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Workshop Sessions

AFCC Conference Workshop Sessions

Workshop Session Details

All Workshop will be on Tuesday, November 16, from 10 AM to 11:30 AM

The AFCC Workshop sessions will offer a hands-on approach to learning in addition to skills-building. These sessions will offer a moderated, in-depth discussion among a group of experts offering diverse viewpoints around a particular topic.

The Workshop sessions are for those who seek to grow their industrial biotechnology knowledge, investment opportunities, government funding and for those seeking capital and sustainable solutions to real-world problems. These workshops will be packed with high energy and a must-attend event.

The 2021 AFCC Global Biobased Economy Conference & Exhibit organizes these workshops in order to connect you, the attendee, to industry leaders’ suppliers, investors, government agencies, engineering and construction organizations, technology insurance solutions, and peers. AFCC workshops are sponsored events from both public and private organizations.

Workshop sessions will be focused on the following three subject areas:


Each workshop session will be 90 minutes with one moderator and four to five panelists.

If you are a public or private organization interested in sponsoring an educational and attendee-participation interactive Workshop session, please submit your abstract.  We are looking for cutting edge innovations, sharing critical business development insights and offering educational points to help the global biobased economy.

All events will stop for workshops. The subject, scope and acceptance of the proposed workshop will be determined by the Abstract submitted. 



1.   Sustainable Aviation Fuels Research and Development Activities at Federal Agencies

Tuesday, November 16 - 10 AM to 11:30 AM - Cherry Blossom Ballroom - Virtual and Interactive

Panel will discuss status of research and development activities related to sustainable aviation fuels at USDA, FAA, and DOE. USDA is focused on developing new feedstocks to produce SAF with reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Researchers are also working to improve existing pathways for SAF production such as oilseed conversion via the hydro-treated esters and fatty acids process. National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) funded projects are making progress in developing innovative regional oilseed feedstocks (e.g., pennycress and carinata) and biomass crops (e.g., guayule and perennial grasses). DOE will present on conversion technologies that can use diverse feedstocks such as biomass, algae, wet wastes, and waste gases. A DOE national laboratory is developing a process that can convert wet wastes into volatile fatty acids which can be further upgraded into jet fuel with reductions in life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions. FAA is funding a Center of Excellence called ASCENT led by Washington State University and MIT that is providing data and analytical support for new SAF pathways. The FAA funded CLEEN program is cost sharing the development of new technologies and evaluating SAF with the aviation industry. FAA is the lead agency responsible for interactions with the certification and qualification of new fuels and pathways through the ASTM process. FAA is funding a public-private partnership called CAAFI that is coordinating SAF-related communication and outreach activities between the private sector and the Federal government.



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Zia Haq

Senior Analyst

U.S. Department of Energy

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Nate Brown

Alternative Jet Fuels Project Manager for the Office of Environment & Energy


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Bill Goldner

Senior Advisor Renewable Energy, Natural Resources, and Environment


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Mark Shmorhun

Technology Manager

U.S. Department of Energy

2. Renewable Forest Raw Materials as Feedstocks for Innovative Biomass Power, Biofuel, and Renewable Chemicals Projects

Tuesday, November 16 - 10 AM to 11:30 AM - Maryland 1

According to the 2016 Billion-Ton report from the US Department of Energy, there are 31 million short tons/year of unused wood chips that may be available as a feedstock, and that this unused chips availability is expected to grow to 84 million tons/year in the long term. Wood has been used for cooking, heat and light for thousands of years and was the primary source of energy in the world until the mid-1800s.  In the US, approximately 2% of energy was supplied from wood and wood waste in 2018. Meanwhile, more than 5,000 products are produced from trees, and while lumber and paper are easily recognizable, most of the products are derived from the bio-based chemicals within the trees. As ESG priorities continue to expand, interest in renewable forest material feedstocks – as well as residuals and wood waste streams – will continue to grow. 


In this workshop, Tecnon OrbiChem will give an overview of current biorefinery platforms and plants and projects worldwide that use woody biomass and by-products of the pulp and paper industry to produce chemicals, plastics and materials. The Pine Chemicals Association will present an overview of a chemical sector that has long been a contributor in the advancement of a bioeconomy worldwide using forestry by-product materials. Green chemistry company P2 Science will highlight the opportunities and challenges of the supply of forestry-derived chemicals primarily through the turpentine value chain into the future. Forest2Market will outline historic drivers of forest products (lumber and solid wood, pulp & paper) relative to some new drivers including biomass power and export wood pellets, advanced biofuels, and biobased chemicals



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Doris De Guzman

Senior Consultant and Team Leader

Tecnon OrbiChem

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Neil Burns


P2 Science


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Patrick Foley


P2 Science

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Larry Sullivan

Biomass Practice Manager


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Amanda Young


Pine Chemicals Association

Doris de Guzman, Senior Consultant Bio-Materials, Tecnon OrbiChem

Market overview on forestry chemicals, materials and fuels

Forestry biomass is considered the next frontier in the quest for sustainable feedstock for chemicals, fuels, textiles and packaging materials. The circular bioeconomy is an alternative low carbon economic model based on the sustainable consumption of biological resources to produce food, feed, products and energy. Forests, while being renewable, are not infinite, and thus must be sustainably managed, recovered and reused as much as possible. Wood is a key source of biomass – a source of sugar, oils, rubber and fibers, and can therefore be turned into numerous chemicals, products, materials, and two of its oldest applications – fuel and energy. Through innovation, this ancient raw material is finding new applications in sectors traditionally held by fossil-based materials. The pace of innovation in the forest sector is expected to accelerate in the coming years to bring to market more innovative applications of wood. This presentation will present an overview of current biorefinery platforms and case studies of various plants and projects worldwide that use woody biomass and by-products of the pulp and paper industry in the production of chemicals, plastics, fuels and materials.


Amanda Young, President, Pine Chemicals Association

Pine Chemicals Association, An Introduction

The Pine Chemicals Association International (PCA) is the global trade association representing companies and organizations engaged in the pine chemicals industry. The PCA represents members from over 20 countries around the world engaged in producing, marketing or supporting pine chemical products produced from Crude Tall Oil (CTO), Crude Sulphate Turpentine (CST), oleoresin tapped from pine trees or from wood stumps. It is the only association dedicated exclusively to promoting the growth, success and sustainability of the global Pine Chemical Industry.

The Pine Chemicals industry embraces science and technology, employs a highly-skilled global workforce and exemplifies sustainable development.  The industry has continuously adapted itself over centuries and is today at the forefront of renewable bio-based industries.  Pine Chemicals are the pioneer in utilizing biomass resources to produce sustainable value add products from renewable resources. A multitude of products based on chemicals from the pine tree touch almost all spheres of our lives and are used in a wide array of consumer goods, from perfumes and cosmetics to food additives, adhesives to automobiles and printing inks to oil wells. Consumers touch, smell, and consume pine chemical products every day.  

The prolific pine tree, a plant of the genus Pinus grows on every continent except Antarctica and is the source of these products. The modern pine chemical industry is highly focused on forestry management and sustainability to maximize the long term value of the unique pine tree resource. Pine based products are made from renewable raw materials and are a long term source of intermediate chemicals needed to produce consumer products used every day by people across the world.


Patrick Foley, Co-Founder, P2 Science and Neil Burns, CEO, P2 Science (Invited)

The Beauty of the Field & Forest

In recent years there has been a dawning recognition of the global impact the materials we use have on our environment. The renewable chemicals industry already touches so many aspects of our material economy, and it remains one of the most important areas of expansion for a sustainable future. P2 Science is a green chemistry company that develops ingredients and materials made from renewable oils, including vegetable oils and terpenes. This pursuit has taught us the beauty of forest-derived materials, primarily through the turpentine value chain. Patrick will discuss the unlocked potential of this chemistry and highlight the opportunities and challenges of the supply into the future.


Larry Sullivan, Manager, Biomass Practice, Forest2Market

The Value of Resource Assessments in Project Management and Due Diligence

Innovative biochemical, biofuel, and biomass power projects have been disadvantaged in the market vs. their more entrenched competitors for two primary reasons: Reliable feedstock supply (as well as an equally reliable and robust supply chain) and feedstock pricing.  When focusing on projects utilizing forest raw materials specifically, success is driven by trustworthy and precise assessments for feedstock volumes, prices, and sensitivity analyses. Forest2Market provides a range of unique services and solutions for bioenergy, biofuels and biochemicals manufacturers and consumers. Companies in these industries rely on our data, analytics, knowledge, and insights throughout the project development process. Once they are operational, these companies rely on Forest2Market to help them understand their competitive positions in the broader market, optimize their supply chains and improve their ESG. As performance ESG priorities continue to expand, interest in renewable forest material feedstocks – as well as residuals and wood waste streams – is growing. 


While biobased chemicals produced from forest raw materials face few supply chain risks, the US EPA (under the RFS program) greatly limits the forestry pathways. This presentation will review feedstock criteria impacting both the unlimited pathways of biobased chemicals and biomass power, and the constricted pathways under the RFS.


The presentation will also review the related market drivers in the EU, North America, and Brazil that impact supply chain valuations, economics and financial analyses that are detailed in Forest2Market resource assessments. The conclusions will outline historic drivers of forest products (lumber and solid wood, pulp & paper) relative to some new drivers including biomass power and export wood pellets, advanced biofuels, and biobased chemicals.

3. Project Financing: Completing the Puzzle to Finance Your Project

Tuesday, November 16 - 10 AM to 11:30 AM - Maryland 2

A successful project financing requires assembling many pieces to complete the puzzle that is your project. We'll start the panel by reviewing the pieces of the puzzle and panelists will discuss how they take these factors into account when evaluating project financing's. This panel includes a cross-cut of the key project financing pathways for your project, including public bond offerings, federal loan guarantees, and private equity.   The panel will focus on what provides financial products that derisk project to help them achieve lower-cost capital more easily.  Both debt and equity financing approaches will be presented.


Part 1 Debt Speakers:

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Matt Lucas

Managing Director

New Energy Risk

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Mark Brodziski

Deputy Administrator

Energy Programs at USDA-RBCS


Monique Fridell

Loan Programs Office, US Department of Energy

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Allison Larr

Vice President, Public Finance Department



Nash Stapleton

VP Bioenergy

LiveOak Bank

Part 2 Equity Speakers:

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Lela Jgerenaia

Vice President

Starwood Group

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Josh Kaufman


Nexus Development Capital

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Mike Reynolds

Managing Partner

Ultra Capital

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Sue Yang

Investment Director Next Gen Infrastructure at Antin Infrastructure

4.  Modernizing USDA’s BioPreferred® Program

Tuesday, November 16 - 10 AM to 11:30 AM - Maryland 2

The workshop will focus on the evolution of the USDA BioPreferred® Program in concert with celebrating the 10th anniversary for its label. A dynamic team of procurement officers from federal agencies will present their approaches on procuring biobased products over incumbent consumer products.  Explanations on approaches for procurement using contracts and other mechanisms which are not commonly known to producers will be presented. 


There will be discussions on the opportunities and challenges of equipping the BioPreferred® Program with additional sustainability parameters, raising visibility among consumers and supporting more reasons to purchase sustainable sourced plant and other renewable resource-based products.


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Andy Jermolowicz

RD, Business Development Director


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