Kate Brandt, Federal Environmental Executive; Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President
10:50 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Plenary II: Policy Challenges and Opportunities for Growing the Bioeconomy
This session will be a frank discussion on approaches to meeting the challenges and leveraging available opportunities that will fuel the impact, growth, and expansion of the bioeconomy.
Moderator: Jim Lane, Editor, Biofuels Digest
Michael McAdams, President, Advanced Biofuels Association
Matt Carr, Executive Director, Algae Biomass Organization
Tara Billingsley, Senior Energy Advisor for Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
Bob Dinneen, President and Chief Executive Officer, Renewable Fuels Association
Brent Erickson, Executive Vice President, Industrial and Environmental Section, Biotechnology Industry Organization
Todd Foley, Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Relations, American Council On Renewable Energy
12:00 p.m.–1:20 p.m.
Imagine Tomorrow Student Poster Competition Recognition and Award
1:20 p.m.–1:40 p.m.
Jennifer Holmgren, Chief Executive Officer, LanzaTech
1:40 p.m.–3:10 p.m.
Breakout Session I
Conversion Technologies I: Industrial Perspectives on Pathways to Advanced Biofuels
This session will provide an outlook for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office Conversion Research & Development technology area, including the importance of partnering with industry and an emphasis on the validation of pathways.
Moderator: Kevin Craig, Program Manager–Conversion, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy and Leslie Pezzullo, Technology Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
Karl Seck, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mercurius Biofuels
Integration of Supply Chains I: Breaking Down Barriers – Addressing Cost, Quality, and Quantity of Feedstocks for Optimizing Bioenergy Production
This session will focus on feedstock supply and logistics issues that are crucial to the advancement of the bioenergy industry. The panelists will highlight current feedstock resources in the United States as well as cutting-edge breakthroughs in feedstocks logistics.
Moderator: Mark Elless, Technology Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
Fostering Technology Adoption I: Building the Market for Renewables with High Octane Fuels
High octane fuel blends have the potential to expand the market for advanced biofuels, increase engine efficiency, and reduce transportation sector GHG emissions. Before these benefits can be realized, key market and regulatory challenges must be overcome. Furthermore, ensuring that there is an infrastructure system capable of delivering and dispensing these fuels will be critical to successful deployment. This session will explore the benefits and challenges associated with high octane, renewable fuels.
Moderator: Kevin Stork, Lead General Engineer, Vehicle Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
Building Market Confidence and Understanding I: Integrated Biorefinery—Lessons Learned and Best Practices
This session will highlight and discuss lessons learned and best practices that the Bioenergy Technologies Office has experienced in its portfolio of integrated biorefinery projects since 2006, as well as provide an interactive period to facilitate discussion of lessons learned and/or best practices of greatest interest to the industry.
Paul Woods, Founder, Chairman, Chief Executive Office and President, Algenol Biofuels Inc.
3:40 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Plenary III: Project Finance and Investment
This session will explore recent, successful investment rounds, practical avenues, and mechanisms to securing adequate project financing for advanced bioenergy applications and refineries. Conversation will include perspectives of the current financial and investment market environment from experts representing traditional and innovative funding sources.
Moderator: Jim Spaeth, Program Manager–Demonstration and Deployment, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy and Matt Ferguson, Counsel, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Marshal Salant, Managing Director, Head of Alternative Energy Finance, Citigroup Global Markets Inc.
5:00 p.m.–5:20 p.m.
Day 1 Closing and Preface Day 2
Jonathan Male, Director, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
5:20 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Biomass 2014 Poster Session
Day 2: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m.
Breakfast and Registration
8:00 a.m.–8:40 a.m.
Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Senate (D-MI)
Reuben Sarkar, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Transportation, U.S. Department of Energy
8:40 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
Biomass Feedstock Keynote
Dr. Cathie Woteki, Undersecretary for Research, Education, & Economics, U.S. Department of Agriculture
9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Plenary IV: Advances in Bioenergy Feedstocks—From Field to Fuel
This session will focus on the critical importance of feedstocks and their impact on the bioenergy supply chain. A diverse set of panelists will provide their perspectives on barriers and key opportunities for new feedstock technologies.
Moderator: Alison Goss Eng, Acting Program Manager, Feedstock Supply and Logistics, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
This session will highlight successful business models and the resources needed for realizing the potential compatibility of biologically, chemically, and thermochemically derived fuels and fuel intermediates with existing markets. Panelists will focus on how to strategically leverage innovative technological and financial solutions in order to meet the challenges faced by this emerging market.
Integration of Supply Chains II: Bioproducts—Enabling Biofuels and Growing the Bioeconomy
This session will highlight the increasing importance of bioproducts on biofuels production. Panelists will discuss technical and market barriers to commercializing bioproducts and their opinions on how bioproducts can impact the production of biofuels.
Ken Williams, Global R&D Lead for Feedstock Innovation, NatureWorks, LLC
Brent Shanks, Steffenson Professor, Iowa State University
Fostering Technology Adoption II: Expanding the Pathway to Market
Higher blends of biofuels are experiencing a range of barriers limiting their success in the market place. Competition with existing fuel is tough, and there is major litigation underway which will impact the ability of franchised fuel stations to provide blended biofuels. Are the barriers for higher blends of biofuels too great to overcome? Where are the opportunities, and what can be done to address the market barriers?
Moderator: Travis Tempel, Technology Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
Rob Underwood, Director of Congressional Relations, Petroleum Marketers Association of America
Shannon Baker-Branstetter, Policy Counsel, Energy and Environment, Consumers Union
Building Market Confidence and Understanding II: Carbon Accounting and Woody Biofuels
Maximizing the climate benefits of bioenergy requires a robust approach to carbon accounting and data-driven lifecycle analysis. Panelists will discuss the current state of the art and knowledge gaps with a focus on woody biomass, including impacts on forest carbon stocks and variables such as feedstock selection and production, regional variability, conversion efficiency, and coproducts.
Moderator: Kristen Johnson, Technology Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
Join us for the premiere of Bioenergy: America's Energy Future---a short documentary film showcasing examples of bioenergy innovations across the biomass supply chain and the United States. The film highlights a few stories of individuals and companies who are passionate about achieving the promise of biofuels and addressing the challenges of developing a thriving bioeconomy. This outreach product supports media initiatives to expand the public’s understanding of the bioenergy industry and sustainable transportation and was developed by the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Green Focus Films, and BCS, Incorporated.
1:40 p.m.–3:10 p.m.
Breakout Session III
Conversion Technologies III: Energy from Our Waste—Will we Be Rich in Fuel or Knee Deep in Trash by 2025?
This session will discuss what the future may look like for waste to energy, with a focus on the production of fuels and products. Panelists will provide their insights on industry predictions for 2025 and will outline the policy changes, market drivers, and technical advancements that will help them achieve their goals.
Moderator: Paul Grabowski, Technology Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
Integration of Supply Chains III: Algal Biofuels Strategy—Report on Workshop Results and Recent Work
This session will present the outcomes of the two DOE-hosted algae stakeholder workshops and outcomes of DOE sponsored research. The final results of the National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts consortium will be reported. New data generated by testbed projects will be highlighted followed by a panel discussion on the impacts of biofuel-enabling bioproducts on the algae industry.
Fostering Technology Adoption III: International Market Opportunities in Bioenergy
Advances in biofuels/bioenergy have led to expanding markets, lower prices and increased interest globally. This breakout session will focus on major market opportunities outside of the United States, as well as challenges and opportunities to enable success in these developing markets.
Moderator: Jim Spaeth, Program Manager–Demonstration and Deployment, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
Dennis Hall, Director, OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center
Gerard Ostheimer, Global Lead for Sustainable Bioenergy, Sustainable Energy For All Initiative, United Nations and World Bank
Building Market Confidence and Understanding III: Engaging Key Audiences in Bioenergy
This breakout session aims to empower bioenergy researchers and communications professionals to engage and collaborate on communication and outreach initiatives. Panelists will discuss elements of effective outreach strategies that can facilitate broader awareness of issues related to bioenergy industry expansion.
Moderator: Leslie Ovard, Communications Specialist, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
This session will discuss how the Bioenergy Technologies Office is work cooperatively to establish sustainable domestic, renewable fuels and products within the federal government—specifically, integrating the efforts of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Defense (including the Navy), and U.S. Department of Energy to create jobs, foster innovation, and increase energy security, while supporting the President’s Climate Action Plan.