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17-18 March, 2010
Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
State College, PA 16801

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About the Shortcourse

Biomass heat and CHP (Combined Heat & Power) systems are a tremendous opportunity for providing clean, renewable, affordable energy for buildings and facilities.

However, it is necessary for designers and developers to understand the unique aspects of biomass energy systems if they wish to create systems that are efficient, productive, and cost effective.

Join us for an information-rich 1.5 day short course that will feature national leaders in biomass energy presenting the latest in advanced biomass energy systems. Discussion, feedback, and networking time will be an important aspect of the event. A special breakout session will be held on Day 2 that focuses on the design of commercial and institutional heat-only biomass systems. A certificate of continuing education credit (10.0 c.e. hours) will be issued, on request, to persons completing the course.

Who Should Attend?

The short course is designed for people who are interested in gaining an in-depth understanding of the design and operation of these systems. Typical participants include:

DAY ONE - March 17, 2010

8:30

Welcome, introductions, overview of schedule

8:45

Introduction to biomass chp systems: Dan Ciolkosz, Penn State

9:30

Feedstock availability and sustainability: Chuck Ray, Penn State

10:15

break

10:30

Fuel storage and handling: Larry Klope, BioEnergy Alternatives

11:15

Biomass combustion and gasification: Carl Dunaway, Nexterra

12:00

Lunch

13:00

Steam turbine systems for CHP: Girish Rajamani, Siemens

13:45

Biogas Production Systems: John Cuttica, USDOE

14:30

Opportunities for Cofiring: Rich Bain, NREL

15:15

Break

15:45

Carbon Footprint of CHP: Jim Freihaut, Penn State

16:30

Panel Discussion: Bob Wallace, Penn State

17:00

Reception and commercial displays


DAY TWO - March 18

8:30

Reconvene

8:35

Split into breakout groups

11:10

Breakout groups reconvene

11:15

Overcoming barriers to biomass development: John Karakesh, Resource Professionals Group

11:45

Closing comments and discussion: Jim Freihaut, Penn State

12:00

Close


Breakout Group A – Biomass CHP Systems

8:35

IC Engine Systems Technology: Don Spieth, GE Energy

9:15

Market and economic aspects: Rich Sweetser, Exergy Partners

10:00

Break

10:30

CHP vs SHP: Joe Orlando, Platinum Energy

11:10

Return to main group


Breakout Group B – Biomass Thermal Systems

8:35

Fuels for Schools and Beyond model and project process: Mike Palko, PA DCNR

9:15

Design configurations for small commercial biomass systems: Tom Wilson, Wilson Engineering

10:00

break

10:30

Cost effective design for biomass systems: Jim Babcock, Adv. Recycling

11:10

return to main group


Speakers

An extensive group of nationally known experts and practitioners from the fields of engineering, science, and natural resources will provide the newest developments in this fast-developing field.

The current list of speakers includes:

Registration Information

Online registration opens on Oct. 1, 2009. Program and registration information, including driving directions and lodging, is available online at: http://www.bioenergy.psu.edu/shortcourses.asp

Registration cost: $325 before 10 February, $450 afterwards. Corporate registration (including admission for one plus display space at reception) is $700. Registration includes event admission, informational packet, buffet lunch, reception, coffee, tea and snacks.

Contact

If you have questions, please contact:

This short course is sponsored by the Penn State Biomass Energy Center, the Penn State Architectural Engineering Department, and the Penn State Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Mid Atlantic Clean Energy Application Center.

Penn State is an Equal Opportunity University.

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