EERC announces dates for Biomass '10 Workshop


The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) at UND announced that the Biomass '10: Renewable Power, Fuels, and Chemicals Workshop will be held at the Alerus Center July 20-21. Event organizers are currently seeking abstracts from presenters wanting to be included in the technical program. Abstracts are due to the EERC no later than March 1.

"Renewable energy in the United States has doubled in the last 5 years. Renewable fuels and power from biomass will continue to take center stage," said Chris Zygarlicke, EERC deputy associate director for Research and workshop technical director. "Our workshop has a reputation of addressing the critical issues surrounding the economical and environmentally balanced commercial use of biomass," he said.

In its eighth year, the EERC's Biomass Workshop offers a cutting-edge 2-day technical program and exhibit show with national experts who focus on biomass production (i.e., plant matter such as straw, corn and wood residue) and biomass conversion to power, transportation fuels and chemicals.

The workshop is geared toward industry, research entities, government, community and economic development corporations, financial institutions and landowners. Topics include trends and opportunities in utilizing biomass, renewable policies and incentives, renewable fuels, financing biomass-related projects, biorefinery chemicals and products, biomass for heat and electricity, biomass feedstocks and algae.

"The workshop has the perfect stage here in Grand Forks. Renewable fuel utilization has been strongly tied to the use of petroleum fuels. This year, North Dakota became the fourth largest petroleum-producing state. During this same time frame, the EERC perfected a 100 percent renewable jet fuel made from northern Great Plains biomass that won an award from Popular Science as one of the top 100 innovations of 2009. Part of our workshop will show how biobased liquid fuels can complement and coexist with their fossil-based counterparts," Zygarlicke said.

Biomass '10 is sponsored by the EERC's Centers for Renewable Energy and Biomass Utilization through the U.S. Department of Energy; the Signature Sponsor is the North Dakota Department of Commerce Division of Community Services State Energy Program; and the Collaborating Sponsor is Wells Fargo. Biomass '09, held in July 2009, attracted over 326 people from 24 states, the District of Columbia, and three Canadian provinces. Attendees represented 182 organizations and a wide range of affiliations.

Workshop fees are $275 a person and include access to all of the technical sessions, the exhibit show floor, and meals/refreshments. For more information on registering, submitting an abstract, or becoming a sponsor or an exhibitor, visit http://www.undeerc.org/biomass10/.
-- Derek Walters, Communications Manager, EERC, dwalters@undeerc.org, 777-5113