This two-day conference brought together national and local players from Minnesota's bioeconomy to explore renewable energy opportunities.
Attendees gathered on campus to participate in the virtual part of the conference, hosted simultaneously by 12 state universities.
View agenda from Day 1 (PDF - 144 KB)
After the big picture overview of Day 1, we took it down to the practical, local level for Day 2.
View agenda from Day 2 (PDF - 149 KB)
Welcome and opening remarks
Bev Durgan, Dean, University of Minnesota Extension
Greg Cuomo, Associate Dean for Extension, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, University of Minnesota
Biorenewable Feedstocks of Minnesota (PDF - 1.88 MB)
Keith Butcher, formerly with Center for Energy and the Environment
Four Conversion Technologies
Vance Morey, Densification (PDF - 2.07 MB), University of Minnesota Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
Cecil Massie, Gasification (PDF - 365 KB), 6Solutions LLC
Ken Valentas, Biomass to Gasoline (PDF - 2.60 MB), University of Minnesota Biotechnology Institute
Roger Ruan, Pyrolysis (PDF - 1.97 MB), University of Minnesota Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
Waste Streams and Anaerobic Digestion (PDF - 3.04 MB)
Patrick Hirl, Stanley Consultants
Review of Process and Conclusions of White Earth Project
(PDF - 569 KB)
Ken Valentas, Associate Director, University of Minnesota BioTechnology Institute
Two Examples of Biomass Utilization for Energy in Business
Andrew Zurn, Corncob Harvest and Gasification for Process Heat (PDF - 3.40 KB), Plant Engineer, Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company
Lola Schoenrich, Feasibility of Biomass Co-Firing (PDF - 2.39 MB), Great Plains Institute
Looking Ahead to Additional Technologies and Business Concepts (PDF - 1.51 MB)
Rod Larkins, Associate Director, Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment, University of Minnesota
Doug Tiffany, Renewable Energy Economist, University of Minnesota Extension
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