The Biomass Co-Firing Symposium was held at Almas Temple Club in Washington D.C. on October 19, 2009. Among the participants and attendees were the industry’s most influential players from project developers, technology providers, utilities, investors, lenders, to EPC contractors. The event focused on the economic considerations, technical choices and fuel supply challenges of biomass co-firing.
The symposium featured a presentation by Frontline CEO, William A. Lee. Mr. Lee has extensive experience in gasification with Frontline’s 75 ton/day commercial gasifier installed at Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company in Benson, MN. Mr. Lee’s presentation on “Indirect Co-Firing Using Biomass Gasification” highlighted gasification systems to form synthetic combustible producer gas.
The presentation emphasized how Frontline’s biomass gasification system enables a wider variety of biomass feedstock, but that an important part of the biomass project is the biomass acquisition logistics, processing and preparation. Mr. Lee discussed how Frontline’s biomass gasification system avoids the problems of slagging, fouling, and emissions that are otherwise found with combustion alternatives or gasification alternatives that do not include frontline’s gas cleanup approach. The carbon and renewable energy credits and the carbon footprint were also highlighted during the presentation