• The Conference

Preliminary Agenda


Monday, June 15

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Expo Grand Opening & Welcome Reception
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Tuesday, June 16

7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast
9:00 am - 9:05 am Introduction and Welcome
  • Ron Kotrba, Editor in Chief, Biodiesel Magazine
9:05 am - 9:30 am Keynote Presentation
  • Bob King, Founder & President, Pacific Biodiesel Technologies
    Our 25-Year Journey to a High-Efficiency, Zero Waste Plant Design
9:30 am – 11:00 am Emerging Biodiesel Technologies
  • Rudy Pruszko, Owner, Pruszko Consulting
    How to Evaluate New Technologies
  • Etienne Sturm, Business Development Director, Air Liquide Engineering & Construction
    Supercritical Biodiesel
  • Justin Fink, Associate Director, Visionary Fiber Technologies
    Fiber Reactor Technology for Oil Processing
  • Tom Slunecka, CEO, Minnesota Soybean Growers Association
    Plasma Blue: A Gamechanger in Transesterification
11:00 am - 6:30 pm Expo Open
11:00 am - 1:30 pm Dedicated Expo Time
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • Lunch in the Expo
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Improving Existing Biodiesel Technologies

  • Hermann Stockinger, Vice President of Global Sales, BDI-BioEnergy International
    The Evolution of Biodiesel Technology
  • Alex Slichter, Sales & Business Development Manager, Crown Iron Works
    ACRE Upgrade and Solid Catalyst Esterification
  • Axel Ingendoh, CEO, Lanxess Corp.
    New Catalyst on the Block
  • Ernie Pollitzer, Owner, Clean Energy Consultants
    Biodiesel Production Improvement Study
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Refreshment Break in the Expo
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Adsorbents for Biodiesel & Renewable Diesel Applications

  • John McNichol, Market Development Manager, PQ Corp.
    Synthetic Silica Adsorbents for Biodiesel Pre and Posttreatment and Renewable Diesel Pretreatment
  • Rich Cairncross, Senior Research Engineer, Environmental Fuel Research LLC
    Desulfurization of Biodiesel: What Works and What Doesn’t
  • Brian Cooke, Technical Manager, Clariant Corp.
    Absorptive Removal of Contaminants from Fats and Oils for Biofuels Production
  • Stan Huddleston, Technical Service Manager, W.R. Grace & Co.
    Role of Synthetic Amorphous Silica in Biodiesel Feedstock Purification and Posttreatment
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Networking Reception in the Expo

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Wednesday, June 17

7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast in the Expo
7:30 am - 1:30 pm Expo Open
8:30 am - 10:00 am

Alternative Approaches & New Tech Integration

  • Josef Doerfler, President, ZT Doerfler
    Solvent Process Technology: Unique and Advanced Technology for Improvement of Existing Biodiesel Plants or Ethanol Plants Interested in Integration
  • Ryan Davis, Principal Member Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories
    The Lactate and Fusel Alcohol Platform: Biofuels Production, and Biochemical Upgrading to Superior Performance Biodiesel
  • András Kovács, Director, QS Biodiesel Ltd.
    Refuse Fats to Biodiesel Via Co-Sol Apolar Solvent Technology
  • Chris Getty, President, AE Resources Inc.
    The Multi-Energy Optimization Process
  • Marcelo Cantele, USFC/TransferTech
    Rational Integration of Conventional and Enzymatic Routes in Large-scale Biodiesel Production
10:00 am - 10:30 am Refreshment Break in the Expo
10:30 am - Noon

Hydrotreating Technologies & Partnerships

  • Larry Sullivan, Professor, Trident Technical College
    Evolution of Biodiesel and Related Technologies: A 20-Year Perspective
  • Chuck Fink, Corporate Communications Manager, Sulzer GTC Technology US
    Flexible and Cost-effective Hydrotreating Technology for Biodiesel Production
  • Michele Rubino, Principal, 3Peaks Consulting
    Renewable Diesel Scaled to Your Feedstock
  • Adam Belyamani, Chief Operating Officer, Saola Energy LLC
    The Road to Higher Profits: How a Renewable Diesel Plant Fits the Concept of a Diversified Biorefinery
Noon - 1:30 pm Lunch in the Expo
1:30 pm Exhibitor Move-Out
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Biodiesel & Renewable Diesel Pretreatment Systems

  • Jim Willits, VP Sales & Marketing, Desmet Ballestra North America
    Processing Technologies for Pretreatment of HVO/HEFA Feedstocks
  • Alex Slichter, Sales & Business Development Manager, Crown Iron Works
    Maximizing Polyethylene Removal from Waste Feedstocks
  • Hermann Stockinger, Vice President of Global Sales, BDI-BioEnergy International
    Pretreating Waste-based Feedstock for Neary 25 Years
  • Tara Mancini, President, LetzBiofuels
    Up to 100 Percent FFA Pretreatment System for Biodiesel
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Refreshment Break
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Posttreatment & Coproduct Upscaling

  • Jay M. Railey, PE, President, Technology Development Corporation & Recovery Technologies Corporation
    Post-Distillation of Biodiesel: Lab Data and Industrial Practice
  • Dave Bradley, Chief Scientific Officer, FYT Fuels
    Biodiesel Distillation and Flexible, Scalable Vacuum Distillation of Glycerin
  • Frankie Mathis, President, Smisson-Mathis Energy LLC
    Brown Grease to Biodiesel Production and Novel Distillation for Sulfur Removal
  • Rahul Khandelwal, Technology Manager, Sulzer GTC Technology US
    GT-ProG: Glycerin to Propylene Glycol
  • Richard Heiden, Chief Science & Technology Officer, R.W. Heiden Associates
    Unexpected Formation of Saturated Monoglycerides, Glycerol and Steryl Glucoside Deposits in Biodiesel Fuels
5:00 pm Sessions Conclude
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Thursday, June 18

Tenative Time
8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Industry Tour
Details to come
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