Special notice:

ABLC Digital’s agenda, speakers, registration, information on sponsors and delegates, and the DigestConnect community can be found at www.biofuelsdigest.com/ablc

Out of an abundance of COVID-19 caution, recognizing that we will have ABLC delegates and speakers facing travel restrictions in July, we are making ABLC digital-readyRight now, here’s background on how we are planning a “Better ABLC, with Digital”.


The Logistics


The schedule. ABLC 2020 Digital will take place July 7, 8, 9 and 10, and the complete schedule of presentations is here. 


Links and access. The week of June 29th, you’ll receive all your links and the final schedule for ABLC 2020 Digital. As an ABLC Delegate, you’ll be able to access all Sessions, Lounges and Delegates.


A Better ABLC – content


1. Three streams. We will have one stream starting each day at 8am ET for the Americas, one at 2am ET for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and one starting at 10pm ET for Asia & Oceania. So, everyone will have ABLC running in local business hours, anywhere in the world. You can participate in one stream, or mix and match from all three to optimize the times for your ABLC experience and your favorite presentations.


2. Repeats of ABLC throughout July. We will repeat the entire ABLC 2020 Digital experience, the weeks of July 13, 20 and 27, so you can catch any sessions you missed.


3. On-demand via BioChannel.TV. All sessions will be available individually for you for 12 months via BioChannel.TV. Watch one, or as many as you want, as many times as you want, from any device, anywhere.


4. Slides for download and review. All presentation slides will be available for you on July 13.


5. All Plenary. All content will be in plenary session, no choosing between tracks. You will be able to see everything.


6. Live coverage of morning sessions worldwide via BioChannel.TV. The week of July 6, all morning sessions will be available to anyone in the world, from any device. That’s more people than ever to network like crazy with.


A Better ABLC – networking


1. Instant networking. At the close of each session marked “Interactive” sessions, you can select which presenters you would like to connect with. Each of you will receive each other’s contact information for follow-up.


2. The Network Like Crazy profiles. Each ABLC delegate and sponsor will have a basic profile which can be used by other delegates to search for potential partners and make one-to-cancelcontact. Profile pages will be live the week of July 6th and throughout the remainder of July.


3. The Daily Digest Lounge. Each afternoon at 530 ET, ABLC delegates can join in The Daily Digest Lounge, where we will make introductions, introduce a Secret Speaker with unique content. It is a networking and content environment very similar to the DigestConnect experience. You can debate your own ideas, comment on others’, greet partners, and interact with presenters, from any device, anywhere. 


4. The VIP Lounge. If you have clicked to be in contact with a presenter in a especially-marked session (VIP LOUNGE ENABLED), you’ll be invited to a special get-together in the VIP Lounge the week of July 13th in a video conferencing environment where you can exchange ideas, perspectives, and meet with like-minded delegates who shared your enthusiasm, and with the presenter. All sessions moderated by Digest Editor Jim Lane.


Double your experience.


If a physical ABLC is impossible in July, each paid registered Speaker & paid Delegate, Sponsor and Exhibitor will receive a non-transferable voucher good for ABLC Global in October 2020, or you can use it at any future ABLC. So, you get digital + physical, no matter what.


Future ABLC updates



The District of Columbia has not yet issued final regulations for July. We’ll continue to monitor the D.C. guidance — when we have it, we’ll advise on whether we will have a fully digital ABLC 2020 or a hybrid of digital/live. At this stage in the crisis, with the data we can see, we’re not optimistic about the prospects for ABLC at the Mayflower Hotel, however, we have to wait until the official word is given by authorities. We’re getting ready for any eventuality, for now, and ABLC Digital is on, for sure.


Answers to your questions. 


We have detailed, up-to-the-minute information on current status in D.C., the recording experience  the recording process; interacting and networking online; connecting with people after your presentation, or with any delegate, and the streaming schedule, repeats of presentations and on-demand access, and more. You can view our complete Q&A on the digital aspects of ABLC 2020, here.



At ABLC, you’ll meet the leaders of the global advanced bioeconomy, in one place, at one time, for real dialogue on the opportunities and challenges of this amazing industrial movement towards sustainability and renewables.


Owners & operators, project developers, investors, policymakers, end-use customers and channel & development partners for the newest technologies of the advanced bioeconomy: health, nutrition, AgTech, genetics, big data, robotics, fuels, chemicals and materials.




Liquid fuels: In the Advanced Biofuels Summit, ABLC will be focusing on demonstrated cellulosic biofuels, expansion opportunities in biomass-based diesel, progress in aviation fuels; Low Carbon Fuel Standards and their impact, progress in emerging alternatives to gasoline and diesel including DME, butanol and more, upgrade and expansion technologies for first-gen plants and thermochemical technologies that are on the rise.


Chemicals and Biomaterials: In the Renewable Chemicals & Biomaterials Summit, ABLC will focus on new demand for renewable chemical Intermediates, expansion in biobased plastics & packaging, the rise of fragrances & flavors, strategic interest and intent in organic acids and novel-performance chemicals.


Agriculture. In The Advanced Agriculture Summit, ABLC will look at yield improvement, new crops, international deployment of technology, new sources of income — and the role of robotics, genetics, big data, remote sensing, mobility — and new tools for crop protection through early detection & spot treatment against pests, parasites, competitors and disease. The Summit will examine sustainable crop protection, novel feedstocks, supply chain development, the return of platforms such as hemp and hemp-based CBD,  the rise of protein production for animal and human nutrition, and opportunities for vegan technologies.


Sustainable Aviation Fuels: In the Sustainable Aviation Summit, ABLC will highlight success stories and emerging technologies for aviation fuels for commercial and military application, including a look at consortia aimed at deployment, and the emerging policy and airline industry purchasing trends.


Biogas and RNG fuels. In the Biogas & RNG Summit, ABLC will be focusing on anaerobic digestion, feedstock aggregation including dairy and cattle residues, key markets, advances in vehicle technology and deployment, compression and purification technologies, and key partners and industry suppliers to turn “trash into cash”.


Hydrogen. In a new report, Intermational Energy Agency executive director Dr. Fatih Birol writes “This is a critical year for hydrogen. It is enjoying unprecedented momentum around the world and could finally be set on a path to fullfill its longstanding potential as a clean energy solution.” At ABLC, we’ll explore the options and challenges for sustainable hydrogen. Production where will it occur and using what technologies. Distribution? How will it be purified, moved and metered? End-users? From fuel-cells to stationary power and new chemicals and high-value materials, what will be the markets that emerge first and most vigorously?


The Hot 50. AT ABLC, we’ll showcase and recognize the 50 hottest bioeconomy companies as recognized by Digest voters and a panel of international selectors. Fuels, chemicals, materials, nutrition, plaform companies, strategics and more — who are the hottest?


The New Nutrition. In the Advanced Nutrition Summit and the Advanced Agriculture Summit, ABLC NEXT will focus in on the rise of protein production for animal and human nutrition, opportunities for vegan technologies, the growing interest in the microbiome and the implications for R&D, and the expanding universe of nutraceuticals.


The Digital Biology Toolkit. In the Digital Biology Summit, ABLC will address the development of the new biological and manufacturing tools that support the rise of all these market segments — as well as the companions advances in robotics, genetics, big data and mobility that are ensuring that the nexus of biology and information science continues to power innovation across a wide selection of industries.


International Partnership. In the Industry Horizons Forum and across the agenda, ABLC will will look at opportunities to accelerate advanced technologies through robust international partnership, synchronized development and R&D consortia


Finance. In the Financing & Investing Workshop, ABLC will bring together the latest case studies of successful financing, and introduce the players, the models, the geographies, and the steps to success from financing early-stage companies through to commercial-scale deployment.


ABLC is a connected series of 7 conferences and 18 events in total on the most important issues in the Bioeconomy right now.


These conferences-within-a-conference are:


1. The Advanced Biofuels Summit – including new markets and technologies for renewable diesel, sustainable aviation fuels and advanced alcohols.


2. The Renewable Chemicals & Biomaterials Summit – including new markets and technologies for advanced packaging, novel high-performance fibers and chemicals.


3. The Advanced Agriculture Summit – yield improvement, new crops, international deployment of technology, new sources of income — and the role of robotics, genetics, big data, remote sensing, mobility — and new tools for crop protection through early detection & spot treatment against pests, parasites, competitors and disease. The Summit will examine sustainable crop protection, novel feedstocks, supply chain development, the return of platforms such as hemp and hemp-based CBD, the rise of protein production for animal and human nutrition, and opportunities for vegan technologies.


4. The Advanced Nutrition Summit – advanced products and technologies for human and animal nutrition — more food, better food, and more customer choice.


5. The Sustainable Aviation Summit – with the onset of global low carbon CORSIA standards for aviation, the prospects for technology development, project deployment and offtake in heavy-duty air transport.


6. The Biogas & RNG Summit – agricultural, food, municipal, forest and animal wastes are being captured for conversion into renewable natural gas for stationary and transport applications — its the fastest growing ABLC sector, who are the players, the markets, what are the feedstocks, the economics and technologies?


7. The Nordic Summit — showcasing sustainable production technologies, distribution & separation, and end-use applications for companies serving and originating in the Nordic countries.


In addition to the 7 conferences, there will be 11 special events, forums and workshops:


The Investor & Finance Workshop on capital trends

The Industry Horizons Forum

The ABLC Wolfpack – fuels & chemicals companies to be devoured and dissected in a search for underlying value by the ABLC Due Diligence Wolves

The Digital Biology Forum

The annual Hot Party celebrating the HOT 50, and industry innovation and achievement

The annual State of the Industry address

ABLC Structured Networking throughout the event for new and returning delegates

The ABLC Keynotes

The Holmberg Lifetime Achievement Award

The ABLC Global Leadership Award & Address

The Bioeconomy Policy Forum

The Bioenergy R&D Programs Plenary Forum



At ABLC we’ll explore:


1. Federal programs around the world, including the US Renewable Fuel Standard, RenovaBio, The EU’s RED II, India’s advanced fuels mandates and China’s advanced fuels targets. R&D programs, proposed renewable power and chemical standards, and regulatory progress and hurdles.


2. The California Low Carbon Fuel Standard and the markets it opens and powers in renewable fuels and for integrated biorefineries producing multiple projects. Plus Low Carbon Fuel Standards in Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and elsewhere — their impact for projects and project developers. 


3. Pioneer and early adopter markets in the US and around the world — consumers, B2B, sustainable brands, agriculture, energy and food majors and what they are backing, and when and where and why and how.


4. The global R&D and deployment hubs of the US Midwest, California, the forest belts of North America and Scandinavia, Brazil’s cane regions, Singapore, Australia, European hubs like the Netherlands, Denimark, France and Germany, deployment in the feedstock-rich Eastern European states; India and China’s vast markets and plans, and bioenergy in the tropics.


We’ll look in depth at 8 themes.


New Markets: New niches opening for drop-in sustainable alternatives as well as novel fuels, chemicals, materials, advanced foods, crops and crop protection.


New Technology Platforms: Advances in applied technologies that will open new markets in the future, as well as key advances in the platform technology areas of genetics, robotics, intelligence, storage, bandwidth.


Deploying at Scale: First commercial projects and technologies ready for deployment at scale.


Gaining Speed: new strategies for increasing speed to market; development in parallel; accessing opportunities in emerging markets and making them work.


Defining the Ask: What carbon policies will accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy; what are the rewards for countries, states and communities that move forward on carbon policy, and what’s the outlook for both current and new policies around the globe.


Attracting Capital: accessing strategic relationships; leveraging existing resources; new products and strategies that extend value for existing projects; what role carbon pricing plays, and how much and where and when.


First Products:  Designing platforms and breakthrough first products that reduce cash burn and create brand visibility; monetizing through new and existing channels.


Sustainable Feedstock & Agriculture: Identifying real resources, timelines to scale, aggregation that works, sustainability metrics, and residues vs novel energy crops.



Two Great Organizations,
One Amazing Global Event


The US Bioenergy Technologies Office, the US National Labs and more at ABLCBioeconomy 2020


Our one big event of the year covering our efforts to catalyze bioenergy technology.


The US Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, the US National Labs that support the nation’s R&D agenda, and leadership from the US Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy leadership will play a major role on stage and in the development of the ABLC agenda.


Topics include: Advanced algae systems, Feedstock genetic improvement, production, management, and logistics, Biomass conversion and carbon utilization, Transportation, distribution, infrastructure, and end use, Bioeconomy analysis, snf Bioeconomy sustainability.



The US Bioeconomy Initiative


ABLC is home to special forum co-presented by the the Digest and US  Biomass Research & Development Board that looks at the US The Bioeconomy Initiative: Implementation Framework 


A strategy published by different U.S. federal agencies to accelerate innovative technologies that harness the nation’s biomass resources for affordable biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. The Bioeconomy Initiative: Implementation Framework was developed by the Biomass Research and Development Board (BR&D Board) to guide interagency coordination for such an effort.

The Framework presents goals and actions for addressing knowledge and technology gaps in:

  • Advanced algae systems
  • Feedstock genetic improvement, production, management, and logistics
  • Biomass conversion and carbon utilization
  • Transportation, distribution, infrastructure, and end use
  • Bioeconomy analysis
  • Bioeconomy sustainability


The Biomass Research and Development Board, co-chaired by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Energy, coordinates research and development activities concerning biobased fuels, products, and power across federal agencies. The BR&D Board  is currently comprised of members from the U.S. Departments of Energy, Agriculture, Interior, Transportation, Defense, and the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Science and Technology Policy.


The BR&D Board oversees the interagency Bioeconomy Initiative, a coordinated federal effort to expand the sustainable use of the nation’s abundant biomass resources for biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. The BR&D Board, as well as the annual BR&D Initiative solicitation and Technical Advisory Committee, were established by the Biomass Research and Development Act of 2000, which was later amended by Section 9001 of the Food Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (FCEA) and was most recently reauthorized in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018.


US Biomass Research & Development Board Members 


Daniel Simmons

Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy,

Department of Energy


Scott Hutchins

Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics,

Department of Agriculture


Deerin Babb-Brott

Acting Lead, Energy and Environment Division

Office of Science and Technology Policy


Sharlene Weatherwax

Associate Director of Science for Biological and Environmental Research

Department of Energy


Al McGartland

Director, National Center for Environmental Economics, Office of Policy

Environmental Protection Agency


Dawn Tilbury

Assistant Director, Directorate for Engineering

National Science Foundation


Kathleen Benedetto

Senior Advisor to the Bureau of Land Management

Department of the Interior


Bette Brand

Administrator for Rural Business Service, Rural Development

Department of Agriculture


William Bray

Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research Development Test and Evaluation

Department of the Navy


US Biomass Research & Development Board Operations Committee Members 


▪ Jonathan Male, Director, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy

▪ Kristen Johnson, Board Operations Committee Liaison, Technology Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy

▪ Gail McLean, Photochemistry and Biochemistry Team Lead, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, U.S. Department of Energy

▪ William Hohenstein, Director, Climate Change Program Office, Acting Director, Offices of Energy Policy and New Uses and Environmental Markets, Office of the Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Agriculture

▪ Mark Brodziski, acting Deputy Administrator, Business Programs, Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture

▪ Wade Salverson, Stewardship Coordinator and Biomass Forester, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior

▪ Jim Caley, Director of Operational Energy, U.S. Department of the Navy

▪ Shawn Johnson, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Transportation

▪ Nathan Brown, Alternative Jet Fuels Project Manager, Federal Aviation Administration

▪ Brian Heninger, Economist, National Center for Environmental Economics, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

▪ Carole Read, Program Director in the Engineering Directorate, National Science Foundation


US Biomass Research & Development Board Techanical Advisory Committee (as of 11/2019) 


Charles Abbas, IBiocat

Rob Anex, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Brent Bean, United Sorghum Checkoff Program

Jacques Beaudry-Losique, Algenol Biotech LLC

Esteban Chornet, Enerkem

Michael Beardsley, Liberty University

Katrina Cornish, Ohio State University

Doug Faulkner (Co-Chair), Leatherstocking, LLC

William Frey, Georgia-Pacific

Jerry Gargulak, Borregaard-Lingotech

Beth Hood, Arkansas State University

Raymond Huhnke, Oklahoma State University

Randy Jennings, Tennessee Department of Agriculture

Madhu Kanna, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Alan Keller, POET

Michael Ladisch, Purdue University

Pete Madden, Edgemere Consulting

Michael McAdams, Advanced Biofuels Association

Shelie Miller, University of Michigan

Manuel Garcìa Pèrez, Washington State University

Tim Rials, University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Matthew Rudolf, SCS Global Services

Susan Rupp, Enviroscapes Ecological Consulting, LLC

Basudeb Saha, University of Delaware

Patricia Scanlan, Scanlan Environmental LLC

Steve Searcy, Texas A&M University

David Shonnard, Michigan Technological University

Larry Sullivan, The Citadel

Kelly Tiller (Co-Chair), Genera Energy Inc.

Valerie Thomas, Georgia Tech


Michael Wolcott, Washington State University