Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Iowa leads the way in the R&D of next generation chemical building blocks necessary to champion development in energy, feedstock, manufacturing and transportation goods. Iowa’s central location, robust transportation and infrastructure, highly educated and productive workforce, abundant raw materials and pro-business state government contribute to the state’s success in the biofuels and biorenewables industry.  These strategic advantages have resulted in a unique opportunity to advance Iowa’s bioeconomy; Iowa introduced the first of its kind in the U.S. Renewable Chemicals Production Tax Credit program.  To learn more about Iowa’s business climate or bioeconomy, visit iowaeconomicdevelopment.com .

Gold Sponsors

Clariant is a globally leading specialty chemicals company, based in Muttenz, Switzerland. Clariant’s Group Biotechnology has developed the sunliquid process which uses enzymatic hydrolysis followed by fermentation to efficiently and sustainably produce cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues such as wheat straw, corn stover or sugarcane bagasse. Clariant has been operating Germany’s largest cellulosic ethanol plant in Straubing since 2012. In September 2017, Clariant signed its first license agreement for sunliquid® with Enviral, the largest producer of bioethanol in Slovakia, which will produce cellulosic ethanol at an annual production capacity of 50 000 tons. In October that same year, Clariant decided to invest in a new full-scale commercial plant based on its sunliquid technology in Romania.

Silver Sponsors

The Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) is a national organization representing the new generation of advanced and renewable technologies that will help drive America’s new economy by creating jobs, reducing our dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels while fueling a sustainable future for the world.  The ABFA has quickly become a leading voice for America’s domestic biofuels industry since it was established in 2009. Based in Washington, D.C., the ABFA engages the federal government at all levels to secure a level playing field for its 40 member companies by encouraging public policies that are consistent, technology neutral, utilize sustainable feedstocks and offer subsidy parity.

Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: REGI) is a leading provider of cleaner, lower carbon intensity products and services. We are an international producer of biomass-based diesel, a developer of renewable chemicals and North America’s largest producer of advanced biofuel. REG utilizes an integrated procurement, distribution, and logistics network to convert natural fats, oils, greases and sugars into lower carbon intensity products. With 14 active biorefineries, a feedstock processing facility, research and development capabilities and a diverse and growing intellectual property portfolio, REG is committed to being a long-term leader in bio-based fuel and chemicals.

Holland & Knight is an international law firm with 1,000 lawyers in 21 U.S. offices. Other offices around the world are located in Bogota, Colombia and Mexico City, Mexico. Holland & Knight provides representation in litigation, business, real estate and governmental law.

CRI Catalyst Company LP is part of CRI/Criterion Inc., the global catalyst technology company of the Shell Group. CRI operates research laboratories, development facilities, manufacturing plants and business units throughout the world. It is dedicated to providing a broad customer base with effective and cost-efficient catalysts and technologies. CRI has a range of products with specific focus on environmental applications, selective oxidation, selective hydrogenation, specialty zeolites and the production of renewable fuels. Website: www.cricatalyst.com


Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is a Washington D.C. law firm focusing on conventional, biobased, biotech, and nanoscale industrial, agricultural, and specialty chemical product regulation and approval matters.  Its professions include lawyers, scientists, and  other experts focusing on conventional and emerging chemical product technologies. The Acta Group, B&C’s scientific and regulatory consulting arm with offices in Washington D.C., Manchester England, and Beijing China, provides strategic, comprehensive support for global chemical registration, regulation, and sustained compliance.

The Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group™ (BRAG™). BRAG™ works to resolve the complicated regulatory issues under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) that can delay or derail commercialization of biobased chemical products and their derivatives.  BRAG offers members the level of expertise, sophistication, and presence in Washington, D.C. necessary to quickly and efficiently address these challenges on Capitol Hill and before EPA, as well as offer education and training, and hands-on guidance. BRAG is managed by B&C® Consortia Management, L.L.C., an affiliate of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., which has over three decades of experience helping companies navigate TSCA law and regulation.

Fluid Quip Process Technologies®
Fluid Quip Process Technologies (FQPT) was founded on extensive experience and knowhow within the corn wet milling (grain processing) industry. FQPT’s skilled engineering and technical leadership has been developing new technologies and process solutions applicable to the biofuels and biochemical markets for more than 30 years. FQPT has industrialized multiple patented and patent-pending technologies geared towards enhancing the base corn-to-ethanol dry grind process and the growing need for carbohydrate building blocks in the biochemical market.

Thermal Kinetics
At the forefront of new techniques and technologies in distillation, dehydration and evaporation, Thermal Kinetics has been providing full-service process equipment, engineering, process development and design services to the Fuel Ethanol and Biofuels industries since 1999. We offer advanced energy-saving solutions, patented technologies of integration and sophisticated process plant development — proudly matching each of our customers’ specific needs with optimum productivity and profitability. We welcome the opportunity to show you how we can improve your ethanol plant efficiency.
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U.S. Department of Agriculture
The USDA has many programs resources available to assist the broad complement of stakeholders to respond to bioeconomy-related issues and opportunities, including basic scientific research to the development and commercialization of new technologies, outreach and education, technical and financial assistance, and infrastructure..USDA is leading the way for a clean energy future for our country.

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office works with industry, academia, and national laboratory partners on a balanced portfolio of research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities in feedstock supply and logistics, conversion technologies, and integrated biorefineries.  The Office is helping transform our renewable, abundant biomass resources into sustainable, cost-competitive, high-performance biofuels, value-added products, and biopower to reduce our nation’s dependence on fossil fuels.

ICM, Inc., puts its energy into sustaining agriculture through innovation and developing new technologies that will support the renewable fuels industry. Their proprietary, ethanol process technology is behind more than 102 biorefineries in North America and several across the globe. ICM, Inc. is a full-service provider that offers a comprehensive line of more than 100 products and services tailored to make renewable energy technologies more efficient and more profitable. A state-of-the-art research facility in St. Joseph, Missouri accommodates bench-to-pilot scale testing to ultimately enable biofuel commercialization technologies. In conjunction with a growing list of strategic partners across multiple industries, ICM continues to engage stakeholder support for the advancement of renewable energy. For more information, visit icminc.com.

 

For more than 100 years, Honeywell UOP has been a leader in developing and commercializing technology for the oil refining, petrochemical, renewables, gas processing and hydrogen industries. Honeywell UOP’s principal products offered to these industries are licensed technologies and processes, catalysts, adsorbents, packaged plants and key mechanical equipment. Honeywell UOP is committed to providing the most reliable and effective solutions on the market today, keeping our customers competitive and their operations modern, efficient and profitable.

ICF is a global consulting and technology services provider. Since 1969, government and commercial clients have worked with ICF to overcome their toughest challenges on issues that matter profoundly to their business. ICF combines technical expertise, policy development and market analysis to providec omprehensive services to lenders, developers, and renewable operators to enable their future success.

 

TechnipFMC is a global leader in subsea, onshore/offshore, and surface projects. With our proprietary technologies and production systems, integrated expertise, and comprehensive solutions, we are transforming our clients’ project economics. Our onshore business offers proprietary process technologies and know-how in liquefied natural gas, gas processing, hydrogen/syngas, refining, ethylene, petrochemicals, polymers and renewables. Our global technology, research and development, and consulting network is supported by our technology laboratories in the United States and Europe. Discover more at TechnipFMC.com.

POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels builds on the strengths of both companies to create a joint venture with a critical mission –- making cellulosic bio-ethanol competitive with grain ethanol, the most competitive renewable liquid transportation fuel on the market today.
It all starts with Project LIBERTY, POET’s ongoing cellulosic bio-ethanol effort taking place right now in Emmetsburg, Iowa. POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels intends to globally license an integrated technology package that converts corn crop residue to cellulosic bio-ethanol to third parties, as well as the other 26 existing corn ethanol plants in POET’s network.

Velocys is developing a series of biorefineries, with its partners, to address the growing, attractive market for renewable jet fuel and diesel, principally in the U.S.. The company provides a cost-effective route from low cost, woody biomass to advanced biofuels in convenient locations close to the feedstock source. The projects will utilize Velocys’ commercially-proven Fischer-Tropsch technology as deployed in the Company’s commercial reference plant: ENVIA Energy’s Oklahoma City plant, which is in operation.

Memory Stick and Lanyard Sponsors

Corporate, Organization Support and Break Sponsors

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FaegreBakerDaniels
Faegre Baker Daniels is a full service law firm providing business solutions to local, national and international organizations. We serve clients with the highest levels of professionalism, skill and integrity. Our 750 corporate, litigation and regulatory professionals collaborate across 13 locations in the United States, U.K. and China to deliver practical solutions for our clients’ business needs.

Kilpatrick Townsend is a full-service, international law firm with more than 630 lawyers who work with forward-thinking clients to solve their most critical business matters. The firm’s energy practice draws from other firm-wide teams to tap into Project Finance, Construction & Infrastructure, Private Placement, Private Equity, and Intellectual Property knowledge. 

New Energy Risk (NER) has created a new, sophisticated insurance solution to facilitate efficient financing and promote customer adoption of clean, high efficiency, renewable energy technologies. NER Performance Insurance addresses technology risk in the operation of an energy facility or technology by insuring the level of performance sufficient to meet debt service or by supporting the warranty obligation of the technology provider. NER was acquired by the global reinsurer XL Catlin (NYSE: XL, S&P Financial Strength rating “A+”) in 2015.

 

The National Biodiesel Board is the national trade association representing America’s first Advanced Biofuel. The group works to create sustainable biodiesel industry growth through education, communication, governmental affairs, technical and quality assurance programs. Serving as the coordinating body for research and development in the US the National Biodiesel Board is comprised of state, national, and international feedstock and feedstock processor organizations, biodiesel suppliers, fuel marketers and distributors, and technology providers.

The Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) seeks to enhance energy security and environmental sustainability for aviation through alternative jet fuels. CAAFI is a coalition that focuses the efforts of commercial aviation to engage the emerging alternative fuels industry. It enables its diverse participants – representing all the leading stakeholders in the field of aviation – to build relationships, share and collect data, identify resources, and direct research, development and deployment of alternative jet fuels.

Airlines for America® (A4A) vigorously advocates for the American airline industry as a model of safety, customer service and environmental responsibility; and as the indispensable network that drives our nation’s economy and global competitiveness. Today, A4A members and their affiliates transport more than 90 percent of all U.S. airline passenger and cargo traffic. While representing only 2 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, the U.S. airlines are committed to continuing to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions through technology, air traffic management, energy and infrastructure advances. A4A and its members are vigorously pursuing the development and deployment of sustainable alternative aviation fuels through the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative® (CAAFI), the Farm to Fly program and other collaborative initiatives. For more information visit http://www.airlines.org/Pages/Environment_Alternative_Fuels.aspx

 

Agrisoma Biosciences has commercialized an RSB certified oilseed crop that produces biodiesel and biojet fuel. Carinata is double cropped which provides a sustainable solution without food disruption. The remaining seed cake can be converted into high protein animal feed. Carinata biojet fuel has already powered both commercial and engineering flights, and was the fuel of choice the world’s first 100% biojet fueled flight.

Exhibitors

Biobased Maine is a trade association promoting the sustainable use of renewable biomass from forests, farms, and sea to manufacture the next generation of biobased chemicals, materials, and fuels. We aim to expand biobased product manufacturing in Maine through applied research, technical assistance, and information sharing that supports new product development, process engineering, and market assessment. Our members include manufacturers, raw material suppliers, landowners, farmers, consultants, research institutions, private equity and non-governmental organizations—all committed to a sustainable biobased industry in Maine. www.biobasedmaine.org 
The Nelson Engineering team is driven by an enthusiasm for biotech innovation. We partner with the industry’s pioneers to provide turnkey engineering, procurement and construction services. You will find us innovating in a number of biotech applications including ag processing, biochemicals, biomass, as well as advanced and aviation biofuels. Adaptable solutions keep our customers successful and our jobs exciting. We work to see your Ideas made Ideal.

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox is an intellectual property law firm of 170+ professionals focused solely to providing outstanding patent, trademark, Patent Office litigation, and district court legal services. The firm’s service model is built on its unrivaled technical knowledge including more than 50 PhDs on the team. Sterne Kessler is perfectly positioned to help protect the IP of those innovating in the biofuels and clean technology arenas.

Celignis Biomass Analysis Lab. Celignis is a dedicated biomass analysis laboratory that provides our clients with accurate and precise data, allowing them to make the best use of their biomass feedstocks and optimise their biomass conversion processes. We have particular expertise in the advanced biofuels sector and can work with clients on customizing models that allow for rapid low-cost analysis of their feedstocks and products of conversion.  Celignis – “With accurate data the opportunities are limitless”