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Biomass Conversion to Heat & Electricity Workshop: Molding Today's Technology for Tomorrow's Bioenergy Feedstock Supply Chain

March 11-12, 2010; Heartland Community College, Normal, Illinois

biomass pelletsLearn how to help to move the Midwest’s share of the “billion ton vision” of U.S. biomass to today’s and tomorrow’s energy markets.

This workshop will benchmark the existing solid-biomass-for-fuel (heat and electricity) technologies, including supply chain components, and discover the bottlenecks, challenges, and opportunities for research and systems commercialization.

Hear from industry leaders, meet technology suppliers, and network with people who can help you meet your goals in the field of bioenergy.

Featured Speakers:

Colleen Callahan
Illinois State Director for USDA, Rural Development
Bill Johnson
Biofuel Development Manager, Alliant Energy
Dr. John Regalbuto
Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois-Chicago and
National Science Foundation

Panel Discussion Topics:

Biomass End Users: energy conversion technologies, biomass feedstock specifications, challenges ahead
Biomass Densification: technologies and equipment for transforming raw material into a commodity
Systems and Marketing: creating a new bioeconomy
Policy and Environmental Regulations: current and future issues affecting Midwestern biomass energy opportunities

biomass: Miscanthus and switchgrass

For more information contact Natalie Bosecker, CABER, natalieb@illinois.edu, 217-244-9273.

Promotional Flyer (pdf)

News Release (pdf)

Agenda: (presentations posted as PDF)

March 11

11 am

Registration

11:30 am

Welcome

12:00 pm

Lunch

Keynote: Colleen Callahan
Illinois State Director for USDA, Rural Development - Watch Video

1:20 pm

Panel 1: Biomass End Users (energy conversion technologies, biomass feedstock specifications, challenges ahead)

Paul Wever, Chip Energy - presentation - Watch Video

Dr. Bob Bush, Retired, Northwest Missouri State University - presentation - Watch Video

Dr. T.J. Paskach, Frontline Bioenergy - presentation - Watch Video

2:05 pm

Q & A 1- Watch Video

2:20 pm

Break & visit exhibits

2:40 pm

Panel 2: Biomass Densification (technologies and equipment for transforming raw material into a commodity)

Dr. Vance Morey, University of Minnesota - presentation - Watch Video

Ron Fuller, California Pellet Mill/Roskamp - presentation - Watch Video

Kevin S. Richman, Case New Holland - presentation - Watch Video

3:25 pm

Q & A 2

3:40 pm

Breakout 1

4:40 pm

Summary of Breakout Sessions

5:10 pm

Cash bar and hors d'oevres

6:40 pm

Adjourn

 

 

March 12

 

7:30 am

Continental Breakfast

8:00 am

Featured Speaker: Bill Johnson
Biofuel Development Manager, Alliant Energy
presentation - Watch Video

8:20 am

Panel 3: Systems and Marketing (creating a new bioeconomy)

Darlene Knipe, University of Illinois Extension, MarketMaker - presentation - Watch Video

Steve Flick, ShowMe Energy - presentation - Watch Video

William "Bill" Ridgley, GROWMARK, Inc. - presentation - Watch Video

9:05 am

Q & A 3

9:20 am

Panel 4: Policy and Environmental Regulations (current and future issues affecting Midwestern biomass energy opportunities)

Barry Matchett, Environmental Law & Policy Center - presentation - Watch Video

Richard Breckenridge, Illinois EPA - Watch Video

Ed Kalebich, Robbins Community Power, LLC - presentation - Watch Video

10:05 am

Q & A 4 - Watch Video

10:20 am

Break & visit exhibits

10:40 am

Breakout 2

11:25 am

What the groups told us

11:55 am

Capnote: Dr. John Regalbuto
Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois-Chicago and National Science Foundation
presentation - Watch Video
More info: http://www.nsf.gov/greengasoline

12:25 pm

Closing comments

12:40 pm

Networking Lunch

1:40 pm

Adjourn

   

 

Biomass Conversion to Electricity and Heat - Summary (pdf) NEW 4-21-10

Sponsors

University of Illinois—Center for Advanced Bioenergy Research (CABER)
Western Illinois University—Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs
Illinois State University—Center for Renewable Energy
University of Illinois Extension
Heartland Community College
Chip Energy
Agricultural Watershed Institute


Biomass Working Group - next steps

Thursday, May 27, 2010 • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Lunch included • Registration at 9:45 a.m.
Workforce Development Center, Heartland Community College
1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal, IL

The Biomass Working Group is a continuation of the discussion at the Biomass Conversion to Heat and Electricity Workshop held on March 11 & 12 at Heartland Community College.

The Biomass Working Group will focus on all aspects of the biomass industry including marketing, logistics, densification, and end users.

Please RSVP by Friday, May 21.
Contact: Erin Wherley, 309-298-2684, ec-wherley@wiu.edu

Biomass Working Group Meeting Agenda

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 

Registration

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.  

Introductions

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Defining the supply chain – A Who’s Who of
Illinois biomass, and who we’re missing.

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 p.m.

Linking feedstocks and market structure

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.   

Lunch

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.  

Creating a biomass information network

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

Getting organized – next steps for the working group

Lunch sponsored by:  Western Illinois University – Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs ,
through a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity.

Download a pdf of the agenda


2012 Heating the Midwest Conference and Expo

April 25-27, 2012 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Link to conference agenda and presentations