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North Dakota Governor
John Hoeven gives
keynote address
Biomass is no longer a long-range option for U.S. energy needs, it is a significant player. It has many near-term uses now; as seen in the ethanol and biodiesel industries, and holds hope as the largest global sustainable and renewable energy resource. By attending the Biomass '08: Power, Fuels, and Chemicals Workshop, held July 15-16, 2008, at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota, attendees:

  • Heard cutting-edge presentations on new technology developments.
  • Discovered opportunities for economic production of power, transportation fuels, and chemical feedstocks from biomass
  • Networked with researchers and potential partners and developed economic opportunities.
  • Learned how to become a part of this growing multibillion-dollar industry.

Biomass '08 attracted more than 290 participants from more than 30 states and 2 foreign countries (Canada and India). Of those, 130 people attended the preworkshop tutorial, which focused on the fundamentals of biomass gasification. This year's attendees represented more than 175 organizations, the majority of them private industry:
Government and Regulatory10%
Financial Organizations, Investors, Rural Landowners, and Media14%
Community and Economic Developers4%

Attendee Breakdown

Comments from Participants Included:

  • "Great presentations, exhibits, and participants. Lots of opportunity for partners, clients, and suppliers. Highly recommended." -- Jon Erickson, Black & Veatch
  • "Biomass '08 was an excellent way to get an overview of the opportunities and challenges facing the economic production of renewable fuels, chemicals, and energy." -- Susan Ehrlich, Grace Davison Renewable Technologies

Biomass 08 Workshop presenters

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