Biomass 2012 Agenda


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BIOMASS 2012: Confronting Challenges, Creating Opportunities
Sustaining a Commitment to Bioenergy
July 10-11, 2012
Washington, D.C. Convention Center
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
7:00 AM – 8:15 AM Breakfast and Registration
Room: Cherry Blossom Ballroom Lobby
8:15 AM – 8:30 AM Welcoming Remarks
Room: Cherry Blossom Ballroom
Paul Bryan, Program Manager, Biomass Program, U.S. Department of Energy
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Opening Keynotes - "Federal Perspectives on Bioenergy"
Room: Cherry Blossom Ballroom

Keynote Speakers:
Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy
Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture
Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy Installations and Environment)

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM  Break/Networking Opportunity 
Room: Cherry Blossom Ballroom
10:15 AM – 11:45 AM  Opening Plenary Session: "Broadening the Bioenergy Horizon"
A discussion on the bioenergy technologies of the future, and the role of industry, government, and financiers in realizing that vision.
Room: Cherry Blossom Ballroom

Michael McAdams, President, Advanced Biofuels Association

David Berry, Partner, Flagship Ventures
Eric Toone, Deputy Director, ARPA-e, Department of Energy
Harrison Dillon, President and Chief Technology Officer, Solazyme, Inc.
Mark Iden, Deputy Director of Operations, Defense Logistics Agency Energy

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Platinum Sponsor Presentation -- Novozymes
Room: Cherry Blossom Ballroom

Adam Monroe, President, Novozymes North America

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM 

Lunch and Break with Exhibitors
Room: Exhibition Hall E 
1:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Guest Speaker
Room: Cherry Blossom Ballroom

Chuck Leavell, musician/author/environmental activist, co-founder of the Mother Nature Network

1:45 PM – 3:15 PM 

General Session Debate: "What is the Best Use of Biomass?"
Room: Cherry Blossom Ballroom

Jim Lane
Editor and Publisher, Biofuels Digest

Motion 1: Limited biomass resources should be used to produce fuels and products, rather than to generate electricity.

Mike McAdams, President, Advanced Biofuels Association
Bob Cleaves, Chief Executive Officer, Biomass Power Association

Motion II: Federal funding for biofuels should focus primarily on the development of infrastructure-compatible, hydrocarbon fuels.

Rick Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, Cobalt Technologies
Wes Bolsen, Chief Marketing Officer, Coskata

Motion III: More environmental regulations are needed to prevent unsustainable agricultural practices or deforestation resulting from an expanding bioenergy industry.

Brooke Coleman, Executive Director, Advanced Ethanol Council
Nathanael Greene, Director of Renewable Energy Policy, National Resources Defense Council

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM  Break/Networking Opportunity
Room: Cherry Blossom Ballroom Lobby 
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM 

Technical Track Breakout Session 1:
Track 1: Conversion Pathways for Bioenergy: Cellulosic Bioproducts
This session will highlight discussions on emerging biomass conversion technologies that target valueadded chemicals and how these "bioproducts" help diversify the biorefining value chain and enable market-readiness.

Joyce Yang, Technology Manager, Biomass Program, Department of Energy

Gary Diamond
, Development and Manufacturing, Codexis, Inc.
David Anton, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Process
Oliver Peoples, Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President of Research, Metabolix, Inc.
Andrew Held, Director of Feedstock Development, Virent Energy Systems, Inc.

Track 2: Competing Uses for a Constrained Feedstock Supply: Risks and Opportunities
This session will address ways in which the development of seemingly competing uses of feedstock resources can promote partnerships and novel strategies. The impact of existing and potential future policy drivers will also be considered.

John Ferrell, Feedstocks Team Lead, Biomass Program, U.S. Department of Energy

William "Butch" Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, Flambeau River BioFuels Inc.
Doug Freeman, Information Technology Project Manager, New Page
Mike Edgerton, Ethanol and Quality Traits Technical Lead, Monsanto
Greg Letarte, Director of Engineering, Louisiana Pacific Corporation
Mike Cecava, Director of Feed Technology Research, Archer -Daniels-Midland

Track 3: Applications of Efficient Use of Biomass for Heat and Power
This session will explore the opportunities for biomass in heat and power applications. The speakers span the industrial spectrum of this topic area; presentations will range from technology and applications to the consideration of industry impacts through Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS).

Elliot Levine, Technology Manager, Biomass Program, U.S. Department of Energy

Dave O'Conner, Biomass Projects Manager, Electric Power Research Institute
Benjamin Thorp, Vice President and Board Chairman, Biorefinery Deployment Consortium
Phil McKenzie, Manager of Business Development-Advanced Technologies, Babcox & Wilcox
John Saintcross, Program Manager, New York State Energy Research Development Authority

Track 4: Beyond EISA: Policy and Regulatory Mechanisms to Expand the Bioeconomy
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 addresses the need to replace fossil fuels with clean and renewable sources and achieve a sustainable bioeconomy. This discussion will focus on regulations and incentives for biomass-derived energy and products.

Suzanne Hunt, President, Hunt Green LLC

Ron Buckhalt, Program Manager, BioPreferred Program U.S. Department of Agriculture
Greg Dierkers, Senior Energy Policy Analyst, National Governors Association
Harrison Pittman, Research Assistant Professor of Law Center Director, National Agricultural Law Center
Jeremy I. Martin, Senior Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists

Track 5: Strategic Approaches to an International Bioenergy Industry
This session will explore the unique benefits and drawbacks of implementing international biomass and bioenergy business strategies, and the potential impacts of an expanded bioenergy industry on economic development and environmental sustainability.

Sheila Moynihan, Presidential Management Fellow, Biomass Program, Department of Energy

Richard Simmons, Energy and Biofuels Officer, Department of State
Chris Dragisic, Manager, Business Practices, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Conservation International
Mark Fraser, Chief Technolgy Officer-North America, EADS-Airbus
Steve Bobzin, Director of Technology Planning, Ceres
Craig Evens, American Biomass Trade Cooperative, Vice President of Product Development, Rennovia, Inc.

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM  Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall 
Room: Exhibition Hall E
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM  Registration
Room: Cherry Blossom Ballroom Lobby
Room: Exhibition Hall E
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Congressional Keynotes
Room: Cherry Blossom Ballroom

Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Senator (D-MN)

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM  Opening Plenary - "Industry Perspectives on Bioenergy"
The future of bioenergy - from the perspective of the existing biofuels industry and from companies with an emerging interest in bioenergy.
Room: Cherry Blossom Ballroom

Matt Carr
, Managing Director, Biotechnology Industry Organization

Keynote Speakers:
James Sturdevant, Director of Project Liberty, POET
Richard Wynne, Director of Environment and Aviation Policy, Boeing Company
Henry Bryndza, Director of Biochemical Science and Engineering – Biomaterials, Dupont
Mark Maher, General Motors Executive Director for Powertrain and Vehicle Integration

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Room: Cherry Blossom Ballroom Lobby

10:15 AM – 12:15 PM 

Technical Track Breakout Session 2:
Track 1: Conversion Pathways for Bioenergy: Upgrading of Intermediates
This session will focus on a breadth of biomass-derived processing intermediates and how they can be utilized and upgraded to produce fuels and chemicals.

Paul Grabowski, Technology Manager, Biomass Program, U.S. Department of Energy

Dan Burciaga
, President and CEO, ThermoChem Recovery International, Inc. (TRI)
James Rekoske, Senior Process Engineer, UOP-Honeywell
Glenn Johnston, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Gevo, Inc.
Laurel Harmon, Vice President of Government Relations, LanzaTech

Track 2: Moving Algae Biofuels from “Potential” to “Practice”
This session will focus on approaches being undertaken by industry to enable the affordable, scalable, and sustainable production of algae biofuels. The speakers will provide their industry perspectives on current progress and next steps needed to move algae biofuels from "promise" to "practice".

Ron Pate, Principal Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories

David Hazleback, Biofuels Program Manager, General Atomics
Joel Butler
, Chief Executive Officer, Solix BioSystems
Gregory Schwartz, Director of Systems Engineering, Kent Bioenergy
Brian Goodall, Vice President for Business Development, SRS
Hoyt H. Thomas, President and Chief Executive Officer, OpenAlgae

Track 3: Industry Perspective on Products and Commercial Pathways and the
Impact on Supplying the Whole Barrel
This session will explore industry efforts to create commercial pathways for biofuels and bioproducts, increased capabilities for their production and use, and will discuss the reasons and impacts associated with these efforts.

Neil Rossmeissl, Technology Manager, Biomass Program, U.S. Department of Energy

Todd Werpy, Vice President of Biofuels and Biochemical Research, Archer Daniels
Linda Beltz, Director of Technology Partnerships, Weyerhaeser
Mark Jones, Technology Strategy Development Scientist, Dow
Rober Schuetzle, Chief Executive Officer, SynTerra Energy

Track 4: Investment Risks of New Technology Innovation - The Views of Venture
Capitalists, DOE, and IPA
A discussion with government, industry, and venture capitalists as to their approaches to the risks of new technology development and how those perspectives impact investments in biorefineries.

Brian Duff, Chief Engineer, Biomass Program, U.S. Department of Energy

Andras Marton, Project Analyst, Independent Project Analysis
Doug Cameron, Founder and Managing Director, Alberti Advisors
Todd Pray, Director of Project ManagementAmyris
Carol Babb, Renewable Generation Services Director, RW Beck/SAIC
Brian Baynes, Partner, Flagship Ventures
Ajit Nazre, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Track 5: Assessing Critical Needs and Roles in Developing the Bioenergy Workforce
of the Future
This session will discuss recently conducted and ongoing studies of bioenergy workforce needs and gaps, and ask what role the federal government and other key entities should play in the advanced bioenergy arena.

Amy Schwab, Systems Integration Lead, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

David Swenson, Associate Scientist, Iowa State
Daniel Cassidy, National Program Leader, USDA NIFA
Jill Stuckey, Director, Georgia Center of Innovation for Energy
Sarah Thornton, Director for Biofuels and Biomass Policy, Biotechnology Industry
Troy Runge, Associate Professor of Biological Systems Engineering, Wisconson Bioenergy Initiative
Kristen Johnson, Presidential Management Fellow, Biomass Program, U.S. Department of Energy 

12:15 PM – 1:45 PM  Lunch
Room: Exhibition Hall E
1:45 PM – 3:15 PM 

Technical Track Breakout Session 3:

Track 1: Conversion Pathways for Bioenergy – Thinking Beyond Gasoline and
Gasoline Additives
This session addresses the need to replace the whole barrel of oil by focusing on biomass conversion technologies that aim to commercialize fuel and chemical products that go beyond displacing only gasoline consumption.

Leslie Pezzullo, Technology Manager, Biomass Program, U.S. Department of Energy

Steve Hutcheson
, Founder, AE Zymitis
Paul Spindler, Vice President, Technology, Catchlight Energy, LLC
Harold A. WrightSenior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Rentech, Inc.
Jostein Gabrielsen, Senior Process Engineer, Haldor Topsoe

Track 2: Balancing Economics and Ecosystems to Reach a Billion Tons
This session will focus on the environmental implications of meeting competing needs for biomass, and will examine the assumptions inherent to the updated Billion Ton Study. In particular, the session speakers will address land-use change and crop productivity.

Allison Welde, Director, Conservation Partnerships and Communications, Sustainable
Forestry Initiative, Inc. – CONFIRMED

Richard Nelson, Director and Department Head, Engineering Extension Programs,
Kansas State University
Laurence Eaton, Economist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Dr. Timothy Volk, Research Associate, State University of New York – College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Will McDow, Manager of Southeast Center for Conservation Incentives, Environmental
Defense Fund

Track 3: Consumer Choice: End Uses of Biofuel
This session will explore various end-use considerations for expanding our nation’s use of biofuels, the infrastructure considerations, and the use of biofuels in personal, fleet and specialty vehicles.

Dennis Smith, Director of Clean Cities Program, Vehicle Technologies Program, U.S. Department of Energy

Lee Slezak, Vehicle Systems Manager, Vehicle Technologies Program, U.S. Department of Energy
Forrest Jehlik, Research Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory
Claude Masters, Manager Acquisition and Fuel, Florida Light and Power
Kellie Walsh
, Executive Director, Central Indiana Clean Cities Alliance, Inc.

Track 4: Strategies to Build the Next Generation Biorefineries - What is the
This session will focus on the key partnerships between Feedstock Suppliers, Conversion Technology Providers, and Fuel Off-take Partners in order to create financeable projects.

Neil Rossmeissl, Technology Manager, Biomass Program, U.S. Department of Energy

Gerson Santos, Corporate Director, Abengoa
John McKenna, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Hamilton Clark and CO.
Theodora Retsina, mChief Executive Officer, American Process Inc.
Dan Tobin, Program Manager, Loan Guarantee Program, U.S. Department of Energy

Track 5: Biofuels in Flight: The Path for Aviation Biofuels
This session will provide an update on the progress being made to piece together the unique supply chain for greener and more sustainable bio-based aviation fuels.

Joanne Morello
, AAAS Fellow, Biomass Program, U.S. Department of Energy

Steven Barker
, Director, Technical Fuel Services and Standards, Air Transport Association
Rich Altman, Executive Director, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative
James Edwards, Chemical Engineer, Air Force Research Laboratory
Patrick Mazza, Research Director, Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM  Break/Networking Opportunity
Room: Cherry Blossom Ballroom Lobby
3:30 PM – 4:45 PM 

Plenary Session: "Moving Toward the Horizon" 
A discussion of near term actions needed to create the bioenergy economy of the future.
Room: Cherry Blossom Ballroom

Jim Nussle, President, Growth Energy – CONFIRMED

Sharlene Weatherwax, Associate Director of Science in Biological and Environmental Research, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy
John McKenna, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Hamilton Clark & Co.
Barbara Bramble, Chair, Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels

4:45 PM – 5:00 PM 

Closing Remarks
Room: Cherry Blossom Ballroom

Paul Bryan, Program Manager, Biomass Program, U.S. Department of Energy

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