Conference Overview

The production of energy from woody biomass can be an important component of a comprehensive plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy security.  Biomass represents 79% of independent renewable energy generation in North Carolina and will continue to represent a large portion of the renewable energy portfolio for the foreseeable future. This offers an exciting economic development opportunity on top of the contribution it can make to energy sustainability and pollution reduction.  This one day conference will provide a regional insiders’ overview of woody biomass and emerging wood-fueled renewables from experts in the field and on the front lines.

The Woody Biomass Supply Chains Conference and VIP Tour event will marshal the experience and wisdom of biomass specialists in technology, science and economics. Participants will gain insight and market knowledge from candid discussions on supply opportunities, solutions to market obstacles and proven methods of seizing market advantage. Participants’ experience will be enriched by face to face contact in both formal (classroom) and informal (lunch, exhibitor showcase, and VIP Tour) settings with an audience and presenters to include:

•    Wood suppliers
•    Economic development officers
•    Entrepreneurs
•    Financiers
•    Venture capitalists
•    Agency staff
•    Export experts
•    Researchers

VIP Tour of the Mid-Atlantic Logging & Biomass Expo

Participants are encouraged to register for the full Expo weekend which brings perspective to the knowledge gained by attending the conference. The VIP tour takes place on Friday, October 7 from 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM. VIPs receive these benefits:

•    Transportation to and from hotels in Selma/Smithfield area and the Expo site (8AM to 1:30PM)
•    Personal meetings with the designers, engineers and manufacturers of state-of-the-art woody biomass harvesters and in-woods processors
•    See equipment in action throughout the event
•    Catered luncheon on site with your VIP group
•    Receive an exclusive VIP Resource Guide containing key contacts and information for easy follow-up
•    VIP tickets that allow unlimited re-entry at no-charge to the Expo throughout October 7th and 8th

Sponsored By:
North Carolina State University
NC Association of Professional Loggers
North Carolina Forestry Association
25x’25 Alliance
Hatton-Brown Publishers, Inc.

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