Plenty of Pellets at Biomass Conference
Next month’s International Biomass Conference & Expo in Denver, Colo., will feature an entire track dedicated to pellets and densified biomass, as well as the Rocky Mountain Forest Restoration & Bioenergy Summit, which most likely will touch on the topic.
Panel discussions in the pellet and densification track will include torrefaction, which many of you have been wondering about, as well as biochar, export markets, project development, safety, and more.
I’m excited about the summit, as Biomass Power & Thermal has never co-located such an event with a conference before. Its agenda features a discussion about the state of the forests in the Rocky Mountains, where the pine beetle has caused extensive damage. The summit will also address partnerships, policy, and forest restoration (hence the name).
It’s important that opponents of woody biomass-to-energy know that we are just as concerned with forest sustainability and health as they are. There seems to be a misunderstanding among critics that the biomass industry wants to clear cut forests without regard for their continued growth and vitality. That is fundamentally untrue and I’m proud that this biomass conference will feature discussions aimed specifically at forest restoration.
But the summit does conflict with the first day of industry tours, and those look promising, also. Three stops on April 16 include an emissions monitoring system designer, a gasification systems developer, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Also new to the International Biomass Conference & Expo is a second day of tours, April 19. That day will feature a forestry operation, a district heating plant and an anaerobic digester at a brewery. Those buses are filling up fast, so don’t wait to register.
And on an unrelated note, my blog last month was about the pellet mill map we are putting together here at Pellet Mill Magazine and I have to say thank you for the helpful response I got. Many of you emailed or called, alerting me of pellet mill listings you thought would help us out. You were all a big help and I think you’ll like the final product. Thank you.