All Things Biomass

The 11th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, held in Atlanta in April, welcomed nearly 800 attendees from 25 countries.
By Anna Simet | June 28, 2018

The 11th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, held in Atlanta in April, welcomed nearly 800 attendees from 25 countries, 47 U.S. states and six Canadian provinces. More producers than ever attended this year’s event, with 25 percent of registrations consisting of pellet, biomass power, biogas and advanced biofuel producers, from countries including, but not limited to North America, India, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Mexico, Namibia, Puerto Rico, Israel and Ireland.

The three-day event kicked off with two preconference seminars—the Biomass Carbonization and Torrefaction Summit, and the Biomass Preparation, Handling and Storage Workshop—followed by the expo hall grand opening, at which a ribbon-cutting ceremony was performed by general session sponsor CPM Di PIU. Day two of the event began with an industry awards ceremony, where the Northern Forest Center and Calgren Dairy Fuels were recognized with the Excellence in Bioenergy and Ground Breaker of the Year awards, respectively. Steve Skarda, Global Climate and Energy Leader at Procter & Gamble, delivered the keynote address, which was followed by the annual industry roundtable discussion with representatives of the Biomass Power Association, Biomass Thermal Energy Council, Pellet Fuels Institute, American Biogas Council, and Renewable Thermal Collaborative.

Following the general session was a day and a half of technical breakout sessions focused on biomass heat and power, pellets, biogas and waste-to-energy, and advanced biofuels. Wednesday evening, attendees enjoyed a night out to an Atlanta Braves game, and the event closed with an exclusive industry tour of Coca-Cola’s Trigeneration Landfill Gas-to-Energy Facility.

In 2019, the International Biomass Conference & Expo will be held in Savannah, Georgia, March 18-20.

Compiled by Anna Simet
Photos by Gaki Media