Track 3: Advances and Breakthroughs in biofuels
Charles R. Hurburgh, Jr., Ph.D.: will present a summary of advances related to corn based biofuels. Corn based biofuels, if coupled with several emerging technologies, can be more energy efficient than commonly believed and capable of distributing more key nutrients to livestock fed co-products.
Andrew Zurn: will present information on advances in ethanol production using producer gas from a biomass gasifier.
Doug Berven: will discuss POET Energy’s plan to use corn cobs for ethanol production and advances in starch based ethanol production.
Roger Ruan, Ph.D.: will discuss advances in pyrolysis of biomass in the production of bio-oils.
Track 4: Bioenergy economic and policy Issues
Wally Tyner, Ph.D.: will discuss second generation biofuels economic and policy issues with an emphasis on: blending wall, import tariff, market uncertainty, technology uncertainty, feedstock supply, and interaction among all these factors.
Dr. Steven Wu, Ph.D.: will present on contracting issues for second generation perennial crops and will discuss issues of how to design contracts suitable for farmers interested in biomass crops for biofuels production.
Harry Baumes, Ph.D.: will discuss program funding opportunities made available through USDA.
Daniel de la Torre Ugarte, Ph.D.: will discuss where bioenergy crops will become feedstock sources and the economic potential for these crops.