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
Conference Of
The American
Biogas Council

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Agenda: Tuesday, October 16

Updated 7.30

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | | 9:00 AM — 10:15 AM
WELCOME   Opening PLENARY Think Tank
NCDEQ Secretary Michael Regan (Invited)   Catalyzing The Biogas Economy

Charles Love,


Tanja Vujic,
Duke University


Brian Paganini,
Quantum Biopower

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | | 11:00 AM — 12:15 PM
Track 1
Feedstock Sourcing
Distributed Feedstock Sourcing At The Source Through Public/Private Partnership

David McNeil, BlueBridge Cooperative

U.S. National Standards For Biomass Supply Chain Risk

Brett Hogarth, Ecostrat

Track 2
State Permitting Of Anaerobic Digestion Infrastructure

Christine Lawson and Donna Wilson, North Carolina Dept. of Environmental Quality

Kathryn Perszyk, Virginia Dept. of Environmental Quality

Robert Wadley, Tennessee Dept. of Environmental Conservation

Track 3
Organized by American Biogas Council
Federal Biogas Policies

Maureen Walsh, American Biogas Council

Cheryl Coleman, Director, Resource Conservation & Sustainability Division, U.S. EPA

Track 4
Microgrids And Battery Storage
Farm-Based Microgrid Supplements Rural Electricity Demand

Tom Butler, Butler Farms

Debbie Britt, North Carolina Electric Management Cooperatives

Teaming for Profits: Utility Scale Battery Projects Powered By Renewables

Kelly Sarber, Strategic Management Group

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | | 1:45 PM — 3:30 PM
Track 1
Water Resource Recovery Facilities (WRRFs) — Codigestion, Energy Recovery
Food Waste Codigestion At WRRFs: Building A Business Case

Carol A. Jones, Environmental Law Institute

Codigestion Of Biosolids To Energy Enhancement: Project Update

Jim Meehan, Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority

Rick Sapir, Hawkins Delafield & Wood

Anaerobic Digester Gas Utilization At North Carolina WRRF

Kurtis Proffit, Engineering Manager, Black & Veatch

Energy Recovery Using Microbial Electrolysis Coupled With AD

Abhijeet Borole, The University of Tennessee

Track 2
Farm Digester Economics
National Trends In Livestock Manure Digestion

Nicholas Elger, U.S. EPA AgSTAR

Aggregation Of Farms Provides Optimization Of Biogas

Gus Simmons, P.E., Cavanaugh & Associates, P.A.

Multi-Farm AD Economics For Dairy Production

Mahmoud A Sharara, North Carolina State University

Evaluating Opportunities For Dairy Digesters: Codigestion Or RNG?

Dana Kirk, Michigan State University

Track 3
Organized by American Biogas Council
AD Facility Financing — Getting To Critical Mass Via RNG
Panel Discussion
Track 4
Anaerobic Digester Research Updates
Incorporating Biochar To Manage Hydrogen Sulfide

Rebecca A. Larson, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Evaluating Feedstocks For Lignocellulosic Content, Tracking Conversion During AD

Dana Kirk, Michigan State University

Biomethane Potential Testing — Understanding The Results, Utilizing The Data

Brian Langolf, University Of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Impact of Hydrolytic Enzymes On Anaerobic Digestion

Rebecca Hobden, Novozymes

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | | 4:15 PM — 6:00 PM
Track 1
The Global Picture
New Perspectives On Biowaste Treatment In Italy

Massimo Centemero and Michele Giavini, Italian Composting and Biogas Association

AD Policy In U.S. And Germany: Trends And Opportunities

Stephanie Lansing, University of Maryland

Lessons Learned From The French Biogas Market

Valerie Sorschak, Xebec Adsorption Inc.

Dutch Transition: Biomass And Food Moving Towards Circular Economy

Martin van Nieuwenhoven, Ministry for infrastructure and Environment Netherlands

Track 2
Anaerobic Digestion, Composting Infrastructure Assessment
Anaerobic Digestion Facilities Processing Food Waste in the U.S.

Melissa Pennington, EPA Region III, Philadelphia

Resource and Economic Analysis of Wet Waste-to-Energy Materials in the U.S.

Alex Badgett, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Statewide Analysis On Swine Waste To Biogas Energy Production

Tim Prefeta, Nicolas Institute of Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University (Invited)

North Carolina's Organics Processing Capacity Assessment

Bruce Fulford, North Carolina Dept. of Environmental Quality


Track 3
Organized by American Biogas Council
"Show Me The Money" … Tapping Lucrative RIN And LCFS Credits

• Status and future trends in the RFS RIN market

• Status and future trends in the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard market

• Content of a good offtake agreement

• Using RIN and LCFS credits as secure revenue to finance a project


Craig Murphy, Brightmark Energy

Paul Niznik, Argus

John Haeckel, Clean Fuel Partners

Brad Pleima, EcoEngineers

Track 4
Mortality, Poultry Litter Composting
Mortality Composting Trends And Insights

Gary Flory, Ag Program Manager, Virginia Dept. of Environmental Quality

Southern Yellow Pine Biochar And Wood Vinegar Remediate Poultry Litter Compost

Maryam Mohammadi-Aragh, Mississippi State University