The Appalachian Hardwood Center, Bio-based Materials Center and National Research Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University and the West Virginia Division of Energy are hosting a conference on biomass and coal opportunities on September 19th 2012 at the Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown, WV. West Virginia is the nation's second largest coal-producing and third most heavily forested state in the nation. Opportunities exist for the co-development of biomass and coal energy which combine the sustainable qualities of woody biomass and the fuel density of WV coal. Topics at the one-day event include biomass and coal development opportunities, bioenergy research and development, torrefied biomass and coal blends, energy policy and environmental impacts, and the technical and financial feasibility of coal and biomass as feedstocks for liquid transportation fuels.

The meeting will consist of a number of presentations as well as detailed question and comment sessions with the goal of developing coal and biomass opportunities in region. Speakers include scientists from West Virginia University, University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER), the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Lab (NETL), Agri-Tech Producers and WV industry representatives. The meeting will be held between 8am and 3pm and will include a light breakfast networking session as well as a luncheon for those attending.

To register for the free event, follow the read more link to complete the registration form. Please register early - registration will close on September 12, 2012.




The Coal/Biomass Conference will be held in Morgantown, WV.  The conference location is the WVU Alumni Center located on the Evansdale Campus.  A number of hotels, restaurants, and other amenities are located adjacent to the facility.  Facility Link

Morgantown is located 1.5 hours south of the Pittsburgh Airport (PIT) in southwestern Pennsylvania.  Conference participants can also fly into the Morgantown Airport (MGW) after connecting in Dulles International Airport (IAD). There are two flights per day arriving in Morgantown from Dulles International.

More information about the Morgantown area can be found at:



The Hampton Inn is immediately across the street from the Alumni Center.  The Residence Inn is adjacent to the Football Stadium and a five minute walk through the WVU Health Sciences Campus to the Alumni Center.

Hampton Inn Morgantown

1053 Van Voorhis Road, Morgantown, West Virginia, USA 26505
Tel: 304-599-1200

Residence Inn Morgantown

1046 Willowdale Road · Morgantown, West Virginia 26505
Tel: 304-599-0237

Hilton Garden Inn Morgantown

150 Suncrest Towne Center Drive, Morgantown, West Virginia 26505
Tel: 304-225-9500







Meet and Greet, Coffee and Light Snack



Welcome, Introductions



WV Energy Plan

Jeff Herholdt, Director WV Division of Energy


Bioenergy Research and Development at WVU

Jingxin Wang/John Zondlo WVU


Biomass resources and energy crops on surface mine sites

Jeffery Skousen, WVU


Potential for integration of biomass and coal with oil recovery - carbon capture technology

Richard Bajura, WVU NRCCE


Break/Networking & Research Posters


Energy Policy and Environmental Impacts

James Van Nostrand, WVU


Business Perspective -  Torrefied Wood and Coal

Joe James, Agritech, Inc


Business Perspective - Developing a bioenergy project

Mark Harris, Biomass Group, LLC


Lunch & Posters


Technical Feasibility of Coal and Biomass to Liquids

Dan Driscoll, DOE NETL


Economic Feasibility of Coal and Biomass to Liquids

Tom Tarka/Morgan Summers, DOE NETL


Clean Energy Research and Development with Coal

Rodney Andrews UKY CAER


Facilitated Discussion to Develop Action Plan on  Coal and Biomass Opportunities in WV

Lead by Bajura, WVU





As of 9/05/2012 we have over 90 registered from a number of organizations. We are at capacity (you can continue to register, but we may need to shut-down registration in the near term)!  This meeting will be a great chance to meet those interested in coal and biomass energy and to network with professionals active in these areas.

Current registered affiliations include:
WV Division of Energy WV Division of Forestry West Virginia University University of Kentucky
USDA CH2M Hill WV Water Research Institute Bowles Rice
Ann Green Commun.
American Forest Management WVU Foundation Elanic Edge LLC
Millwright Local 1755 CEPC/Mountain Ranger Division Kinetic Clean Energy Meade Westvaco
Biomass Group LLC CONSOL R&D WV DEP Sunbelt
J&M Industrial Chemical Alliance Zone Strategic Solutions LLC NRCCE
Alderman Forest Manage NETL Weyerhaeuser Gestamp Biomass Int.
Biomass Fuel Company Bright Enterprises Vance River Terminal US SBA
Nelson Mullins Riley Scarborough INNOVA Mountaineer Keystone Penn State University
Hamer Pellet Fuels
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