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  • Cellulosic Biofuels Summit July 23–25, 2014 Iowa State University Ames, Iowa

  • [ background ]

    We invite you to join us in Iowa this July 23–25 for a Cellulosic Biofuels Summit, a two-day gathering of leading academic, industry, advocacy, and government representatives working toward a sustainable biofuels future. This meeting will include several tours of cellulosic biofuels facilities and research laboratories, as well as opportunities to hear from and speak with leading experts in the field.

  • Biofuels are an important element of a comprehensive strategy to cut oil use and reduce the global warming emissions produced by our transportation system.

    To realize their full potential, biofuels must move beyond today’s grain-, sugar-, and vegetable oil–based fuels to cellu- losic fuels made from biomass resources such as agricultural residues and perennial grasses. Unfortunately, the progress of cellulosic biofuels has become shrouded in confusion and controversy. This summit gives you the chance to see for yourself where things stand in the development and commercialization of this important technology.

    We stand at an important moment in the development of cellulosic biofuels, with the first commercial-scale facilities coming online across the country. The epicenter of this move- ment is currently in Iowa, where industry leaders including Poet, DSM, and DuPont, along with academic experts and advocates, are leading the way to a cleaner fuel future.

    Success with cellulosic fuels requires both the sustainable sourcing of biomass feedstocks and the conversion technology needed to turn this biomass into fuel; our summit will cover both topics. On the feedstock side, agricultural experts will discuss ongoing efforts to harvest agricultural residues like corn stalks and leaves sustainably, and to expand the role of perennial grasses in the agricultural landscape. On the conver- sion side we will hear firsthand from the teams starting up two of the world’s first commercial-scale cellulosic biofuel plants, as well as from researchers who are developing “drop-in” cellulosic biofuels and other advanced technologies.

  • Wednesday, July 23

    2:00 p.m. Convene at Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport / Conference Center

    4:00 p.m. Depart for Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge

    5:00 p.m. Tour: STRIPs Project, Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, Des Moines STRIPs (Science-based Trials of Row crops Integrated with Prairies) is an ongoing experiment by an interdisciplinary team studying the impacts of integrating small strips of prairie and row-cropped agricultural landscapes.

    6:00 p.m. Depart Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge for Holiday Inn Des Moines

    7:00 p.m. Welcome Dinner at Holiday Inn Des Moines Introductory remarks by Iowa official TBD

    8:00 p.m. Depart Des Moines for Holiday Inn Ames

    Thursday, July 24

    7:00 a.m. Breakfast Remarks from Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture

    8:15 a.m. Depart for Iowa State University Agricultural Research Facilities

    8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks Why Here and Now: Understanding the Promise and Importance of Cellulosic Biofuels

    9:00 a.m. Industry Happenings Learn firsthand from industry groups on their progress in bringing cellulosic biofuels to the marketplace. Andy Heggenstaller, Agronomy Research Manager, DuPont Pioneer Robert C. Brown, Director, Bioeconomy Institute, Iowa State University Emily Heaton, Assistant Professor, Iowa State University (invited)

    9:45 a.m. Tour: Iowa State University Thermochemical Train This pilot-scale gasifier is capable of processing half a ton of biomass per day.

    [ agenda ]

  • 10:15 a.m. Tour: Iowa State University BioCentury Research Farm This is the nation’s first integrated research and demonstration facility dedicated to biomass production and processing.

    11:15 a.m. Depart BioCentury Research Farm for Holiday Inn

    11:30 a.m. Break

    12:00 p.m. Lunch

    1:00 p.m. Panel: Production Stover Feedstock and Availability Dave Muth, Senior Vice President of Analytics, AgSolver, Inc. Kishore Rane, Senior Manager, Research and Development, Novozymes North America Stuart Birrell, Associate Professor, Iowa State University

    2:30 p.m. Break and Poster Session

    3:00 p.m. Panel: A Sustainable Vision for the Future of Agriculture Matt Liebman, Professor, Iowa State University Lisa Schulte-Moore, Associate Professor, Iowa State University Matthew Rudolf, Business Development & Americas Director, Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials

    5:00 p.m. Break

    5:15 p.m. Moderated Panel and Audience Discussion

    6:30 p.m. Break

    7:00 p.m. Depart for Dinner and Reception at Aunt Maude’s, Ames, IA

    Friday, July 25

    8:00 a.m.– Tours: DuPont and POET/DSM facilities

    7:00 p.m. More information to come

    Transportation between airport, hotel, conference space, and tours is complementary.

  • [ speakers ]

    sTuarT Birrell

    Associate Professor, Iowa State University

    Dr. Birrell’s research is concentrated in the development of sensors and controls that can be applied in advanced machinery control, precision agriculture and harvest technologies, and biomass harvesting and logistics. Present projects include developing a real-time soil nitrate sensor system for precision nitrogen applications, development of sensors based on dielectric measurements, industry-sponsored combine harvesting projects, and development of biomass harvesting systems.

    roBerT C. BroWn

    Director, Bioeconomy Institute (BEI), Iowa State University

    Dr. Brown is the founding director of the BEI, a university-wide initiative that coordinates research, educational, and outreach activities related to bio-based products and bioenergy. The BEI has helped established several new research enterprises at ISU including the NSF-sponsored Center for Biorenewable Chemicals, the Biobased Industries Center, the BioCentury Research Farm, the Biorenewables Research Laboratory Building, the NSF-sponsored EPRSCoR RII project, and the USDA-sponsored CenUSA Bioenergy project.

    Dr. Brown’s other administrative duties include directing the Center for Sustainable Environmental Technologies, a $3 million-per-year research enterprise focusing on thermo- chemical processing of biomass and fossil fuels. The center has pioneered a variety of innovative technologies including syngas fermentation, gasification of bio-oil, production of sugars, bioasphalt, co-firing pellets from the fast pyrolysis of biomass, and use of biochars as a soil amendment and carbon sequestra- tion agent.

    Dr. Brown has published more than 120 refereed papers and is PI or co-PI on more than $70 million in cumulative research funding. He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering, a Distinguished Iowa Scientist of the Iowa Academy of Science, and a recipient of the David R. Boylan Eminent Faculty Award for Research at ISU. He received an R&D 100 Award from Research and Development magazine in 1997 and was named one of the top 100 researchers in bioenergy by Biofuels Digest in 2011.

  • emily heaTon

    Assistant Professor, Iowa State University

    Dr. Heaton is an assistant professor of agronomy focusing on biomass crop production and physiology. She focuses on best management practices for perennial energy crops and the recip- rocal relationship of crop and environment.

    The biomass crop production and physiology lab led by Dr. Heaton aims to understand the growth and productivity of dedicated biomass crops in the Midwest, and how they can be managed to provide multiple ecosystem services. We specifically seek to elucidate the reciprocal impact of environment on key physiological processes such as photosynthesis, biomass accu- mulation, water use, and nutrient cycling. Typical activities focus on the plant and field plot scale, with inferences at the watershed and ecosystem scale. Through collaboration, we use our data to explain observed phenomena and predict future behavior, with an ultimate goal of providing useful information to policy makers and the public about the role biomass crops can and should play in the midwestern United States.

    andy heggensTaller

    Agronomy Research Manager, DuPont Pioneer

    Andy works with growers, universities, the USDA, and other third-party groups to develop agronomic recommendations and technical resources that demonstrate value in cropping systems for Pioneer customers. Andy also works closely with DuPont Industrial Biosciences and leads research to develop crop management practices that ensure a profitable and sustainable supply of the company’s cellulosic feedstocks, including partial corn stover harvest for cellulosic ethanol.

    Andy earned a bachelor’s degree in agroecosystems science from Pennsylvania State University, and master’s and doctorate degrees in agronomy and biorenewable resource technology from Iowa State University. Andy’s hobbies include running, cycling, and backpacking.

  • maTTheW helmers

    Associate Professor, Iowa State University

    The goal of Dr. Helmers’ research and extension work at Iowa State University is to protect and enhance the quality of water resources by providing other researchers, agency personnel/ policy makers, producers, and the general public with up-to- date data and information on water resource issues. The work is focused in the area of subsurface drainage and in the broader areas of water re

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