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.

Silver Sponsors

Clariant is a focused and innovative specialty chemical company, based in Muttenz near Basel/ Switzerland. Clariant’s sunliquid® is a groundbreaking technology to produce cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues such as wheat straw, corn stover or sugarcane bagasse. sunliquid® is a fully integrated technology platform, including chemical free pre-treatment, on-site feedstock specific enzymes & microorganisms as well as energy-efficient process design. Cellulosic ethanol produced with sunliquid® saves around 95% of greenhouse gases compared to gasoline. Clariant sold its first sunliquid® license in 2017 to Enviral, the largest bioethanol producer in Slovakia. After seven years of successful operations of its pre-commercial plant in Straubing, Germany, Clariant broke ground on its greenfield first-of-its-kind full-scale commercial cellulosic ethanol plant in southwestern Romania in the fall of 2018. On 20th September 2019 Clariant announced the second license agreement on its sunliquid® technology with ORLEN Południe, a member of PKN ORLEN that is a leader in the fuels and energy markets and the largest player in Central and Eastern Europe.

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 Technologies®. Fluid Quip Technologies (FQT) was founded on extensive experience and know-how within the corn wet milling and grain processing industries. FQT’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. FQT 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.

Merrick & Company (www.merrick.com), delivering“Bio Solutions to Better Our World.”A leader in the bioprocessing industry, providing engineering and professional services for innovators in the biofuels, advanced proteins, and biochemicals markets. Merrick has served clients for over 60 years and maintains offices in the US, Canada, UK, and Mexico.

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.

VIP Breakfast Briefing Sponsors

Greater Commercial Lending (GCL)is a credit union service organization (CUSO) established in 2017 and based in Reno, Nevada. GCL provides commercial lending services to entities across the nation and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Greater Nevada Credit Union (GNCU), the USDA National Lender of the Year for the past three years, and a two-time SBA Lender of the Year for 2016 and 2017.

Global BioFuture Solutions is an award-winning, internationally recognized risk consulting firm, providing the “Golden Ticket” of risk analysis and risk mitigation assessment utilizing detailed feasibility studies and other risk analysis products, including the QuantaVision Risk Management System. Based on ERM, ESG, Green Bonds, and UNSDGs, QuantaVision providessuperior risk identification and mitigation and can be used as a management tool as well as a servicing tool for investors, lenders, and bondholders.

Lanyard Sponsor

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).

Corporate, Organization Support and Break Sponsors

U.S. Department of AgricultureThe 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

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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.

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 here.

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.

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) 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 parent AXA (S&P AA-), NER customizes insurance products designed to secure client financing. By enabling capital efficiency, new technologies can 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 nearly $2 billion in deployed capital. NER has a proven track record of delivering to clients The Power of Certainty®.


National Renewable Energy Laboratory.NREL’s bioenergy science and technology group performs a full range of research from exploring biomass at the molecular level through biorefinery process optimization to bring biofuels and bio-products to market.   We collaborate with industry partners, academia, and other national laboratories to speed product development, increase successes and advance biomass conversion technologies and processes. We provide opportunities to develop technology partnerships, license our technologies, and use our facilities.

Celignis is a dedicated biomass laboratory providing analysis and bioprocess development services. Our expertise spans all stages of biomass processing, from pretreatment to fermentation. Our team enables clients to make best use of their feedstocks and optimize their technologies. We also develop custom rapid analysis models for feedstocks and process outputs.