Innovations in Wood Energy Workshop & Tour

— Written By Kelley McCarter

Workshop Overview
This one-day workshop focuses on building sustainable wood energy markets in the North Carolina Appalachian and foothills region. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the state of the energy market, learn about case studies, resource availability and participate in a wood crops field tour. The workshop and tour will take place at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center at 455 Research Drive, Mills River, NC 28759.

This event follows up on the August 2016 Appalachian Wood Energy Innovations Conference in Asheville, NC. Great outcomes and a to-do list resulted from the 2016 conference and many of them will be covered in this workshop. 

Who Should Attend?
Anyone in academic, industry and forestry sectors with an interest in energy from wood. Additionally, organizations, public and private, will be tapped as speakers. Networking among these participants will benefit one and all. CFE contact hours will be available for professional foresters.

Workshop Tentative Agenda

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Registration and Coffee

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.  Bioenergy: The Big picture

9:30 -11:30 a.m.  State of the Market: Economic Development and Wood Energy

  • Case Studies, Pellets for Pullets, Regional Economic Development and Forest-based Sectors, Enviva

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.  Break

11:30 a.m.  – 12:25 p.m.  Luncheon with Guest Speaker

12:30 – 2:30 p.m. The Resource and its Availability

  • Waste Reduction Partners (Joyce Foster and Boss)
  • Wood Innovations
  • Using Low Grade and Urban Wood for Energy

2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Short Rotation Woody Crops Field Tour (onsite transportation provided)

4:00 p.m. – workshop summary and evaluation

Location and Lodging
The workshop will take place at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, 455 Research Drive Mills River, NC 28759-3423. A courtesy room block for this event is available at Fairfield Inn Airport31 Airport Park RdFletcher, NC 28732-8623, Phone 844-631-0595.

Registration and Fee
Advanced registration is required to participate in the workshop. This will ensure that we have enough handout materials and food for everyone. A small registration fee will be charged which can be paid with credit card using the online form or by calling our office at 919-515-9563 (never leave credit card information on a voice mail). The registration deadline is Friday, May 18, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. More details coming soon.