Wood Bioenergy Conference & Expo

 

April 5-6, 2016

Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta, GA

The Educational Event for the Wood Bioenergy Industry, Including Wood Pellets, Biomass Power, Biofuels, In-Woods Chipping, Raw Material Procurement

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Leadership from Enviva and Drax—perhaps the two most visible wood pellet production and biomass power generation companies in the world—spoke of continued renewable wood energy growth during the fourth Wood Bioenergy Conference & Expo held April 5-6 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center.

The event, hosted by Wood Bioenergy magazine and Georgia Research Institute, attracted 320 industry personnel representing industrial wood pellets, biomass power generation, in-woods chipping and biomass fiber procurement. They heard nearly 40 speakers and experienced 70 equipment and technology exhibits in the Grand Ballroom North.

Enviva President and CEO John Keppler expressed dismay with those who are less than enthusiastic about the wood pellet industry. He nearly shouted to the keynote session attendance that wood pellet demand worldwide increased 13% in 2015 to 27.6 million metric tons. “Thirteen percent year-on-year growth!” Keppler said. “How many industries in the world have grown 13% year-on-year?” He said wood pellets produce about 4% of all electricity in the United Kingdom, which is where much of U.S. wood pellet production is exported, and pointed to the substantial growth of biomass power generation, adding that wood biomass accounts for 44% of all renewable energy in the EU.

Keppler said the continued growth depends on three factors: sustainability, affordability and adaptability.

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2016 Sessions

The 2016 BIO Show program can be viewed here.

TUESDAY, APRIL 5

MORNING KEYNOTERS SESSION
(Rooms B-C)

8:30-8:35 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks and Keynoters Introduction
—Rich Donnell, Conference Co-Chairman, Editor-in-Chief, Wood Bioenergy

8:40-9:00 a.m.
European Pellet Markets: Where to Now?
Dr. Cormac O’Carroll, Director, London Office, Pöyry Management Consulting

9:05-9:25 a.m.
Bending the Curve: Wood Pellets and the Future of Energy
John Keppler, President and CEO, Enviva Family of Companies

9:30-9:50 a.m.
Expanding the Forest Sector Tent: The Role of Wood-to-Energy
Carlton Owen, President & CEO, U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities

CONCURRENT SESSIONS
(Rooms A-B-C)

PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGIES
PART I
(Room A)

10:35-10:55 a.m.
The Current Status and Future Challenges of Torrefaction Technology
Andrew Johnson, Vice President, TSI

11:00-11:20 a.m.
Second Generation Solid Biofuels and Steam Explosion
Ryan Davis, Technical Manager, Zilkha Biomass Energy

11:25-11:45 a.m.
Why Gasify, When You Could Pyrolyse?
Russell Burnett, Director and CTO, Applied Gaia Corp.

PROJECTS & OPERATION
(Room B)

10:35-10:55 a.m.
High Volume Pellet Projects: Through a Drone’s Eyes
Desmond Smith, Manager, West Coast Office, USA, BRUKS

11:00-11:20 a.m.
Value Creation Through Engineering
Jeff Stephens, Senior Project Manager & V.P., Mid-South Engineering

11:25-11:45 a.m.
Emerging Trends in Technology Solutions for Improving Operational Performance
Bijan Shams, President, Cogent Industrial Technologies

CHIP CHIP HOORAY!
FROM THE WOODS TO THE WOOD YARD
Part I
(Room C)

10:35-10:55 a.m.
Customizing Your Procurement to the Resource
Rusty Booker, Vice President-Fiber Procurement, Drax Biomass

11:00-11:20 a.m.
Getting into Fuelwood Chipping
Deck Trevitt, Principal, Woodland Improvements

11:25-11:45 a.m.
Increasing the Market for Your Wood Fuel Product by Producing a Quality Product, While Maximizing the Efficiency of Your Wood Fuel Harvesting Operation
—Jerry Morey, President, Bandit Industries

11:50-12:10 p.m.
Optimize Your Worksite Efficiencies With A Tipper
—Joseph Canova, Vice President – Global Sales, Columbia Industries, LLC

AFTERNOON KEYNOTERS SESSION
(Rooms B-C)

1:35-1:40 p.m.
Remarks and Introductions
Dan Shell, Managing Editor, Wood Bioenergy magazine

1:45-2:05 p.m.
Poised for Growth: New Opportunities in the Biomass Energy Sector
Pete Madden, President and CEO, Drax Biomass

2:10-2:30 p.m.
Coal Replacement with Biomass: How Ontario Displaced Coal and Created New Supply Chains to Reinvigorate the Forestry Sector
Brent Boyko, Senior Manager Business Development, Ontario Power Generation

CONCURRENT SESSIONS
(Rooms A-B-C)

PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGIES
Part II

(Room A)

3:05-3:25 p.m.
Biocoal Production with CarbonFX Technology: A First Commercial Plant
Sylvain Bertrand, Directeur General/CEO, AIREX Énergie Inc.

3:30-3:50 p.m.
A 1st and 2nd Generation Combined White Wood Pellet and Torrefied Wood Production Facility in Canada
Jerry Ericsson, President, DIACARBON Energy Inc.

DUST CONTROL & SAFETY
(Room B)

3:05-3:25 p.m.
Dust Collection Design and Maintenance
Ben Kice, System Designer and South East Regional Sales Manager, Kice Industries, Inc.

3:30-3:50 p.m.
How to Reduce Risks of Combustible Dust: New Standards, New Technologies
—Jordan Newton, Vice President of Engineering, SonicAire/IES

3:55-4:15 p.m.
Prevention of Fires and Dust Explosions within the Biomass/Pellet Industry
—Mikael Jidenius, Area Sales Manager, North America, Firefly AB

4:20-4:40 p.m.
Proven Fire Protection Systems for the Wood Bioenergy Industry
—Jeff Nichols, Managing Partner, Industrial Fire Prevention

CHIP CHIP HOORAY!
FROM THE WOODS TO THE WOOD YARD
Part II
(Room C)

3:05-3:25 p.m.
Creating New Opportunities for Product Diversification and Growth in the Forestry Industry
—Michael Stanton, Regional Sales Manager, Morbark, Inc.

3:30-3:50 p.m.
Generating a Raw Material Supply for a New Wood Pellet Plant
—Keith Middleton, Procurement Manager, Fram Renewable Fuels, L.L.C.

3:55-4:15 p.m.
Logging Growth with Renewable Energy
—Stephen Tucker, Principal, Tidewater Land and Timber

4:20-4:40 p.m.
Mobile Chippers for Energy & Micro-Chips
—René van der Merwe, Sales Manager North America, Bruks

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6

MORNING KEYNOTERS SESSION
(Rooms B-C)

8:30-8:35 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks and Keynoters Introduction
Fred Kurpiel, Conference Co-Chairman

8:40-9:00 a.m.
Wood-Based Bioenergy: An Update for North America
Dr. Richard Vlosky, Director, Louisiana Forest Products Development Center

9:05-9:25 a.m.
Biomass Power in Arizona: Novo Power and the Future
Brad Worsley, President/CEO, Novo Power

9:30-9:50 a.m.
From the Forest Floor to Electric Energy
Norman Johnson, Manager Operations and Maintenance for the Contract Managed Assets, Dominion Virginia Power

CONCURRENT SESSIONS
(Rooms A-B-C)

DRYING & HANDLING TECHNOLOGIES
(Room A)

10:35-10:55 a.m.
Drying Performance with Wet Fuel Combustion
Tyler Player, Principal, Player Design, Inc.

11:00-11:20 a.m.
Total Solution Moisture Control for a Wood Pellet Mill
John Robinson, Principal; Roger Douglas, Director of Engineering; Drying Technology, Inc.

11:25-11:45 a.m.
Proper Engineering and the Choice of Material Handling Machinery
Dane Floyd, President, Biomass Engineering and Equipment

EPA & BIOMASS
(Room B)

10:35-10:55 a.m.
From the Tailoring Rule to State Implementation Plans: The EPA’s Evolving Position on Biomass
Carrie Annand, Vice President of External Affairs, Biomass Power Association

11:00-11:20 a.m.
Long-Term Forecast for Bioenergy Demand—US EPA’s Recent Curve Ball and How to React
Wes Younger, Managing Consultant, Trinity Consultants

AIR EMISSIONS CONTROL
(Room C)

10:35-10:55 a.m.
Dual-Biophase Bio-Oxidation—A Green, Energy-Efficient Approach to VOC and HAP Emission Destruction
Nathan Hess, Applications Engineer, Process Combustion Corp.

11:00-11:20 a.m.
Reducing RTO Annual Fuel Costs with Fine-Tuning Features
Rodney Pennington, VP of Key Accounts, NESTEC, Inc.

11:25-11:45 a.m.
Meeting EPA Emission Standards with Cyclones
—Mike Clark, PE, Regional Sales Manager, Fisher-Klosterman Emtrol

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