Bioenergy Supply Chain Short Course 2013

One Day Short Course
April 23, 2013
Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, State College PA

Organized by the Penn State Biomass Energy Center and the NEWBio regional bioenergy consortium

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About the Event

The bioenergy supply chain - the system needed to move feedstock from the grower to the user - has the potential to be absolutely massive - accounting for as much as 1.3 billion tons of product per year. How will such a volume of material be moved to market? What knowledge and contacts do you need to take advantage of this transport and logistics business opportunity? Bioenergy supply chains promise to be different - while we can learn from how product is moved in related industries, truly successful supply chain businesses need to understand the unique aspects of bioenergy so that they can take advantage of the right approaches to make the system work well.

Join us for this outstanding short course which will include a full day of presentations and discussions from both researchers and industry experts who are working to make the emerging bioenergy supply chain a reality. 


Who Should Attend?

Haulers, contract harvesters, logistics consultants, project developers, entrepreneurs and farmers interested in getting involved in the bioenergy industry are especially encouraged to register, as this event will provide you with contacts and knowledge that you need to be successful in this sector. Similarly, policy specialists, researchers, engineers, and agricultural specialists will also benefit greatly from the experience, presentations, and networking to be gained at this event. All are welcome.  



23 April, 2013
8:00 Registration opens
8:30 Welcome and Introductions
8:45 Understanding a biomass supply chain
9:30 Demand side perspectives - the biorefinery's needs
10:15 Break
10:30  Supply side perspectives - What growers are looking for
11:15 Moving straw and hay in the Northeast
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Third party business perspectives - setting up supply systems
13:45 Learning from Ag supply chains
14:30 Break
14:45 The forest biomass supply chain
15:30 Developing business models for biomass
16:15 Close



Speakers for this short course include nationally recognized experts in perrenial grass energy production and utiliztion. Speakers include:

Andy Bater – Fifth Estate Growers

Jim Beierlein – Penn State Department of Agricultural Economics

Nick Fitzpatrick – Aden Brook

Yaru Liu – Penn State, Smeal College of Business

Alan Metzler – Metzler Forest Products

Richard Schroeder – BioResource Management Inc.

Evelyn Thomchick - Penn State, Smeal College of Business




The short course will be held at the beautiful Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in State College, PA. The facility is located in the Penn State Innovation Park, adjacent to the university campus. For directions to the site, visit

Lodging is available at the Penn Stater for the reduced rate of $105 per night. Please call the hotel's reservations department at (800) 233-7505 and reference the Reservation Identification Number: BIOD13B - no later than March 23.


Attend Virtually

Attending in person is always the most beneficial option, allowing for better learning, sharing, and networking than is possible otherwise. However, sometimes it's just not possible to travel to the short course location. If you can't come join us, you can still register to attend "online", using our online meeting system to access audio and screen materials, and ask questions of the speakers in real time. When you register, be sure to select "online attendance" so that we know to send you instructions for accessing the meeting site.



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Early bird registration (before March 31) is $95. After that, registration rises to $145. Registration for the short course includes admission to the event, short course packet of materials, full buffet lunch at the Gardens Restaurant, and both morning and afternoon beverages and snacks.



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This workshop is organized by a regional partnership of Penn State Extension and the Penn State Biomass Energy Center, with the "NEWBio" northeast regional woody/warm season biomass consortium.

Penn State is an Equal Opportunity University.

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