Join us next year for Biomass ’10: Renewable Power Fuels & Chemicals, July 20-21, 2010, at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota
Biomass ’09: Power, Fuels, and Chemicals
Workshop Executive Summary
The Biomass ’09: Power, Fuels, and Chemicals Workshop, sponsored by the Energy &
Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota, attracted
more than 300 registrants from more than 25 states and three Canadian provinces.
Approximately 100 people registered for the preworkshop tutorial focused on the
fundamentals of biomass gasification.
Doug Goehring, North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture, gives
the keynote address
The two-day event was held at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks July 14–15, 2009. It
was the 7th annual biomass workshop focused on power, fuels, and chemicals from
biomass. This year’s attendees represented more than 180 organizations, nearly 60% of
them from private industry.
"Even before the current economic crisis, the United States had set aggressive
sustainable biofuels and bioenergy targets," said EERC Director Gerald Groenewold. "The
program is particularly intriguing this year because of the pressure on biofuels to
compete economically. For example, the American Coalition for Ethanol updated us
on corn ethanol, which has come under heavy scrutiny lately, and both POET and
Abengoa provided a status report on the development of non-corn-based cellulosic
Groenewold kicked off the event, followed by a keynote address by North Dakota Ag
Commissioner Doug Goehring. Goehring said the production and utilization of energy
and fuels derived from biomass sources represent significant opportunities for North
Dakota and especially for our agricultural sector.
Goehring added, "The EERC, through its ongoing research and now through this event,
provides key players and entities with the latest information they need to bring
this promising technology into the marketplace."
The workshop included four main sessions focused on trends and opportunities in
biomass utilization, biofuels, feedstocks, and biomass for heat and electricity, with
more than 30 speakers, and an expanded exhibit show of 39 exhibitors. Senators Byron
Dorgan and Kent Conrad provided comments through video presentations.
Event sponsors include Signature Sponsor the North Dakota Department of Commerce
Division of Community Services State Energy Program; Partnering Sponsors Barr
Engineering Company, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., Great River Energy, Manitoba Hydro,
North Dakota Farmers Union, North Central Sun Grant Center (South Dakota State
University), and Xcel Energy; and Event Sponsor Otter Tail Power Company.
Next year’s Biomass Workshop is scheduled for July 20–21, 2010, at the Alerus Center.
2009 Biomass Workshop Chairs, Presenters, and Sponsors
326 people from 24 states, the District of Columbia, and 3 Canadian
provinces registered for this year's conference. Attendees represented
182 organizations and a wide range of affiliations, including community
and economic developers (4%), financial organizations (2%), government
and regulatory (8%), industry (43%), utilities (3%), and research/academia (25%).
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- South Dakota