Details announced for industry tour at 2016 IBCE

By BBI International | February 10, 2016

BBI International has announced the agenda for the industry tour taking place April 14 from 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the ninth annual International Biomass Conference & Expo . This facility-focused tour will provide attendees of the world's largest biomass event, an in-depth look at Charlotte's rapidly growing biogas industry.

“The 2016 tour will include opportunities to gain insight from two of the leading renewable energy facilities in North Carolina,” says Tim Portz, vice president of content and executive editor for BBI International. “Both facilities offer unique perspectives on anaerobic digestion in North Carolina.”

Blue Sphere Waste-to-Energy Facility
Blue Sphere Corporation’s anaerobic digestion facility in Charlotte, North Carolina brings a technology with widespread deployment across Europe to the United States. This 5.2 MW facility will process between 400-600 tons of food waste per day in three anaerobic digesters. The methane generated will be burned in three Caterpillar internal combustion engines to produce electric power. Attendees will receive a walking tour of the facility, a step-by-step explanation of this unique waste-to-energy process and the opportunity to ask Blue Sphere engineers questions about the facility and its construction.

McAlpine Creek Wastewater Management Facility
McAlpine Creek WWMF is one of the largest wastewater plants in the state of NC, with a permitted treatment capacity of 65 million gallons per day. Anaerobic digestion is already used to digest inbounds solids and the resulting methane is currently being flared. The facility is deploying a containerized internal combustion engine to utilize the energy within the methane. The project is intended to prove the feasibility for the deployment of more engines and greater power output. Tour attendees will tour the wastewater operation and the work being done to deliver methane to the power generating infrastructure.

The International Biomass Conference & Expo is North America’s largest and fastest growing biomass conference, taking place April 11-14 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The 2016 agenda -- featuring four comprehensive tracks -- is tightly focused on leading edge developments in the biomass industry, from feedstock cultivation, harvest and storage to conversion technology, project finance and regulatory guidance.

To view the technical session agenda for the International Biomass Conference & Expo, visit