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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

8:00am to 8:30am
REGISTRATION & NETWORKING BREAKFAST
8:30am to 12:00pm
MORNING SESSION
Chair: Gordon Murray, Wood Pellet Association of Canada
8:30am to 8:45am
WELCOMING COMMENTS
  • Steve Price, CEO, Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions
  • Shahab Sokhansanj, Adjunct Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of British Columbia.
8:45am to 9:30am
CONVERTING COAL POWER ASSETS TO BIOMASS
Presenter: Dr. William Strauss, Future Metrics
  • Evolution of biomass co-firing and dedicated biomass firing
  • Review of international experience - Europe, Asia, and Canada
  • Co-firing methods: direct, indirect, and gasification
  • Modifications needed at the power plant, typical cost per MW and in total
  • Logistics considerations
  • Review of the fuel options: chips, pellets (black vs white), wood, agriculture residues, municipal sludge
  • Review of policy support mechanisms
  • Typical effect on operating costs
9:30am to 10:00am
LIFECYCLE ASSESSMENT OF PELLETS VS COAL IN ONTARIO
Presenter: Dr. Brad Saville, University of Toronto
10:00am to 10:20am
BIOMASS AND THE CLIMATE LEADERSHIP PLAN
Presenter: Toso Bozic, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
  • Where does biomass fit in Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan?
  • Options for producing biomass electricity in Alberta
  • Potential support mechanisms
  • Challenges in obtaining biomass feedstock in Alberta
10:20am to 10:50am
NETWORKING BREAK
10:50am to 11:10am
BIOMASS POWER GENERATION IN SUPPORT OF ALBERTA’S CLIMATE OBJECTIVES
Presenter: David Butler, Canadian Clean Power Coalition
  • CCPC’s analysis of biomass power generation
  • How carbon pricing alone will not incent biomass investment
  • The need to utilize existing generating assets
11:10am to 11:30am
THE ONTARIO EXPERIENCE
Presenter: Brent Boyko, Ontario Power Generation
Biomass conversion of Atikokan and Thunder Bay generating stations
11:30am to 11:50am
AVOIDING STRANDED ASSETS IN A CHANGING CLIMATE AND ENERGY POLICY ENVIRONMENT
Presenter:  Dr. Warren Mabee, Queen’s University
  • Review of Alberta and Canada climate policy
  • What can be learned from other jurisdictions
  • Policy recommendations
11:50am to 1:15pm
Keynote Luncheon
12:30 Keynote Speaker: Brian C. Moran, Director, Business Development, Drax Biomass.
1:15pm to 4:00pm
AFTERNOON SESSION
Chair:  Dr. Fahimeh Yazdanpanah, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of British Columbia
1:15pm to 1:45pm
PUTTING CANADA’S BIOMASS RESOURCES IN PERSPECTIVE
Presenter: Dr. Jamie Stephen, TorchLight Bioresources
1:45pm to 2:15pm
BIOMASS AVAILABILITY AND SUPPLY FOR CO-FIRING PROJECTS IN ALBERTA
Presenter: Dr. Dominik Roser, FPInnovations
2:15pm to 2:35pm
BIOMASS CO-FIRING: TECHNICAL BENEFITS, CHALLENGES, AND SOLUTIONS
Presenter: Dr. Wenli Duo, FPInnovations
2:35pm to 3:00pm
NETWORKING BREAK
3:00pm to 3:45pm
ALBERTA BIOMASS CASE STUDY
Presenters: Dr. Mahmood Ebadian, Dr. Fahimeh Yazdanpanah, and Ryan Jacobson, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of British Columbia
  • The Alberta power mix
  • Review of candidate power plants
  • Biomass supply
  • Capital costs of converting
  • Operating costs
  • Regulatory hurdles
  • Return on investment
3:45pm to 4:00pm
Coffee chat
Presenters: Gordon Murray, Executive Director Wood Pellet Association of Canada and Mark Mackay, Mark Mackay, Managing Director, Construction & Development Engineering, Transalta Corporation
  • Dealing with an uncertain regulatory environment
  • Is biomass a realistic option for Alberta power producers?
  • What conditions would be necessary to make this a reality?
  • Suggested next steps
4:00pm
Closing Comments
Presenter: Gordon Murray, Wood Pellet Association of Canada