Achieving Net Zero Carbon Goals – the Role for Biomass
April 19–21, 2022
Brown Palace Hotel and Spa   |   Denver, Colorado

Conference Speakers

Conference tracks in 2022 center around thermochemical conversion of biomass and municipal solid waste (MSW) to renewable gas (RNG), liquid fuels, and chemicals with speakers selected by peer review.

Conference Chairs

Vann Bush Vice President, Technology Development, GTI

Vann Bush has over 40 years of experience in energy technology development and demonstration. For a number of years he supported the USDOE as a facilitator for the IEA Bioenergy Task 33 on Biomass Gasification. He has overseen GTI’s bench-, pilot-, and commercial-scale energy supply and conversion projects, such as its hydropyrolysis and gasification-based biofuels processes, and CO2 capture and utilization technologies. He now supports on a part-time basis GTI’s ongoing strategic efforts for low-carbon energy and chemicals production, and serves on the Board of Directors of SunGas Renewables Incorporated.

Vann has undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Physics from the University of North Alabama, and an M.S. in Physics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Kyriakos Maniatis, PhD Principal Administrator in the Directorate General for Energy, European Commission (recently retired)

Mr. Maniatis worked under various functions in the Directorate General for Energy of the European Commission (DG ENER) from 1988 up to his retirement as Principal Administrator in April 2020. He was responsible for innovation and technical issues related to biomass, bioenergy, and biofuels. He managed the DG ENER demonstration component under the various Framework Programs of the Commission specialising in advanced biofuels. He regularly contributed to the legislative actions of the Commission regarding bioenergy and biofuels such as well as to several other related actions initiated by the Commission. Kyriakos led the Commission’s standardisation initiatives for liquid and gaseous biofuels. He also was the low carbon fuels industry interlocutor for DG ENER. In this role Kyriakos undertook several initiatives in close coordination with the industry for the market deployment of advanced biofuels, including setting up the European Biofuels FlightPath in Aviation in 2011 and the Alternative Renewable Transport Fuels Forum (ART Fuels Forum) in 2017. He also led the work of the Sub-Group on Advanced Biofuels (SGAB) of the Sustainable Transport Forum.

Kyriakos also represented the EC in the Executive Committee of IEA Bioenergy TCP up to his retirement and served as the ExCo Chairman in 2002 and from 2005 to 2007. He regularly organised workshops and conferences on these subjects, such as the International Conference on Lignocellulosic Ethanol and the EU-India Conference on advanced biofuels. He also Co-Chairs the tcbiomass conference organised by the Institute of Gas Technology in Chicago. As of 2014 Kyriakos has been the Industry Coordinator in the annual EU Biomass Conference and Exhibition. Since his retirement Kyriakos acts as an independent international consultant.

Robert M. Baldwin Principal Scientist, National Bioenergy Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Mr. Baldwin holds the BS and MS in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University and the PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He joined NREL in February 2008 as principal scientist in the National Bioenergy Center, thermochemical research section. His areas of responsibility in the thermochemical group include fundamental and applied studies for biomass gasification, biomass pyrolysis, and thermal and catalytic upgrading and conversion of bio-liquids and gases to fuels and bio-based products. Bob also serves as the program development coordinator for the BioEnergy Science and Technology Directorate.

Prior to starting at NREL, Bob was a faculty member in the Chemical Engineering Department at the Colorado School of Mines for 30 years (1975 to 2004). In 2005, he was named Emeritus Professor of Chemical Engineering by the Colorado School of Mines. Bob is a founder of the Petroleum Institute (PI) in Abu Dhabi (a sister school of the Colorado School of Mines) and spent five years as professor and program director in chemical engineering at the PI before joining NREL. More recently, Bob spent another two years on assignment from NREL at Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi. His research interests include fuels science, catalysis, biomass gasification and liquefaction, reaction engineering, and molecular simulation. Bob has more than 150 publications and holds two patents.

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