tcbiomass 2021 Call for Papers: Achieving Net Zero Carbon Goals—The Role for Biomass

April 7, 2021
Des Plaines, IL

GTI is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for tcbiomass2021, an international conference on thermochemical (TC) biomass conversion science —which will take place 14-16 September 2021 at the historic Marriott Brown Palace hotel in downtown Denver, CO, USA.

The tcbiomass2021 Technical Program Committee is now soliciting abstracts of 250 to 300 words by May 3, 2021. Researchers and technology developers: take advantage of the opportunity to share process innovations, improvements, and insights, and submit your abstract today.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has joined GTI to co-host tcbiomass2021, which focuses on the science of thermochemical conversion of biomass and municipal solid waste (MSW) to renewable gas (RNG), liquid fuels, and chemicals. This unique conference, with a theme of Achieving Net Zero Carbon Goals—The Role for Biomass, highlights the science of thermochemical conversion and real-world commercial opportunities.

Developments in the conversion of renewable resources into a variety of fuels, chemicals, and energy products are driving the emergence of an increasingly diverse and significant bioeconomy and tcbiomass2021 will bring people together to discuss this in depth.

Vann Bush, GTI’s Vice President, Technology Development & Commercialization, Kyriakos Maniatis, recently retired Principal Administrator for the Directorate General for Energy of the European Commission (DG ENER), and Robert Baldwin, Principal Scientist at NREL, are conference chairs.

This biennial conference, which is now in its seventh year, draws from all over the world, with past attendees representing 30 different countries and approximately 200 organizations. Building off the success of past sessions, tcbiomass2021 is anticipated to attract researchers, scientists, engineers, developers, policymakers, commercializers, and funders for three days of focused peer-reviewed scientific presentations and posters.

“This year’s conference will once again highlight the role that advanced conversion of biomass can and must play in achieving economy-wide net zero carbon goals,” said Vann Bush, Vice President, Technology Development & Commercialization. “This international technical conference is the place to learn and share the latest science and engineering developments in this key segment of the energy transition.”

Thermochemical processes extract maximum product yields from biomass resources. “tcbiomass2021 participants will hear the latest research, development, and deployment results for thermal biomass conversion, plus upgrading technologies and systems to help grow the bioeconomy and achieve a clean and sustainable energy future,” added Kyriakos Maniatis.

“I consider this to be among the pre-eminent conferences of its kind in the world,” said Robert Baldwin. “We at NREL are pleased to be able to co-host the event with GTI this year. Insight into key areas of technology development, market deployment, and needed supporting policies will be presented based on panel discussions from industry leaders, renown scientists, and government officials.”

The conference will also host a competitive Student Poster Challenge to help connect top engineering students with global bioenergy experts. Winning individuals or teams will be awarded with scholarship and international exposure. Students interested in participating should submit their abstracts by May 3, 2021. Abstracts will be peer reviewed and selected as either oral or poster presentations.

An optional tour of NREL’s facilities will also take place during the event, as well as a dinner gala at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

Registration is open, with early-bird rates for delegates as well as students. A block of rooms with special conference rates has been secured at the Marriott’s Brown Palace hotel. Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are also available. Current sponsors and more information can be viewed on the tcbiomass2021 conference website.

About GTI

GTI is a leading research, development and training organization that has been addressing global energy and environmental challenges by developing technology-based solutions for consumers, industry, and government for 80 years. GTI has unique capabilities in alternative energy development, including extensive experience in the design and operation of thermochemical conversion systems. Our programs focus on reducing market and technology risks through innovations and applied research and development.

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