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Biomass Combined Heat and Power Systems
17-18 November, 2010

Four Points Sheraton, Greensburg, PA

State College, PA 16801

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Schedule (Presentation links)

Day 1

8:30 Sign-in and Coffee
9:00 Welcome and Introductions
9:15 CHP Fundamentals and History
10:00 Owner and Societal Benefits of CHP
10:30 Break
10:45 Biomass Supply and Availability
11:30 De-mystifying Wood as a Biomass Fuel
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Native Grasses as a Biomass Fuel
13:45 Biomass CHP Emissions
14:30 CHP Qualifiers and Considerations
15:15 Break
15:30 CHP Economics in Pennsylvania
16:15 Alternative Energy Credits and CHP in Pennsylvania
16:45 Reception

Day 2

8:30 Reconvene
8:35 Combustion Units for Biomass
9:00 Organic Rankine Cycle Systems
9:30 Steam Turbine Systems for CHP
10:00 Fuel Storage and Handling for Solid Fuel Biomass
10:30 Break
10:45 CHP System Thermal Design
11:30 Energy and Policy Trends
12:00 Lunch
12:45 Tour of Greensburg Thermal


About the Event

One of the major opportunities for industrial and commercial building designers is to create
facilities that are both economically and ecologically viable.  Biomass based Combined Heat and Power systems promise to be a significant component of future green building efforts, providing thermal and electrical needs from locally-produced, renewable fuel.  Several new and ongoing projects
in the region are successfully using biomass CHP to supply their needs, and there is scope for strong growth in this sector in the coming years. 

Join us for this outstanding 1.5-day event featuring expert presentations, discussion and networking opportunities.  Lunches, coffee, and a reception on Day 1 provide opportunities for networking and discussing issues and ideas.  The meeting will also feature a tour of the Greensburg Thermal plant, an innovative CHP facility that is spearheading a conversion from coal to biomass for its fuel feedstock. 

Who Should Attend?

Design engineers, architects, and project developers will benefit from this technical event - especially those interested in developing an understanding of biomass CHP systems and the role they can play in future projects. Continuing Professional Development credit is available for professional engineers. 


We are pleased to have some of the state and nation's top experts in biomass energy and CHP at the event. This is an outstanding opportunity to interact with leaders in the field and gain real understanding about this important opportunity.

Current speakers include:

Registration Information

Register online at:
Registration cost: $130. - includes full buffet lunch, morning and afternoon coffee break.
Early Bird Registration (before Oct 22nd): $95


Catalyst Connection Clean Energy Application Center Penn State


If you have questions, please contact:
Daniel Ciolkosz at, 814-863-3484

This workshop is organized by the Penn State Biomass Energy Center

Penn State is an Equal Opportunity University.

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