U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Bioenergy Technologies Office

Biomass 2012: Day 2

This page displays the agenda and links to available presentations and video highlights from the first day of Biomass 2012. To view the agenda, presentations, and video highlights from day one, please visit the Biomass 2012: Day 1 page. Approved presentations have been made available via secure PDFs—copying or using any materials without the consent of the presentation owner is prohibited.

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Introduction and Overview of the Bioenergy Technologies Office and Conference Co-Host

  • Valerie Reed, Acting Program Director, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Joanne Ivancic, Executive Director, Advanced Biofuels USA

Opening Congressional Keynotes

Opening Federal Keynotes

  • Dallas Tonsager, Under Secretary of Rural Development, U. S. Department of Agriculture
  • Sharon E. Burke,* Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans & Programs, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Cheryl Martin,* Deputy Director of ARPA-E Commercialization

Breakout Session 2

Session 2-A – Financing Strategies for Advanced Biorefineries
This breakout session discussed both domestic and international opportunities for commercial-scale biorefineries. As these projects are characterized by risks in feedstock, technology, and product off-take agreements, this session discussed strategies to overcome financial challenges.

  • Mark Riedy (Moderator), Partner, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • Alejandro Zamorano-Cadavid,* U.S. Lead Bioenergy Analyst, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
  • John May, Managing Director, Stern Brothers & Co.
  • Joseph A. Regnery,* Senior Vice President Government & Regulatory Affairs, ZeaChem Inc.
  • David H. Scott, Executive Vice President & National Utility Practice Leader, Willis North America
  • Craig O'Connor, Director – Office of Renewable Energy & Environment Exports, Export-Import Bank of the United States
  • Jørn Fredsgaard Sørensen, Chief Consultant,  Eksport Kredit Fonden 
  • Lynn Tabernacki, Managing Director, Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development, Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Session 2-B – Thoughtful Landscape Design for Bioenergy and Ecosystem Sustainability
This session reframed the land-use change discussion to focus on innovative land management approaches that maximize both economic and environmental benefits. Panelists discussed strategies for designing landscapes that optimize productivity while maintaining or improving ecological attributes such as water quality, soil quality, and biodiversity.

  • Maria C. Negri (Moderator), Principal Agronomist/Environmental Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory 
  • Paul R. Adler, Research Agronomist, U.S. Department of Agriculture–ARS, Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research 
  • Bill McGuire, Founder, Bill McGuire Conservation 
  • Jeff Volenec, Professor of Agronomy, Purdue University 
  • Fred D. Circle, President and Chief Executive Officer, FDC Enterprises

Session 2-C – The Road Less Traveled: Alternative Pathways to Biofuels and Products
This session covered novel and innovative approaches to converting biomass to intermediates and intermediates to hydrocarbon transportation fuel blendstocks and products. Biochemical, thermochemical, catalytic, and hybrid approaches were considered, and panelists discussed recent technical advancements and the current state of technology.

  • Joyce Yang (Moderator), Technology Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Paul Spindler,* Vice President, Technology, Catchlight Energy LLC 
  • Nelson R. Barton,* Vice President, R&D, Genomatica 
  • Terry Marker, Bioenergy Initiatives Manager, GTI 
  • Kara Lawrence,* Vice President Finance and Treasury, Elevance Renewable Sciences

Session 2-D – Aviation Biofuels: Are you Getting on Board?
A fuels and aviation industry-based discussion on the advantages, availability, and performance of biomass-derived aviation fuels.

  • Paul Grabowski (Moderator), Technology Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy 
  • Richard Altman, Executive Director, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative 
  • Nate Brown, Alternative Fuels Project Manager, Federal Aviation Administration 
  • Joachim Buse, Vice President Aviation Biofuels, Lufthansa German Airlines 
  • Steve Csonka, Director Environmental Strategy & Ecomagination, GE Aviation 
  • Robert Sturtz, Managing Director of Strategic Sourcing–Fuel, United Airlines 
  • Joshua Pearson, Manager of Biorefinery Integration, Rentech Inc.

Session 2-E – Cellulosic Derived Sugars (CDS): Realizing the Opportunities and Challenges–Could this be the Future of Bioenergy?
The specialized production and commoditization of cellulosic sugars could serve as the impetus for revolutionary market transformation for biobased industries, including biobased transportation fuels, specialty chemicals, and other co-products. The session speakers provided unique insight into the opportunities and challenges of pioneering a cellulosic derived sugar market and the synergies that can be realized in the future if this transformation is successful.

  • Neil Rossmeissl (Moderator), Technology Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Cynthia Tyler, Senior Project Engineer, CNJV
  • Richard Arnold, President/Chief Executive Officer, Old Town Fuel & Fiber
  • John Cuzens, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, BlueFire Renewables Inc.
  • Dan Derr, Project Manager, Logos Technologies, Inc.
  • Kef Kasdin, Chief Executive Officer, Proterro, Inc.

Afternoon Keynotes

Afternoon Plenary Session: Sustaining a Commitment to Bioenergy, A Review of High Impact Federal Projects

This session explored the status and impact of several bioenergy-related projects currently supported by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The session also provided an update on the Defense Production Act Initiative and invited audience participation in a discussion on the future role of federal funding for research, development, demonstration, and deployment projects related to bioenergy

  • Brent Erickson* (Moderator), Executive Vice President, Biotechnology Industry Organization
  • Valerie Reed, Acting Program Director, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Tim Eggeman, Chief Technology Officer, Founder, ZeaChem Inc.
  • Kelly Novak, Biomass Crop Assistance Manager, U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency
  • Delane Richardson, Vice President, Prosea™ Technology, Chemtex
  • Bill Goldner, National Program Leader, U.S. Department of Agriculture–National Institute of Food and Agriculture
  • Tim Rials, Director, Center for Renewable Carbon, University of Tennessee
  • Chris Tindal, Director of Operational Energy, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy

Closing Remarks

  • Valerie Reed, Acting Program Director, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy