|BBI International partners with EERC as signature sponsor for biomass workshop|
The Energy & Environmental Research Center has announced that BBI International, a leader in the biofuels industry with offices in Salida, Colo., and Grand Forks, has become the Signature Sponsor of the upcoming Biomass ’07: Power, Fuels, and Chemicals Workshop, May 15–16, at the Alerus Center.
“This is a significant expansion of a strategic partnership between the EERC and BBI International,” said EERC Director Gerald Groenewold. “The combined talent, expertise, and reputation provide a marvelous opportunity to enhance the use of biofuels on a global scale. We are looking forward to the continued growth this partnership will bring.”
"This is a pivotal time in our industry,” said Mike Bryan, CEO of BBI International. “Through technology, biomass could replace nearly every product made from fossil fuels,” he said.
The Biomass ’07 Workshop will explore opportunities for economic production of power, transportation fuels, and chemical feedstocks from biomass. Workshop coordinators have assembled key presenters from around the nation who will bring updated information on breakthrough technologies regarding growing energy crops, converting biomass to ethanol and biodiesel, producing green chemicals, and generating electricity.
Kevin Kephart, vice president for research at South Dakota State University, will be featured during the workshop. SDSU has been working for many years in energy crops, harvest management, fertilizer needs, and disease control. “This subject matter is front and center throughout the country, and we need to be ready,” Kephart said.
“SDSU is the regional lead for biomass production,” Groenewold said. “Their work in this area complements the EERC’s expertise in biomass utilization, creating the lead partnership for biomass production and utilization in the northern Great Plains,” he said.
Other presenters include Maurice Hladick of Iogen Energy Corporation, the only company with a near-commercial cellulosic ethanol operation; Luca Zullo from Cargill; Andrew Hebard from Technology Crops International (TCI), a leader in new oil crops; and Leo Manzer, formerly of DuPont and an expert in the area of fine chemical production from biomass. Still others will discuss the business side of making biomass projects profitable, including Jonathan Norling of Lane Powell, Inc.
“The EERC’s Centers for Renewable Energy and Biomass Utilization is having a banner year, especially in the area of technologies that advance the production of fuels from biomass,” said Chris Zygarlicke, EERC deputy associate director for research. “An event like Biomass ’07 is critical for networking with other researchers and industrial partners to make these new innovations a reality.”
Other sponsors of the workshop include the U.S. Department of Energy, the North Dakota Department of Commerce Division of Community Services, Xcel Energy, MDU Resources Group, Great River Energy, and Otter Tail Power Company.
Exhibit space is still available for the Biomass ’07 Workshop. Booth space is limited and will fill up quickly. To reserve a prime location, organizations should register now by visiting www.undeerc.org/biomass07.–END– For more information contact Derek Walters, EERC communications manager, at 777-5113 or firstname.lastname@example.org.