Co-Presenting Sponsors

IEA Bioenergy is a Technology Collaboration Programme (TCP), functioning within a framework created by the International Energy Agency (IEA). IEA Bioenergy comprises a world-wide network of experts in every aspect of the value chain of biomass for energy, who are from the research community, institutions of higher education, government agencies and industry. Our mission is to increase knowledge and understanding of bioenergy systems in order to facilitate the commercialisation and market deployment of environmentally sound, socially acceptable, and cost-competitive bioenergy systems and technologies, and to advise policy and industrial decision makers accordingly.

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 iowaeconomicdevelopment.com.

Gold Sponsor

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

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.

For more than a decade, REG has been a reliable supplier of advanced biofuels which meet or exceed ASTM quality specifications. REG sells REG-9000 biomass-based diesel to distributors so consumers can have cleaner-burning fuels that help diversify the energy complex and increase energy security.

Fluid Quip Process Technologies®. Fluid Quip Process Technologies (FQPT) was founded on extensive experience and know-how within the corn wet milling and grain processing industries. FQPT’s skilled engineering and technical leadership teams have 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 enhancing the base corn-to-ethanol dry grind process and the supplying carbohydrate building blocks for the growing 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.

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.

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 is an international provider of high technology content processes, products and services to the refining, petrochemical and gas industries. Axens is recognized as a worldwide technology benchmark for clean fuels production, aromatics production and purification, conversion processes and sulfur-recovery catalysts via the Claus process.

Actively preparing for the future, we aim to be a leader in the alternative fuels: vegetable oils to diesel, high-quality distillates from direct coal liquefaction and liquid products through the conversion of synthesis gas from various feedstocks (natural gas, biomass and coal).

Luncheon Sponsor

POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels, LLC, is a joint venture between Royal DSM and POET, LLC. The company is a cooperative effort of two innovators to convert corn crop residue into cellulosic biofuel. The joint venture has a critical mission: to make cellulosic biofuel competitive with starch biofuel. POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels has built its first commercial-scale plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa. Based on this, the JV plans to globally license an integrated technology package for cellulosic biofuel production.
VIP Luncheon Briefing Sponsor

Munich Re (MR) stands for exceptional solution-based expertise, consistent risk management, financial stability and client proximity. Corporate Insurance Partner (CIP) is a unit within MR, offering (traditional and) innovative risk- transfer solutions for industrial clients. By wedding innovation with a solution-based approach – customized to each client (from start-ups to multi-nationals) – we create business-enabling risk financing policies. Green Tech Solutions aligns fully with MR’s innovation and de-carbonization strategies by designing and writing insurance policies for companies in the renewable energy ecosystem.

Corporate, Organization Support and Break Sponsors

The Biofuture Platform is a multistakeholder mechanism that aims to help in the global fight against climate change, nurturing solutions in low carbon transport and the bioeconomy through policy dialogue and collaboration among leading countries, organizations, academia and the private sector. The overall goal is to aid countries reach their Nationally Determined Contribution targets. The BfP was founded by twenty leading countries in the matter, from all five continents.

Sierra Energy, a waste gasification and renewable energy company, has developed FastOx® gasification, a technology that turns waste into clean, renewable energy without burning. The system is ideal as an add-on to existing recycling and waste diversion sites, providing the final phase solution for product recovery from remnant and non-recyclable waste. Sierra Energy’s first commercial-scale system is being developed at the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hunter Liggett in Monterey County, California.


The California Low Carbon Fuels Coalition core mission is to expand low carbon fuels policies. The LCFC advocates in state legislatures and regulatory proceedings; tracks and analyzes legislation and regulation; and coordinates policy and issue campaigns. In 2018, the LCFC is working to establish a Clean Fuel Standard in Washington state, and is hosting an event to foster new low carbon fuel standard policies world-wide at the Global Climate Action Summit.


FaegreBakerDaniels 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.