Clean Technology 2009
renewable energy

Bio Energy

 bio energy pictures

Symposium Chair

Robert Avant Robert V. Avant
Program Director
Texas AgriLife Research
Texas A&M University

Confirmed Invited Speakers

Spencer Swayze Spencer Swayze
Lissa Morgenthaler-Jone Lissa Morgenthaler-Jones


Biomass has the potential to supply a significant amount of biofuel not only for electricity production and process heat, but also for transportation fuels. The US government has set ambitious goals for bioenergy production over the next 10 years that include grain-based ethanol production, advanced biofuels from lignocellulosic feedstocks, and biodiesel/jet fuel from oilseed crops and algae. In order to meet this demand, sustainable and economic production of feedstocks and development of scalable and economic conversion technologies will be necessary.

*If interested in organizing a specific business panel or symposium, please contact Regina Ramazzini .

Topics & Application Areas

  • Feedstock
  • Crop Design
  • Refinement
  • Novel Processes
  • Biomass to liquid
  • Biodiesel
  • Bioalcohols
  • Microbial & Single Cell Oils
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Biogas
  • Solid Biofuels
  • Biohydrogen
  • Algae
  • Cellulosic Ethanol
  • Biofuel Distribution
  • Bioenergy - Environment
  • Jet propellant fuel
  • Renewable Diesel
  • Other

Symposium Sessions


Monday May 4

8:00 Keynotes: Nanotech & Cleantech & TechConnect

Tuesday May 5

8:00 Keynotes: Nanotech & Cleantech & TechConnect
10:30 Bio Energy: Novel Technologies & Projects
1:30 Bio Energy - Novel Technologies & Projects
3:00 Bio Energy - Company Showcase

Wednesday May 6

8:00 Keynotes: Nanotech & Cleantech & TechConnect
8:30 Keynote Panel: The Future of Energy
 Bio Energy

Thursday May 7


Symposium Program


Monday May 4

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8:00 Keynotes: Nanotech & Cleantech & TechConnectTheater AB
 Session chair: Matthew Laudon, NSTI and Patti Glaza, CTSI
8:00 The Nanotech Revolution in Renewable Energy
D. Arvizu - Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), U.S. Department of Energy, US (bio)
8:30 Nanotechnology and the Obama Administration
T. Kalil, Office of Science and Technology Policy, The White House, US
9:00 Innovation for a Secure Future
R. Johnson - CTO, Lockheed Martin, US (bio)
9:30 The Next Big Thing is Really Small
R.J. Kumpf - CAO, Bayer Material Science, US (bio)

Tuesday May 5

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8:00 Keynotes: Nanotech & Cleantech & TechConnectTheater AB
 Session chair: Jeff Moseley, Greater Houston Partnership, Shushana Castle, Clinton Global Initiative Member/Millennium Water Alliance, US
8:00 Welcome TechConnect World to Houston
J. Moseley, Greater Houston Partnership, US
8:15 Can Uncle Sam Cure What Ails Clean Tech?
P. Dickerson, HaynesBoone, former COO Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, DOE, US (bio)
8:45 Welcome to Houston
B. White, City of Houston, Mayor, US (bio)
9:00 Flying into the Future: Continental’s Commitment to the Environment
L. Kellner, Continental Airlines, CEO, US (bio)
9:30 RUSNANO: Driving the Nanotech Industry Growth
A. Chubais, RUSNANO, CEO, RU (bio)
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10:30 Bio Energy: Novel Technologies & ProjectsRoom 310 BE
 Session chair: Michael Nasi, Jackson Walker, US
10:30 State and Federal Policy Update
M. Nasi, Jackson Walker L.L.P., US
10:50 State of the Art of Biofuel Technologies
A.D. Propp, Merrick & Company, US
11:10 Biodiesel: Update for United States
J. Hewitt, National Biodiesel Board, US
11:30 The Case for Sustainable Biodiesel Certification
J. Plowman, Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, US
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1:30 Bio Energy - Novel Technologies & ProjectsRoom 310 BE
 Session chair: Jeff Plowman, Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, US
1:30 A Value Chain and Life Cycle Assessment Approach to Identify Technological Innovation Opportunities in Algae Biodiesel
R. Levine, A. Oberlin, P. Adriaens, University of Michigan, US
1:50 Hydrocarbon production via biomass pyrolysis and hydrodeoxygenation
P. Steele, S. Gajjela, F. Yu, G. Gresham, Mississippi State University, US
2:10 Novel Biodiesel Technology can retrofit conventional plants to use feeds with up to 100% FFA
R. Wolff, Enhanced Bio Fuels, US
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3:00 Bio Energy - Company ShowcaseExpo Hall Theater
 Session chair: Jeff Plowman, Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, US
3:00 Baseline Practices for Sustainability for the Biodiesel Industry
J. Plowman, Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, US
3:15 The Solarmagnatron BioMass reactor
J.D. Ericsson, BioMarine Fuels inc, US
3:30 A New Era of Renewable Power – Small Scale Biomass Electricity through Gasifier to Internal Combustion Engine
C. Mui, Nexterra Energy Corp, CA
3:45 Waste Solutions Ltd Company Profile
S. Connaughton, B. Chapman, N. Clarke, Waste Soultions Ltd, NZ
4:00 Energy-Optimized Crops: A Key to Low-Cost Biofuels
B.W. Ferguson, Edenspace Systems Corporation, US
4:15 CatLiq- A second generation technology for liquid bio fuels
S.B. Iversen, A. Rudolf, G. Olofsson, M.O. Nielsen, SCF Technologies A/S, DK
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4:00 POSTERSExpo Hall

Wednesday May 6

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8:00 Keynotes: Nanotech & Cleantech & TechConnectTheater AB
 Session chair: Patti Glaza, CTSI, US
8:00 Energy in the 21st Century: Muir, Patton, and Gandhi
R. James Woolsey, VantagePoint Venture Partners, US (bio)
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8:30 Keynote Panel: The Future of EnergyTheater AB
 Session chair: Patti Glaza, CTSI, US
- D. Beneby, Exelon, President, Exelon Power, US (bio)
- M. Kapner, Austin Energy, US (bio)
- C. Frasier, Shell, VP Americas, US (bio)
- M. Simmons, Simmons & Company, US (bio)
- J. Renaud, GE Ecomagination, US (bio)
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1:30 POSTERSExpo Hall
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Bio EnergyExpo Hall
- Stochastic Modeling of the Biodiesel Production Process
S. Abbasi, U. Diwekar, University of Illinois at Chicago, US
- Reburning of Cattle Biomass with Coals for Emissions Control
H. Oh, K. Annamalai, J.M. Sweeten, Texas A&M University, US
- Thermochemical Water Splitting
M. Willert-Porada, T. Gerdes, J. Thiessen, University of Bayreuth, DE
- Improvement of Hydrogen Production by Immobilized Rhodopseudomonas palustris CGA009 Using Reverse Micelles as Microreactor
A. Singh, K. Misra, Rice University, US
- A review: Comprehensive comparison of corn-based and cellulosic-based ethanol as biofuel sources
F. Hoover, J. Abraham, University of St. Thomas, US
- Natural Solutions to Energy Sustainability through Common Botanical Application
P.G. Korth, President Sustainable Technology Systems, Inc., US
- Thermodynamic Performance and Carbon Emissions from the Simultaneous Production of Cooling, Heating and Electrical Power from a Single Biofuel
J.A.R. Parise, F.C. Pruzaesky, G.F. Dorregaray, J.V.C. Vargas, Pontiícia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro, BR
- Operating Conditions of Binary Mixtures of Biomass Wastes in Spouted Bed Contactors for Using Energy
M.J. San José, S. Alvarez, L.B. López, I. Garcia, Universidad del Pais Vasco, ES
- Renewable Energy Strategies for non-RPS States
B. Hill, S. Fleming, Georgia Institute of Technology, US
- Innovation tools in the Industrial Biotechnology
L. Goenka, Dolcera, IN
- Natural Solutions to Energy Sustainability through Common Botanical Application
P.G. Korth, Water Assurance Technology Energy Resources, US
- Strategic Guidance Tool for Evaluation of Biomass Technologies
V.M. Sharma, Ingenious Inc, US
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