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Biomass Carbonization & Torrefaction Summit

Biomass Carbonization & Torrefaction Summit

The Biomass Carbonization & Torrefaction Summit is a one-day, intensive conversation about the promise of upgrading biomass streams via torrefaction or the production of biochar and the markets that await the developers and producers who can scale-up and efficiently manufacture commercial volumes of these products. Attendees can expect conversations about downstream energy markets, but the program’s inclusion of biochar will introduce new market segments to a biomass audience more familiar with traditional power or heat markets. Additionally, the Biomass Carbonization & Torrefaction Summit will examine how the production of torrefied biomass and biochar will fit into the existing biomass supply chain and how it might propel the broader biomass sector even further forward.

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General Registration

If you have any questions on registration or rates please give us a call at 866-746-8385.

Summit Registration* $299.00

Add-on to Biomass Conference $249.00

*Price includes admission to all pre-conference events, and food and beverage, to the International Biomass Conference & Expo's Grand Opening & Welcome Reception on Monday night



Monday, April 16
Ballroom B

7:30 am – 8:30 am Breakfast
Ballroom A

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8:30 am – 9:10 am Exploring the Potential for Torrefaction as a Forest Management Tool
Moderator: Anna Simet, Editor, Biomass Magazine
  • Brian Brashaw, Program Manager, Forest Products Marketing Unit, U.S. Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory
    Advancing Development and Markets for Hazardous Fuels through Torrefaction
  • Wayne Lei, Chief Technical Officer, Oregon Torrefaction for the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities
    Experience Using Two Different Kiln Type Torrefiers and Review of Model Test Burn Results
9:10 am – 10:40 am How Biochar Production Can Perfectly Complement Heat and Power Production
Moderator: Anna Simet, Editor, Biomass Magazine
  • Tom Miles, Biomass Energy Engineering Consultant, T.R. Miles Technical Consulting
    Overview: U.S. Biochar Initiative, Oregon
  • Jonah Levine, Development Manager, Confluence Energy/Biochar Solutions Inc.
    Biochar and Thermal Energy Production; Product Utilization and Market Examples
  • Greg Stangl, CEO, Phoenix Energy
    Biochar and the Power of ‘And’
10:40 am – 11:10 am Networking Break
Ballroom A

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11:10 am – 12:00 pm Why We Need Torrefied Biomass: Markets Where Torrefied Biomass is a Solution When Other Biomass Streams Aren’t
Moderator: Anna Simet, Editor, Biomass Magazine
  • Joseph James, President, Agri-Tech Producers LLC (ATP)
    Using ATP’s Patent-Pending CRBBP Process to Multi-Task Bio-crops and Their Resulting Biomass to Innovatively Lower Remediation, Biomass and Torrefied Bioproduct and Biofuel Costs
  • Paul Polak, Founder & CEO, Transform Energy
    Torrefaction as a Village-based Poverty Eradication Strategy
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Networking Lunch
Ballroom A

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1:30 pm – 3:00 pm A Close Look at the Commercial Scale Production of Torrefied Biomass
Moderator: Anna Simet, Editor, Biomass Magazine
  • Sudhagar Mani, Associate Professor, University of Georgia
    Integration of Torrefaction Technology with Existing Wood Pellet Mills
  • Donald Fosnacht, Associate Director, Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota
    Use of Hydrothermal Carbonization and Torrefaction for Preparing Biomass for Solid Fuels and Advanced Chemicals
  • Jagannadh Satyavolu, Theme Leader, Biomass/Biofuels, Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research
    A “Binder-Free” Approach to Producing Torrefied Biomass Briquettes
  • Becky Long, Dryer Design Engineer, Industrial Accessories/Konza Renewable Fuels
    The Key to Unlocking Large-Scale, Industrial Production of Biocoal
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Networking Break
Ballroom A

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3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Where Biochar is Adding Real Value and Finding Marketplace Traction as a Result
Moderator: Anna Simet, Editor, Biomass Magazine
  • Kelby Fite, VP & Director of Research, Bartlett Tree Experts
    Adding Biochar in the Soil Amelioration Process: An Arborist’s Perspective
  • Mark Highland, President, The Organic Mechanics Soil Company
    Adding Value by Using Biochar Soil Amendments in Custom Engineered Soils
  • James Murphy, President/Owner, Waste To Energy Inc.
    Building Markets through Dependability and Consistency of Products
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Grand Opening & Welcome Reception for the International Biomass Conference & Expo
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