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As part of its educational outreach, BTEC conducts live webinars on key issues in biomass thermal.

Many of BTEC's webinars are free due to a grant from the USDA Forest Service's Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC). This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Some webinars were held in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration, the Alliance for Green Heat, and BTEC member Carbonomics. Where noted, other webinars are accessible for a small administrative fee.

What is a Webinar?
A webinar is a seminar, workshop, or presentation that is transmitted over the Web, with one or more presenters who can share information and interact with the audience.

All that's needed for a BTEC webinar is a computer, internet access, and an hour of your time. Once you have access, presentations and audio can be streamed to your computer in real-time.

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Rating
(5 = Best)
Webinars
Year
TBA

Biomass Residuals to Combined Heat and Power

2015
4.4
State of Play: An Update on Biomass Heat, Tax Policy, and Federal Regulations
2014
4.0
The Rise of the Automated Wood Stove: An inside look at the Collaborative Stove Design Workshop
2014
3.0
Thermal Finance: Strategies for getting the biomass heat deal done
2014
4.1
Energy Farmers: Agricultural and grass biomass supply chain considerations
2014
4.1
Biomass-Fueled CHP: A review of today's market and technology
2014
3.9
State of the States: Biomass Thermal Policy Incentives on the State Level
2014
N/A
Healthier Forests Through Sustainble Energy - A Project Debrief
2014
N/A
Biomass and the USDA's REAP Program - What you need to know for 2014 and 2015
2014
3.6
Biothermal Energy: Swimming in the A-B-C ACRONYM Soup of Acceptance
2013
N/A
LEED and Biomass Thermal: How to Get Credits for Your Project
2013
4.3
Where Does Biomass Energy Policy Stand?
2013
3.8
BTEC Stakeholder Session #3 on CO Off-Gassing
2013
3.5
Biomass Cooling 101 – Opportunities and Challenges of a Potential Gamechanger
2013
3.8
Innovation and the NSPS - How can the EPA encourage innovative new technologies
2013
N/A
Area & Major Source Biomass Boiler Update: BTEC Members-Only Session with EPA
2013
N/A
BTEC Stakeholder Session #2 on CO Off-Gassing
2013
3.4
Improving Biomass Heating System Efficiency
2013
N/A
BTEC Stakeholder Session #1 on Pellet Off-Gassing
2012
N/A
Biomass Thermal Project Finance
2012
N/A
Accessing the USDA's Value-Added Producer Grant Webinar
2012
3.6
Biomass Thermal Opportunities in Government Procurements
2011
N/A
Biomass Thermal Market Outlook: 2012-2015
2011
N/A
Advanced Technologies for Biomass Thermal Heating
2011
3.6
Regional Developments - Midwestern Region
2011
3.7
Regional Developments - Western Region
2011
3.8
Regional Developments - The Northeast
2011
4.1
Agricultural and Woody Biomass
2011
3.9
Public Perceptions of Biomass Thermal Energy
2011
4.1
Future of Residential Wood & Pellet Heat in America
2011
3.8
Project Development and Finance 
2011
4.0
Successful Biomass Markets: Europe
2011
3.9
Large-Scale Biomass and CHP
2011
N/A
Biomass Energy Exports - Market Opportunities and Government Programs
2011
3.7
Air Quality / Emissions 
2011
3.5
Legislation and Regulation 
2011
3.7
Residential Use of Biomass 
2010
3.7
Biomass Heating and CHP 
2010





 

Upcoming Webinars

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Archived 2014 Webinars

State of Play: An Update on Biomass Heat, Tax Policy, and Federal Regulations
December 9, 2014, 11 AM ET - 12 PM ET

Tax reform and pending bionergy regulations offer opportunities and threats to the growth of the biomass thermal and combined heat and power (CHP) sectors. Gain insight into the direction of the 114th Congress and federal agency actions during this webinar from the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC).

State of Play: An Update on Biomass Heat, Tax Policy, and Federal Regulations from Biomass Thermal Energy Council on Vimeo.

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Covered Topics:

  • Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Biogenic Emissions Rulemaking 
  • Fate of energy tax credits 
  • Update on the BTU Act (S. 1007) 
  • Appropriations outlook for Farm Bill
  • Energy Title Programs
  • Q&A with the Speakers!
  • And more!

Speakers:

  • Mike Jostrom, Plum Creek
  • Pat Rita, Orion Advocates
  • Moderated by Charlie Niebling, Innovative Natural Resources Solutions




The Rise of the Automated Wood Stove: An inside look at the Collaborative Stove Design Workshop
November 5, 2014, 2PM ET - 3PM ET

From November 4th to the 7th, seven teams of innovators will gather at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Lab (BNL) to put their automated wood stoves through a battery of tests to measure their potential to reduce particulates and increase efficiency. This webinar will offer an inside look at the event; leaders from each of the seven teams will share presentations on their respective technology and what it can achieve. The stoves will feature oxygen sensors, thermocouples, onboard computers, and some brand new innovation and will come from the U.S., Germany, Denmark, New Zealand, and China.

The webinar will explore the possible high tech future of wood heating and how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could test these stoves to allow them onto the U.S. market. Speakers will include John Ackerly, Dean Still, Jeff Hollowell, Stephen Rhodes, Jack Kleiss, Taylor Myers, Niels Wittus, Brian Gauld and others. The four-day Collaborative Stove Design Workshop, hosted by the Alliance for Green Heat and BNL, is part of the Wood Stove Design Challenge. Last year's Challenge event was the Wood Stove Decathlon on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. For more info about the BNL event, visit www.forgreenheat.org/stovedesign/workshop.html.

The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) is a proud supporter of both the Wood Stove Decathlon and Collaborative Stove Design Workshop.



The Rise of the Automated Wood Stove An inside look at the Collaborative Stove Design Workshop from Biomass Thermal Energy Council on Vimeo.

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Thermal Finance: Strategies for getting the biomass heat deal done 
October 22, 1PM ET

View the BTEC webinar, "Thermal Finance: Strategies for getting the biomass heat deal done", originally broadcast on National Bioenergy Day, October 22nd, 2014. During the webinar, three speakers share their insights and experiences for financing commercial-scale biomass heating systems. Presentations include case studies of Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) and "heat sales," as well as a historical analysis of biomass and fossil fuel costs.

Thermal Finance Strategies for getting the biomass heat deal done from Biomass Thermal Energy Council on Vimeo.

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Covered Topics:

  • Historical cost of wood chips, pellets, and other biomass fuels vs. propane, oil, and natural gas
  • How biomass heat fits within Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs)
  • Structuring a deal to sell "renewable BTUs"
  • Case studies of successfully financed biomass heating plants
  • Financial tools available to pre-screen biomass heating systems
  • Open Q&A with the speakers

Speakers:

  • Dr. Bill Strauss, FutureMetrics
  • Mark Power, Trane
  • Jim Knight, Pelletco


Energy Farmers: Agricultural and grass biomass supply chain considerations 
October 1, 1PM ET

Fall is harvest season in many agricultural communities across the nation, and energy is a crop of growing importance. Understanding the unique characteristics of agricultural residue and grass biomass supply chains is critical to the expansion of these non-woody fuels for conversion to useful heat and power.

View this BTEC webinar and learn from speakers Jay Van Roekel (Vermeer) and Tom Wilson (Wilson Engineering Services) as they discuss the ins-and-outs of agricultural and grass biomass fuels from the field to the boiler. 

Energy Farmers: Agricultural and grass biomass supply chain considerations from Biomass Thermal Energy Council on Vimeo.

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Covered Topics

  • What types of agricultural residues and grass biomass are at commercial stage for conversion to useful heat and power?
  • What are the harvest considerations of agricultural residues and grass biomass?
  • How are agricultural residues and grass biomass processed and sized?
  • How is this non-woody fuel stored, pre and post sizing? 
  • Case study: what would it take for dedicated grass energy crops to be a viable option for replacing fossil fuels in thermal applications in the U.S. Northeast? 
  •  Q & A with the speakers

Speakers

  • Jay Van Roekel, Biomass Business Manager, Vermeer
  • Tom Wilson, President, Wilson Engineering Services





State of the States: Biomass Thermal Energy Policy Incentives 
August 6, 2PM ET

There are a variety of policy incentives available on the state level to encourage biomass thermal installations large and small. In this free webinar session, John Ackerly (Alliance for Green Heat) and Adam Sherman (Biomass Energy Resource Center) will shed light on specific states with significant biomass thermal incentives and programs. 

This webinar will also allow all interested parties to better understand complex policy, the suite of options available, and best practices that can be emulated in other states. The webinar will be divided into two parts, a residential segment and a commercial segment, with ample time for questions following the speakers' presentations.

State of the States - Biomass Thermal Policy Incentives on the State Level from Biomass Thermal Energy Council on Vimeo.

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Topics Covered

  • Detailed descriptions of up-to-date state policy, including any newly passed legislation
  • Presence of Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) and how that affects policy
  • Residential and commercial incentives (including tax credits, exemptions, payments, and grants)
  • Eligibility requirements for incentives
  • Significant barriers
  • Policy optimization

Speakers

John Ackerly, President, Alliance for Green Heat Adam Sherman, Manager, Biomass Energy Resource Center Ellen Burkhard, NYSERDA Ryan Moore, NYSERDA



 

 

Biomass-Fueled CHP: A review of today's market and technology 

Recent federal governmental action has drawn more attention to the need for renewable and efficient energy sources, and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) technology can fulfill this demand. This free webinar session will serve as a sweeping review of CHP from a small-scale, biomass angle with a panel of experts, including Anne Hampson of ICF International, David Sjoding of Washington State University, and Bob Smith of RMF Engineering providing their insights.

Topics will include a thorough overview of biomass-fueled CHP, specific CHP technologies and projects, and a characterization of the national market for CHP. Attendees will gain a greater understanding of these areas as well as an idea of how and where biomass-fueled CHP can best be utilized across the country.

 

Biomass-Fueled CHP: A review of today s market and technology from Biomass Thermal Energy Council on Vimeo.

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Speakers for this event:

  • Dave Sjoding, Washington State University
  • Joseph Seymour, Executive Director, BTEC
  • Anne Hampson, ICF International
  • Ilaria Peretti, Turboden
  • Bob Smith, RMF Engineering

 

 


Healthier Forests Through Sustainable Energy - A Project Debrief

Join Resource Professionals Group (RPG) and the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) today at 12PM ET for a free webinar detailing the activities and outcomes from their project, "Healthier Forests Through Sustainable Energy - Building Professional Consensus."

This project recap will share recommendations and resources designed for biomass heating equipment manufacturers, non profit, government, and other stakeholders to expand the market for commercial-scale biomass thermal systems.

 

Healthier Forests Through Sustainable Energy - A Project Debrief from Biomass Thermal Energy Council on Vimeo.

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Among topics covered:

  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Project overview and untapped commercial building markets
  • Five industry growth-building recommendations for heating system manufacturers
  • Roles for industry stakeholders
  • New resources to support the engineering, architectural, and heating system communities
  • Question and answer session

Speakers for this event:

  • John Karakash, Managing Consultant, Resource Professionals Group
  • Joseph Seymour, Executive Director, BTEC
  • Michael Deru, Ph.D., Engineering Manager | Commercial Buildings Research Group, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Dan Richter, Duke
  • Bede Wellford, Renewable Energy Sales, Viessmann Manufacturing

This is an informational webinar hosted by the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) and funded in part by the Forest Service's Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC).



 

Biomass and the USDA's REAP Program - What you need to know for 2014 and 2015

View the webinar and hear from BTEC staff and Anthony Crooks, Renewable Energy Specialist with the USDA, on the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Key information will include what projects and technologies are eligible, funding levels for 2014 and 2015, and application deadlines, among others.

Biomass and the USDA's REAP Program - What you need to know for 2014 and 2015 from Biomass Thermal Energy Council on Vimeo.

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Among topics covered:

  • REAP eligibility
  • Grant and loan application dates
  • How biomass systems qualify
  • Case studies of successful REAP grantees

Speakers for this event:

  • Anthony Crooks, Energy Specialist, USDA Rural Development
  • Joseph Seymour, Executive Director, BTEC

 

 

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