Advanced Biofuels Production Short Course 2013

Two Day Short Course
11-12 November, 2013
Philadelphia PA (Desmond Hotel and Great Valley Conference Center, Malvern)

About the Event

Efficient, effective biomass conversion to fuels, chemicals, and other products is the key to future growth of the bioenergy industry.  To that end, you are invited to attend the “Business of Biomass – Next Generation Biomass Conversion” short course on November 11 and 12 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The course is designed to provide an in-depth technical overview for the rapidly increasing number of professionals that need greater familiarity with the field of biofuels production, or that want to expand knowledge beyond their specialty.  

The short course brings together leading researchers and biofuels business developers who will provide insights into successful biofuel strategies and future trends.  Technology, economics, operations, and policy issues will all be covered, and a business roundtable discussion will focus on practical steps for developing successful industry strategies. Ample networking opportunities and a site tour of nearby biofuels facilities will serve to round out the event. 


Program (click the title to access presentation files)

11 November:
7:00 Registration opens; breakfast and networking
8:00 Welcome and Introductions
8:15 Opportunities for large scale biofuel production - Tom Richard, Penn State Biomass Energy Center
9:00 Biomass feedstocks - production, properties, structure - Stacy Bonos, Rutgers University
9:45 Break
10:00  Pretreatment and Saccarification Strategies - alternatives and comparisons - Deepti Tanjore, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
10:45  Fermentation Strategies - Tom Richard, Penn State Biomass Energy Center
11:30 Operational issues for transitioning to pilot plant scale - James Gardner, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
12:15 Lunch
13:00 Biorefinery Value Stream Outputs - Paul Smith, Penn State
13:45 Thermochemical conversion pathways - Ben Ballard, SUNY Morrisville
14:30 Break
14:45 Alternative Products and Coproducts - Colin South, Novogy
15:30 Biochemicals from biomass - Ramnik Singh, Myriant Technologies
16:15 Catalytic processing - Rob Rioux, Penn State
17:00 Reception
12 November:
7:00 breakfast and networking
8:00 Scaling up - from bench to biorefinergy - Susan Hennessey, DuPont Research & Development Experimental Station
8:45 Current vs. mature biorefinery systems - Bob Wallace, Booz Allen Hamilton
9:30 Break
10:00 Toward a sustainable bio-based economy - Sabrina Spatari, Drexel University
10:45  Economics of Scale for Biorefining - Dante Bonaquist, Praxair
11:15  Business roundtable - the future of biofuels
12:15 Lunch
13:00 Optional tour of bioenergy facilities



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This symposium is hosted By Penn State Extension in partnership with the Penn State Biomass Energy Center, the Lawrence Berkeley Lab Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit and the USDA-sponsored NEWBio Bioenergy Consortium - a regional partnership of universities, companies, and government agencies working together to grow the bioenergy industry in the Northeast US. Partial support is provided by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant No. 2012-68005-19703 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Penn State is an Equal Opportunity University.

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