • Carrie Annand, Executive Director, Biomass Power Association
  • Amandine Muskus, Executive Director, U.S. Industrial Pellet Association
  • Paul Winters, Director, Public Affairs and Federal Communications, Clean Fuels Alliance America
11:00 am - 6:30 pm Expo Open
Exhibit Halls AB
11:00 am - 1:30 pm Dedicated Expo Time
Exhibit Halls AB
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Lunch in the Expo
Exhibit Halls AB
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass

Soup to Nuts: An Overview of the Art of Making Wood Pellets
Ballrooms CDF - Wednesday, March 1 (1:30 pm - 3:00 pm)
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Moderator: Timothy Heneks, Director of Engineering Services, Dustcon Solutions
  • Kyle Hoffman, CPM
    Material Preparation in Wood Pelleting
  • Jason Kessler, KESCO, Inc.
    Pellet Cooling & Storage
  • Timo Mueller, SALMATEC GmbH
    The Pelleting Process
  • Holger Streetz, Bathan AG
    Key Maintenance Tasks in Wood Pellet Plants
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

Considerations for Boiler Optimization When Burning Biomass Fuels
Ballroom A - Wednesday, March 1 (1:30 pm - 3:00 pm)
Read Description

Moderator: Scott Lynch, President & CEO, American Boiler Manufacturers Association
  • Rich Clasby, Detroit Stoker Company
    Fuel Distribution Upgrades for Biomass-Fired Boilers
  • Bob Langstine, Zeeco, Inc.
    Practical Considerations for Aux Fuel Burners on Biomass Boilers
  • Doug Jones, New York Blower Company
    Centrifugal Fan Selection for Biomass Boilers
Track 3: Biogas & Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)

Accurately Measuring Biogas Flow Rates and Removing Troublesome Compounds
Ballroom E - Wednesday, March 1 (1:30 pm - 3:00 pm)
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Moderator: Wes Younger, Managing Consultant, Trinity Consultants
  • Rakesh Govind, PRD Tech, Inc.
    Biofiltration to Treat Hydrogen Sulfide in Biogas
  • Jeff Blair, Eastern Controls
    Advances in Biogas Flow Measurement
  • Steve Milford, Endress & Hauser
    A Decade Since Launch – Successes and Advances made in Ultrasonic Technology for Biogas Flow, Methane Fraction and Energy Measurement to Support Renewable Energy
  • Alan Vidal, Ecotec
    Measurement and Data Quality: Improve operations, facility efficiency, and meet reporting requirements
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

Tracing the Interplay of Feedstocks, Federal Biofuel Policy and Technologies in Advanced Biofuel Production
Ballroom B - Wednesday, March 1 (1:30 pm - 3:00 pm)
Read Description

Moderator: Vernon Hiott, VP, Business Development, Rayonier
  • Wendy Owens, Hexas
    Optimizing Non-wood Biomass for Sustainable Aviation Fuel Production
  • Eric Kingsley, Innovative Natural Resource Solutions, LLC
    Wood Feedstocks for the Renewable Fuel Standard: Monitoring and Verification to Achieve Compliance
  • Annie Nichols, Carbonfuture
    The Carbon Removal Market: Bottlenecks and Opportunities
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Refreshment Break in the Expo
Exhibit Halls AB
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass

An Overview of Global and Domestic Wood Pellet Markets and the Marketplace Dynamics Impacting their Trajectory
Ballrooms CDF - Wednesday, March 1 (3:30 pm - 5:00 pm)
Read Description

Moderator: William Perritt, Senior Editor, Fastmarkets RISI
  • William Strauss, FutureMetrics
    An Overview of Global Pellet Fuel Markets
  • Tim Portz, Pellet Fuels Institute
    A Deep Data Dive on Heating Pellet Production, Sales and Inventory in the United States
  • Mahdi Vaezi, Northern Illinois University
    Phytosanitized Heat-Treated Wood Chips vs. Industrial Wood Pellets; A Maine-to-the-UK Substitution and Supplemental Analysis
  • Christian Rakos, proPellets Austria
    Wood Pellet Market Conditions in Europe
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

Considerations for Boiler Optimization When Burning Biomass Fuels II
Ballroom A - Wednesday, March 1 (3:30 pm - 5:00 pm)
Read Description

Moderator: Shaunica Jayson, Marketing Director, American Boiler Manufacturers Association
  • Dustin Divinia, Vector Systems
    Avoiding Downtime with an Environmental Catalyst
  • Jacob Halasowski, AMETEK Land
    Temperature Measurements For Boiler Optimization
  • Ravi Jethra, WIKA
    Effect of Operating Parameters On Boilers Tube Skin Temperature Measurement Accuracy & The development of new improved Tube Skin Thermocouple
  • Ed Verderose, Miura America Company
    Biogas Quality for Burners and Boilers
Track 3: Biogas & Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)

Technologies Available to Biogas Producers to More Closely Monitor Digesters and Increase their Output
Ballroom E - Wednesday, March 1 (3:30 pm - 5:00 pm)
Read Description

  • Derek Walker, Hach Company
    Real-time Process Monitoring for Anaerobic Digester Health and Biogas Production Efficiency
  • Rakesh Govind, PRD Tech, Inc.
    Increasing Biogas Yield using Enzymes and Additives
  • Amy Hall, Digester Doc
    Biology, Chemistry & Overall Wellbeing of a Digester Increases Production by 30% or More: Reviewing The Sciences Behind Anaerobic Digestion
  • Elizabeth Seber, Advanced Cooling Technologies
    Development of Thermal Regulation for Biodigester Isothermality
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

Material Handling Approaches Optimized for Sustainable Aviation Fuel Production
Ballroom B - Wednesday, March 1 (3:30 pm - 5:00 pm)
Read Description

  • Steve Nelson, Wolf Material Handling Systems
    Solid Bulk Material Handling for Biomass-Based Gasification to Renewable Diesel, Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) and Biobased Chemicals
  • Neal Yancey, Idaho National Laboratory
    Advanced Milling Approaches to Improve Quality and Efficiency
  • Jayant Khambekar, Jenike & Johanson, Inc.
    How JenZeroTM Technology Will Facilitate Advanced Biofuels Production in High Pressure Reactors
  • Guy Penard, Yilkins
    Unlocking Biomass Potential
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Networking Reception in the Expo
Exhibit Halls AB
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Thursday, March 2

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

Safe and Sound I: Operating Woody Biomass Operations While Keeping Explosion and Fire Abatement Top of Mind
Ballrooms CDF - Thursday, March 2 (8:30 am - 10:00 am)
Read Description

Moderator: Geffrey Mitchell, Western Regional Sales Manager, IEP Technologies
  • Timothy Heneks, Dustcon Solutions, Inc.
    Managing and Mitigating Self-Heating Hazards in Wood Biomass Production
  • Jason Krbec, CV Technology, Inc.
    Safe Operation of Heated Belt Dryers for Biomass
  • Bruce McLelland, Fike Corporation
    Explosion Isolation Flap Valves – A Deeper Look!
  • Jeramy Slaunwhite, Rembe Inc.
    Application and Reliability of Combustible Dust Explosion Protection Solutions
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

One Person's Trash I: Issues and Concepts in Waste to Heat and Power
Ballroom A - Thursday, March 2 (8:30 am - 10:00 am)
Read Description

  • Joseph Curro, CDM Smith
    Wood Waste/BioMass Combustion Utilized for Landfill Leachate Evaporation
  • Lawrence Berg, RJM Corporation (USA), Inc.
    Modelling Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) Combustion for Thermal Power Generation
  • Dennis Chafiâ, GIDARA Energy
    Future Of Biofuels: Proven Pathways To Utilize (Bio)Waste
  • Josiah Hunt, Pacific Biochar
    Harvesting Reinjection Ash as Biochar; A New Revenue Stream for Biomass Power Plants
Track 3: Biogas & Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)

Successful Biogas Project Development in the Post-Inflation Reduction Act Era
Ballroom E - Thursday, March 2 (8:30 am - 10:00 am)
Read Description

Moderator: Andrew Eastman, Senior Counsel, Husch Blackwell
  • Mark Riedy, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
    Advanced State of the Art Funding and Contractual Structures For Gaseous And Liquid Biofuels Project Financing
  • Todd Taylor, Avisen Legal
    Biogas Project Financing after the IRA
  • John Reese, Weaver
    What's in Store in 2023 for Biogas/RNG under the RFS, LCFS & IRA
  • Wes Younger, Trinity Consultants
    How to Keep Selling Biogas with Non-Negative CI into LCFS Markets
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

Assessing the Opportunity for Biomass Energy that Lies in Hydrogen Production
Ballroom B - Thursday, March 2 (8:30 am - 10:00 am)
Read Description

  • Mike Cox, Anaerobe Systems
    Anaerobic Production of Hydrogen and Fertilizers
  • Andrew White, CHAR Technologies
    High Temperature Pyrolysis Co-Products
  • Dr. Brian Higgins, Dir. Advanced Technologies, Babcock & Wilcox
    Using Chemical Looping from Biomass or Waste Fuels to Produce Negative Carbon-Intensity Hydrogen
  • John Pierce, Stroock
    Hydrogen Production: Carbon Sequestration and the Ag World
10:00 am - 10:30 am Refreshment Break in the Expo
Exhibit Halls AB
10:30 am - Noon Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass

Safe and Sound II: Next Level Dust Hazard Management
Ballrooms CDF - Thursday, March 2 (10:30 am - Noon)
Read Description

  • Geffrey Mitchell, IEP Technologies
    SIL Requirements and Explosion Protection System Reliability
  • Christopher Giusto, Hallam-ICS
    Practical Guidance on Housekeeping for Combustible Dust Safety
  • Timothy Heneks, Dustcon Solutions, Inc.
    Managing Electrical Ignition Sources in Biomass Wood Pellet Facilities
  • Bruce McLelland, Fike Corporation
    It's The Little Things – Dust
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

Technologies Enabling Biomass Heat and Power Producers to Comply with Increasingly Strict Emissions Limits
Ballroom A - Thursday, March 2 (10:30 am - Noon)
Read Description

  • Zack Doran, SOLVAir
    Highly Efficient Acid Gas Remediation For Biomass Combustion
  • Nick Evans, Precision Partners
    Utilizing Ceramic Filter For High Level Emissions Control
  • Craig Anderson, UCC Environmental
    Modular DSI And ACI Solutions For Biomass Boilers
  • Yves Marc Schade, Stela Laxhuber Drying Technologies GmbH
    Emissions On Low Temperature Belt Dryers Comparison Of EU&EPAs’ Regulations
Track 3: Biogas & Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)

The Novel Technologies Poised to Unlock Biogas Production from Challenging and Overlooked Feedstock Streams
Ballroom E - Thursday, March 2 (10:30 am - Noon)
Read Description

Moderator: Ernie Pollitzer, Senior Engineer, First Environment
  • Hong-Shig Shim, Reaction Engineering International
    Hydrogen-enriched Biogas Production from Invasive Plant Species using Rotary Kiln Approach
  • Andrew White, CHAR Technologies
    High Temperature Pyrolysis Co-Products
  • Md Saiful Islam, University of Limerick
    Valorisation Of Dairy Industry Waste Streams To Produce Biomethane By Pretreatment Using Vortex Based Hydrodynamic Cavitation
  • Roberto Salmaso, Sebigas Renewable Energy
    Anaerobic digestion technologies. Not just yesterday’s technology. CSTR and anMBBR reactors for increased efficiency
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

One Person's Trash II: Surveying the Current State of Waste-to-Energy Technologies and Projects
Ballroom B - Thursday, March 2 (10:30 am - Noon)
Read Description

  • Gabriel Patterson, United States Department of Agriculture - Western Regional Research Center - Bioproducts Research Unit / Hughes Energy
    Garbage To Nanocellulose: Quantitative Isolation And Characterization Of Steam-Treated Carboxymethyl Holocellulose Nanofibrils From Municipal Solid Waste
  • Scott Vanderau, Energy Transaction Advisors
    A Current View of U.S. Biomass WTE Projects in Development
Noon - 1:30 pm Lunch in the Expo
Exhibit Halls AB
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass

A Comprehensive Review of Wood Pellet Presses and Their Differentiating Features and Benefits
Ballrooms CDF - Thursday, March 2 (1:30 pm - 3:00 pm)
Read Description

  • Juergen Joachim, Graf Equipment
    Advantages of a Direct Drive Pellet Mill
  • Timo Müller, SALMATEC
    Advantages of Dual Motor Pellet Mills
  • Mike Curci, Amandus Kahl USA Corporation
    Advantages of Flat Die Technology
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

Building a Perfect Maintenance Program at Your Biomass Facility
Ballroom A - Thursday, March 2 (1:30 pm - 3:00 pm)
Read Description

  • Chase Sasser, UE Systems, Inc.
    Good, Better and Best Bearing Lubrication Practices
  • CJ Horecky, INTEREP Inc.
    Common Pitfalls of Piping and Ducting Systems
Track 3: Biogas & Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)

Leveraging State and Federal Policies to Capture the Full Potential of Operational and Under Development Biogas Facilities
Ballroom E - Thursday, March 2 (1:30 pm - 3:00 pm)
Read Description

Moderator: Wes Younger, Managing Consultant, Trinity Consultants
  • Ernie Pollitzer, First Environment, Inc.
    RFS Requirements on Waste Feedstocks for Biogas
  • Jon Snoeberger, Trinity Consultants
    Intro to LCFS Programs: Market Opportunities, Entry Points, and Pitfalls
  • Brad Pleima, EcoEngineers
    The Future of RNG
  • Christopher Peterson, Husch Blackwell
    Unlocking Biofertilizer as Additional Revenue Source in RNG Projects
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

Gauging the Potential for Renewable Energy Production from Algal Feedstocks
Ballroom B - Thursday, March 2 (1:30 pm - 3:00 pm)
Read Description

  • Greg Loraine, Dynaflow Inc.
    Cavitation Enhanced Subcritical Water Extraction of Wet Algae and Biomass
  • Probir Das, Qatar University
    Biocrude Oil Production From A Self-Settling Marine Cyanobacterium, Chroococcidiopsis Sp., Using A Biorefinery Approach
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Refreshment Break
Ballroom Lobby
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal

Surveying the Potential for Biomass Energy Production from Oft-Overlooked Feedstocks
Ballroom A - Thursday, March 2 (3:30 pm - 5:00 pm)
Read Description

  • Ray Ganga, Wellons
    Start with the Fuel
  • Jayant Khambekar, Jenike & Johanson, Inc.
    Converting Almond and Pistachio Waste to Electricity – Case Study
  • Jeff Norton, Vgrid Energy
    Converting Pistachio Waste to Electricity, Biochar and Biooil
  • Aaron Pattillo, Vuma Biofuels
    Converting Sugarcane Waste to Densified Biomass in East Africa — Case study
Track 3: Biogas & Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)
The Economic Argument for the Continued Utilization of Biogas Production at Wastewater Treatment Facilities
Ballroom E - Thursday, March 2 (3:30 pm - 5:00 pm)
Read Description
  • Noah Carlson, BIOFerm Energy Systems
    A Unique Approach to Wastewater Digestion
  • Joseph Curro, CDM Smith
    Wastewater Biosolids Drying And Pelletization Utilizing Landfill Gas As A Fuel
  • Carl Fritsch, Research Institute for Water Management and Climate Future at RWTH Aachen
    Efficient Synthesis of Methanol using Syngas from Biogas Reforming
5:00 pm Sessions Conclude
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