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by Pete Nelson, AgBioworks
Biomass South 2010 builds on 4 years of work by Memphis Bioworks Foundation and 50 organizations across the region to develop a strong and vibrant biobased products industry that will revitalize both the agricultural base and the urban manufacturing industry in the region. This is not just a conference, but a strategic gathering of thought leaders to tangibly push the industry forward.
Here are just a few of the exciting reasons why you should attend and some of the people you will meet:
Dr. Len Peters, Cabinet Secretary, Kentucky Energy & Environment Cabinet – Appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear in 2008 to oversee Kentucky’s energy, environmental protection and natural resources programs, Dr. Len Peters has developed and implemented Kentucky’s first comprehensive strategic energy plan to address the state’s growing demands for energy in an environmentally sustainable and economically effective manner. He also has been instrumental in creating a unique partnership opportunity among the Argonne National Laboratory, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and two of the state’s leading research institutions, the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville to advance lithium battery manufacturing research and development.
Dr. Peters is a recognized leader in research, academia and management. He served at the Battelle Memorial Institute, a leading nonprofit applied science and technology development company, where he was senior vice president and director of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He holds a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and has been recognized as a distinguished alumnus by that university. He has been recognized for his achievements with honors ranging from the National Science Foundation Award to the Oak Ridge Associated Universities’ Outstanding Leadership Award.
The effect of the bioenergy industry on Southern forests has continued to be a point of debate. Will the industry creating thriving forests or diminish them? Does bioenergy encourage forest owners to manage more or less sustainably? Which types of forest biomass should be used in energy production? This Keynote Debate will take place on October 14th during the last session of the day. Participants from various viewpoints will present their positions and respond to your questions. You won’t want to miss it! Register today.
During the Policy Environment Panel on October 14th, Bob Abt from North Carolina State University will be presenting his latest research on the effect of various biomass definitions on the South’s ability to meet renewable energy standards. Do these definitions hinder the South? If so, how? He’ll also present new data on the types of woody biomass needed in each state to meet those standards today and ten to twenty years from now.
This research is a joint venture between North Carolina State University, Larson & Mcgowin, Inc., and the SAFER Alliance.
This year, Biomass South will take a more discussion-oriented approach. Panelists will be given a limited amount of time to present information on their work, organization and/or company leaving more time for round table discussions and interactions with conference participants.
The majority of our speakers come from a business perspective and include CEO’s, Chief Technology Officers, and Board Chairman giving you insight into the companies that make the industry thrive.
There will be numerous opportunities to network with exhibitors, speakers and other participants including a networking lunch and an evening reception. If you would like to become an exhibitor, please contact Charity Pennock.
We look forward to seeing you in October!
New speakers confirmed for Biomass South 2010 include representatives from:
– Show Me Energy
– Verdant Partners
and More! Check out the updates on the Speaker page.
Biomass South 2010: A New Horizon will be held October 14 and 15 at the University of Memphis in the Holiday Inn Conference Center and the FedEx Institute of Technology where over 200 attendees are projected drawing from over 20 states across the Southeastern Region. Speakers will include State and Federal officials along with experts from Academia, Industry and the Financial Sector.
Exhibit spaces are SOLD OUT! Don’t miss our diverse group of exhibitors that include: Ceres, DOE Clean Applications Center, FutureFuel Chemical Company, National Farmers Union, RW Greenfields, and more!
The conference will include two tracks during the break out sessions.
Track I – Farms, Forests & Feedstock
This track will focus on the issues related to the production of feedstocks related to the creation of bio- energy, fuels, and products. Panel discussions will be on the topics of:
- Biomass business basics
- Optimizing feedstocks
- Transporting raw biomass
Track II – Biomass to Bio-goods
This track will focus on turning raw biomass into bio- energy, power, and products. Panel discussions will be on the topics of:
- Value of bioproducts
- Sustainable bioeconomy
- Lessons from start-up companies