Bioenergy Supply Chain Short Course 2013

One Day Short Course
August 16, 2013
State College, PA


The 2013 NEWBio Bioenergy Symposium focused on recent progress made towards buidling the sustainable bioenergy sector in the Northeast United States, and forged plans for combined efforts to grow this industry in the coming years. Presentations included industry updates from key NEWBio partners, research findings that will help inform future actions, and educational and extension programs that are working to catalyze growth in the region. Breakout discussions then convened to develop specific recommendations on how the NEWBio project can enable growth in key segments of the bioenergy sector.


Program (click on title to access available presentations)

(Note: more presentations to be added in the coming days)

8:00 Registration opens; coffee and networking
8:30 Welcome and Introductions
8:45 NEWBio Vision and Status - Tom Richard

Industry Updates - short summaries by industry partners of recent progress and future plans

Ernst Biomass - Calvin Ernst

Aloterra Energy - Jon Griswold

DoubleA Willow - Dennis Rak

10:30 Break

Industry Updates (continued) –short summaries by industry partners of recent progress and future plans

Praxair - Dante Bonaquist

Primus Green Energy - Nan Li

AFS Energy - Paul Lewandowski

11:15 Lunch

NEWBio Project Progress Shorts - brief updates on project status:

Feedstock Development - Larry Smart

Harvest Preprocessing & Logistics - Jingxin Wang

Extension - Mike Jacobson

Safety and Health - Doug Schaufler

Human Systems - Theresa Selfa

Sustainability Systems - Armen Kemanian

Education - Dan Ciolkosz

13:45 Breakout Discussion Sessions

Group 1: Biofuels Industry

Group 2: Heat and Power Industry: Discussion Summary

Group 3: Pellet Production: Discussion Summary

Group 4: Alternate Markets: Discussion Summary


Research Poster Session

Abstracts of all posters

Top Prize Poster: Genetic Approaches To Increase Anthracnose Resistance In Switchgrass Shannon Hennessey, Hilary Mayton, Lisa Beirn, Stacy Bonos.

Second Prize Poster: Improving ethanol production from switchgrass using a symbiotic bacteria/yeast consortium. Trevor R. Zuroff, Salvador Barri Xiques, Rachel L. Fore and Dr. Wayne R. Curtis.

Third Prize Poster: A Novel Estimation of the Nitrogen Demand of Miscanthus x Giganteus. Amanda Ramcharan, Armen R. Kemanian and Thomas L. Richard

16:30 Close


Thank you! to our industry partners who contributed their time and expertise to the symposium:


This symposium was organized by Penn State Extension, the Penn State Biomass Energy Center, and the "NEWBio" northeast regional woody/warm season biomass consortium - a regional partnership of universities, companies, and government agencies working together to grow the bioenergy industry in the Northeast US. Partial funding 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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