September 25, 2009


Legislators, community leaders, farmers, and economic developers are closely watching the progress of bioenergy production in Southern Virginia. In searching for innovative solutions, Southern Virginia Bioenergy: Making Innovation Work conference scheduled for Tuesday, October 6, 2009, will offer all stakeholders an opportunity to focus on Virginia’s renewable energy agenda. Beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. and held at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville Virginia, the conference will feature demonstrations from BioSAT (Biomass Site Assessment Tool), an ethanol mini-refinery from Allard Research & Development, and a mobile gasification power generation unit by the Auburn University’s Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts.

Area entrepreneurs will share their bioenergy projects and business models including an overview of the VanDerHyde Dairy anaerobic digester project, Red Birch Energy canola bio-diesel facility, and Osage Appomattox Bioenergy plans to use barley to produce ethanol.

The conference is sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, Virginia Cooperative Extension, & Southeast Agriculture & Forestry Energy Resources & Alliance as a component of the EDA Project: Leveraging R&D for Economic Development—A Commercialization System for Southside Virginia.

Although the conference is free to the participant, you must register by Friday, October 2, 2009. Click below to register or by phone: Theresa Lewis (434) 766-6756; email:

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Program Information: 9:00am—5:00pm
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Brent Bailey, 25x25 Alliance–America’s Energy Future

Virginia Renewable Energy Agenda
The Honorable Patrick O. Gottschalk, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade (invited)
The Honorable Robert S. Bloxom, Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry (invited)
The Honorable Charles R. Hawkins, Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission Ken Moss, CEO of Piedmont Bio Products, LLC (invited)

From Idea to Reality – Session I
BioSAT. A Web Based Biomass Assessment Tool. Tim Young, University of Tennessee
Ethanol Mini Bio Refineries. Allard Research & Development, Texas Mobile Gasification Unit: Christian Brodbeck , Auburn University
Production of Bio-oil using Fast Pyrolysis Mississippi State University

Lunch & Table Discussions with Idea to Reality Speakers

From Idea to Reality – Session II
Co-firing: Pittsylvania Power Station (Dominion Virginia Power), Hurt, Virginia
Anaerobic Digester: Van Der Hyde Dairy, Chatham, Virginia
Ethanol: Appomattox Bioenergy (Osage Bio Energy), Hopewell, Virginia
Canola: Red Birch Energy, Martinsville, Virginia

Lessons Learned
Dr. Liam Leightley, Executive Director, Institute for Advanced Learning and Research

Public Meeting of the Virginia Commission of Energy and the Environment: Discussion of Legislative Initiative
The Honorable Mary Margaret Whipple, Member, Senate of Virginia, Chairman
The Honorable Charles D. Poindexter, Member, House of Delegates of Virginia, Vice Chairman

Exhibit Visits & Networking

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