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Presentations from the 2016 Bioenergy Australia Conference are made available ONLY to those attending the Conference. They can be found in the table following:



14:00 - 15:40

SESSION THREE: Bioenergy Developments


FeedstocksChair: Mark Brown, Chelsea Room

*IEA Bioenergy Task 42 ‘Biorefining in a Future Bioeconomy’Chair: Ed de Jong, Glanworth Room

Investing in BioenergyChair: Paul McCartney, Hopewell Room

Sustainability, GHG and Life Cycle Analyses Chair: Annette Cowie, Taldora Room

14:00 – 14:20

*IEA Bioenergy Task 43 – Workshop on Mobilisation of Forest Biomass Supply Chains For Bioenergy, Biofuels And Bioproducts, Mark Brown, University of the Sunshine Coast

*Second Generation Biorefineries – Optimisation Opportunities And Implications For Australia, Geoff Bell, Microbiogen

How to Maximise Funding Certainty, Gary Sofarelli, The Foresight Group

*Bioenergy: Is It Good For The Climate?, Annette Cowie, NSW DPI

14:20 – 14:40

Bridging The Gap Between Forest Biomass Producers And Users: A Case Study From The North Coast Of NSW, Fabiano Ximenes, NSW Department of Primary Industries

*Zambezi Biorefinery: “Pure” Glucose From 2nd Generation Feedstocks, Ed de Jong, Avantium Chemicals BV, The Netherlands

Bioenergy From STP'S: Farm Or Factory, Kathryn Turner, Queensland Urban Utilities

A Method And Guidance For Undertaking Life Cycle Assessments Of Bioenergy Products In Australia, Jonas Bengtsson, Edge Environment

14:40 – 15:00

Optimising Mallee Supply Chain For Biomass Production In Western Australia, Mohammad Reza Ghaffariyan, University of the Sunshine Coast

*Overview on Biorefining Activities in Austria, Michael Mandl, TBW Research, Austria

How is Biomass Energy Faring in Australia?, Sohum Gandhi, Enriva Pty Ltd

Life Cycle Assessment of Biofuels in Australia, Tim F Grant, Lifecycles

15:00 – 15:20

Producing Improved Feedstocks To Facilitate The Development Of Bioenergy And Biomaterials Industries, Robert Henry, University of Queensland

*Bioenergy Demonstration Projects In Canada: Lessons Learned, Key Factors For Success, Knowledge And Technology Gaps, Eric Soucy, Natural Resources Canada

Commercial Fast Pyrolysis – Technology and Australian markets, Colin Stucley, Enecon Pty Ltd

Life Cycle Assessment Of Various Food Waste Treatment Alternatives Including Co-Digestion In Two Australian Local Government Areas, Joel Edwards, RMIT University

15:20 – 15:40

Forest And Wood Product Feedstocks For Biorefinery Innovation, Phil Hobson, Queensland University of Technology

*Corn Stover Value Chain: From Farm to Sugar, Murray McLaughlin, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada

Achieving Investment Ready Status for Bioenergy Projects, Jennifer Lauber-Patterson, Frontier Energy

Sustainable Bio-Plastic Production through Landfill Methane Recycling, Kirsten Heimann, James Cook University

15:40 – 16:00

Afternoon Tea and Poster Presentations in the Exhibition Area

16:00 – 18:00

SESSION FOUR: Bioenergy Developments


Feedstocks and UpgradingChair: Mark Brown, Chelsea Room

Pyrolysis and HTLChair: Colin Stucley, Glanworth Room

BiogasChair: Bernadette McCabe, Hopewell Room

AlgaeChair: Connie Crookshanks, Taldora Room

16:00 – 16:20

Effect Of Alkaline And Hydrothermal Pretreatment On Chemical And Physical Composition, And Methane Yields Of Sugarcane Bagasse And Trash, Prasad Kaparaju, Griffith University.

Pyrolysis Oil Leaps Forward- An Excellent Option for Australia, Douglas Bradley, Climate Change Solutions, Canada

Transportation of Biomass With Hydraulic Driven Piston Pumps To Get Energy From Waste, Peter Peschken, Putzmeister Solid Pumps GmbH, Germany

* IEA Bioenergy Review on the State of Technology of Algal Biofuels, James D. (Jim) McMillan, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA

16:20 – 16:40

The Promise of CRISPR-Cas9 Genome Editing for Bioproducts and Biofuels, Susan Pond, The University of Sydney.

Hydrothermal Liquefaction - New Paradigm for Sustainable Bioenergy, Corinne Drennan, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA

AURORA Waste to Energy Facility, David Leinster, Aquatec Maxcon

Algae and Biogas: Establishment Of Large Scale Demonstration Centre For Algal-Bacterial Digestate Treatment And Algae Biomass Production, Robert Reinhardt, Algen d.o.o., Slovenia

16:40 – 17:00

Mid-Size Pellet Production Facility - Key Factors For Driving A Positive ROI, Tony Esplin, Recycling Technologies Group Pty Ltd

Hydrothermal Processing of Different Components of Mallee Biomass in Hot-Compressed Water, Sui Boon Liaw, Curtin University*This paper was subject to peer review.

Revolutionising the Biogas Industry, Ari Ketola, Ductor Corporation

Lowering The Costs Of Microalgal Feedstock For Bioenergy, Peer M Schenk, University of Queensland

17:00 – 17:20

Microwave Assisted Removal of Lignin and Xylan from Eucalyptus, Negin Amini, Monash University

Operational Performance Of A Novel Biomass Gasification Reactor For Converting Lump Biomaterials Into Renewable Syngas, Denis Doucet, Wildfire Energy

Update On Biogas Use At Australian Piggeries And Recent Research And Development, Alan G Skerman, Agri-Science Queensland, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Engineering a Heat-Tolerant and Ectoin-Producing Microalga in One Strike, Kirsten Heimann, James Cook University

17:20 - 17:40

Burning For The Unloved: Economic Evaluation Of Forest Biomass From Natural Disturbance For Bioenergy, Mathieu Béland, Laval University, Quebec, Canada

Grinding Pyrolysis - Development of a Novel Technology, MD Mahmudul Hasan, Curtin University

The Economics Of Biogas Plant Maintenance And Optimisation Works, Jason Hawley, Finn Biogas

Towards A Solar Powered Economy: Developing New Economic Opportunities, Ben Hankamer, The University of Queensland

17:40 – 18:00

The Influence Of Pretreatment Of Woody And Stramineous Biomass On The Behaviour Of Trace Elements During Thermochemical Conversion, Joanne Tanner, Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University

Optimising Pyrolysis Conditions for Thermal Conversion of Beauty Leaf Tree (Calophyllum inophyllum L.) Press Cake, Nanjappa Ashwath, School of Medical and Applied Sciences, Central Queensland University

The Integration Of Anaerobic Digestion And Intermediate Pyrolysis To Maximise The Energy Recovery From The Organic Fraction Of Municipal Solid waste, Marie Kirby, Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences, Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire, United Kingdom

Biofuel, Chair: Connie Crookshanks, Taldora Room

Low Temperature Catalytic Conversion of Solid Organic Material into Liquid Fuel, Barrie King, Global Ecofuel Solutions Sl

19:30 – 23:00

Pre Dinner Drinks and Conference Dinner Conference Dinner Speaker – Professor Ian Lowe AOBurke, Wills & Leichhardt Room, Mercure Hotel Brisbane



DAY TWO - Tuesday, 15 November 2016
07:30 – 17:30 Registration Open
08:30 – 10:30 SESSION FIVE: Bioenergy Developments
  Emerging Feedstocks Chair: Ian O’Hara, Chelsea Room Energy from Waste Chair: Heather Bone, Glanworth Room *IEA Bioenergy Task 37 – Energy from Biogas Chair: Jerry Murphy, Hopewell Room Regional GrowthChair: Jackson Gerard, Taldora Room
08:30 – 08:50 Evaluation of Agave genotypes for bioethanol production, Deepa Rijal, Central Queensland University Bioenergy – A Waste Management Perspective, Darrell Corbett, J J Richards & Sons Pty Ltd *Biogas in the Circular Economy, Clare Lukehurst OBE, United Kingdom Estimating Socioeconomic Key Performance Metrics For Transportation Biofuels, Philip Peck, Lund University, Sweden
08:50 – 09:10 Prospecting For Novel Energy-Rich Plant Biomasses, Rachel A Burton, ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls, University of Adelaide The Potential For Energy From Waste In Australia, Joyanne Manning, ARUP *The Role Of Biogas In Supporting Intermittent Renewable Electricity, Jerry Murphy, University College Cork, Ireland Using smart Transitioning To A Low Carbon Future To Create Regional Economic Growth, Brian Cox, Bioenergy Association of New Zealand
09:10 – 09:30 Fungal Biotechnology For Bioenergy, Scott E Baker, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA * Small Scale Waste To Energy – Drivers And Barriers, Inge Johansson, Energy and Bioeconomy, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, Borås, Sweden *IEA Bioenergy - Task 37 Energy from Biogas: Knowledge Sharing Opportunities For Australia During The 2016-2018 triennium, Bernadette McCabe, Nation Centre for Engineering in Agriculture, USQ Bioenergy in Tasmania Developments and Opportunities, David M Hurburgh, Department of State Growth – Tasmania
09:30 – 09:50 Microbial Oil Production From Sugarcane Industry By-Products By Filamentous Fungi, Zhanying Zhang, Queensland University of Technology Biomass CHP Plants: Global Best Practices In An Australian Perspective, Kevin Vandewalle,Vyncke, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia *Biomethane Market Potential - Opportunities And Challenges Ahead, Mattias Svensson, Energiforsk - Swedish Energy Research Centre, Malmö, Sweden Achieving Critical Mass-CLEAN Cowra Inc Perspective Advancing and Developing the Model For Utilising Biomass As A Driver For Sustainable Community Outcomes, Dylan Gower, CLEAN Cowra Inc
09:50 – 10:10 The Current Status of Development for a Sustainable Biofuel from the Legume Tree Pongamia Pinnata, Peter Gresshoff, University of Queensland Addressing The Barriers To Greater Penetration Of Gasification-Based Bioenergy, San Shwe Hla, CSIRO Energy *Monitoring And Process Control Of Biogas Plants, Günther Bochmann, IFA Tulln - BOKU University, Tulln, Austria Biobased Economy in The Netherlands, Kees Kwant, Chairman IEA Bioenergy, Netherlands Enterprise Agency, Ministry of Economic Affairs, The Netherlands
10:10- 10:30 Engineering and Recovery Of High Levels Of Oils From Leaves: Game-Changing Pathway To Low-Cost Sustainable Biofuel Feedstocks, Allan Green, CSIRO Assessing The Impact Of Biomass And Waste Feedstock Quality On Gasification Plant Cost And Performance, Andrew C Beath, CSIRO Energy *Resource Recovery Via Distributed Biogas Production, Saija Rasi, Natural Resources Institute Finland Wastewater Utilities In The Circular Economomy, Matthew Mulliss, Queensland Urban Utilities(Coming soon)
10:30 -10:55 Morning Tea and Poster Presentations in the Exhibition Area
10:55 – 12:35 SESSION SIX: Bioenergy Developments and Supply
  Feedstocks/Biomass Trade and Supply ChainsChair: Mark Brown, Chelsea Room Heat and PowerChair: Steve Schuck, Glanworth Room Biogas Chair: Bernadette McCabe, Hopewell Room *IEA Bioenergy Task 39 – Liquid Biofuels Chair: Jack Saddler, Taldora Room
10:55 – 11:15 * Long Term Strategies On Sustainable Biomass Imports In European Bioenergy Markets, Luc Pelkmans, VITO NV, Belgium.   Wastewater + Food Waste = Bioenergy Factory, Philip Woods, Sydney Water *Advanced Liquid Biofuels Developments in the USA, James D. (Jim) McMillan, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA
11:15 – 11:35 Production of Fuel Pellets. What-How-Why?, Peter Lange, CPM Europe B.V., The Netherlands Biomass For Heat And Power Generation - Efficiencies And Emissions Of Advanced Wood Waste Fueled Energy Plants Depending On The Feedstock And Plant Design, Christian Jirkowsky, Polytechnik Biomass Energy Pty Ltd, New Zealand Cost Effective Energy Recovery Using Co-Digestion – An Update, Chris K Hertle, GHD Pty Ltd *Overview On Advanced Biofuels Technologies, Dina Bacovsky, Bioenergy 2020+, Austria
11:35 – 11:55 Selecting Feedstocks And Selecting Products For Chemicals From Biomass, Geoff Covey, Covey Consulting The Latest Innovations In The Use Of Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) Technology, Carlo Minini, Turboden S.R.L, Brescia, Italy Biogas Production From Sugarcane Wastes To Reduce Fossil Fuel Use In The Sugar Industry, Ian M. O'Hara, Queensland University of Technology *Management Of Inhibitors Of Biocatalysts In Biochemical Conversion Of Lignocellulosic Feedstocks, Leif J. Jönsson, Umea University, Sweden
11:55 – 12:15 Biochar, Chair: Mark Brown, Chelsea Room Recent Implementations Of Pyrocal's Technologies For Conversion Of Biomass Residues To Heat And Char, James Joyce, Pyrocal Pty Ltd (available soon) PNG Biomass - Markham Valley Power - an Environmental and Social Large Scale Power Project, David Burbidge, PNG Biomass / Aligned Energy (Australia) Pty Ltd Small-Scale High Pressure Water Scrubbing Technology To Upgrade Biogas Produced From Sugar Cane Bagasse To Transport Grade Biomethane, Prasad Kaparaju, Griffith School of Engineering, Griffith University *Integration of Licella's Cat-HTR into Canfor Prince George Pulp Mill, Steve Rogers, Licella Pty Ltd
12:15-12:35 Woody Biomass To Charcoal – Prospects For Australian Forest And Metal Industries, Mark Cooksey, CSIRO Yorke Biomass Energy Project, Terry Kallis, Yorke Biomass Energy Case Study on Improving Biogas Quantity and Quality on an Anaerobic Cogeneration Plant with ACTI-Mag™, Michael Romer, Calix Limited *Comparison of Biofuels Life Cycle Assessment Tools for Sugarcane Ethanol Assessment in Brazil, Antonio Bonomi, Brazilian Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory, Campinas, Brazil
12:35 – 13:40 Lunch and Networking – Exhibition and Posters in the Exhibition Area
13:40 – 15:20 SESSION SEVEN: Bioenergy Developments
  ABBA – Resource Assessment Chair: Julie Bird, Chelsea Room Community and PolicyChair: Paul McCartney, Glanworth Room Biogas Chair: Prasad Kaparaju, Hopewell Room Liquid Biofuels Chair: Heather Bone, Taldora Room
13:40 – 14:00

Australian Biomass for Bioenergy Assessment,

Julie Bird, Rural Industries R&D Corporation

Dave Rogers, Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia

Mary Lewitzka, RenewablesSA

Kelly Wickham, Sustainability Victoria

Martin Moroni, Private Forests Tasmania

Kelly Bryant, Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation Fabiano Ximenes, NSW Department of Industry

Ana Belgun, Data61 CSIRO

Rebecca Dengate, Data61 CSIRO

Phil Hobson, Queensland University of Technology,

Mohammad Reza Ghaffariyan, University of the Sunshine Coast

Why Did Ecotech Advocate For A Mandate?, Doug Stuart, Ecotech Biodiesel Continuous Anaerobic Digestion Of Pre-Treated Synthetic Medium With Focus On Lipid Degradation, Peter W Harris, National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture, USQ REACH Technology for Converting Biomass into Jet Fuel and Diesel, Karl Seck, Mercurius Biorefining, USA
14:00 – 14:20 Developing a Social Licence for Bioenergy - The Northern Rivers Experience, Natalie Meyer, Sustain Energy Process monitoring and control in the AD Of Abattoir Wastewater – Upscaling From Lab To Large Scale, Thomas Schmidt, University of Southern Queensland The Ethtec Cellulosic Ethanol Pilot Plant and Commercialisation Project, Russell Reeves, Ethanol Technologies Limited
14:20 – 14:40 Bioenergy Policies and Status of Bioenergy Implementation, Dina Bacovsky, Bioenergy 2020+, Austria The Effect Of Temperature And Waste Composition On Organic Loading Thresholds In Anaerobic Co-Digestion,Mike Meng, Advanced Water Management Centre, The University of Queensland Carbon Neutral Growth And The Role Of Alternative Jet Fuel, Robert Boyd, International Air Transport Association, Geneva, Switzerland
14:40-15:00 How Resilient Is The Social Licence Of Energy Cropping? Alex Baumber, The University of New South Wales On The Acclimation Of Anaerobic Digestion To Important Chemical Inhibitors And The Impact Of Operator Intervention, Stephan Tait, Advanced Water Management Centre, The University of Queensland Glycell – Leaf Resources’ Pretreatment Process For The Conversion Of Lignocellulosic Biomass To Fuels And Chemicals, Les Edye, Leaf Resources
15:00-15:20 Biofuels Policy – The New Frontier, Mark Sutton, Biofuels Association of Australia Process Improvement Of Energy And Value Extraction From Red Meat Processing Waste, Bernadette McCabe, University of Southern Queensland Advanced Biofuels Investment Readiness Programme, Amy Philbrook, Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)
15:20 – 15:40 Afternoon Tea and Poster Presentations in the Exhibition Area
15:40 - 16:50 SESSION EIGHT: Day Two Closing PlenaryChair: Colin Stucley Chelsea Room
15:40 – 16:40

Panel Discussion: Rewind From 2040.

How Did We Achieve The Biofuture?

Jackson Gerard, Brian Cox, Col Stucley, Jack Saddler

Moderator: Heather Bone

The panellists are asked to project themselves to 2040. At this time ‘peak oil’ projections have been confirmed; depleting petroleum oil prices have skyrocketed from their anomalous lows of 2014-2016, greenhouse gas emissions from the fossil fuel have become severely restricted. The fledgling biobased industries of the early 21st century have matured, with several Fortune 500 companies having re-invented themselves in the biobased and bioenergy industries. How was this transition achieved? Each panellist will give their view on how this transition was achieved. What measures were put in place? What were the pathways followed to reduce dependency on fossil fuels and create new industries and make the transition to a biobased materials and energy economy? Each panellist will give a brief opening statement on measures that were necessary to make this transition. This will be followed by a panel discussion and open forum to make this transition a reality.

16:40- 16:50 Close of Conference, Awards Ceremony
NOTE - presentations marked with ' * ' are IEA Bioenergy related presentations.