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Biomass Bootcamp
February 21, 2011  



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PA Fuel for Schools

West Penn Electric Sustainable Energy Fund

McKissick Associates Architects

All presentations will be in plain language and at a pace that’s understandable.

Every participant will also receive a specially produced take-away package that includes case histories of successful projects, links to on-line resources, and guides as well as the Biomass Primer produced exclusively for the Biomass Boot Camp.

Join Us in Hughesville, Pennsylvania
East Lycoming School

Hughesville (Directions)

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Hosted By:

ERC Endless Mountains Pensylvannia DCNR


9:00 am Registration and exhibits open
10:00 am Welcome to the “Boot Camp” 
Katie Ruiz SEDA-COG Energy Resources Center
10:20 am

Introduction to Biomass for Thermal and CHP Applications
Rick Handley,Rick Handley & Associates, Boot Camp Coordinator

This initial session will set the stage for the days program including making the case for “why biomass.” This short session will cover the information contained in the Biomass Primer that is part of the take-away package. The session is intended to get all participants acquainted with the terms and concepts that will be covered in more detail by the expert panels. 

10:45 am

Public Schools

K-12 public schools can be excellent candidates for biomass thermal projects in spite of the fact that they primarily use thermal energy for heating in winter. This panel will cover the process of implementing a biomass thermal energy project from first concept to startup and beyond. The expert panel will address all aspects of biomass fuels, technology, design and construction, financing, and an extended Q&A session.

Speaker 1:  Richard Skinner, McClure Company
Speaker 2:  Gerry Guard, Messersmith
Speaker 3:  Mike Palko, Pennsylvania DCNR
Speaker 4:  Beverly Ribble, Benton School District (invited)
Speaker 5:  Dave Maciejewski, East Lycoming School District
12:00 pm

Lunch – Cafeteria / Exhibit Area

1:00 pm

Guided tour of the High School biomass boiler plant

1:30 pm

Campus Complexes: Higher Education and Government
Campus complexes are also excellent candidates for biomass heating. An entire campus or portions of a campus complex can be heated and cooled using biomass. The expert panel will discuss actual campus biomass heating systems that have been installed in the Northeast and the important difference between campus complexes and smaller thermal projects such as schools. Panelists will cover; different types of biomass burners, cogeneration options, hot water and steam systems, similarities and differences between oil and gas combustion and biomass combustion systems. 

Speaker 1: Jay Clark, AFS Energy Systems
Speaker 2: Ned Greene, Bloomsburg University   
Speaker 3: Deb Barney, Biomass Energy Resource Center
Speaker 4: Mark Lewis, Lewis Lumber

2:30 pm Refreshment Break - Exhibit Area
3:00 pm High Energy Users: Hospitals and Industrial and Commercial

High energy users that use heat, especially steam, on a 24/7 basis are also very good candidates for biomass. Expert panelists cover a range of project development considerations and support services including; feasibility studies, working with design professionals and specifying biomass, policy and regulations, permit requirements, financing options, staff training and skills required.  

Speaker 1: John Karakash, Resource Professionals Group
Speaker 2: Mike Daskalakis, Honeywell
Speaker 3: Eric Kuijpers, Kurt Weiss Greenhouses

4:00 pm Closing remarks
4:10 pm Adjourn


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