Penn State's Biomass Energy Center sponsors an annual series of advanced short course training opportunities for emerging bioenergy topics.  National and international experts in biomass energy are brought together to deliver the latest developments in bioenergy, and to provide an opportunity for the biomass energy industry to meet fellow stakeholders and network with other bioenergy experts. 

Topics and schedules for upcoming events are posted here as they become available, as well as presentations from recent events. 

For questions, or to be placed on the short course mailing list, please contact Daniel Ciolkosz at

Short courses 2015

This Year's Shortcourses

Wood Energy Projects for Commercial and Institutional Facilities

One Day Short Course: 21 July, 2015, State College PA

This short course will be held at the 2015 “World of Wood” Conference Register for the short course only, or for the full 5-day conference!


Registration for the one-day short course is $65 if you register by June 15 ($85 thereafter), and includes lunch, snacks, handouts, and site visit transportation.

Register online at


This one day short course provides an in-depth introduction to the use of wood energy systems to provide heat or heat and power to commercial and institutional scale facilities. These “fuels for schools” type projects have proven themselves to be cost effective and popular with their owners, and many opportunities exist in the region to expand the use of renewable, sustainable wood heat in a manner that safeguards air quality and enhances the health of our forests. Come learn about system design, fuel sourcing, and successful project development, followed by a tour of a nearby wood energy facility at Penns Valley School District.


Questions? Contact Dan Ciolkosz at, 814-863-3484

Previous Shortcourses (some with presentations)

  • New Markets for Bioenergy Crops (21 May 2014)
  • Next Generation Biomass Conversion, 11-12 November 2013
  • Bioenergy Research Symposium, 16 August 2013
  • Pellets and Power, 25 June 2013
  • Bioenergy Supply Chain Business Opportunities Short Course (April, 2013)
  • View Presentations: Northeast Grass Energy Short Course (Oct 2012)
  • View Presentations: Bioenergy Emissions and Health Impacts Short Course (Mar 2012)
  • View Program: Bioenergy Symposium 2012 (Feb 2012)
  • View Presentations: Wood Energy in the Northeast Short Course (Nov 2011)
  • View Presentations: Bioenergy Life Cycle Analysis (July 2011)
  • View Presentations: Winter Crops for Bioenergy (March 2011)
  • View presentations: Biomass Combined Heat and Power Systems (November 2010)
  • View presentations: Cellulosic Supply Chains for Bioenergy (November 2010)
  • View presenations: Emissions and Health Impacts of Biomass Combustion (May 2010)
  • View flyer: Advanced Biodiesel Production (October 2009)
  • View flyer: Community Scale Bioenergy (July 2009)
  • View schedule: Cellulosic Ethanol Production (March 2009)