Check out some photo highlights from Day 2 of Biomass 2012!*
Congressman Brian Bilbray stressed that science should supercede all politics: "Politics follow science; politics is responsive to science; politics itself does not ensure successful mandates."
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary of Rural Development Dallas Tonsager spoke about USDA's important work in the biofuels and bioproducts industries and the joint USDA/DOE Biomass Research and Development Initiative.
U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans & Programs, Sharon E. Burke: "For DOD, all of the above means we will have the energy we need to defend the American people."
Cheryl Ann Martin, Deputy Director ARPA-E Commercialization, talked about the important role partnerships play in continued R&D success and innovation.
Biomass 2012 conference attendees viewed posters on biomass research and development projects submitted to the Office's first ever call for posters. To see photos and descriptions of selected posters, visit the Bioenergy KDF Facebook page.
"Thanks to many of the people in this room, we are producing more homegrown biofuels than ever before." --Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change.
Margo Oge, Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Office of Air Radiation discussed statistics on biofuels, stating that to move toward a sustainable path, the United States must reduce the carbon footprint of transportation fuels.
Brent Erickson, Executive Vice President, Biotechnology Industry Organization moderated a panel called "Sustaining a Commitment to Bioenergy, A Review of High Impact Federal Projects," featuring Valerie Reed, Acting Program Director, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy; Tim Eggeman, Chief Technology Officer, Founder, ZeaChem Inc.; Kelly Novak, Biomass Crop Assistance Manager, U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency; Delane Richardson, Vice President, Prosea™ Technology, Chemtex; Bill Goldner, National Program Leader, U.S. Department of Agriculture–National Institute of Food and Agriculture; Tim Rials, Director, Center for Renewable Carbon, University of Tennessee; Chris Tindal, Director of Operational Energy, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy.
Please check back on the Biomass 2012 Web page for post-conference materials such as speaker presentations, additional photos, and highlights from our video coverage, interviews, and social media updates.
Thanks to everyone who participated in, and attended, yet another successful Biomass Annual Conference. We look forward to seeing you in the future!
*All photos courtesy of BCS, Incorporated.