Platinum Sponsors


Renewable Energy Group® Renewable Energy Group, Inc. is a leading North American advanced biofuels producer and developer of renewable chemicals. REG utilizes a nationwide production, distribution and logistics system as part of an integrated value chain model to focus on converting natural fats, oils and greases into advanced biofuels and converting diverse feedstocks into renewable chemicals. With 10 active biorefineries across the country, research and development capabilities, and a diverse and growing intellectual property portfolio, REG is committed to being a long-term leader in bio-based fuels and chemicals.

For more than a decade, REG has been a reliable supplier of advanced biofuels which meet or exceed ASTM quality specifications. REG sells REG-9000™ biodiesel to distributors so consumers can have cleaner burning fuels that help diversify the energy complex and increase energy security. REG-9000™ biodiesel is distributed in most states in the U.S. REG also markets ultra-low sulfur diesel and heating oil in the northeastern US.


Iowa Economic Development Authority
Iowa leads the way in the R&D of next generation chemical building blocks necessary to champion development in energy, feedstock, manufacturing and transportation goods. Iowa’s central location, robust transportation and infrastructure, highly educated and productive workforce, abundant raw materials and pro-business state government contribute to the state’s success in the biofuels and biorenewables industry. Visit www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com.

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Clariant Produkte (Deutschland) GmbH
Clariant Biofuels and Derivatives is an internationally active specialty chemical company, based in Muttenz. Clariant focuses on creating value by investing in future profitable and sustainable growth, which is based on four strategic pillars: Improving profitability, innovation as well as research and development, dynamic growth in emerging markets, and optimizing the portfolio through complementary acquisitions or divestments. The main focus of Clariant’s Biotech & Renewables Center is on bio-catalysis and bio-refining. The company develops energy-efficient processes for the manufacture of biomass-based chemicals and fuels. Clariant has developed a process which uses enzymatic hydrolysis followed by fermentation to produce cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues.



United States Department of Agriculture
has many programs resources available to assist the broad complement of stakeholders to respond to bioeconomy-related issues and opportunities, including basic scientific research to the development and commercialization of new technologies, outreach and education, technical and financial assistance, and infrastructure..USDA is leading the way for a clean energy future for our country.

Ensyn Corp.
Ensyn produces cellulosic liquid fuels, with a focus on renewable heating fuel and renewable feedstocks for refineries for the production of renewable gasoline and diesel. Ensyn is broadening distribution of its heating fuels, and is finalizing commercialization of its refinery applications in alliance with Honeywell UOP. Ensyn owns a three million gallon/year facility in Ontario and is developing additional production capacity in Brazil in alliance with Fibria as well as additional projects in Canada/USA.


ID – Champagne-Ardenne
ID-Champagne-Ardenne Development is the official innovation and investment promotion agency of the Champagne-Ardenne Region of France. The Champagne-Ardenne Region is home to one of the leading advanced bioeconomy areas in Europe, bio-investment activity there is growing rapidly. This bio-industrial network includes an integrated biorefinery, numerous afro-industries and feedstock producers able to supply raw material to new projects, and a network of strategic partners ready to help innovative advanced bioproducts companies commercialize their technology. In the last five years, over 500 Million Euros have been invested in bioprocessing, and more that 300 jobs created, in Champagne-Ardenne. ID- Champagne-Ardenne offers a number of complimentary services to expanding international companies. These include identification of strategic partners, feedstock and financing, as well as assistance in attracting public sector support for projects in France. For further information on opportunities in Champagne-Ardenne, please contact Franck Mode  (franck.mode@id-champagne-ardenne.fr/+33 (0)3 610 020 651/www.id-champagne-ardenne.fr)

Corporate, Organization Support and Break Sponsors


Kilpatrick Townsend is a full-service, international law firm with more than 630 lawyers who work with forward-thinking clients to solve their most critical business matters. The firm’s energy practice draws from other firm-wide teams to tap into Project Finance, Construction & Infrastructure, Private Placement, Private Equity, and Intellectual Property knowledge.


Stern Brothers Alternative Energy Finance Group is a nationally recognized thought leader on alternative energy finance. The Firm focuses on the structuring and placement of equity and debt for projects across all sectors of the industry using tax-exempt and taxable bonds to optimize the debt structure and equity returns of developers seeking non-recourse project financings.


Faegre Baker Daniels is a full service law firm providing business solutions to local, national and international organizations. We serve clients with the highest levels of professionalism, skill and integrity. Our 750 corporate, litigation and regulatory professionals collaborate across 13 locations in the United States, U.K. and China to deliver practical solutions for our clients’ business needs.


The Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) is a non-profit trade association that represents over 30 member companies pioneering cutting-edge technologies, feedstocks, and fuel molecules within the advanced biofuels industry. Frequently asked to testify before Congress and share its expertise with federal agencies, ABFA leads the charge for energy policies that level the playing field with incumbent energy technologies and champions the virtues of a portfolio approach to U.S. transportation fuel.


Holland & Knight LLP (H&K) is a global law firm with an award-winning Public Policy and Regulations (PP&R) practice in Washington, D.C. PP&R’s bipartisan team of professionals uses their in-depth understanding of government operations and political perspectives to advance the interests of their clients. The PP&R group is uniquely capable in energy-related regulatory, legislative, transactional and litigation matters, as well as in financing innovative energy technologies through federal programs and deploying them at commercial scale.

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LanzaTech is creating a world a world where emissions are an opportunity not a liability, where industrial growth promotes resource efficiency and reduced environmental impact. LanzaTech’s proprietary microbes, capture and recycle waste gases before they are emitted. Across the supply chain, LanzaTech promotes a ‘carbon smart’ circular economy, where both gas providers and end users can choose to be resource efficient by recycling or “sequestering” carbon into new products rather than making them from new fossil resources.


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Southwest Research Institute
The International Alternative Fuel Technology Center (IAFTC) at Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®) assists clients in exploring, developing, and evaluating current and future alternative fuels from source, through production, to real-world use. SwRI is a non-profit, independent research organization with more than 60 years of experience with fuels and engines.

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E3 Energy Partners
E3 Energy Partners provides process engineering and design for next-generation biorefinery and advanced biofuel plants worldwide. Our clients and partners are actively developing integrated biorefinery processes and projects spanning bio-heat, bio-power, biofuels and specialty chemicals from virgin, industrial and waste biomass feedstocks. With decades of experience in energy and biomass- from our roots in petroleum, pulp & paper and oleo-chemicals, to our focus on biorefineries- we deliver full service engineering, trusted business analysis and project management services to our industrial, public and entrepreneurial clients across all stages of project development.

Featured National Laboratories – Joint Platinum Sponsors

Argonne National Laboratory
Argonne National Laboratory forges R&D partnerships with industry to assist with licensing of advanced technologies, manufacturing processes, and software platforms.   Our bioenergy R&D portfolio includes innovative separations technologies, catalysis, and novel waste stream processing.   Argonne also has a strong biofuel life cycle analysis program, including developing the GREETTM model, which counts industry and government agencies among its over 20,000 users.   Additionally, Argonne’s bioenergy research and development portfolio includes sustainable landscape development activities and feedstock production water impacts analysis.


Idaho National Laboratory
The Idaho National Laboratory Bioenergy Program, and the associated DOE-EERE Biomass Feedstock National User Facility, provide a full range of feedstock RD&D capabilities, including supply chain analysis, feedstock characterization, and feedstock preprocessing. Our feedstock supply and development capabilities have been used to manufacture a wide variety of feedstock products from agricultural residues, wood, grasses, and municipal solid waste. We collaborate with academia, national laboratories, and industry to develop feedstock supply system solutions that enable biofuels, biopower, and waste-to-energy technologies.


Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)
In the world of science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is synonymous with “excellence.” Thirteen Nobel prizes are associated with Berkeley Lab. Seventy Lab scientists are members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), one of the highest honors for a scientist in the United States. Thirteen of our scientists have won the National Medal of Science, our nation’s highest award for lifetime achievement in fields of scientific research. Eighteen of our engineers have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and three of our scientists have been elected into the Institute of Medicine. In addition, Berkeley Lab has trained thousands of university science and engineering students who are advancing technological innovations across the nation and around the world.


Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos National Laboratory is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security, is operated by Los Alamos National Security, LLC, a team composed of Bechtel National, the University of California, BWX Technologies, Inc. and URS for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.

Los Alamos enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.


National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
NREL’s biomass program focuses on advancing research and technologies to convert biomass to higher hydrocarbon fuels and chemicals.  We collaborate with industry partners, academia, and other national laboratories to speed product development, increase successes and advance biomass      conversion technologies and processes into the market. We provide opportunities to develop technology partnerships, license our technologies, and use our facilities.


Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Oak Ridge National Laboratory supports the Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) with expertise in feedstock supply and biomass engineering, geospatial visualization, environmental sustainability, and materials science and processing.  ORNL’s expertise in resource assessment and economics led to the production of DOE’s Billion Ton Study, the subsequent Update and upcoming the Billion Ton 2016, which will include additional feedstocks and enhanced sustainability considerations.  ORNL’s expertise also includes the development of various bio-materials, including resins used for additive manufacturing.



Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is advancing frontiers in energy and environment research, with a diverse portfolio including grid modernization, renewable energy, nuclear science, environmental remediation, carbon sequestration, buildings codes, appliances standards, bio-fuels, energy storage, and more. PNNL’s science and technological contributions are saving the nation billions of dollars in energy costs, while enabling the world to live more prosperously, safely, and securely. Success at PNNL means working with partners —government sponsors, industry, universities, and research institutions — to drive innovative results to the market. Based in southeastern Washington state, PNNL has been operated by Battelle on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy since 1965. Learn more at energyenvironment.pnnl.gov.


Sandia National Laboratories spearheads research into energy alternatives that will help the nation reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and to combat the effects of climate change. Sandia’s Biomass Program is creating and demonstrating next-generation conversion technologies to create “drop-in” replacements for today’s fuels from lignocellulose and microalgae. Sandia has unique capabilities in ionic liquid pretreatment, lignin conversion, algal polyculture, microfluidics, synthetic biology, and biofuel combustion analysis, as well as a new algal testbed facility.

Optional Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Tour
November 2nd (12:30-5:30 PM)
(Please note! This tour is limited to the first 40 people signing up for it. To sign up for the Tour, please email Bill Lundberg at “blundberg@me.com”)

Joint BioEnergy Institute – JBEI

JBEI takes a multi-disciplinary team approach to science bringing the entire sunlight-to-biofuels production pipeline under one roof. The tour gives visitors an inside look at the biomass to biofuels development process starting with the Plant Growth Room where researchers are working to breed the ideal non-food fuel crops. We will also visit the Chemistry Lab where scientists are focused on developing cost-effective ways to break down plant waste biomass into fermentable sugars using ionic

Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit – ABPDU

The ABPDU provides process technology evaluation, adaptation, demonstration and transfer of bioprocesses suitable for commercial biomass deconstruction, the production of advanced biofuels and bioproducts generating efficient integrated biorefineries.  The ABPDU is available to private industry, national laboratories, research institutions and academia for process demonstration.

ABPDU’s 15,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility is equipped and staffed to conduct thermo/chemical pretreatment, enzymatic depolymerization, enzyme/biofuel/biochemical fermentation, and related analytics (composition, product characterization, rheology, calorimetry).  The facility is capable of performing various downstream processing operations for the separation and recovery of deconstruction and fermentation products, including biofuels, microbial biomass, enzymes, and other biochemicals to support biorefinery concepts. The tour will take you through all of the areas described above.