Canadian Biomass Magazine

BC and Korea run workshop on biomass opportunities

March 11, 2012
By Scott Jamieson

March 11, 2012, Vancouver, BC - A host of organizations, including the Wood Pellet Association of Canada, BC Bioenergy Network, and UBC, are working together to host the BC-Korea Bioenergy Collaboration Workshop, to be held in Vancouver March 19 and 20.

The workshop takes place at UBC Robson Square and UBC Point Grey Campus, and registration is available through Bernice Banguis; or 604-660-5913. Program details below.

Monday March 19th – Setting the
Stage –  Robson Square



Opening Session – Chair Michael Weedon, BC
Bioenergy Network

8:30-8:40              Opening remarks and introduction

8:40-8:55              Welcome address from the
Honourable Pat Bell, Ministry of Jobs, Tourism, and Innovation (invited)

8:55-9:10              His
Excellency, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Joohong Nam (invited)


Policy Drivers

9:10-9:25              BC Policy
Environments – Senior BC Government Representative

9:25-9:40              Federal Policy Environment – Natural
Resources Canada, Bob Jones or Ed Hogan (invited)

9:40-10:00           Korean Policy
Environment for Renewable Fuels-  Tae-Jun Choi, Deputy Director,
New & Renewable Promotion Team, Ministry
of Knowledge and Economy

10:00-10:20        Break


World Class University- Research

10:20-10:50        UBC Address – Brent
Sauder , Director, Strategic Partnerships, Research and Partnerships

Office, UBC Sustainability Initiative

10:50-11:15        Korean Research Institute – Dr. Jun
Kyung Kim, VP Korea Institute of Science and Technology

11:15-12:00        BC
and Canadian Research Capabilities :
Dr. David Wilkinson – UBC, Clean Energy Research Centre (CERC),
Dr. Jack Saddler, UBC,  on behalf of Dr. Franco Berruti –NSERC
Strategic Canadian Bio-Carbon Research and Application Network

                             Dr. Terry Howe, Ballard Power (joint Industry/ UBC
research project)


12:00- 1:30          NSERC Representative – to be confirmed



Industry Demand and Supply

-2:00             Korean Coal Utilities – KEPCO representative, to be confirmed

2:30             Solid Fuels Today –
Industry Initiatives (Wood Pellet Association of Canada):
Gordon Murray –  Executive Director ,Wood
Pellet Association of Canada

2:30-3:00              Panel Discussion:            

Jung, Chief Branch Office Manager

Seo, Manager, LGI

Seung-Hwan Kim (Team Leader), Sung-Hyun Keum
(Director), SK Forest

Jun-Ho Lee,
Manager (Samsung C&T), to be confirmed

Rob Tarcon, Premium Pellets    

Vaughn Bassett,  Pinnacle


3:00-3:15              Break


Industry Developments

3:15-3:30              Solid Fuels
For Tomorrow ,Overview of Torrefaction – Ira Wolff, NORAM (invited)

3:30-4:20              Torrefaction
Developments Today (Developers Panel)

4:20                          Concluding
Remarks – BCBN


Networking Reception

4:45-6:00              BC Showcase


Tuesday March 20th
– Workshop: UBC Point Grey Campus,
Wayne and William White Engineering
Design Centre – 2345 East Mall

8:30 – 9:00           BC  Fibre: quantity, quality, and sustainability
for bioenergy – Tony Sauder, FPInnovations

9:00 – 9:30           Anatomy of a wood pellet plant – Dr. Shahab
Sokhansanj, UBC

9:30 – 10:00
       Fundamentals of Torrefaction : the
state of technology and solutions –  Dr. Tony

10:00 –
10:30      Refreshment break

10:30  -11:00      Logistics
of dense torrefied biomass: storage, transport, handling – Staffan Melin, UBC,

11:00 –
11:30     Wood pellets as a commodity
feedstock for liquid fuel production – Dr. Jack Saddler,


-12:00       Joint
Korea Canada R&D collaboration opportunities – Dr. Kangil Choe,
of Korean-Canadian Scientists and Engineers

12:00 -1:30         Lunch – UBC, CERC and Research in
renewable energy – Dr. David Wilkinson, CERC


1:30 – 4:30           Visit to UBC /CERC (Biomass and
Bioenergy Research Group), UBC Forest Science (Fuel
Gasification CHP (Nexterra)


Concurrent Breakouts Day 2:

Business to Business Meetings: Chemical and Biological Engineering Building
– 2360 East Mall, Room 204 (across the street from the Wayne and William White
Engineering Design Centre, beside the CERC building)

Research MOU Working Group breakouts — Room 222

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