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Monday, April 11

7:30 am - 1:30 pm Microgrid & Battery Manufacturing Plant Tour
(Alevo Battery and Gridbank Manufacturing Plant & Duke Energy’s Microgrid Test Site) - Learn More
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Grand Opening & Welcome Reception
Hall AB
Co-located with the International Biomass Conference & Expo's exhibit hall
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Tuesday, April 12

7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast
Ballroom Foyer
8:30 am - 11:00 am General Session
Welcome & Awards

Exploring the Position and Trajectory of On-Site Energy
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Moderator: Tom Bryan, Editor in Chief, On-Site Energy Management
  • Marc Rouse, Director of Sales, U.S. and Canada, Capstone Turbine Corporation
  • Mark Fennell, Business Development Manager, UGI Performance Solutions
  • Rich Hepp, Director, Microgrid Program, Schneider Electric
  • Alain Castro, CEO, Ener-Core

Executive Roundtable: The International Biomass Conference & Expo’s Annual Conversation with Bioenergy Association Leaders

Moderator: Tim Portz, Executive Editor, Biomass Magazine
  • Seth Ginther, Executive Director, U.S. Industrial Pellet Association
  • Dan Wilson, Board Chair, Biomass Thermal Energy Council
  • Bob Cleaves, President & CEO, Biomass Power Association
  • Patrick Serfass, Executive Director, American Biogas Council
  • Stephen Faehner, President & CEO, American Wood Fibers
11:00 am - 6:30 pm Expo Open
Hall AB
11:00 am - 1:30 pm Dedicated Expo Time
Hall AB
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch in the Expo
Hall AB
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm CHP/CCHP
Room 202
Understanding How Advanced CHP/CCHP Systems are Planned, Built and Commissioned
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Moderator: Mike Morris, Senior Business Development Manager – Distributed Energy Generation, Constellation
  • Giles Gomme, Regional Sales Manager, AB Energy USA
    Industrial CHP Case Studies
  • John Langaker, Project Manager, Burns and McDonnell Engineering
    CHP Project Case Study: Thermal Energy Corp
  • Steven Willins, Director, Electric Services, US Energy Services
    CHP Project Design: Don’t Overlook the Details
  • William Steigelmann, Senior Engineering Consultant, Lockheed Martin
    The Dramatic Growth of CHP in Maryland
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Refreshment Break in the Expo
Hall AB
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm FINANCE
Room 202
Outsourcing On-Site Energy: Project Financing Tools that Reduce Customer Cost, Investor Risk and Distributor Hurdles
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Moderator: Tom Bryan, Editor In Chief, On-Site Energy Management
  • Kenda Brown, President, Capstone Energy Finance
    Making On-site Power Production More Affordable: PPA Financing for Microturbine Installations
  • Kyle Andrucyk, Vice President, Finance, United Wind
    Fixed-Rate, Zero-Maintenance Distributed Wind Turbine Leasing
  • Chris Lohmann, Vice President, Alternative Energy Solutions, Energi Insurance Services Inc.
    De-risking Project Finance for Innovative Technologies
  • Scott Ringlein, President, The Energy Alliance Group of North America
    PACE Financing: A Shift in Funding Renewable Energy Projects
Room 207
Deploying Combined Heat and Power Biomass Technologies to Deliver Maximum Economic and Environmental Benefit
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Moderator: Tim Portz, Executive Editor, Biomass Magazine
  • W. David Featherman, Principal, Wildephor Consulting Services LLC
    Quantifying the Life-Cycle Value of Small-Scale Bioenergy Projects Using the Triple Bottom Line (TriBL™) Modeling Approach
  • Jeff Hallowell, President, Biomass Controls LLC
    Small Scale Combined Heat and Power
  • Daniel Wilson, Vice President, Wilson Engineering Services PC
    Innovative Policy and Project Implementation Approaches are Driving Broader U.S. Adoption of Community-Scale Biomass Thermal, CHP, and District Energy Systems
  • Dennis St. George, Sr. Biosystems Engineer, Manitoba Hydro, Canada
    Bioenergy Optimization Program Demonstration Project
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Networking Reception in the Expo
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Wednesday, April 13

7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast
Hall AB
7:30 am - 1:30 pm Expo Open
Hall AB
8:30 am - 10:00 am MICROGRIDS
Room 202
Microgrid Makers: How New Systems of Intelligence are Producing More Elegant, Flexible and Connected On-Site Energy Solutions
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Moderator: Tom Bryan, Editor In Chief, On-Site Energy Management
  • Tom Fenimore, Technology Development Manager, Duke Energy
    McAlpine Microgrid: A Distribution System Based Utility Owned Microgrid
  • Rich Hepp, Director, Microgrid Program, Schneider Electric
    Optimizing the Microgrid for Demand Side Operation
  • Steve Schneider, Chief Solutions Architect, Leidos Engineering
    Integrating Technical, Economic and Regulatory Architectures to Yield Optimized Microgrid Solutions
  • Travis Simpkins, Principal, Renewable Energy Analytics
    Optimal Battery Dispatching to Maximize Economic Return in Grid-Connected Microgrids
Room 208
It’s in the Way that You Use It: Cashing in on Biogas Operations by Producing Energy Products with Real Value
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Moderator: Joseph Curro, Principal Engineer, CDM Smith
  • Steven Cox, President, GkW Energy Inc.
    Simplifying Biogas-Fueled Power Generation
  • Eric Wilgenbusch, Sales Engineer, Unison Solutions Inc.
    Converting Biogas into Energy and Vehicle Fuel
  • Jin-Yun Wang, Manager, Fuel Processing & Catalysts, FuelCell Energy Inc.
    Biogas and Biomass to Electricity at High Efficiency with Direct FuelCell
10:00 am - 10:30 am Refreshment Break in the Expo
Hall AB
10:30 am - Noon WASTEWATER
Room 208
Exploring the Increasing Role Anaerobic Digestion is Playing in Global Wastewater Treatment Assets
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Moderator: Tim Portz, Executive Editor, Biomass Magazine
  • Mel Kurtz, President, Quasar Energy Group
    There is a Solution to Algal Blooms: How Agriculture and Wastewater Can Solve the Problem Together
  • Gus Simmons, Director of Bioenergy, Cavanaugh & Associates, P.A.
    Money to Burn? How to Capitalize on BioCNG at Your Wastewater Plant
  • Ed Weinberg, President, ESSRE Consulting Inc.
    Beneficial Use of Nutrients for Increased Valorization of Anaerobic Digesters and Digestate
Room 202
Beyond Backup: Understanding the Multifarious Role of Energy Storage in Microgrid Applications
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Moderator: Peter Ledford, Regulatory Council, North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association
  • Bill Sproull, Vice President, Business Development & Sales, Energy Storage Systems
    Long Duration Energy Storage: All-Iron Flow Battery in a Vineyard Microgrid
  • Chris Larsen, Senior Sales Engineer, Dynapower Company LLC
    Case Studies in Solar + Storage Microgrids
  • Ben Edgar, Business Development Manager, Microgrids/Distributed Generation, Black & Veatch
    Choosing Your Battery’s Role in a Microgrid
Noon - 1:30 pm Lunch in the Expo
1:30 pm - 2:00pm ECONOMIC GENERATION
Room 202
Strategies for Enhancing Revenues through Smart, Responsive Generation
(Read Panel Description)
  • Pat Frazier, Vice President, Electricity Markets, US Energy Services
    Revenue Optimization through Economic Dispatch in RTOs
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm INDUSTRIAL
Room 202
Leveraging On-Site Power Generation in a World with Increasing Emissions Standards
(Read Panel Description)

Moderator: Tom Bryan, Editor In Chief, On-Site Energy Management
  • Brent Voelker, Director, Sales, Kinsley Energy Systems
    Converting Low-Quality Fuels to Heat, Power and Profit with Fuel-Flexible Turbines
  • Alain Castro, CEO, Ener-Core Inc.
    Use of Scaled-Up Power Oxidizer-Coupled Turbines for Industrial Waste Gas CHP
  • Chris Ruppel, Partner, Grid Energy Services
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Refreshment Break
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm GASIFICATION
Room 207
Tracing the Efforts to Drive Biomass Gasification towards Economic Feasibility and Greater Marketplace Deployment
Read Panel Description

Moderator: Anna Simet, Managing Editor, Biomass Magazine
  • Chris Koczaja, VP Engineering & Implementation, PHG Energy
    Waste Disposal through Gasification
  • Abolhasan Hashemisohi, Ph.D. Candidate, North Carolina A&T State University
    Hybrid Lagrangian-Eulerian Simulation of Hydrodynamic of Fluidized Bed Gasifier
Room 208
Demonstrating the Potential for Biogas Feedstocks to Produce Renewable Hydrogen for Fuel Cell Vehicles
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Moderators: Pete Devlin, Market Transformation Manager, Fuel Cell Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy; Greg Moreland, FCTO Contract Support, CSRA Inc.
  • Pete Devlin, Market Transformation Manager, Fuel Cell Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
    DOE Overview of Transportation Fuel Cell Technologies and Renewable Hydrogen from Biogas
  • David Edwards, Sr. International Expert & Director of Technology Partnerships, Air Liquide
    Renewable Hydrogen from Biogas: The Perspective from a Major Industrial Gas Producer
  • Pere Margalef, Director Advanced Technology Business Development, Fuel Cell Energy
    Tri-Generation of Wastewater Biogas into Renewable Hydrogen, Power and Thermal Energy Using Carbonate Fuel Cell Technology
  • Tony Lindsay, Director of Research & Development Advanced Energy Systems, Gas Technology Institute
    Demonstrating the Potential of Landfill Biogas and Wastewater Biogas as Feedstocks for Renewable Hydrogen
5:00 pm Sessions Conclude
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm Wednesday Evening Event
NASCAR Hall of Fame - Learn More
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Thursday, April 14

8:30 am – 2:00 pm Industry Tour
Examining Charlotte’s Growing Biogas Industry
(Blue Sphere Waste-to-Energy Facility & McAlpine Creek Wastewater Management Facility)
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