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The Appalachian Hardwood Center (AHC) at West Virginia University, is a jointly supported center of the WVU Extension Service and the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design.

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The center was established in 1987 by the West Virginia Legislature to provide technical and research support for the state's growing wood products industry. The AHC is a center of excellence for outreach; extension and technology transfer; professional development; and applied research. The AHC serves sustainable natural resource-based businesses and communities as well as private forest landowners and natural resource professionals in the Appalachian forest region.


One Day Short Course
June 25, 2013
Erickson Alumni Center, Morgantown, WV

Organized by the Penn State Biomass Energy Center, West Virgina University Appalachian Hardwood Center, the NEWBio regional bioenergy consortium and the Mid Atlantic Clean Energy Application Center

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About the Event


Pellets and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) are two growing opportunities for the bioenergy industry in the region. Pellets - from wood or other biomass - continue to grow in popularity for domestic use and export markets. CHP systems from biomass remains one of the most cost effective and efficient uses of renewable biomass fuel.


 How do you determine if a facility is a good fit for CHP? How can pellet producers take advantage of emerging markets? What are the regulatory and economic drivers of success? Join us for this outstanding short course where experts will be addressing these and other important questions that will allow you to identify successful opportunities and network with participants in the expanding bioenergy economy. 

Who Should Attend?

Current and future owners or operators of heating plants and pellet manufacturers are strongly encouraged to attend. Project developers, regulatory agencies, and service providers in the industrial and renewable energy sectors will also find the material especially suited for their needs.   


Morning Session:
8:30 Registration opens; light breakfast and networking
9:00 Welcome and Introductions
9:15 Setting the stage (pellet relevance, CHP, feedstocks, government involvement)
9:45 New Feedstocks for Bioenergy
10:15 Break/Networking/Posters and Displayls
10:45  Overview of feedstock characteristics, desirable qualities
11:15 Wood energy system planning: lessons from recent install
12:00 Lunch
Afternoon Session: CHP and Pellet Systems
13:00 WV Energy Plan and Selling Power to the grid
13:30 Overview of Clean Energy Application Center
14:00 CHP Fundamentals
14:30 Economics of CHP
15:00 Woody Biomass and CHP Applications
Conference Wrap up
15:30 Future Direction - Developing CHP projects in region



Speakers for this short course include nationally recognized experts in CHP and Bioenergy. Speakers include:

David DeVallance - West Virginia University

Gearoid Foley - Mid Atlantic Clean Energy Application Center

James Freihaut - Mid Atlantic Clean Energy Application Center

Shawn Grushecky - West Virginia University

Jeff Herholdt - West Virginia Division of Energy

Michael Jacobson - Penn State University

Tom Richard - Penn State Biomass Energy Center



The short course will be held at the beautiful Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown, WV. For directions to the site, visit  http://alumni.wvu.edu/eac/directions


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Registration is free of charge and lunch is provided, but you must register in advance. Registration closes June 21.


If you have questions, please contact:

        • Shawn Grushecky at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 304-293-9417
        • Daniel Ciolkosz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 814-863-3484
        • Sandy Maitland at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 814-865-1507


This workshop is organized by a regional partnership of Penn State Extension and West Virginia University Appalachian Hardwood Center, along with the Penn State Biomass Energy Center, the "NEWBio" northeast regional woody/warm season biomass consortium, and the Mid Atlantic Clean Energy Application Center.


This event is supported by the US-DOE Mid Atlantic Clean Energy Application Center, and by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant No. 2012-68005-19703 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture


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