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Biomass 2014: Growing the Future Bioeconomy Agenda

Draft agenda; all topics and times are tentative.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m. Breakfast and Registration
8:00 a.m.–8:20 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
  • Jonathan Male, Director, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
8:20 a.m.–8:40 a.m. Morning Keynote/VIP
  • House or Senate Member
8:40 a.m.–9:00 a.m. Morning Keynote/VIP
  • David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Ernest Moniz, U.S. Secretary of Energy–Invited
9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

Plenary I: Progress in Advanced Biofuels

This session will celebrate the journey and recent successes from commercial scale-up for first-of-a-kind, advanced, integrated biorefineries from the Bioenergy Technology Office project portfolio.

Moderator: Valerie Reed, Deputy Director, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy

  • Gerson Santos-Leon, Executive Vice President, Abengoa
  • Larry Ward, Senior Vice President of Commercial Development, POET
  • William Provine, Director–Science and Technology External Affairs, DuPont
10:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. Morning Break with Posters and Exhibitors
10:30 a.m.–10:50 a.m. Policy Keynote
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
  • Anne Steckel, Vice President of Federal Affairs, National Biodiesel Board
12:00 p.m.–1:20 p.m.

Lunch

  • Imagine Tomorrow Student Poster Competition Recognition and Award
1:20 p.m.–1:40 p.m.

Technology Keynote

  • Jennifer Holmgren, Chief Executive Officer, LanzaTech
1:40 p.m.–3:10 p.m. Breakout Session I
  • Supply—Developing Bioproducts
    • 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

    • Karl Seck, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mercurius Biofuels
    • David C. Carroll, President and Chief Executive Officer, Gas Technology Institute
    • Jonathan S. Wolfson, Chief Executive Officer, Solazyme–Invited
    • Joel Velasco, Senior Vice President, Amyris, Inc
  • 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

    • Kevin L. Kenney, Director, Biomass Feedstock National User Facility, Idaho National Laboratory
    • Kevin Comer, Associate Principal, Antares Group Inc.
    • Chris Daly, Director, PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University
    • Timothy Volk, Senior Research Associate, State University of New York—College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • Demand—Developing Biomarkets
    • 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

    • Brian West, Deputy Director and Senior Development Staff, Fuels, Engines and Emission Research Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    • Tom Leone, Technical Expert, Ford Motor Company–Invited
    • Ron Osmond, Fuels Technical Manager, Flint Hills Resources–Invited
    • Ryan Haerer, Program Analyst, Alternative Fuels, Office of Underground Storage Tanks, Environmental Protection Agency–Invited
  • 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.

    Moderator: Glenn Doyle, Technology Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy

    • Chris Cassidy, National Business Renewable Energy Advisor, U.S. Department of Agriculture
    • Dan Cummings, Vice President, Commercial & External Affairs, Americas & Asia, INEOS Bio
    • Theodora Retsina, Chief Executive Officer, America Process Inc.
3:10 p.m.–3:20 p.m.

Afternoon Break with Posters and Exhibitors

3:20 p.m.–3:40 p.m. Afternoon Keynote
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 Mark J. Riedy, Counsel, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

  • Phillip Thomas, Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending, Heartland Bank
  • John May, Managing Partner, Stern Brothers & Co.
  • Chris Cassidy, National Business Renewable Energy Advisor, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Valri Lightner, Assistant Director, Technical Division at Loan Program Office, U.S. Department of Energy
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. Evening Reception
  • 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.–8:20 a.m. Welcome Back
  • Jonathan Male, Director, Bioenergy Technologies Office,
    U.S. Department of Energy
8:20 a.m.–8:40 a.m. Morning Keynote/VIP
  • House or Senate Member
8:40 a.m.–9:00 a.m.

Biomass Feedstock Keynote

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

  • Jeff Berkland, President, North Central Iowa Biomass Association
  • Glenn Farris, Marketing Manager Biomass, AGCO Corporation
  • Allen Julian, Chief Business Officer, MBI
10:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. Morning Break with Posters and Exhibitors
10:30 a.m.–10:50 a.m. Deployment Keynote VIP
10:50 a.m.–12:20 p.m. Breakout Session II
  • Supply—Developing Bioproducts
    • Conversion Technologies II: Bio-Oils, Sugar Intermediates, Precursors, Distributed Models, and Refinery Co-Processing

    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.

    Moderator: Bryna Berendzen, Technology Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy and Liz Moore, Project Officer, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy

    • Randy Cortright, Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Virent
    • Raymond G. Wissinger, Manager, Renewable Energy & Chemicals, Research & Development, UOP
    • Santosh Gangwal, Director–Business Development, Energy Technologies, Southern Research Institute
  • 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.

    Moderator: Katy Christiansen and Nichole Fitzgerald, AAAS Fellows, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy

    • Andrew Held, Senior Director, Deployment and Engineering, Virent, Inc.
    • John D. Trawick, Research Fellow, Genomatica
    • Jennifer B. Dunn, Biofuel Life Cycle Analysis Team Lead, Argonne National Laboratory
    • Ken Williams, Global R&D Lead for Feedstock Innovation, NatureWorks, LLC
    • Brent Shanks, Steffenson Professor, Iowa State University
  • Demand—Developing Biomarkets
    • Fostering Technology Adoption II: Expanding the Pathway to Market

    Biofuels are experiencing a range of barriers limiting their success in the market place. Competition against traditional fuels is fierce, with major litigation underway that will impact the ability of franchised fuel stations to provide blended biofuels. If the barriers for biofuels are too great to overcome and focus shifts from fuels to products, are the opportunities and market barriers the same or different than for fuels?

    Moderator: Travis Tempel, Technology Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy

    • John Eichberger, Vice President Government Relations, National Association of Convenience Stores
    • Rob Underwood, Director of Congressional Relations, Petroleum Marketers Association of America
    • Shannon Baker-Branstetter, Policy Counsel, Energy and Environment, Consumers Union
    • Tony McLarty, Vice President of Community Relations and Government Affairs, Delek U.S. Holdings/MAPCO Express–Invited
  • 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

    • Michael Wang, Senior Scientist, Energy Systems, Argonne National Laboratory
    • Stephen S. Kelley, Principal and Department Head, Department of Forest Biomaterials, North Carolina State University
    • Reid Miner, Vice President, NCASI
    • David Cleaves, Climate Change Advisor to the Chief, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
12:20 p.m.–1:20 p.m. Lunch
1:20 p.m.–1:40 p.m.

Screening of Biofuels: America’s Energy Future

Join us for the premiere of a short documentary film showcasing examples of biofuels innovations across the supply chain and the United States---Biofuels: America's Energy Future. This new outreach product is a collaborative with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technology Office (BETO), Green Focus Films, and BCS, Incorporated. The film presents stories of a few individuals who are passionate about achieving the promise of biofuels and addressing the challenges of developing a thriving bioeconomy. The short film supports integrated media initiatives to expand the public’s understanding of the bioenergy industry and sustainable transportation.

1:40 p.m.–3:10 p.m. Breakout Session III
  • Supply—Developing Bioproducts
    • 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

    • Lauren Fillmore, Senior Program Director, Water Environment Research Foundation
    • William Eleazer, Supervising Engineer, Brown and Caldwell
    • James R. Oyler, President, Genifuel Corporation
    • Todd Williams, Deputy Leader for Wastewater Infrastructure Practice, CH2M HILL
  • 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.

    Moderator: Roxanne Dempsey, Technology Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
     

    • José A. Olivares, Bioscience Division Lead; Los Alamos National Laboratory, Executive Director, National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts
    • John McGowen, Director of Operations, ATP3, Arizona State University
    • Kimberly Ogden, Professor, University of Arizona, Engineering Technical Lead, National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts
    • Martin Sabarsky, Chief Executive Officer, Cellana
  • Demand—Developing Biomarkets
    • 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, Sustainable Bioenergy Lead, UN Sustainable Energy For All
    • Ashley Miller, Renewable Energy Trade Specialist, Office of Energy and Environmental Industries, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
    • Arnaldo Vieira de Carvalho, Lead Energy Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank
    • Artur Milanez, Manager of Biofuels Department, Brazilian Development 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

    • Jason Miner, Managing Director, Strategic Communications, Glover Park Group
    • Matt Merritt, Director, Public Relations, POET–DSM Advanced Biofuels
    • Ashlie B. Delshad, Assistant Professor of Political Science, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
    • Linda Silverman, Team Lead, Workforce Development and Education, U.S. Department of Energy
    • Catherine Cyr Ransom, Managing Director, Glover Park Group
    • Liv Haselbach, Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Washington State University
3:10 p.m.–3:40 p.m. Afternoon Break with Posters and Exhibitors
3:40 p.m.–4:40 p.m.

Plenary V: Federal Activities in the Bioeconomy

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.

Moderator: Zia Haq, Senior Analyst, Technology Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy

  • Chris Tindal, Director for Operational Energy, U.S. Department of Navy
  • Harry Baumes, Director of Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Nate Brown, Alternative Fuels Project Manager, Federal Aviation Administration
4:40 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Conference Close