The 2014 Bioenergy Fuels & Products Conference & Expo has released its first list of speakers and moderators for the event to be held March 18-19 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The preliminary list includes 40 participants, representing a range of technologies and products. Additional speakers will be announced soon.

The latest addition to the Keynote Speakers lineup is Huey Long, senior principal at Mountain Creek Group. Long has worked in the forest products industry for nearly half a century, serving in various capacities from forest management and fiber procurement to manufacturing executive, including his current role as a consultant for wood fiber utilization firms desiring to initiate, operate or improve their management processes and protocols. He is a professional forester who began his career with the U.S. Forest Service. Long was appointed to President Clinton’s Provincial Advisory Committee as part of the Northwest Forest Plan, and is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Partners of the Cherokee National Forest.

Long joins previously announced keynoters Rick Holley, CEO, Plum Creek Timber; John Campbell, managing director, Rollcast Energy; Bill Gaston, principal, Wood Resource Recovery; Steven Hall, senior project manager, ReEnergy Holdings; Malcolm Swanson, president, Astec, Inc.

The Bioenergy Conference & Expo is hosted by Wood Bioenergy and Panel World magazines and Georgia Research Institute.

Each morning starts with a general session, featuring the keynoters, followed by simultaneous technology sessions in the meeting rooms.

The initial list of speakers includes:

—Lou Boos, president, Nordic Engineering
—Brian Buchanan, material handling manager, ProcessBarron
—John Campbell, managing director, Rollcast Energy
—Brad Carr, president, Integrated Environmental Solutions
—Daniel Cassens, professor Dept. of Forestry, Purdue University
—Giordano Checchi, owner, Sunomi LLC
—Benjamin Davis, vice president business development, Domtec
—Bill Gaston, principal, Wood Resource Recovery
—Seth Ginther, executive director, U.S. Industrial Pellet Assn.
—Dr. Rakesh Govind, president, PRD Tech
—Steve Gray, Gray Wood Systems
—Jim Hall, president, JWH Associates
—Steven Hall, senior project manager, ReEnergy Holdings
—Rick Holley, CEO, Plum Creek Timber
—Tim Hughes, director of Biofuels, Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet
—Andrew Johnson, vice president, TSI Inc.
—Soile Kilpi, principal, Pöyry Management Consulting
—Dirk Koltze, executive vice president, Büttner,
—Huey Long, senior principal, Mountain Creek Group
—Kurt Malzer, executive vice president, Fulghum Fibres Div. of Rentech
—Jarrad Markley, chief product engineer, TSI Inc.
—Cam McAlpine, president, PR Media Strategic Communications
—Dean McCraw, principal, McCraw Energy
—Martin Morrill, director air purification, Clariant
—Ryan Morrow, area sales manager, Firefly
—Steven Nelson, general manager, Wolf Material Handling Systems
—Zarko Ognjenovic, CEO, MJ Wood
—Jose Pedrajas, CEO, Prodesa NA
—Justin Price, principal, Evergreen Engineering
—Charlie Schulz, COO, Seeger Green Energy
—Bijan Shams, president, Cogent Industrial Technologies
—Dominik Steiner, process engineer, Scheuch
—Dr. William Strauss, president, FutureMetrics
—Malcolm Swanson, president, ASTEC, Inc.

Subject matters in the sessions will include The Industrial Wood Pellet Sector: An Overview from the U.S. Forest to the UK and EU Power Plant; Fire Safety for Pellet Manufacturing and Port Terminal Storage, Handling and Ship Loading; Dryer Island Technologies; Air Emissions and Dust Control; The State of Woody Raw Material Supply for Bioenergy Applications; Process and Operational Efficiencies; Fuel Procurement and Wood Yard Handling and much more.

Immediately following the Bioenergy Conference is the Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo on March 20-21, also at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center. Many exhibitors and attendees participate in both conferences. Both events are held in the Grand Ballroom North of the Omni Hotel.

As of early January the expo portion of the Bioenergy expo was 99% sold out, with only a few booths remaining.