ND governor to speak at EERC's Biomass '11 Conference

By EERC | May 25, 2011

The Energy & Environmental Research Center at the University of North Dakota has announced that North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple will provide keynote remarks at the upcoming Biomass ’11: Renewable Power, Fuels, and Chemicals Conference, scheduled for July 26–27 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.

Dalrymple will give his remarks as part of the opening plenary session on Tuesday, July 26 at 11:45 a.m. Dalrymple is working to grow and diversify North Dakota’s economy by creating high-quality jobs and economic opportunities, which includes a new emphasis on energy development.

“The governor’s plan to enhance energy development in the state, coupled with his firm background in farming, business, and policy, tie very well into the Biomass ’11 Conference program,” said Chris Zygarlicke, conference technical director and deputy associate director for research. “This year’s conference offers a strategic blend of emerging opportunities to utilize biomass and crops from North Dakota for fuels and power production, along with the attendant economic considerations and other current biomass trends.”

Biomass ’11 will feature a world-class lineup of more than 30 speakers from across the nation, including Corinne Valkenburg, Office of Biomass Programs, U.S. DOE; Margo Shaw, senior biologist, Golder Associates Ltd.; Luca Zullo, principle, VerdeNero; Allen Aradi, alternative fuels technology manager, Albemarle Corp.; Klaus Raffelt, scientist, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology; and Adam Wirt, regional biomass coordinator, POET LLC.

Organizing sponsors of the event include the EERC's Centers for Renewable Energy and Biomass Utilization and the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy; signature sponsor the North Dakota Department of Commerce Division of Community Services State Energy Program; and partnering sponsors Albemarle and Fredrikson & Byron P.A.

For more information on registering or becoming a sponsor or an exhibitor, visit www.undeerc.org/biomass11.

Biomass ’10, held in July 2010, attracted more than 300 people from 27 states, the District of Columbia, and three Canadian provinces. Attendees represented 177 organizations and a wide range of affiliations.