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TAPPI’s bioenergy conference to focus on potential and pitfalls of biomass use


October 6, 2009
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Converting hundreds of thousands of tons or raw materials to usable biomass poses challenges. Fortunately, the…

Converting hundreds of thousands of tons or raw materials to usable biomass poses challenges. Fortunately, the 2009 International Bioenergy and Bioproducts Conference (IBBC) will address these challenges on October 14 to 16 in Memphis, Tennessee.

IBBC will assemble technology developers, industry experts, government representatives, and other stakeholders to share experiences and new advances in biomass utilization for energy production and products.

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Detailed program and registration information is available at www.tappi.org/09ibbc.

IBBC will feature insight from Michael Walsh, executive vice-president, Chicago Climate Exchange; Mark Downing, agricultural economist and senior scientist, Bioenergy Program, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Valri Lightner, acting biomass program manager, U.S. Department of Energy; and Kelly Tiller, president and CEO, Genera Energy LLC.

IBBC will also feature three days of sessions focused on navigating projects through to commercial viability in this expanding market. Attendees can learn how pretreatment options, conversion challenges, development risks and mitigations can all have a high impact potential across the pulp and paper industrial sector. Other presentations will how existing infrastructure, sources and capital already in place can create new value-adding business components.

Additional program sessions will focus on the competition for biomass resources, technology updates on biomass conversion pathways, keys to successful deployment, advances in yeast and microorganism applications, preparation of biomass materials, and reports from existing and pre-commercial installations.


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