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Bioeconomy 2017: Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future
Draft Agenda

July 11–12, 2017
Sheraton Pentagon City

Day One: Tuesday, July 11, 2017
7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m.Registration
8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.Breakfast Sponsored by Viessmann Manufacturing Company

Mr. Bede Wellford, the renewables sales manager for Viessmann Manufacturing Company (U.S.) Inc., will speak about the place of biomass thermal energy in our nation's renewable energy mix, outline the role of the Biomass Thermal Energy Council and industry partners in optimizing the environmental and economic benefits of this resource, and introduce Viessmann's renewable energy product portfolio, sharing the sustainable energy technology vision of this 100-year global leader.
9:00 a.m.–9:10 a.m.Welcome
  • Jonathan Male, Director, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
9:10 a.m.–9:30 a.m.Opening Keynote
  • Reuben Sarkar, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Sustainable Transportation, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
9:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m.

Plenary I: Corporate Investment in the Bioeconomy
This session will provide a broad overview of corporate perspectives on the emerging bioeconomy. The session will address questions pertaining to investment avenues for biofuels, biochemicals, and bioproducts by the people and companies at the forefront of the industry.

10:45 a.m.–11:00 a.m.Morning Break with Posters and Exhibitors
11:00 a.m.–11:15 a.m.Morning Keynote
  • Ann Bartuska, Acting Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics, U.S. Department of Agriculture
11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Plenary II: Smart Landscape Design for a Balanced Harvest of Energy, Economic, and Environmental Benefits
Smart Landscape Design uses modern data analytics to find profitable ways to integrate energy crops into agricultural landscapes that provide multiple benefits. This innovative design approach can help expand production of biomass for energy and fuel, improve the yield and profitability of conventional crops, and cut the costs of crop insurance, water pollution, and climate mitigation for taxpayers.

12:30p.m.–1:30 p.m.Lunch (Special Presentation)
  • Special presentation from Michael Tamor, Technical Fellow, Ford Motor Company
  • BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge award ceremony
1:30p.m.–3:00 p.m.Breakout Session I 

1A: Carbon Capture Strategies for Algae Cultivation
This session will convene diverse experts to discuss how carbon capture strategies and algal biofuel technologies can work together to help meet the needs of both industries and support a vibrant bioeconomy.

1B: Drivers for Emergence of Biofuels for Maritime Industry
This session will focus on the emerging uses of biofuels in the maritime sector. Speakers will focus on different aspects of the marine shipping industry's energy needs and how biofuels present promising solutions.

1C: Moving Beyond Drop-In Replacements: Performance Advantaged Biobased Chemicals
This session will explore bio-derived chemicals and functional replacements and their relation to drop-in chemicals. Speakers will discuss the advantages of biomass-derived products and the challenges associated with bringing these novel products to market.

1D: Innovative Tactics for Deriving Value in the Bioeconomy
To establish the bioeconomy as a major force, players in this space must further integrate themselves into the broader market by finding value wherever they can. In order to accomplish this, it’s important to not only expand the portfolio of existing parties but to also extract value where it might not have been previously apparent. This session will touch upon how established entities in this industry continue to innovate and how they use unique efforts to valorize waste streams on a large scale.

1E: Drawing a Roadmap to Cellulosic Biofuel Deployment
The challenges of edging into a highly regulated and established commodity market are large. This session brings together varying views of how to scale up biofuels to establish a robust biofuel market.

3:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.Afternoon Break with Posters and Exhibitors
3:30 p.m.–3:45 p.m.

Afternoon Keynote

  •  Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, LanzaTech
3:45 p.m.–5:45 p.m.

Plenary III: The Pitch for a Prosperous Future
This session features four companies that will pitch their business propositions to a panel of four judges acting as investors. Each company representative will make a presentation to convince the judges that his or her business is worthy of investment and explain how that investment will help grow the company and become successful in the market sector. The judges will ask questions and challenge, if necessary, the presenters on projected financial outcomes and future growth potential and describe what would make them decide to invest or not invest in these businesses. The goal of the session is to provide advice and guidance to the companies on how to successfully pitch their businesses to potential investors and provide tips on capturing their interests.

5:45 p.m.–6:00 p.m.Keynote/Day One Close
  • Jeffrey Jacobs, President and CEO, Ensyn Corporation
6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.Evening Reception Sponsored by Ensyn Corporation, Honeywell UOP, and Their Joint Venture, Envergent Technologies


Day Two: Wednesday, July 12, 2017
7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m.Registration
8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.

Breakfast Sponsored by LanzaTech and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory: New Heights in Aviation Biofuels

Together, LanzaTech and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are at the forefront of generating jet fuels from biomass and waste gases. In a unique collaboration, the two organizations have successfully produced over 4,000 gallons of drop-in jet fuel. The alcohol-to-jet process begins with waste gases from steel mills being captured and fed to LanzaTech’s proprietary microbes. The microbes convert the gas into ethanol, which is then fed through a PNNL-developed catalyst to produce synthetic paraffinic kerosene.

9:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

Welcome Back/Morning Keynotes

  • Jonathan Male, Director, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Daniel Simmons, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Energy and Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Jeremy Javers, Director of Technology Development, ICM
9:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m.

Plenary IV: Catalyzing a Global Advanced Bioeconomy
This session will highlight research and development activities supported by the Bioenergy Technologies Office and the national laboratories through the International Energy Agency Bioenergy Technology Collaboration Program, which addresses crosscutting issues across bioenergy supply chains to accelerate a sustainable, global bioeconomy. International experts will explore how these efforts are strengthened through collaborations with major multilateral players and global initiatives, such as the International Renewable Energy Agency, the Global Bioenergy Partnership, and the Biofuture Platform.

10:45 a.m.–11:15 a.m.Morning Break with Posters and Exhibitors
11:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m.Breakout Session II:

2A: Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Feedstocks: Technological Challenges and Opportunities
Wet and gaseous feedstocks may represent an underutilized resource stream for the production of renewable biofuels and bioproducts. These streams often constitute an immediate disposal problem, which may create unique economic opportunities. However, such materials require different technological approaches than traditional terrestrial resources. This session presents a variety of innovative projects that are tackling these challenges.

2B: Progress in Biofuels for the Aviation Sector
This session will highlight recent achievements in the commercial aviation biofuel sector. Speakers will cover the progress in biofuel usage and the aviation sector's continued interest in alternative fuels.

  • Borka Kostova, Technology Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Aaron Robinson, Senior Manager, Environmental Strategy and Sustainability, United Airlines
  • Bruno Miller, Managing Director, Fuels, Fulcrum               
  • Neville Fernandes, General Manager, USA, Neste
  • Jim Caley, Director of Operational Energy, U.S. Department of the Navy

2C: Beyond Biofuels: Leveraging the Bioeconomy to Manage Carbon, Open Markets and Increase Global Economic Efficiency
Establishing a renewable carbon-based economy will present new opportunities for closing carbon loops in cost-efficient ways, either by sector-specific novel technologies or crosscutting systems approaches. This panel will convene several experts to discuss economic and environmental opportunities being brought about by the emerging bioeconomy.

2D: Financing the Bioeconomy: Nontraditional Capital for Sustainability
Traditional capital sources, such as venture capital, private equity, and strategic investors, have been the main source of private capital for financing emerging clean energy technologies. However, it is increasingly recognized that these sources may not be completely aligned with the particular challenges for these nascent technologies, particularly in the bioenergy space. This panel brings together nontraditional capital sources to discuss new ideas, mechanisms, and business models for investment in bioenergy-based firms.

2E: Open Technical Session
This new session will exhibit research and innovations going on in the bioeconomy—from industry, academia, and everything in between. These talks will revolve around two topics: (1) synthetic biology and novel pathway engineering for the emerging bioeconomy and (2) enabling technologies and strategies to engineer net-zero or negative carbon utilization pathways. This panel will bring together new and innovative ideas that will enable the bioeconomy to flourish not only environmentally, but also economically.

12:45 p.m.–1:45 p.m.Lunch 
  • Special presentation from Mark Holtzapple, Professor, Arie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University
1:45 p.m.–3:15 p.m.Breakout Session III:

3A: Understanding the Environmental Potential of a Billion Ton Bioeconomy
This session will focus on the findings and importance of the 2016 Billion-Ton Report, Volume 2: Environmental Sustainability Effects of Select Scenarios from Volume 1. Speakers will discuss insights and implications with regard to air, water, biodiversity, and other aspects of environmental sustainability.

3B: Creating a Win-Win-Win with the Next Generation of Fuels and Engines
Can the next generation of fuels and vehicles be a win for all? Co-optimization of fuels and engines could be a real technical victory, but a successful rollout of advanced fuels and vehicles depends on meeting the needs of multiple industries and diverse stakeholders. Consumers, the automotive industry, the biofuels industry, energy companies, and the government have different perspectives when it comes to their vision of a win, and understanding what others are striving to achieve presents opportunities for collaboration.

3C: The Lignin Renaissance: New Approaches to a Century-Old Opportunity 
Despite decades of research and the centrality of lignin valorization to biorefinery profitability, little consensus has emerged on the best way to approach research and development and commercial opportunities in this area. Recent progress in the field has set the stage for a lignin renaissance, but problematic basic science questions still remain. This session explores diverse visions for lignin valorization that have the potential to impact a biorefinery’s bottom line in the near term.

3D: The Cost of Wastes, Displaced: Upending the Biorefinery Value Proposition 
For a variety of industries—including wastewater treatment, animal feeding operations, and biorefining—the costs of aqueous waste disposal constitute significant fractions of capital and operational expenses. What if these waste streams could be converted to further fuels and products? This session will explore economic opportunities and barriers to deploying this strategy that seeks to turn balance sheet liabilities into revenue streams. 

3:15 p.m.–3:45 p.m.Afternoon Break with Posters and Exhibitors
3:45 p.m.–4:00 p.m.Afternoon Keynote
  • Sarah Dearman, Sustainable Packaging Programing Director, The Coca-Cola Company
4:00 p.m.–5:15 p.m.

Plenary V: Creating and Communicating the Value Proposition for the Bioeconomy
This session will focus on the benefits and opportunities of a strong national bioeconomy. Speakers will share insights on how businesses create and communicate/market the value proposition of the bioeconomy and will discuss the path forward for new bioeconomy stakeholders to contribute to these efforts.

5:15 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Keynote/Conference Close
  • Chris Davis, Director of Research and Development, Impossible Foods
  • Jonathan Male, Director, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy