|8:30 am - 10:00 am
| Track 4: Cellulosic & Advanced EthanolA Progress Report on the Race to Commercialize Cost Effective Pathways to the Saccharification of Cellulosic Material
Radical advancements have been made in reducing the expense of lignocellulosic conversion, but the associated cost of enzymes for saccharification is still a major pitfall on the path to the full commercial viability of cellulosic ethanol. Find out how innovative companies are making cellulosic sugars economically viable through more efficient enzyme utilization and overall reductions in the capital profile of biomass conversions. This panel will offer a diversified look at the latest efforts to bring down the cost of cellulosic sugars, from high-shear-enabled pretreatment and hydrolysis to the novel utilization of fungal crude enzyme extracts and select microorganisms.
- Moderator: Max Crandall, Chief Executive Officer, Terrestrial Carbon Analytics
- Albrecht Läufer, Vice President, Lignocellulosics, Direvo Industrial Biotechnology GmbH
Direvo BluCon®: A Novel Consolidated Bioprocessing Approach to Low-Cost Lignocellulose Fuel Ethanol
- Ananda Nanjundaswamy, Assistant Professor, School of Ag, Research, Extension & Applied Science, Alcorn State University
Development of Fungal Crude Enzyme: Commercial Enzyme Cocktail for Potential Cost Reduction of Cellulosic Biomass Saccharification
- Doug Rivers, Director, Research & Development, ICM Inc.
Line-of-Sight: New Technology Commercialization through a Value-Added Platform Approach
- Tom Griffin, Chief Technology Officer, Edeniq Inc.
Cellulosic Bolt-on Technology for High Purity Sugars
|10:30 am - Noon
| Track 4: Cellulosic & Advanced EthanolUnderstanding the Growing Role of Algae in the Continued Evolution of Biofuels Production
Discover the budding relationship between ethanol and algae. As ethanol producers continue to search for new and diversified revenue streams, the once implausible idea of piping CO2 to an integrated or over-the-fence algae production facility is no longer a laugher. With strengthening global demand for high-value, algae-derived products—and a high-profile demonstration plant in Iowa—this is now an opportunity worth looking at. Shifting from co-location opportunities to production technology, this panel will include details on a state-of-the-art system for real-time monitoring of algae production and a direct-to-ethanol algae platform that’s not only promising, but flat-out cool.
- Moderator: Kolby Hoagland, Program & Data Manager, BBI International
- Victoria Kurtz, Algae Technologies Manager, Fluid Imaging Technologies Inc.
A Dynamic Imaging Cell Monitoring System for Real-Time Analysis of Algae-to-Biofuel Production
- Jim Stark, Vice President of Investor and Media Relations, Green Plains Renewable Energy
Monetizing CO2: Getting Value out of the Last Third of the Corn Kernel the Next Bolt-on in Ethanol
- Brian Cooper, Project Manager, Hazen Research Inc.
Challenges in Large Scale Processing of Algae for Fuels
- Shayani Pieris, Assistant Professor of Plant Science, Missouri Baptist University
Enhancing Carbon Capture by Algae for Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency as a Biofuel Feedstock
|1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
| Track 4: Cellulosic & Advanced EthanolCrossing the Conversion Chasm: Emerging Approaches for Unlocking the Profit Potential of Cellulose
Cellulosic ethanol conversion requires cellulase and beta-glucosidase to degrade cellulose materials into simple sugars for microbial utilization. Discover a new yeast strain that is able to utilize cellobiose to produce its own beta-glucosidase, thereby drawing down the cost of cellulosic ethanol production. Also, find out what strides scientists are making in engineering stress-tolerant ethanol yeast by manipulating metabolic pathways. Explore the potential for microorganisms to become true bacterial micro-factories for the production of cellulosic ethanol and biobased chemicals, and gain knowledge about opportunities for process integration being proven at one new demonstration-scale biorefinery.
- Moderator: Sue Retka Schill, Senior Editor, Ethanol Producer Magazine/ Biomass Magazine
- Lewis Liu, Molecular Biologist, USDA-ARS
A New ß-glucosidase Producing Yeast for Lower-Cost Cellulosic Ethanol Production using Simultaneous Saccharification and Fermentation
- Debasish Ghosh, Lab Manager & Lead Scientist - Molecular Sciences, Ferm Solutions Inc.
Engineering Stress Tolerant Industrial Fuel Ethanol Yeast by Regulation of Metabolic Pathways involved with Stress Tolerance
- Emmanuel Petiot, Directeur Général & CEO, Deinove, France
Emergence of a C6-C5 Bacterial Micro-Factory
- Gisle Johansen, Senior Vice President R&D and Business Development, Borregaard / LignoTech, Norway
The Biorefinery Approach to Production of Lignocellulosic Ethanol and Chemicals from Lignocellulosic Biomass
|3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
| Track 4: Cellulosic & Advanced EthanolLeveraging New Products and Process Pathways to Deliver New Revenue Streams to Your Facility
Near future trends show that individual ethanol plants will be profitable—or not—based on how they manage their coproducts and differentiate to advanced or cellulosic RINs. Find out why the ethanol plants will likely morph their setups and specialize their product offerings as unique regional demands and the ability to manufacture new products creates pull. Also, examine the green energy side of the advanced ethanol equation, with a close look at gas-fired cogeneration and biodigester platforms, including one that’s enabling two U.S. ethanol plants to cash in on D5 RINs.
- Moderator: Richard Weiner, Chair, International Law Department, & Vice President, Fredrikson & Byron P.A.
- Scott Kohl, Technical Director, ICM Inc.
Realities of Ethanol Today
- Shane Chrapko, Chief Executive Officer, Himark bioGas Inc.
Himark Solutions Delivering $55-59 Million Annually to 100 mpgy Ethanol Plants
- Dennis Evers, Co-Founder & Chief Technical Officer, Meridian Biotech, USA
Generating Clean Biogas and/or High Protein Biosolids from Stillage: Turning Costs into Profits
- Suresh Jambunathan, Director, Business Development, Recycled Energy Development
Gas Fired Cogeneration: A Silver Bullet at Ethanol Plants for Renewable Energy and Boiler MACT?
- Sabrina Trupia, Assistant Director, Biological Research, National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center
There is More to Sorghum than Meets the Eye: Sweet Sorghum Inclusion Rates in Ethanol Production
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