Anaerobic Digestion • Biogas • Composting • Food Waste • Manure • Renewable Natural Gas
18th Annual Conference
BioCycle REFOR17

Renewable Energy From Organics Recycling

Oct. 15, 16, 17, 18, 2018
Raleigh, North Carolina
Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley
Official
Conference Of
The American
Biogas Council

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BIOCYCLE REFOR18 Opening Plenary Think Tank: Catalyzing The Biogas Economy
Updated 8.29

On Tuesday, October 16, 2018 BIOCYCLE REFOR18 Conference sessions kick off with the Opening Plenary Think Tank: Catalyzing The Biogas Economy. Think Tank panelists represent different facets of the biogas supply chain, all whom have worked through some major challenges and roadblocks, and are now poised to accelerate deployment of biogas infrastructure and increase production and utilization of Renewable Natural Gas (RNG), power, and high quality digestate products.

Each panelist can speak with great knowledge about how to catalyze the biogas economy.

Tanja Vujic

Tanja Vujic

Director Of
Biogas Strategy
Duke University

Tatjana (Tanja) Vujic is Director of Biogas Strategy for Duke University. In that role, Tanja reports to Duke's Executive Vice President to create a supply of biogas to fuel its campus steam plants and help the University meet its 2024 Climate Neutrality Goal. Tanja has been involved for nearly two decades in various aspects of biogas development, particularly as it relates to animal waste management, carbon reductions and renewable energy production. In 2010, as director of the Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative, she leveraged state and federal funding to develop the Loyd Ray Farms swine waste-to-energy system with Duke Energy and Google. Using lessons from the Loyd Ray Farms project — the first project in the state to generate renewable energy certificates from swine waste and registered carbon offsets by destroying livestock-sourced methane — Tanja then led a comprehensive analysis of a Directed Biogas approach to power generation from swine waste to accelerate compliance with North Carolina's Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard. In addition to her work for Duke University, Tanja directed Environmental Defense Fund's Southeast Clean Energy Program and worked with former Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers on his book, Lighting the World, applying insights from that book to design the Energy Access Project at Duke University. The Energy Access Project is now fully operational at Duke University, running out of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, with a mission of creating ways by which rural populations around the world can access electricity created from sustainable renewable resources. Tanja also teaches on topics related to climate change mitigation, clean energy access and energy equity from time to time. She holds a dual degree B.A. from Yale University in Geology and Geophysics and Studies in the Environment and a law degree from The George Washington University.

Charles E. Love Jr.

Charles E. Love Jr.

Renewable Energy Acquisition
Trillium

Charles Love works on the renewable energy acquisition team for Trillium, which is a member of the Love’s Travel Stops family of companies. Love’s is one of the largest privately held companies in the America with 450+ locations in 41 states. Trillium is focused on developing and building the infrastructure required to support a low-carbon transportation future, including hydrogen fuel cell, battery electric, solar and renewable natural gas technologies. Charles is responsible for developing RNG projects for the company including dairy farms, wastewater treatment facilities and landfills. Mr. Love also works with RNG developers to market their gas production through long-term offtake agreements. Charles is also an advocate for the industry; he works on public policy items related to RNG & Hydrogen transportation regulations. Charles graduated from St. Gregory’s University and started his third company at the age of 21 (seafood importing, processing, distribution and retail). Charles changed gears going from the seafood business into the renewable energy industry and now lives in Austin with his wife of twenty-one years and three children. Charles believes we can all do our part to make the world a better place for the next 10 generations.

Brian Paganini

Brian Paganini

Vice President & Managing Director
Quantum Biopower

Brian Paganini is the Vice President and Managing Director of Quantum Biopower, Connecticut’s (CT) first merchant food waste anaerobic digestion facility in Southington.  Quantum’s flagship facility recycles 40,000 tons/year of food waste creating 1.2 MW of power and 10,000 tons/year of organic soil amendments.  Quantum develops digester infrastructure, in places of need, to liberate the energy and nutrients stored in organic waste streams.  Brian has helped to shape the energy policies in the New England Region, specifically working toward the passage of CT’s first Virtual Net Metering program in 2015 and recently, working on a statewide Renewable Fuel Standard for biogas.  He is extremely proud of the academic partnerships he has established with the University of Connecticut and Yale to help develop future leaders, technology platforms, and entrepreneurship programs focused on biogas projects and programs.  Brian passionately works on public policy initiatives to affect positive change for food waste recycling and energy creation from a variety of renewable energy resources.  Prior to managing Quantum’s business, he worked in the biomedical field.

Robert Bonnie

Robert Bonnie

Rubenstein Fellow
Duke University's
Nicholas Institute

And Former USDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment

Robert Bonnie is a Rubenstein Fellow at Duke University, working on conservation and environmental issues in rural America. During the Obama Administration, Robert was Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment at USDA. Prior to joining USDA, Robert was vice president for land conservation at Environmental Defense Fund where he focused on developing incentives to reward stewardship on private lands. Robert has masters degrees in forestry and environmental management from Duke University's Nicholas School.