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As part of its educational outreach, BTEC conducts live webinars on key issues in biomass thermal.

Many of BTEC's webinars are free due to a grant from the USDA Forest Service's Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC). This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Some webinars were held in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration, the Alliance for Green Heat, and BTEC member Carbonomics. Where noted, other webinars are accessible for a small administrative fee.

What is a Webinar?
A webinar is a seminar, workshop, or presentation that is transmitted over the Web, with one or more presenters who can share information and interact with the audience.

All that's needed for a BTEC webinar is a computer, internet access, and an hour of your time. Once you have access, presentations and audio can be streamed to your computer in real-time.

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Rating
(5 = Best)
Webinars
Year
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Energy Farmers: Agricultural and grass biomass supply chain considerations
2014
4.1
Biomass-Fueled CHP: A review of today's market and technology
2014
3.9
State of the States: Biomass Thermal Policy Incentives on the State Level
2014
N/A
Healthier Forests Through Sustainble Energy - A Project Debrief
2014
N/A
Biomass and the USDA's REAP Program - What you need to know for 2014 and 2015
2014
3.6
Biothermal Energy: Swimming in the A-B-C ACRONYM Soup of Acceptance
2013
N/A
LEED and Biomass Thermal: How to Get Credits for Your Project
2013
4.3
Where Does Biomass Energy Policy Stand?
2013
3.8
BTEC Stakeholder Session #3 on CO Off-Gassing
2013
3.5
Biomass Cooling 101 – Opportunities and Challenges of a Potential Gamechanger
2013
3.8
Innovation and the NSPS - How can the EPA encourage innovative new technologies
2013
N/A
Area & Major Source Biomass Boiler Update: BTEC Members-Only Session with EPA
2013
N/A
BTEC Stakeholder Session #2 on CO Off-Gassing
2013
3.4
Improving Biomass Heating System Efficiency
2013
N/A
BTEC Stakeholder Session #1 on Pellet Off-Gassing
2012
N/A
Biomass Thermal Project Finance
2012
N/A
Accessing the USDA's Value-Added Producer Grant Webinar
2012
3.6
Biomass Thermal Opportunities in Government Procurements
2011
N/A
Biomass Thermal Market Outlook: 2012-2015
2011
N/A
Advanced Technologies for Biomass Thermal Heating
2011
3.6
Regional Developments - Midwestern Region
2011
3.7
Regional Developments - Western Region
2011
3.8
Regional Developments - The Northeast
2011
4.1
Agricultural and Woody Biomass
2011
3.9
Public Perceptions of Biomass Thermal Energy
2011
4.1
Future of Residential Wood & Pellet Heat in America
2011
3.8
Project Development and Finance 
2011
4.0
Successful Biomass Markets: Europe
2011
3.9
Large-Scale Biomass and CHP
2011
N/A
Biomass Energy Exports - Market Opportunities and Government Programs
2011
3.7
Air Quality / Emissions 
2011
3.5
Legislation and Regulation 
2011
3.7
Residential Use of Biomass 
2010
3.7
Biomass Heating and CHP 
2010

 

Upcoming Webinars


Archived 2014 Webinars


State of the States: Biomass Thermal Energy Policy Incentives 
August 6, 2PM ET

There are a variety of policy incentives available on the state level to encourage biomass thermal installations large and small. In this free webinar session, John Ackerly (Alliance for Green Heat) and Adam Sherman (Biomass Energy Resource Center) will shed light on specific states with significant biomass thermal incentives and programs. 

This webinar will also allow all interested parties to better understand complex policy, the suite of options available, and best practices that can be emulated in other states. The webinar will be divided into two parts, a residential segment and a commercial segment, with ample time for questions following the speakers' presentations.

State of the States - Biomass Thermal Policy Incentives on the State Level from Biomass Thermal Energy Council on Vimeo.

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Topics Covered

  • Detailed descriptions of up-to-date state policy, including any newly passed legislation
  • Presence of Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) and how that affects policy
  • Residential and commercial incentives (including tax credits, exemptions, payments, and grants)
  • Eligibility requirements for incentives
  • Significant barriers
  • Policy optimization

Speakers

John Ackerly, President, Alliance for Green Heat Adam Sherman, Manager, Biomass Energy Resource Center Ellen Burkhard, NYSERDA Ryan Moore, NYSERDA

 

 

Biomass-Fueled CHP: A review of today's market and technology 

Recent federal governmental action has drawn more attention to the need for renewable and efficient energy sources, and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) technology can fulfill this demand. This free webinar session will serve as a sweeping review of CHP from a small-scale, biomass angle with a panel of experts, including Anne Hampson of ICF International, David Sjoding of Washington State University, and Bob Smith of RMF Engineering providing their insights.

Topics will include a thorough overview of biomass-fueled CHP, specific CHP technologies and projects, and a characterization of the national market for CHP. Attendees will gain a greater understanding of these areas as well as an idea of how and where biomass-fueled CHP can best be utilized across the country.

 

Biomass-Fueled CHP: A review of today s market and technology from Biomass Thermal Energy Council on Vimeo.

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Speakers for this event:

  • Dave Sjoding, Washington State University
  • Joseph Seymour, Executive Director, BTEC
  • Anne Hampson, ICF International
  • Ilaria Peretti, Turboden
  • Bob Smith, RMF Engineering

 

 


Healthier Forests Through Sustainable Energy - A Project Debrief

Join Resource Professionals Group (RPG) and the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) today at 12PM ET for a free webinar detailing the activities and outcomes from their project, "Healthier Forests Through Sustainable Energy - Building Professional Consensus."

This project recap will share recommendations and resources designed for biomass heating equipment manufacturers, non profit, government, and other stakeholders to expand the market for commercial-scale biomass thermal systems.

 

Healthier Forests Through Sustainable Energy - A Project Debrief from Biomass Thermal Energy Council on Vimeo.

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Among topics covered:

  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Project overview and untapped commercial building markets
  • Five industry growth-building recommendations for heating system manufacturers
  • Roles for industry stakeholders
  • New resources to support the engineering, architectural, and heating system communities
  • Question and answer session

Speakers for this event:

  • John Karakash, Managing Consultant, Resource Professionals Group
  • Joseph Seymour, Executive Director, BTEC
  • Michael Deru, Ph.D., Engineering Manager | Commercial Buildings Research Group, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Dan Richter, Duke
  • Bede Wellford, Renewable Energy Sales, Viessmann Manufacturing

This is an informational webinar hosted by the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) and funded in part by the Forest Service's Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC).



 

Biomass and the USDA's REAP Program - What you need to know for 2014 and 2015

View the webinar and hear from BTEC staff and Anthony Crooks, Renewable Energy Specialist with the USDA, on the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Key information will include what projects and technologies are eligible, funding levels for 2014 and 2015, and application deadlines, among others.

Biomass and the USDA's REAP Program - What you need to know for 2014 and 2015 from Biomass Thermal Energy Council on Vimeo.

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Among topics covered:

  • REAP eligibility
  • Grant and loan application dates
  • How biomass systems qualify
  • Case studies of successful REAP grantees

Speakers for this event:

  • Anthony Crooks, Energy Specialist, USDA Rural Development
  • Joseph Seymour, Executive Director, BTEC

 

Archived 2013 Webinars



Biothermal Energy: Swimming in the A-B-C ACRONYM Soup of Acceptance
A special public-private collaboration helping wood energy companies overcome challenges to deployment

This special event brings together respected experts and industry leaders from ASHRAE, EPA, DOE, BTEC and MDDNR to discuss barriers to biomass energy deployment.

Acronyms might represent agencies, NGOs or companies that interact and influence acceptance and sales. Or, many regulations, codes, standards and certifications, also having acronyms are required or favored variably at national, state and local levels, creating a complex maze. Broad use of acronyms and the content they represent makes it hard for companies with limited time and financial resources to expand into some of the markets that most need biothermal energy to lower cost and improve carbon efficiency. The content will help as the industry considers certification and other steps to build acceptance.

Biothermal Energy: Swimming in the A-B-C ACRONYM Soup of Acceptance from Biomass Thermal Energy Council on Vimeo.

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Among topics covered:

  • Why is ASHRAE frequently referenced in federal and state laws and in regulations and codes at all levels?
  • Why have ASHRAE publications and standards not included wood energy and how can we change that?
  • What is the importance of an output performance certification to an HVAC designer?
  • How can we as an industry ask developmental help and increase joint goal setting across Department of Energy, USDA and EPA for common and public benefit?
  • What other factors must biothermal equipment companies address to satisfy energy design engineers and equipment specifiers?
  • How can state experiences in resource needs and air quality protection be treated as learning experiences to solve problems with acceptance?
  • How do we address outdated rules and public misperceptions?
  • What is the most accepted organization through which combustion equipment thermal output is certified?
  • Can we get help documenting the comparative values of biothermal and other renewable technology as peak capacity and annual total thermal output per total dollar invested?
  • What is the experience of a biothermal equipment maker who opened the door to vertically integrating fuel supply networks with forest landowners and supply firms?
  • Is the prospect of biothermal technology hurt or helped by the integrative design process?

Speakers for this event:

  • C.R. Cary, Principal, Biomass Combustion Systems, Inc. and BTEC member
  • James Critchfield, Director Clean Technology Initiatives, U.S. EPA
  • Michael Deru, Ph.D., Engineering Manager | Commercial Buildings Research Group, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Frank Mills, Technical Director, Low Carbon Design Consultants
  • Daniel R. Rider, Supervisor, Forest Stewardship & Utilization, Maryland DNR Forest Service

This is an informational webinar hosted by the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) and funded in part by the Forest Service's Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC).

 

 

 

Where Does Biomass Energy Policy Stand? An update on biomass thermal in the halls of government
 A BTEC Policy Webinar - July 26, 2013, 12 PM ET

Green building strategies are a fixture of modern architecture and design as developers and architects look to reduce environmental impacts and energy use. Biomass thermal energy can meet baseload heating and cooling needs renewably, yet building professionals may not know how the technology fits into today's sustainable programs like U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). 

View the webinar from  November 6th and hear how biomass thermal systems are addressed within the USGBC's LEED program.  This webinar will include a description of eligible biomass thermal credits, special considerations, and two case studies of real world buildings using biomass thermal that took separate credit approaches.

LEED and Biomass Thermal Energy How to get credits for your project from Biomass Thermal Energy Council on Vimeo.

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This is an informational webinar hosted by the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) and funded in part by the Forest Service's Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC).

Register Today!

View the Webinar and Learn: 

  • How renewable energy production is included in the current version of LEED (2009) and the forthcoming LEED v4
  • The considerations, requirements, and special circumstances where biomass heating qualifies for LEED credits
  • Two case studies on biomass thermal projects; why one pursued LEED credits and why one did not
  • A status on the current LEED program and the forthcoming LEED v4  
  • Q&A with the speakers

Speakers & Presenters

  • Gail Hampsmire, Energy/HVAC, Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI)
  • Mark Herter, AIA, LEED AP, Associate, Centerbrook Architects
  • Moderated by: Joseph Seymour, Executive Director, Biomass Thermal Energy Council
More Information

For more information on the event or if you have any questions, email Emanuel Wagner.

For more information on USGBC's LEED program, visit here >>

 

 

 

 

Where Does Biomass Energy Policy Stand? An update on biomass thermal in the halls of government
 A BTEC Policy Webinar - July 26, 2013, 12 PM ET

Biomass thermal policies are on the move across the U.S., especially in the Northeastern states and at the federal level.  This webinar spans these federal-to-state policy incentives and regulatory developments.  Whether it's a Farm Bill energy program or state Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) modification, these developments are critical for understanding today's bioenergy markets and future implications on project development.

During the webinar, speakers first share a federal policy outlook on newly introduced thermal legislation and the Farm Bill, followed by a more focused discussion on biomass state policy in the hotbed of the Northeast region (e.g. New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, New York, and Massachusetts). Finally, the speakers describe the specific case study of Maryland and learn about that state's successes and challenges working to implement biomass thermal energy policies from scratch.   

Watch the Webinar and Learn: 

  • The federal policy outlook for biomass thermal energy, including the Farm Bill and BTU Act 
  • Top Northeast U.S. biomass thermal policy developments, addressing items like pilot programs and RPS revisions
  • Discussion of current incentives for biomass thermal systems among the Northeastern states   
  • Case study on Maryland's biomass thermal energy campaign, its successes and challenges
  • Additional topics during the live Question and Answer session  

Access to the Webinar

Members: Free of charge, log in to the Members Only site >>, look for memebr webinars and see the password there!

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Where Does Biomass Energy Policy Stand? An update on biomass thermal in the halls of government from Biomass Thermal Energy Council on Vimeo.

Speakers & Presenters

  • Pat Rita, Partner, Orion Advocates
  • Charlie Niebling, Partner, Innovative Natural Resource Solutions, LLC
  • Daniel Rider, Maryland Department of Natural Resources 
  • Moderated by: Joseph Seymour, Executive Director, Biomass Thermal Energy Council

 

 

 

BTEC Stakeholder Session #3 on CO Off-Gassing: An update on pellet practices, safety, and research 
A BTEC/NYSERDA Webinar - July 23, 2013, 1 PM ET   

Join the third and final BTEC Stakeholder Session on CO off-gassing from the bulk storage of wood pellets. As part of this year-long project, BTEC seeks to engage the biomass thermal industry domestically and internationally on safety, storage, and related standards surrounding the handling of bulk wood pellet fuel.  During the July 23rd session, speakers from the private, non-profit, and educational sectors will share updates on the safe storage of wood pellet fuel from research and regulatory perspectives.

 

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2013-07-23 13.01 BTEC Stakeholder Session #3 on CO Off-Gassing Update on pellet practices, safety, and research from Biomass Thermal Energy Council on Vimeo.

Attend the Webinar and Learn:  

  • Introduction and review of the BTEC project
  • Bulk storage survey results
  • Literature review and standards update
  • Preliminary CO off-gassing research update from Clarkson University
  • Examples of integrating CO safety into confined space/safety training
  • Open Question and Answer session with the speakers 

Speakers & Presenters

  • Joseph Seymour, Executive Director, BTEC 
  • Ray Albrecht, Technical Consultant, BTEC
  • Tim Cullina, Senior Consulting Engineer, Fauske & Associates
  • Philip Hopke, Professor, Clarkson University 
  • Alan Rossner, Professor, Clarkson University

More Information

To view the previous two archived webinar sessions, visit BTEC webinar page and look for Sessions #1 and #2.

 


 

 

Biomass Cooling 101 – Opportunities and Challenges of a Potential Gamechanger
June 18, 2013

Description:

Biomass thermal energy is an efficient sustainable conditioning heat source and represents a growing market in the northern states. However, a largely overlooked market is still waiting to be utilized – renewable cooling with biomass.

Join us June 18th, 1 PM ET, for a webinar providing the basics and application of biomass cooling with three leading experts. This webinar will provide a succinct explanation of cooling technologies, a case study showcasing a successful installation, and a background of potential costs involved in a retrofit or new installation.

This is an informational webinar hosted by the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) and funded in part by the Forest Service's Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC).

Biomass Cooling 101 – Opportunities and Challenges of a Potential Gamechanger from Biomass Thermal Energy Council on Vimeo.

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Watch the webinar and learn:

  • How cooling technology works
  • How cooling can integrate with biomass cogeneration or trigeneration
  • An overview of expected costs and payback periods
  • How Middlebury College’s tri-generation plant has succeeded
  • Q&A with the speakers

Speakers:

  • Tom Lopp, VP of Marketing at Power Partners, Inc.
  • Wes Livingston, Design Engineer at Power Partners Inc.
  • Jack Byrne, Director of Sustainability Integration at Middlebury College
  • Moderated by: Emanuel Wagner, Programs Manager, Biomass Thermal Energy Council

 

 

Innovation and the NSPS: How can the EPA encourage innovative new technologies
May 9, 2013

Description:

EPA regulations for biomass heating devices often have addressed one set of problems, and inadvertently led to others as technology developed. The EPA has stated that in the next wood heater New Source Performance Standard (NSPS), it wants to “minimize potential loopholes.” How can the NSPS encourage and not discourage new technologies that may be cleaner and more efficient, but have difficulty with approved test methods? What lessons have we learned from the existing NSPS and EPA voluntary programs?

This webinar was held in the lead up to the Wood Stove Design Challenge, a national competition to promote extremely clean, efficient, innovative and affordable cordwood technology.

Innovation and the NSPS - How can the EPA encourage innovative new technologies from Biomass Thermal Energy Council on Vimeo.

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View the webinar and learn:

  • How the NSPS applies to residential biomass heating equipment
  • What procedures, qualifications, emissions limits, and technologies are under consideration for the draft NSPS rule
  • The comparative changes from the existing and draft NSPS
  • How the new NSPS would promote and handle innovative technologies

Speakers:

  • Mr. Gil Wood, Project Lead, NSPS Program, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Moderated by John Ackerly, President, Alliance for Green Heat
  • Introduction and Welcome by Joseph Seymour, Executive Director, Biomass Thermal Energy Council

 

 

Area & Major Source Biomass Boiler Update: BTEC Members -Only Session with EPA
February 19, 2013

Description:

Join your fellow BTEC members and staff on Tuesday, February 19 at 3PM ET for a special 1 hour presentation and discussion with EPA Air Quality personnel on the new Boiler MACT rules for Area and Major Source Biomass Boilers.  EPA staff will take BTEC members' questions on compliance dates, obligations, limits, etc. as they relate to biomass technologies.

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EPA Speakers from the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards:  

  • Mary Johnson  
  • Jim Eddinger  
  • Robert ("Bob") Wayland  

 

 

 

BTEC Stakeholder Session #2 on CO Off-Gassing: Sharing Industry updates and relevant US Safety Standards
February 19, 2013

Description:

Join the second BTEC Stakeholder Session on CO off-gassing from the bulk storage of wood pellets.  During this project, BTEC seeks to engage the biomass thermal industry on safety, storage, and related standards surrounding the handling of bulk wood pellet fuel. This project is funded in part by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).  

Topics Include:

  • Current status of the BTEC-led literature review on pellet storage safety
  • Update on Bioenergy 2020 and the Safe Pellet Project
  • Overview of European efforts to promote safe pellet storage
  • Relevant US standards for combustible dust, fuel storage, and confined spaces
  • Question and Answer session with the project members

BTEC Stakeholder Session #2 on CO Off-Gassing Sharing industry updates and relevant US safety standards from Biomass Thermal Energy Council on Vimeo.

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Speakers:

  • Waltraud Emhofer - Researcher, Bioenergy 2020
  • Christian Rakos - President, European Pellet Council
  • Tim Cullina -Safety Consulting Engineer, Fauske
  • Raymond Albrecht - BTEC Project Partner

 

 

Improving Biomass Heating System Efficiency: Introducing new technology to reduce downtime, emissions and slag, and increase revenue
January 31, 2013

Description:

The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) held a free webinar on 31st January, 2013 at 12 PM ET for a discussion on improving thermal energy efficiency of biomass combustion systems. The webinar is sponsored by BTEC member Carbonomics

Though heating is among the most efficient pathways for converting biomass to energy, improvements can still be made.  Periodic shutdowns due to slagging, boiler choke-ups, and other factors can lead to losses in revenue and resources. Incomplete combustion results in higher CO levels and significant amounts of unburnt carbon; high moisture in biomass means lower Net Calorific Value and reduced boiler efficiency, directly leading to higher fuel costs.  

The webinar discussed the issues common to biomass facilities around the world. It provided potential solutions, including a unique combustion catalyst that utilizes part of the moisture content to facilitate faster and more complete combustion.  This catalyst has been utilized in numerous biomass-firing boilers in Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa for several years.   

Presenters shared a case study from a biomass energy plant in Europe and provide participants with the opportunity to ask questions about the challenges faced by biomass facilities around the world.

  • Common issues faced by the biomass-fired boiler industry globally
  • A detailed explanation combustion catalysts and how they affect and improve problematic areas
  • A specific case study on a plant highlighting before and after use of the catalyst
  • A generalized, tangible economic benefit analysis of the technology
  • Live Q&A with the presenters

Improving Biomass Heating System Efficiency from Biomass Thermal Energy Council on Vimeo.

 

Speakers:

John Ackerly

Shashank Kumar, Regional Manager of the Atlantic Coasts, Abhitech Energycon Ltd., India

Shashank Kumar (Mumbai, India) is the representative of the combustion catalyst manufacturing and marketing company, Abhitech Energycon. This young engineer (ex-Cisco) is in charge of business in the four continents bordering the Atlantic Ocean. He has hands-on knowledge of different types of boilers operating over a spectrum of conditions, fueled by a variety of biomass feedstocks.

Scott Nichols

Jochen Allenstein, Founder, Wambesco GmbH, Germany  

Jochen Allenstein is a chemical engineer residing in Duisburg, Germany. Professionally, he has been involved with heavy industries of various kinds for almost 40 years. Most recently he separated from E-ON, Europe's largest power producer, to form his own company, Wambesco GmbH, which deals primarily in chemical trading for industries courtesy.

Joe Seymour

Moderator

Joseph Seymour - Biomass Thermal Energy Council, Executive Director 

 

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