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Program


See below for an overview of the 2019 Value of Biogas West program. For the full program and speaker details click the program button.

TUESDAY JANUARY 15

BIOGAS OPERATOR’S FORUM & BIOGAS/RNG FACILITY TOURS

Registration & Breakfast (7:30 – 8:30 am)

Biogas Operator’s Forum (8:30 am – Noon)
Hear what it’s like to run a biogas plant from six experienced biogas and landfill gas capture plant operators.

Lunch (Noon - 1:00 pm)

Biogas/RNG Facility Tours (1:00 – 5:30 pm)
Visit Fraser Valley Biogas or the Surrey Biofuel Facility. Which tour did you sign up for?

Networking Reception (5:30 – 7:30 pm)
Network with intelligent, likeminded individuals while enjoying a few snacks and drinks.

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 16

FULL DAY CONFERENCE

Registration & Breakfast (7:30 – 8:30 am)

Canadian Biogas Association: Achievements and Direction (8:30 – 9:10 am)
With a vision of developing the Canadian biogas industry to its fullest potential, the Canadian Biogas Association (CBA) is the collective voice of Canada’s biogas industry. Learn more about what the CBA is currently doing, and take this opportunity to help shape the CBA’s future direction.

RNG Assessment & Market Transition (9:10 – 10:20 am)
RNG market assessment and transition is important. Join us for presentations on development and promotion of RNG in Washington State, success of switching from diesel to natural gas fleets, and lessons learned transitioning from a compressed to liquefied biogas market in Sweden.

Renewable Opportunities for Pulp Mills (10:50 – 12:00 pm)
Pulp mills can consume large amounts of fossil fuels and produce organic waste. This should make them ideal candidates for biogas and other renewables. Attend this session to hear more about the potential for turning pulp mill waste into biogas, and the opportunity for using indirect gasification for production of renewable gas.

RNG in B.C. (12:00 – 12:30 pm)
As the first utility in North America to offer RNG to its customers, and as a key player in B.C.’s growing RNG market, FortisBC is heavily involved in everything RNG. FortisBC will discuss their recent Request for Expressions of Interest for Biomethane and Biogas supply. They will also provide insights on developing RNG supply and offer case studies from a range of different sectors.

Lunch (12:30 - 1:45 pm)

Breakout Session #1 (1:45 – 3:20pm)
RNG at Wastewater Treatment Plants
While anaerobic digestion is commonly used at wastewater treatment plants, biogas production is often flared. Join us after lunch to hear about research into the use of thermochemical hydrolysis processes, temperature-phased anaerobic digestion, and the use of biochar to enhance biogas production.

BCBN’s Nutrient Recovery Challenge – Enhancing the RNG Supply Chain
Digestate management is a key component of any agricultural biogas plant. Learn about the B.C. Bioenergy Network’s Digestate Challenge and how it is helping to drive development of technologies for lower-cost digestate management.

Breakout Session #2 (3:50 – 4:40pm)
Municipal Dry Batch Digestion Case Studies
High solids, dry batch anaerobic digestion plants are increasing being used by municipalities to convert residential waste into biogas and digestate. Join us for the final session of the day to hear about two dry batch biogas plants in Edmonton, Alberta, and San Luis Obispo, California.

Agricultural Biogas Plant Assessment & Optimisation
While beneficial for biogas production, digesting dry manure and straw can be difficult. Furthermore, knowing if your farm could be a Generating sufficient biogas from certain feedstock can be difficult. Furthermore, dealing with digestate from a biogas plant can be challenging. Join us for the final session of the day to hear about a feedstock pre-treatment technology that reduces volume and increases both digestibility and biogas production, and learn about a full-scale digestate treatment plant in the Netherlands.

Wrap-up (4:40 – 5:00 pm)
Join us for final wrap-up of the day and to learn about the upcoming Value of Biogas East conference in Toronto (March 21 - 22).