Building Biogas Knowledge Event


2014 Building Biogas Knowledge events

About the 2014 Program

The Biogas Association is proud to present a comprehensive, new program this year that is designed to help potential new operators understand the opportunity and benefits associated with biogas systems, and address their concerns through detailed information and analysis, and lessons learned from existing operators. The event also meets the needs of operators with existing systems that are striving to learn more and optimize their systems. The 2014 Building Biogas Knowledge Workshop and Tours will bring together members, invite the participation of non-members, and will help expand the industry. The program will focus on timely and informative topics related to biogas, and will include engaging speakers. There will also be an opportunity for great networking among peers and industry representatives.

The events will be held in Guelph, Ontario in early April, 2014. There will be two separate workshops: one for developers and another for operators. These will be followed by an informative tour of three area biogas systems featuring a range of technologies, capacities and feedstocks. See highlights of our highly successful 2013 event.

Agenda: Building Biogas Knowledge Workshops

Biogas Tour Itinerary

Sponsorship Opportunities

 

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Agenda: Building Biogas Knowledge Workshops

 

DAY 1  

Date: Thursday, April 3, 2014  |  Location: Guelph Holiday Inn

  Objective   Time
Registration Sign in and networking with attendees All 8:30 - 9:00am
Welcome & Introductions Bring together guests, highlight agenda, acknowledge sponsors, special opening remarks

Host - Jennifer Green

9:00 - 9:15am
SPLIT INTO TWO STREAMS
SHOW/HIDE STREAM A :: New Biogas Developer
STREAM A      
How does biogas FIT your farm? Discussion of biogas systems 100 kW and smaller that take into consideration farm size and integrated opportunities (bedding, heat use), typical project costs and projected revenues, and general regulatory requirements.

Panel

  • Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food (Don Hilborn)
  • Angus Power (John Hawkes)
9:15 - 9:45am
Developing Your Biogas Plan: Identifying Feedstock Understand how to source feedstock for your AD, the impact feedstock has on design and what factors to consider in securing a feedstock supply.

Panel

  • PlanET Biogas Solutions (Vicki Elliott)
  • DLS Biogas Inc. (Mike van Logtenstein)
9:45 - 10:15am
Break Network with attendees All 10:15 - 10:30am

Developing Your Biogas Plan:

Navigating Grid Connection, Approvals & Contracts
Recognize the difference between single phase and three phase connection and what impact this has on your biogas project. Also understand high level steps and detail involved with connecting your biogas project to the electrical grid, and TSSA/ESA approvals. Understand the two options available for environmental approval, and changes to the nutrient management regulation for AD. Also learn updates on the FIT program and how to apply for a FIT contract.

Panel 

  • Hydro One Networks Inc.  (Darryl Tackaberry)
  • Ministry of the Environment (Mohsen Keyvani)
  • Ontario Power Authority
  • Compass Renewable Energy Consultants (Jim MacDougall)
10:30 - 11:30am
Panel Discussion Pose questions to speakers in the morning session All speakers in morning session 11:30 - noon
Lunch
Biogas Success Story
Network with attendees
Hear an account of the value that biogas brings to the farm business
Wendy Anderson (Athlone Farm) noon - 1:00pm
Developing Your Biogas Plan: Project Feasibility

Review what dictates financial feasibility of a project. Speakers will provide details on what steps and when to engage financial support in order to get the best outcome as well as how to protect your investment from risk.

Panel

  • CEM Engineering (Matt Lensink)
  • Farm Credit Canada (Dagmar Burhop)
  • Farm Mutual Reinsurance (Randy Drysdale)
1:00 - 1:45pm
Investigating Technology Options and Support

Get to know suppliers and consultants in the sector who provide services, products and equipment that support the biogas industry.

Panel

  • CH Four Biogas (Benjamin Strehler)
  • Bio-en Power (Earl Brubacher)
  • 2G Cenergy Power Systems (Mike Brown)
  • Anaergia Inc. (Jason Moretto)
  • PlanET Biogas Solutions (Derek Hundert)
  • DLS Biogas Inc. (Mike van Logtenstein)
  • Yield Energy (Derek Riley)
  • Viessmann (Andreas Wintzer)
1:45 - 2:30pm
Panel Discussion Pose questions to speakers in the afternoon session All speakers in afternoon session 2:30 - 3:00pm
SHOW/HIDE STREAM B :: Existing Biogas Operator
STREAM B      
Understanding biogas potential of feedstock Review the key components that generally make good feedstock for AD as well as how to test and interpret analytical results.

Panel

  • Yield Energy (Tom Ferencevic)
  • CH Four Biogas (Claire Allen)
9:15 - 9:45am
Managing Off-Farm Feedstock Review methods for identifying and sourcing feedstock for your biogas project and identify best practices for storing, handling, and testing materials.

Panel 

  • Cornerstone Renewables Inc. (Korb Whale & Travis Woolings)
  • Organic Resource Management Inc. (Geordie Walker)
9:45 - 10:15am
Break Network with attendees All 10:15 - 10:30am
Investigating Homegrown Feedstock Review of crop options, availability and growing considerations as well as understanding the economics of supplying your own feedstock.

Panel

  • Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food (Ian MacDonald)
  • Ontario Biomass Producers’ Coop (James Fisher)
  • Electrigaz Technologies Inc. (Eric Camirand)
10:30 - 11:30am
Panel Discussion Pose questions to speakers in the morning session All speakers in morning session 11:30 - noon
Lunch
Biogas Success Story
Network with attendees
Hear an account of the value that biogas brings to the farm business
Wendy Anderson (Athlone Farm) noon - 1:00pm
Records, Regulations and Inspections

Learn what records to keep, how and why it’s important to maintain good records on-farm.  Also learn what happens during an audit or site inspection. Understand the changes to the Nutrient Management regulation and how these affect existing AD operators.

Panel
  • Attema Consulting (Chris Attema)
  • Ministry of the Environment (Paul Sims)
  • Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food (Chris Duke)
1:00 - 1:45pm
Operating and Maintaining Your Investment

Review conditions for good biological health and gas production and identify ways to optimize overall efficiencies of the biogas system. Understand how routine maintenance improves the longevity and functionality of your system as well as insurance considerations to protect your biogas system.

Panel

  • Toromont Power Systems (Joe VanSchaick)
  • Farm Mutual Reinsurance (Randy Drysdale)
  • EPS AB Energy Canada (Jan Biujk)
  • BioMacht (Willem Warmbold)
  • Petro-Canada (Don McEachern)
1:45 - 2:30pm
Panel Discussion Pose questions to speakers in the afternoon session   2:30 - 3:00pm
TWO STREAMS RE-CONNECT
Break Network with attendees All 3:00 - 3:15pm
The RNG Opportunity Learn more about emerging RNG opportunities and use of CNG/LNG for transportation.

Panel

  • Faramor (Murray Logan)
  • Union Gas (Ed Seaward)
  • Bullfrog Power (Ron Seftel)
3:15 - 4:00pm
AGM Year in Review, Financial Reports, Election Chair 4:00 - 5:00pm
Break Network with attendees   5:00 - 5:30pm
Dinner Speaker Hear an engaging and relevant speaker from Harvest Power and American Biogas Council, on working with a range of groups on organic material diversion strategies Wayne Davis (Harvest Power) 5:30 - 6:00pm
Dinner     6:00 - 7:00pm
Networking Session Mix and mingle All 7:00 - 9:00pm
       

 

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Biogas Tour Itinerary

DAY 2 – transportation provided 

Date: Friday, April 4, 2014  |  Location: Guelph Ontario Area

  Host Sites/Owner
  Meet at Holiday Inn, Guelph
Greenholm Farms Greenholm Farms
Greenholm Farms is a family dairy farm, milking 190 cows with an additional 750 acres of feed and cash crops. The farm is operated by father-son team, Gord and Dave Green, following generations before them – the Green family has been in farming since 1854. The Greens worked with PlanET Biogas Solutions to install a 2,077m3 digester system and produce 250kW of energy using recycled digestate solids, organic waste, and the manure produced by their cattle.
Koskamp Farm Koskamp Farm
Koskamp Family milks 375 Holsteins and farm 900 acres of land. They installed a 1500m3 anaerobic digester and in December 2013 expanded it to 3900m3 with the help of Dairy Lane Systems (DLS). Manure and other organic materials are fed into the anaerobic digester, which supplies fuel for the 500kW plant installed by DLS.
Delft Blue Veal Marl Creek Renewables
Carl Frook’s new business card is a conversation starter. It reads: “Marl Creek Renewables – Beef to Biogas.” He operates a cattle feeding operation which consists of 1,800 head. The farm’s new biogas system was commissioned in mid-August 2012 and since October 1st, it has been producing at full capacity. The farm’s solid beef manure and corn silage, combined with a range of off-farm feedstock, power two 250 kW combined heat and power units. Carl is hoping to build a third system under the next round of FIT contracts from the OPA.

 

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Value in Sponsorship

Sponsoring the 2014 Building Biogas Knowledge events positions your company as a leader in the field, and provides you with exposure to other members, and non-members, who in turn become your customers or may help grow your business. This year’s events are hands-on workshops, designed to attract both potential developers and existing operators.

Sponsorships also strengthen the association and enable us to continue providing key services, such as government and utility relations, and growing the sector through research, outreach, and partnership development.

The Association relies on its members for sponsorship support, especially now. It takes resources to make the case for biogas, and we know that you share our desire to build the biogas sector, so we invite you to get involved through sponsoring our flagship events.

 

Sponsorship Opportunities

WORKSHOP SPONSOR LEVELS

A   LEAD SPONSOR – $3,000 (sold)
   
  • Opportunity to address audience
  • Display in meeting area
  • Logo and weblink on Biogas Association website (http://www.biogasassociation.ca)
  • Logo on all event documents, including those distributed at the event and posted on the Biogas Association’s website
  • Logo on agenda, recognition as Presenting Sponsor on looping slideshow, logo on table cards
  • Mention from podium
     
B   EXHIBITING SPONSOR – $2,000
   
  • Display in meeting area
  • Logo and weblink on Biogas Association website (http://www.biogasassociation.ca)
  • Introduction from the podium as Exhibiting Sponsor
  • Logo on all event documents, including those distributed at the event and posted on the Biogas Association’s website
  • Logo on table cards
     
C   EVENT SPONSOR – $1,000
   
     
D   CONTRIBUTING SPONSOR – $500
   

 

For more details regarding sponsorship opportunities, contact Stephanie Thorson at:
416-489-9388 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

 

TOUR SPONSOR LEVELS

A   TOUR LEAD SPONSOR – $1,500
   
  • Logo and weblink on Biogas Association website (http://www.biogasassociation.ca)
  • Visibility in all tour promotional materials of your company as Lead Sponsor
  • Your company sign and brochures at the farm site
  • Company introduction to the tour attendees on the tour bus and at the site
     
B   TOUR LUNCH SPONSOR – $1,000 (1 available)
   
  • Logo and weblink on Biogas Association website (http://www.biogasassociation.ca)
  • Visibility in all tour promotional materials of your company as Lunch Sponsor
  • Your company sign and brochures at the farm site
  • Company introduction to the tour attendees during lunch
     
C   TOUR REFRESHMENTS SPONSOR – $750 (3 available)
   
  • Logo and weblink on Biogas Association website (http://www.biogasassociation.ca)
  • Visibility in all tour promotional materials of your company as Refreshment Sponsor
  • Your company sign and brochures at the farm site
  • Company introduction to the tour attendees during refreshments
     
D   TOUR SPONSOR – $500
   
  • Logo and weblink on Biogas Association website (http://www.biogasassociation.ca)
  • Your company sign and brochures at the farm site
  • Mention of tour sponsors during the tours

 

For more details regarding sponsorship opportunities, contact Stephanie Thorson at:
416-489-9388 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

 

 

 

 

Sponsors