New tours added to International Biomass Conference & Expo

By BBI International | March 19, 2013

The updated agenda for the sixth annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, North America's largest and fastest growing biomass conference, taking place April 8-10, 2013 in Minneapolis is now available online. The 2013 agenda—featuring four comprehensive tracks—is tightly focused on leading edge developments in the biomass industry, from cultivation, harvest and storage to conversion technology, project finance and regulatory guidance.

"We continue in our mission to create the most content rich biomass program in North America. This year's International Biomass Conference & Expo features more than 140 speakers and moderators, over 40 poster presentations and industry tours boasting three operating biomass power facilities, in addition to Target Field," says Tim Portz, vice president of content and executive editor at BBI International.

Portz adds, "The biomass industry creates a unique programming challenge in that our audience includes professionals that operate existing biomass energy facilities and the developers of new facilities and facilities that boast next generation conversion technologies. I'm pleased with the content we've been able to put together to address both of these important audiences."

Newly added to the agenda is detailed information about 27 new biomass facilities recently completed or currently under construction that will be presented by Biomass Magazine during the opening remarks of the conference.

"We are very excited about the large number of new projects that are being built this year," says Portz. "Anyone who is working in or looking to work in the biomass industry should attend this year's biomass event to learn more about these fully commercialized projects."

The 2013 program will include 30-plus panels and more than 140 speakers, including 90 technical presentations, all within the structured framework of four informative tracks:

Track 1: Pellets & Densified Biomass
Track 2: Biomass Power & Thermal
Track 3: Biogas & Landfill Gas
Track 4: Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals

In addition to the panel sessions, attendees will be able to visit current biomass facilities and projects located around the Minneapolis Metro area. Tours include the following locations:

Koda Energy - A state-of-the-art 23.4 MW biomass heat and power plant. See this modern biomass combined-heat-and-power (CHP) facility in full operation.

Elk River Energy - A recovery station that converts refuse derived fuel from mixed municipal waste into energy. View the intricate process of how 1,500 tons of municipal waste a day from the Minneapolis area are sorted, processed and turned into renewable power.

District Energy of St. Paul Biomass Power Plant and Fuel Yard - District Energy of St. Paul is recognized throughout North America as a leader in community energy. Gain an inside view of how Ever-Green Energy (power plant operator) navigates the congestion of a bustling urban area to produce reliable, clean bioenergy for the City of St. Paul and surrounding areas.

Target Field- Home of the Minnesota Twins - Learn how Target Field meets the many environmental challenges of a sports facility all while enjoying the ambiance of a building that sees roughly three million people pass through its doors.

To view this year's agenda, visit