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TAPPI announces keynote speaker for IBBC conference

October 19, 2020  By P&PC Staff

TAPPI’s International Bioenergy & Bioproducts Conference (IBBC) has announced J. Richard Hess, Ph.D., as its 2020 keynote speaker.

Hess, the director of Idaho National Lab’s (INL) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Program Office, which is part of the United States Department of Energy (DOE), will take the stage Tuesday, November 3 at 11 am ET.

INL’s energy and environment program includes cutting-edge research for energy efficiency, integration of renewable energy sources, investigation of new materials and subsurface characterization.


Its biomass research is advancing technical and economic feasibility of the U.S. commodity-based bioenergy industry.

IBBC is being presented in an all-virtual format on November 2-4, 2020. Attendees will experience a comprehensive technical program focused on critical issues associated with biomass.

Developed by industry professionals, the peer-reviewed sessions are expert-led and include high-level discussions on industry trends, new technologies and advancements.

Sessions include biomass processing and conversion pathways, wood-based foams and packaging films, biocomposites and bioproducts, supporting the sustainable bioeconomy and advances in bioenergy research.

IBBC is co-located with TAPPI’s Pulping, Engineering, Environmental, Recycling and Sustainability (PEERS) Conference. Keynoting the PEERS Conference is WestRock CEO Steve Voorhees, whose address is titled “Imagining and Delivering on the Promise of a More Sustainable Future.”

Registrants can attend both virtual events for only one registration fee. Special group discounts are available for mill participants.

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