Platinum Sponsor

Iowa leads the way in the commercial scale-up of sustainable chemicals necessary to champion development in energy, feedstock, textiles, 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 iowaeda.com.

Gold Sponsor

Virent’s proprietary BioForming® technology converts bio-based sugar feedstocks into products molecularly identical to those made from petroleum. Virent’s catalytic chemistry can produce renewable gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel, as well as renewable chemicals used for plastics, fibers and films. Virent is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corporation.

Our vision is for a world that’s cleaner and healthier, today and for future generations. As a global leader in sustainable technologies, we use our cutting edge science to create solutions with our customers that make a real difference to the world around us.

Gevo’s mission is to transform renewable energy and carbon into energy-dense liquid hydrocarbons. These hydrocarbons can be used for drop-in transportation fuels such as  sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable gasoline, that when burned have potential to yield net-zero greenhouse gas emissions when measured across the full life cycle of the products. Gevo uses low-carbon renewable resource-based carbohydrates as raw materials, and is in an advanced state of developing renewable electricity and renewable natural gas for use in production processes, resulting in low-carbon fuels with substantially reduced carbon intensity.

DG Fuels LLC is a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) technology and development company that combines green hydrogen production with very high carbon conversion rates in producing its zero emissions, drop-in jet and other high value fuels. The company’s proprietary approach results in lower carbon feedstock requirements, lower costs of production and greater scalability potential.

The Low Carbon Fuels Coalition (LCFC) is a technology-neutral trade association with a proven track record The Low Carbon Fuels Coalition (LCFC) is a technology-neutral trade association with a proven track record of supporting and expanding market-driven, clean fuel standards. The LCFC provides our broad membership of clean fuel developers, producers, marketers and other stakeholders with timely reporting and insightful analysis on state and federal clean fuel policy developments, as well as actively supports proposed state and federal legislation, offering expert policymaking advice on legislation and rulemaking for effective clean fuel standards.

Dimeta is a joint-venture between SHV Energy and UGI International, two of the largest global LPG players. Dimeta aims to advance the production and use of renewable and recycled carbon Dimethyl Ether (“rDME”), a low-carbon sustainable liquid gas, as a renewable fuel for the LPG industry. 
Dimeta promotes the use of rDME by driving efforts geared at broad market acceptance, scaling up supply and supporting the development of infrastructure, regulations and standards for the safe use of rDME in the off-grid energy sector.

Praj is a global process solutions company, driven by innovation and having integration capabilities. The Praj, India’s most accomplished industrial biotechnology company is focused on the environment, energy, and agri-process industry. Bio-MobilityTM and Bio-PrismTM are the mainstays of Praj’s contribution to global Bioeconomy. Bio-MobilityTM platform of technologies envisages utilization of bio-based resources for production of low carbon transportation fuels across all modes of mobility. Bio-PrismTM portfolio comprises of technologies for production of renewable chemicals and materials. Praj Matrix, the state-of-the-art R&D facility, forms the backbone for the company’s endeavours.

Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies that aims to meet the world’s growing need for more and cleaner energy solutions in ways that are economically, environmentally and socially responsible.

Clariant is a focused and innovative specialty chemical company, based in Muttenz near Basel/ Switzerland. The company’s constant commitment to innovation and R&D with a strong focus on sustainability has led to Clariant is a focused and innovative specialty chemical company, based in Muttenz near Basel/ Switzerland. The company’s constant commitment to innovation and R&D with a strong focus on sustainability has led to the groundbreaking sunliquid® technology to produce cellulosic sugars & ethanol from agricultural residues such as cereal straw, corn stover or sugarcane bagasse. The sunliquid® technology offers a completely integrated process design. Innovative technology features, such as chemical-free pre-treatment, the integrated production of feedstock-and-process-specific-enzymes, as well as simultaneous C5 and C6 fermentation ensure best commercial performance. Since 2012, Clariant has been operating its pre-commercial sunliquid® plant in Germany and broke ground on its full-scale commercial cellulosic ethanol plant, with an annual capacity of 50k tons, in southwestern Romania in the fall of 2018. Construction completed in October 2021. Clariant licenses its sunliquid® technology platform globally. So far, five license agreements have been concluded with renowned industry players in Slovakia, Poland, Bulgaria and China.

Steeper Energy is a world leader in the development of drop-in advanced biofuels technology, which will aid long-distance transport in achieving a net-zero future. Steeper’s proprietary Hydrofaction® technology offers a cost-effective pathway for the transformation of low-value biomass and bio-organic wastes to high-value fuels, thus promoting the circular economy.
Haldor Topsoe is a global leader in supply of catalysts, technology, and services to the chemical and Topsoe is a world leader in electrolyzers, catalysts, and energy transition technology. The company develops solutions for decarbonizing hard-to-abate sectors such as steel, cement, chemicals, shipping and aviation.
Renewable energy carriers, fuels, and chemicals, e.g. green hydrogen, green ammonia and eMethanol are among the solutions. Headquartered in Denmark, Topsoe serves customers globally.

Special Session Sponsor: Announcement of Consider Corn Challenge III Winners

Founded in 1957, the National Corn Growers Association represents nearly 40,000 dues-paying corn farmers nationwide and the interests of more than 300,000 growers who contribute through corn checkoff programs in their states. NCGA and its 50 affiliated state organizations work together to create and increase opportunities for corn growers.

Silver Sponsors

We create Bio Solutions to Better Our World by serving innovators in the biofuels, advanced proteins, and RNG markets. A leader in bioprocessing, Merrick provides multi-discipline services from FEL through commissioning. We have served clients for more than 65 years and maintain 26 offices in the US, Canada, Mexico, and UK.
Solugen is a venture-backed specialty chemicals company that applies industrial biotechnology and green chemistry principles to re-design the production of a variety of end-use and novel chemicals. Solugen is headquartered in Houston, TX.

The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) supports research, development, and demonstration to enable the sustainable use of domestic biomass and waste resources for the production of biofuels and bioproducts. BETO’s overall goals are designed to: 

• Lower costs and reduce technology risks for production of biofuels and bioproducts
• Improve environmental benefits of bioenergy production
• Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation, industrial, and agricultural sectors to address the climate crisis
• Support the scale-up of sustainable, low-carbon biofuel production technologies
• Create economic opportunities and good-paying jobs in agriculture and manufacturing sectors. 

Meeting these goals requires significant and rapid advances in technology development and innovation across the entirebiomass-to-bioenergy supply chain.

Schneider Electric SE is a French multinational company providing energy and automation digital solutions for efficiency and sustainability. It addresses homes, buildings, data centers, infrastructure and industries, by combining energy technologies, real-time automation, software and services.

ABB is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. Through innovative digital, electrical, automation and service solutions, ABB enables energy efficient and low carbon operations, supports development of new and renewable energy models, and drives more responsible use of resources. ABB has a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years.  Together we can make a world of difference.

Thermal Kinetics. At the forefront of new techniques and technologies in separations and chemical processing including specialties of distillation, dehydration and evaporation, Thermal Kinetics has been providing full-service process equipment, engineering, process development and design services to the Fuel Ethanol, Biofuels, and Chemicals Processing industries since 1999.  As part of RCM Engineering since 2018, Thermal Kinetics gained strong leadership, vast experience, and international delivery capability that helps us meet our clients’ needs. We are focused on sustainable and renewable process technologies is driven by innovation and we remain committed to supporting the emerging Advanced Bio-Economy sector.  We welcome the opportunity to discuss your needs to improve your ethanol, biofuels, or bio-chemicals plant processes.

Velocys is an international sustainable fuels technology company providing clients and stakeholders with IP-protected proprietary technology to enable the production of negative Carbon Intensity synthetic, drop-in fuels from a variety of waste materials. SAF (‘Sustainable Aviation Fuel’) is the only commercially available, permanent alternative to fossil aviation fuels. Two reference projects in the US and UK (Bayou Fuels and Altalto) are designed to accelerate the adoption and standardise the Velocys proprietary Fischer Tropsch (FT) technology with an integrated end to end solution, including renewable power and carbon capture and storage. Velocys is enabling commercial scale SAF production in response to the clean energy transition. The Velocys technology pathway enables the next generation of low carbon sustainable fuels with significant additional positive air quality impacts. www.velocys.com

ICF is a global consulting services company, but we are not your typical consultants. We help clients navigate change and better prepare for the future.Our experts have been embedded in every corner of the energy industry for over 40 years, working at the intersection of policy and practice. We work with the top global investors, developers, asset owners, all major federal agencies as well as relevant energy NGOs to execute on their strategic objectives. We help our partners develop and manage sustainable energy assets throughout their lifecycle while building strong relationships with all stakeholders. From technical due diligence, in-depth market knowledge, carbon intensity, to regulatory expertise we provide unparalleled insight to help our clients deliver on their most important projects. Coupled with our energy expertise, we also deliver innovative solutions for airlines, aerospace equipment makers, airports and aviation investors. Whether on land, sea, or air, we help our clients deliver sustainable, economic, solutions to today’s most difficult challenges.  Learn more at icf.com/energy and icf.com/aviation.

NEXTCHEM IS MAIRE TECNIMONT’S SUBSIDIARY FOR ENERGY TRANSITION TECHNOLOGIES. NextChem transforms innovative ideas into industrial processes and plants, through Project Development, Technology Licensing, Engineering, Procurement and Construction services. NextChem cooperates with Saola Energy to license a technology for the production of Renewable Diesel and with GranBio to license a technology for the production of 2GEthanol.

Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in 150 countries. Boeing products and tailored services include commercial and military aircraft, satellites, weapons, electronic and defense systems, launch systems, advanced information and communication systems, and performance-based logistics and training. 

Corporate and Organizational Support Sponsors

The Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) is a national organization representing the new generation of The Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) is a national trade association whose members produce, blend, and distribute more than five billion gallons of advanced biofuels annually. Founded in 2009 and based in Washington, D.C., ABFA is a leading voice on low carbon fuels and engages the federal government on behalf of its member companies to advocate for the future of America’s liquid transportation fuel market, including policies to drive GHG emissions reductions in heavy-duty engines like trucks, planes, and marine vessels.

Airlines for America® (A4A), the principal trade and service organization of the U.S. airline industry, vigorously advocates for the 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. 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, operations, sustainable fuel and infrastructure advances, coupled with the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). We are vigorously pursuing the deployment of sustainable alternative aviation fuels (SAF) through the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative® and other collaborative programs. 

The Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) seeks to enhance energy security and environmental sustainability for aviation through sustainable aviation 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 sustainable aviation fuels.

Faegre Drinker: With more than 1,300 experienced attorneys, consultants and professionals in 22 locations across the United States, United Kingdom and China, we have the strength to solve your most complex transactional, litigation and regulatory challenges wherever you need us. We partner with clients ranging from emerging startups to multinational corporations, delivering comprehensive and customized advice that advances your most ambitious business objectives.

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.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in all major financial centers around the world.

New Energy Risk (NER) enables project financing for breakthrough technologies by optimizing cost of capital and accelerating time to market. NER can provide risk mitigation that addresses technology performance and reliability, commercial and market factors, and credit issues. Working with global insurers, including AXA XL (S&P AA-), NER customizes insurance products designed to secure client financing or backstop product warranties, often for the very first facility. NER-supported projects span a wide range of sectors and geographies, with nearly $3 billion in deployed capital and a decade of experience.  www.newenergyrisk.com

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 and serves as the coordinating body for research and development in the US.

Holland & Knight LLP is a global law firm whose ranks include more than 225 experienced energy attorneys and professionals in 25 offices who provide end-to-end services for clients across the energy sector. The firm’s award-winning Public Policy and Regulation (PP&R) practice in Washington, D.C. comprises a bipartisan team of professionals with extensive experience in climate, energy, and fuels-related regulatory, legislative, transactional and litigation matters, as well as in financing innovative energy technologies through federal programs and deploying them at commercial scale.

Participating Supporter

U.S. Department of Agriculture The USDA has many programs and resources available to assist the broad complement of stakeholders to respond to bioeconomy-related issues and opportunities, including financial and technical assistance, BioPreferred and voluntary labeling program, basic scientific research to the development and commercialization of new technologies, outreach and education, and infrastructure programs. To create jobs in rural communities, drive economic growth, and help reduce our dependence on foreign oil, USDA continues to aggressively pursue investments in renewable energy. USDA is leading the way for a clean energy future for our country. Contact us to learn more at www.usda.gov.   Together, America Prospers.


Sulzer: Your industrialization partner for scaling-up bio-based processes.

We have been developing separation and purification processes for bio-based intermediate and products for more than 40 years with commercial successes in Bio-chemicals, Biofuels and Oleochemicals. We have the essential experience in selecting the most cost-effective process solution for challenging extraction, purification and separation tasks for our customers.

Futurepast helps organizations transition to a low-carbon economy. We quantify carbon intensities of fuels for low carbon fuel standards. We help organizations calculate carbon footprints of product and prepare greenhouse gas emissions inventories. We deliver in-person and online training services and verify greenhouse gas statements. We advise on green financing.

Zeton is the recognized world leader in the design and fabrication of lab scale systems, pilot plants, demonstration plants and small modular production plants. An employee-owned company, Zeton’s mission is to help our customers scale their process technology. Since 1986, Zeton has completed over 800 projects in 45 countries.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL’s biomass program focuses on advancing research and technologies to convert biomass to higher hydrocarbon fuels and chemicals. We collaborate with industry partners, academia, and other national laboratories to speed product development, increase successes and advance biomass conversion technologies and processes into the market. We provide opportunities to develop technology partnerships, license our technologies, and use our facilities.

SCS Global Services is an international leader in third-party certification, validation, and verification for environmental, sustainability, and food safety and quality performance claims.

The International Alternative Fuel Technology Center at Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®) assists The International Alternative Fuel Technology Center at Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®) assists clients with developing and evaluating alternative fuels from source through production to real-world use. SwRI is a non-profit, independent research and development organization with 70+ years of experience with fuels and engines. For more information, please visit  https://iaftc.swri.org.
Linde is a leading global industrial gases and engineering company with 2020 sales of $27 billion. We offer a broad array of gases, technologies and services to help our customers succeed while helping to protect our planet.  For over 100 years, Linde has been a pioneer in air separation technologies. Now Linde is among the leaders in developing low carbon hydrogen and electrolysis technologies.
KBR delivers science, technology and engineering solutions to governments and companies around the world. KBR employs approximately 29,000 people worldwide with customers in more than 80 countries and operations in 40 countries. KBR is proud to work with its customers across the globe to provide technology, value-added services, and long- term operations and maintenance services to ensure consistent delivery with predictable results. At KBR, We Deliver.