Biomass in the Hostess City

The 12th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo drew nearly 900 attendees to Savannah, Georgia.
By Anna Simet | April 24, 2019

Acity rich with history and unmatched hospitality, Savannah, Georgia, welcomed the largest biomass gathering in the world in mid-March. At the International Biomass Conference & Expo, technology developers, academia, investors, service and equipment providers, plant personnel and a range of other stakeholders met to gather information, network and collaborate.

Following a day-long preconference workshop focused on biomass feedstock logistics, the event kicked off with a keynote address delivered by Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols. Annual award recipients were named by Biomass Magazine, with Gordon Murray, executive director of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada, receiving the Excellence in Bioenergy Award, and Goddard College the Groundbreaker of the Year Award.

Next, trade organization executives participated in an industry roundtable to discuss policy, challenges, priorities, and the content and significance of the messages the industry conveys to policymakers and the public. Panelists included Patrick Serfass, American Biogas Council; Tim Portz, Pellet Fuels Institute; Carrie Annand, Biomass Power Association; Seth Ginther, U.S. Industrial Pellet Association; Johannes Escudero, Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas; and Dan Wilson, Biomass Thermal Energy Council.

Roughly 80 speakers presented in breakout sessions focused on biomass heat and power, pellets and densified biomass, biogas and waste-to-energy,  and advanced biofuels, with the closing event bringing attendees to the East Coast Terminal to observe how the state-of-the-facility reviews, stores and loads wood pellets onto waiting ships.

The 2020 International Biomass Conference & Expo will be held in Nashville, Tennessee, Feb. 3-5.