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Advanced Biomass Workshop at Morris Jan. 15

Posted by Judy Riley on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009

Event Date/Time: Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 8:00 am
Location: Student Center

Those interested in current and near-term biomass use in energy production are invited to attend The Advanced Biomass Energy Workshop on Thursday, Jan. 15, at the University of Minnesota, Morris Student Center. The event is co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center and the Morris campus. Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Speakers and panelists will provide practical information for farmers, business/home owners, public officials, students and citizens interested in their role in biomass energy.
Highlights will include presentations by leaders in the biomass energy field and tours of the Morris campus biomass gasification plant.

Advanced Biomass Workshop Agenda*:

8 a.m. Opening: Michael Reese, WCROC
8:10 a.m. Welcome: University of Minnesota, Morris Chancellor Jacquie Johnson
8:30 a.m. Keynote: Michael Nobel, Fresh Energy
9:10 a.m. Facilities and Technologies
Daniel Stanghelle, Norwegian University of Science & Technology
Kerry Nixon, Central Minnesota Ethanol Cooperative
10:10 a.m. Break
10:40 a.m. Facilities and Technologies
Greg Langmo, Fibrominn
Paul Kramer, Rahr Malting Company
11:40 a.m. Catered lunch provided on site
1 p.m. Breakout Sessions
Room 1: Sustainable Feedstock Supplies
Joel Tallaksen, University of Minnesota, WCROC
Mark Lindquist, Minnesota DNR
Don Reicosky, USDA-ARS
Room 2: Regulation and Policy
James Barbour, University of Minnesota, Morris
Georgie Hilker, Minnesota Office of Energy Security
2:30 p.m. Break
2:50 p.m. Breakout Sessions
Room 1: Feedstock collection and processing
Stuart Birrell, Iowa State University
Gene Fynboh, Chippewa Valley Ethanol Cooperative
Vance Morey, University of Minnesota
Keith Poier, Minnesota Valley Alfalfa Producers
Room 2: Economics
Dave Archer, USDA-ARS
Doug Tiffany, University of Minnesota
Bill Lazaru,s University of Minnesota
Arne Kildegaard, University of Minnesota, Morris
4:20 p.m. Future Directions
Lowell Rasmussen, University of Minnesota, Morris
5 p.m. Gasification Facility Tours
*The agenda is subject to change based on weather and other factors.

Online pre-registration is requested prior to January 8 at renewables or call Jean or Joel at (320) 589-1711.

Photo by Kim Melchert ’10, Waconia: Participants listen during the 2008 Advanced Biomass Workshop held at the Morris campus.