International Biomass Conference to begin next week in Denver
The 5th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, the world's largest and fastest growing biomass conference, is taking place April 16-19 in Denver. The 2012 agenda, featuring five comprehensive tracks, is tightly focused on leading-edge developments in the biomass industry, from cultivation, harvest and storage to conversion technology, project finance and regulatory guidance.
"We are excited about the overwhelming interest we have received from new companies looking to get involved in the biomass industry," said Tim Portz, program director for BBI International. "Attendees will learn a tremendous amount of new industry information through the five comprehensive program tracks we have put together this year."
The 2012 program will include 30-plus panels and more than 100 speakers, including 90 technical presentations. Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass; Track 2: Industrial & Commercial Thermal Energy; Track 3: Biomass Power; Track 4: Biogas & Landfill Gas; Track 5: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals.
In addition to the panel sessions, attendees will be able to visit current biomass facilities and projects located around the Denver metro area. Tours include the following locations:
- Custom Instrumentation Services Corporation - Englewood, Colo.
- Community Power Corporation - Littleton, Colo.
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory: National Bioenergy Center - Golden, Colo.
- Boulder County Biomass Forestry Operation - Boulder, Colo.
- Boulder County Biomass Distract Heating Plant - Boulder, Colo.
- New Belgium Brewery - Fort Collins, Colo.
Another hot topic at this year's conference is the use of biomass to help reduce forest fires and improve the current conditions of Rocky Mountain forests.
"Forest energy is a critical part of Colorado's new energy economy,” said Mike Eckoff, a doctoral candidate in the Colorado State University forest and rangeland stewardship program. “Using biomass can help mitigate wildfires, restore forest health, improve public safety and safeguard water quality. In fact, of all our renewable resources, forest biomass is the one that can hurt us when we choose not to use it."
To view this year's agenda, visit www.biomassconference.com.
About BBI International: Founded in 1995, BBI International produces globally recognized bioenergy events and trade magazines. In addition to the International Biomass Conference & Expo and its allied regional events, BBI owns and operates the largest, longest-running ethanol conference in the world—the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW). The company publishes Biomass Power & Thermal, Ethanol Producer Magazine and Biodiesel Magazine, as well as a number of ancillary products including maps, directories, e-newsletters and other web-based industry resources.