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Apr 2018


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2018 International BIOMASS Conference & Expo






$545 - $1,149


Event Overview:

The International Biomass Conference & Expo unites current and future producers of biomass-derived power, fuels and chemicals with waste generators, energy crop growers, municipal leaders, utility executives, technology providers, equipment manufacturers, project developers, investors and policy makers. The event fosters public and private partnerships that help bioenergy producers and large-scale waste generators identify and assess available production resources and viable technology solutions for improving operational efficiencies and reducing industrial greenhouse gas emissions. Volatile energy costs, mounting climate change concerns and the anticipation of federal carbon cap-and-trade policies are compelling waste generators to think differently – much differently – about waste liabilities and, in some cases, the rising value of already valuable process side streams.

At the International Biomass Conference & Expo, you'll network with:

  • Existing and future bioenergy, and bioproduct producers
  • Economic development, finance and lending professionals
  • Scientists, academics and researchers
  • Public works directors
  • Waste/wastewater facility managers
  • Commercial food and beverage processors
  • Managers of institutional food waste
  • Animal processing facility managers
  • Growers and cooperative board members
  • Crop technology experts
  • Livestock and poultry owner/operators
  • Forestry managers
  • Wood waste handlers
  • Saw mill operators
  • Pulp and paper manufacturing managers
  • Logging operation operators
  • Wood processing operators
  • Pelleting operations managers
  • Utility executives and managers
  • Power, distributed power and district energy executives and managers
  • Suppliers, technology service providers
  • Equipment manufacturers
  • And more!

Exhibitor Information:

Create Multiple Face-to-Face Meetings, Become an Exhibitor

Attendees of the 2018 International Biomass Conference & Expo seek solutions to the everyday challenges they face. When you purchase a booth, you're not just buying real estate in the expo hall, you're becoming part of the most comprehensive and dynamic event available in this dynamic industry. In addition to booth space, all exhibitors receive complimentary marketing through promotional e-mails and brochures, onsite program guide, conference Web site and online exhibitor list. Each 10'x10' exhibit space comes with two free full conference passes. Be a part of the event defining the industry for years to come. Reserve your booth space today!

About BBI International:

BBI International produces globally recognized bioenergy events and trade magazines. In addition to the International Biomass Conference & Expo and its allied regional events, BBI owns and operates the largest, longest-running ethanol conference in the world - the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW) - and the National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo. The company publishes Biomass Magazine, Ethanol Producer Magazine, and Biodiesel Magazine, as well as a number of ancillary products including maps, directories, e-newsletters and other Web-based industry resources.

Exhibitor Prospectus and Kit


Apr 16   

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Biomass Carbonization & Torrefaction Summit
Ballroom A

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Biomass Preparation, Handling & Storage Workshop
Ballroom E

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Grand Opening & Welcome Reception 
Exhibit Hall CD

Apr 17   

7:30 am - 8:30 am


8:30 am - 8:50 am

Ballroom CDF

8:50 am - 9:10 am

Industry Awards
Ballroom CDF

9:10 am - 9:40 am

Keynote Presentation
Ballroom CDF

Steve Skarda, Global Climate and Energy Leader, Procter & Gamble

9:40am - 11:00 am

Biomass Magazine's Annual Conversation with Industry Association Leadership
Ballroom CDF

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

David Bancroft, Deputy Executive Director, 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
Exhibit Hall CD

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Lunch in the Expo
Exhibit Hall CD

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

 Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass 

Effectively Mitigating Fire and Explosion Hazards at Wood Pellet Production Facilities
Ballroom CDF
Read Description

Moderator: Tim Portz, Executive Director, Pellet Fuels Institute

David Grandaw, Vice President-Sales, 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
Read Description

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
Read Description

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
Read Description

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
Exhibit Hall CD

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

 Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass 

Designing Pellet Plants to Maximize Operational, Environmental and Financial Performance
Ballroom CDF
Read Description

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
Read Description

Carl Liboro, Graduate Student, Alfred University
Feasibility Study of a Rural Electric Microgrid with Biomass as a Distributed Energy Resource

David Gardiner, President, 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, President, Biomass Controls LLC
A New 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
Read Description

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 Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum gemeinnützige GmbH
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
Read Description

Moderator: Douglas Rivers, Independent Contractor/Consultant, Sunflwr Inc.

Rakesh Govind, President, PRD Tech Inc.
Systematic Generation of Reaction Pathways for Industrial Chemicals Using Biomass

Danny Haynes, Technical Coordinator, AkzoNobel
Imagine Chemistry an Open Innovation Approach to Biochemicals

Barry Perlmutter, President, 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 
Exhibit Hall CD

Apr 18   

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Exhibit Hall CD

7:30 am - 1:30 pm

Expo Open
Exhibit Hall CD

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
Ballroom CDF
Read Description

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
Read Description

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
The Industrial Biomass Sweet Spot

 Track 3: Biogas & Waste-to-Energy 

Technical Approaches to Preparing Biogas for its Most Valuable Use
Ballroom B
Read Description

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
Read Description

Martin Mitchell, Business Development Manager, 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
Exhibit Hall CD

10:30 am - Noon

 Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass 

Densification 2.0: Novel Approaches Aimed at Extracting more Energy from Varied Biomass Streams
Ballroom CDF
Read Description

Moderator: Tim Portz, Executive Director, Pellet Fuels Institute

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
Read Description

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 ASSetts!

 Track 3: Biogas & Waste-to-Energy 

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

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
Read Description

Moderator: Ali Manesh, President, Attis Innovations/American Science & Technology

Paul Greene, Design & Construction, CDM Smith
Biogas Upgrading for Lucrative RINs: Technology Comparison

Jeff VanVoorhis, Senior Project Manager, Symbiont
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 
Exhibit Hall CD

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

 Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass 

Best Practices in Managing Emissions at Biomass Power and Pellet Production Facilities
Ballroom CDF
Read Description

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
Read Description

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
Read Description

Shlomi Palas, CEO, Blue Sphere Corporation
Financing Biogas Projects

John Dannan, Waste to Value Investment Program Manager, 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
Read Description

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

Bob Kodrzycki, Principal, Encompass Biotech
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

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

 Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass 

How Effective Supply Chain Tracking can Simultaneously Improve Operational Efficiency and Satisfy Sustainability Requirements
Ballroom CDF

Read Description

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.

 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
Read Description

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
Read Description

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

Wighens Ngoie Ilunga, Student Researcher, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Biodiesel Production from Edible Oil Wastewater Sludge with Bioethanol Using Nano-Magnetic Catalysis

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
Read Description

Glenn Farris, Director of Product Strategy, AGCO Corporation
What You Get When You Don’t Get What You Wanted

Sammy Pierce, Founder/Chairman, MBR Refineries LLC
MBRs: Mini BioFuel Refineries

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

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