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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 hosted a conference on biomass and coal opportunities on September 19th 2012 at the Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown, WV.  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 presentations and facilitated goals are now available.


AGENDA AND PRESENTATIONS

Time

Topic

Speaker

7:30-8:00

Meet and Greet, Coffee and Light Snack

All

8:00-8:15

Welcome, Introductions

WVU

8:15-8:45

WV Energy Plan

Jeff Herholdt, Director WV Division of Energy

LINK

8:45-9:15

Bioenergy Research and Development at WVU

Jingxin Wang/John Zondlo WVU

LINK

9:15-9:45

Biomass resources and energy crops on surface mine sites

Jeffery Skousen, WVU

LINK

9:45-10:15

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

Richard Bajura, WVU NRCCE

LINK

10:15-10:30

Break/Networking & Research Posters


10:30-11:00

Energy Policy and Environmental Impacts

James Van Nostrand, WVU

LINK

11:00-11:30

Business Perspective -  Torrefied Wood and Coal

Joe James, Agritech, Inc

LINK

11:30-12:00

Business Perspective - Developing a bioenergy project

Mark Harris, Biomass Group, LLC

12:00-1:00

Lunch & Posters


1:00-1:30

Technical Feasibility of Coal and Biomass to Liquids

Dan Driscoll, DOE NETL

LINK

1:30-2:00

Economic Feasibility of Coal and Biomass to Liquids

Tom Tarka/Morgan Summers, DOE NETL

LINK

2:00-2:30

Clean Energy Research and Development with Coal

Rodney Andrews UKY CAER

LINK

2:30-3:00

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

Lead by Bajura, WVU

 


SUGGESTIONS FROM FACILITATED SESSION

  1. Initiate email forum that people can opt into to discuss relevant articles and news
  2. Need to develop means of working with companies that are interested in this area.  Developing relationships between University researchers and companies would help compete for funding opportunities.
  3. Need to start list of potential demo projects as well as list of resources and people needed to pull project together.
  4. Use Facebook/linked in to develop mass
  5. Start looking at used equipment and potentially listing what equipment/facilities are available for demo projects.
  6. Establish Biomass Industry Working Group
  7. Define projects close to coal that would facilitate the development of coal/biomass energy.  This would include identifying those areas via local EDA.
  8. Demonstration projects needed to move forward on job creation in this sector
  9. Should reach out to talent in other Appalachian States so that talent can be combined.
  10. Need to initiate policies that incentivize biomass
  11. Identify communities with vested interest - that have resources.  This would help with job creation.  Need to identify the forward thinking leaders in these fields.
  12. Identify those folks already involved in biomass related industries and bring them to the table.
  13. Need to work with regulatory issues - is hampering development
  14. Need subsidies to make it happen at this point - or work with company that can agree to lower return than the 20 % used in most feasibility analyses.

 

 

WHO ATTENDED?

As of 9/19/2012 we had 94 registered from a number of organizations. The meeting was a great intital step to bring those interested in coal and biomass energy together to network with professionals active in these areas.

 

Attending 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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