Co-Presenting Sponsor

U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) establishes partnerships with key public and private stakeholders to develop technologies for producing cost-competitive advanced biofuels from non-food biomass resources, including cellulosic biomass, algae, and wet waste (e.g., biosolids). BETO works with a broad spectrum of government, industrial, academic, agricultural, and nonprofit partners across the United States to develop commercially viable, high-performance biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower made from renewable U.S. biomass resources that reduce our dependence on imported oil while enhancing energy security.

Platinum Sponsor

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 iowaeda.com.

Renewable Energy Group, Inc., (Nasdaq: REGI) is leading the energy industry transition to sustainability by transforming renewable resources into high-quality, cleaner fuels. REG is an international producer of cleaner fuels and North America’s largest producer of biodiesel. REG solutions are alternatives for petroleum diesel and produce significantly lower carbon emissions. REG uses an integrated procurement, distribution and logistics network to operate 13 biorefineries in the U.S. and Europe. In 2018, REG produced 502 million gallons of cleaner fuel delivering over four million metric tons of carbon reduction. REG is meeting the growing global demand for lower-carbon fuels and leading the way to a more sustainable future.

Gold Sponsor

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 first-of-its-kind full-scale commercial cellulosic ethanol plant, with an annual capacity of 50k tons, in southwestern Romania in the fall of 2018. Clariant licenses its sunliquid® technology platform globally. The 1st license was sold in 2017 to Enviral, the largest bioethanol producer in Slovakia; the 2nd license was sold in 2019 to ORLEN Group, a fuel & energy market leader in Central & Eastern Europe. At the beginning of 2020 Clariant announced its 3rd license deal with the Anhui Guozhen Group and Chemtex Chemical Engineering for a 50.000-ton capacity project in Fuyang, China.

Silver Sponsors

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 refining industries. Topsoe aims to be the global leader within carbon emission reduction technologies by 2024. By perfecting chemistry for a better world, we enable our customers to succeed in the transition towards renewable energy.

Fluid Quip Technologies (FQT) was founded on extensive experience and knowhow within the corn wet milling (grain processing) industry. FQT’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. FQT 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.

ABB is a leading provider of integrated power and automation solutions with unparalleled experience partnering with the energy industry. We deliver integrated, secure digital solutions to automate and optimize performance.

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.

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.  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.  As the process industries arm of RCM Technologies, Inc.  we bring a 2000 person multinational engineering presence to support the emerging Advanced Bio-Economy sector.  We welcome the opportunity to show you how we can improve your ethanol, biofuels, or bio-chemicals plant efficiency.

Velocys is an international UK-based sustainable fuels technology company. Velocys designed, developed and now licences proprietary Fischer-Tropsch technology for the generation of clean, low carbon, synthetic drop-in aviation and transport fuel from municipal solid waste and waste woody biomass. Velocys is currently developing projects in Natchez, Mississippi, USA (incorporating Carbon Capture Use and Storage) and Immingham, UK to produce fuels that significantly reduce both greenhouse gas emissions and key exhaust pollutants for aviation and road transport. Originally a spin-out from Oxford University, in 2008 the company acquired a US company based on complementary technology developed at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Velocys is headquartered in Oxford in the United Kingdom. Velocys is an international UK-based sustainable fuels technology company. Velocys designed, developed and now licences proprietary Fischer-Tropsch technology for the generation of clean, low carbon, synthetic drop-in aviation and transport fuel from municipal solid waste and waste woody biomass. Velocys is currently developing projects in Natchez, Mississippi, USA (incorporating Carbon Capture Use and Storage) and Immingham, UK to produce fuels that significantly reduce both greenhouse gas emissions and key exhaust pollutants for aviation and road transport. Originally a spin-out from Oxford University, in 2008 the company acquired a US company based on complementary technology developed at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Velocys is headquartered in Oxford in the United Kingdom.

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 provide comprehensive services to lenders, developers, and renewable operators to enable their future success.

Axens (www.axens.net) is a group providing a complete range of solutions for the conversion of oil and biomass to cleaner fuels, the production and purification of major petrochemical intermediates, as well as natural gas treatment and conversion options.  The products and services offered include technologies, equipment, furnaces, modular units, catalysts, adsorbents and related services and includes technologies for the production of 1G and 2G fuels, chemicals, plastics recycling, and carbon capture.  The Axens technology portfolio includes FuturolTM cellulosic ethanol, Atol® ethanol dehydrationAlcohol to Jet, Vegan® lipid conversion to renewable diesel and SAF, BioTfuel® for the fuel chain of process to gasify solid biomass and convert to drop-in fuels via Fischer-Tropsch, butadiene via the BioButterfly collaboration with Michelin, and our partnership with Anellotech for the production of cellulosic aromatics and fuels blendstocks.   

Praj is a global process solutions company, driven by innovation and having integration capabilities. The company offers technological solutions for bio-ethanol & 2G plants, RNG plants, Biodiesel plants, critical process equipment & skids, brewery plants, industrial wastewater treatment systems, and HiPurity water systems. With over 750 references across five continents, Praj is a torchbearer of bio-mobility, and an emerging leader deploying sustainable solutions through circular bioeconomy.

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 suitable for both small bolt-on facilities and large plants. bio-economy.

Smisson-Mathis Energy Solutions’ proprietary technologies converts FOG and Brown Grease into biodiesel. These oils are plentiful but scarcely used in biodiesel production due to sulfur content. Our integrated solutions divert these waste oils from traditional disposal methods (landfill, land application) to produce biodiesel that meets all ASTM d6751 requirements, including sulfur limitations. These innovative technologies are transforming waste management and biofuels production.

Coffee Break Sponsor

Kiewit is one of North America’s largest construction and engineering organizations with experience developing projects across many industries including those that support carbon-reduction initiatives. Our solutions span the entire project development cycle and our construction-focused engineering model yields designs that minimize risk of delays and cost overruns during construction. More information here.

CJ CheilJedang, headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, is a global leader in food and biotechnology industries. Its bio-business focuses on the production of food & feed additives(e.g. amino acids) and bio-based chemicals(e.g. PHAs). With its core technical capabilities of microbial fermentation, CJCJ is committed to providing bio-based solutions for global health and sustainability.

Burns & McDonnell is a full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting solutions firm, based in Kansas City, Missouri. We plan, design, permit, construct and manage facilities all over the world, with one mission in mind: Make our clients successful.

Corporate and Organizational Support 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.

Airlines 4 America 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 here.

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.

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.

Holland & Knight LLP is a global law firm with an award-winning Public Policy and Regulations (PP&R) practice in Washington, D.C. H&K’s bipartisan team of professionals apply their in-depth understanding of government operations and political perspectives to advance the interests of their clients. The PP&R group has extensive experience in energy-related regulatory, legislative, transactional and litigation matters, as well as in financing innovative energy technologies through federal programs and deploying them at commercial scale.

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.

New Energy Risk (NER) helps insure technical risk for breakthrough technologies to optimize cost of capital and accelerate time to market. Using proprietary models and processes, NER utilizes technology performance data from pilot and demonstration-level facilities to analyze risk. Through its affiliate AXA XL (S&P AA-), NER customizes insurance products designed to secure client financing or backstop product warranties. By enabling capital efficiency, new technologies go more quickly from development to deployment and commercial scale with widespread customer adoption. NER-supported projects span a wide range of sectors and geographies, with over $2 billion in deployed capital. NER has a proven track record of delivering to clients The Power of Certainty®. www.newenergyrisk.com

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.


The FBI estimates billions of US dollars are lost to foreign competitors every year. Fortune 500 companies to local and regional business are at risk. Our Nation’s secrets are in jeopardy, the same secrets that make your company profitable. These foreign competitors deliberately target economic intelligence in advanced technologies and flourishing US industries. Economic espionage poses a significant threat to the Nation and the FBI has launched a campaign to educate the US workforce and industry leaders about it. The FBI collaborates with businesses, private sector, and academia to mitigate the economic espionage threat.

ICM, Inc. is a global leader in the biofuels industry with roots in the farming community. Since 1995, ICM has focused on innovating and developing new technologies to support the production of renewable fuels and sustaining agriculture. More than 100 biorefineries worldwide utilize ICM’s proprietary systems, which are among the most advanced in the biofuels industry and collectively produce 8.8 billion gallons of ethanol and 25 million tons of distillers grains annually.  A full-service provider, ICM’s offerings include design, engineering, manufacturing, implementation, and plant support, all of which are tailored to yield higher profits and better operational efficiencies for biorefineries. Its state-of-the-art research facility accommodates development and testing of cutting-edge technologies, creating process and feed technology solutions to consistently drive the industry forward. ICM is based in Colwich, Kansas with a regional office in Brazil. For more information, visit icminc.com.

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.

Zeton is the world’s leading designer and builder of innovative lab scale systems, pilot plants, demonstration plants and small modular production plants, Zeton helps its customers bring their new technology and processes to market, faster, with less risk and lower cost.

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.

m2p-labs BioLector® microbioreactors provide online monitored micro fermentation technology for screening and bioprocess development, thus increasing the number of microbial experiments as well as the information content. The biotechnology, chemical, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industry can conduct experiments (aerobic/microaerophilic/strict anaerobic) in a time- and cost-saving manner. The RoboLector® allows automated fermentation of the whole bioprocess.