American-Made Bioenergy from Field to Refinery: Feedstock Logistics


February 17th, 2017

Successful expansion of the bioeconomy is limited by the availability of affordable, sustainable, high-performance feedstock. Delivery of this valuable resource starts with production on farms, in forests, and in other systems for producing biomass. These systems have been enhanced by valuable innovations that maximize yield, improve harvest efficiencies, and optimize biomass quality characteristics. Still, the cost of harvesting/collecting, transporting, storing, and pre-processing biomass into feedstock that may be converted into biofuels and biobased products is a key factor in determining the market feasibility of the bioeconomy. This event convenes biofuel feedstock logistics, production, and economic experts from across the nation to talk about the supply chain logistics and a vision for the future.

8:00 AM - Coffee and muffins served - Introduction - Irene Xiarchos, USDA OCE OEPNU

8:15 AM - Biofuel Logistics Overview, Challenges and Opportunities -Bill Goldner, USDA NIFA

8:25 AM - Regional Biofuel Feedstock Logistics
Moderator: Bill Goldner, USDA NIFA

  • Logistical Efficiency with Dedicated Energy Crops Sam Jackson, Genera
  • Innovations for Industrial Scale Feedstock Supply Systems Kevin Comer, Antares Group, Inc.
  • The IBSS Partnership: Supply, Delivery, and Processing of Diverse Regional Biomass Tim Rials, University of Tennessee

9:30 AM - Optimizing Feedstock Supply, Contracts, Delivery and Demand
Moderator: Harry Baumes, USDA OCE

  • Advanced Feedstock Supply Systems: Enabling Affordable Access to Distributed Biomass Mark Elless, Department of Energy
  • Meeting the Realities of Corn Stover Supply Chain Operation John Pieper, DuPont
  • Insights for Improved Participation in the Delivery of Corn Stover to Cellulosic Ethanol Plants Keri Jacobs, Iowa State University
  • Farm-level Economics and Profit Opportunities Jay Gunderson, Gunderson Farms, Iowa

10:45 AM - Options for Effective Policy - Francis Epplin, Oklahoma State University

*This program is made possible by a cooperative agreement between C-FARE and the USDA OCE Office of Energy Policy and New Uses (OEPNU).*