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  • Monday, June 17, 2013 5:15 PM | Anonymous
    Officials from two South Carolina-based biomass firms, Arborgen and Encompass Biotech, will join representatives from Santee Cooper and SCRA for a panel discussion on biomass-the use of material such as wood chips, sorghum, or municipal waste as a renewable energy source.

    The panel discussion is part of the 2013 SC Clean Energy Summit, taking place July 11, 2013, in Columbia. Clean energy-related companies, service providers, investors, and entrepreneurs, along with representatives of government and academia, will gather at the summit to explore a variety of clean energy topics.

    The panel will be moderated by Larry Boyleston of SCRA and is being sponsored by Santee Cooper.

    The following officials will serve as panelists:

    Jeff Wright, Arborgen
    Jeff Wright will discuss Arborgen's work developing purpose-grown trees for use as a source of biomass. Wright is recognized as a world leader in developing forest plantations for products such as pulp, paper, lumber, and bio-energy. He has managed such efforts in South Africa, Swaziland, Colombia, Venezuela and Mexico and has consulted on plantations in more than 20 other countries.

    Bob Kodrzycki, Encompass Biotech
    Kodrzycki will discuss different models for biomass harvesting, energy production, and the potential effect of the political environment in the United States and European Union on the growth of the industry. Kodrzycki has 24 years of biotechnology experience, ranging from developing products to tailoring R&D strategies to address market and regulatory environments.

    Liz Kress, Santee Cooper
    Kress will discuss the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities of anaerobic digesters (which involve electricity generation using the methane gas that results when organic materials decompose in an environment that lacks oxygen). Santee Cooper has an anaerobic digestion facility at its Berkeley County landfill. Kress has been instrumental in increasing Santee Cooper's renewable generation, and has also been involved in feasibility work on offshore wind for South Carolina.

    About the 2013 SC Clean Energy Summit
    Registration is now open for the 2013 SC Clean Energy Summit, which is being hosted by the South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance (SCCEBA). The summit will take place July 11, 2013, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. This year's theme: Fueling Innovation and Creating Jobs.

    The summit will bring together clean energy business leaders and representatives from across the Southeast to explore topics including solar, wind, biomass, hydrogen and fuel cells, energy efficiency, clean energy project finance, clean transportation and recycling. Session panelists represent industry, academia, and government institutions, including the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research, Santee Cooper, Sonoco, SPARC, SCRA, and others.


    Online registration and more details about the summit are available online, by clicking here.
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