TREN EVENT: Uncovering the mysteries and trends of biomass conversion into fuels and chemicals
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
7:15 AM to 8:30 AM
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Location: Richland Community CenterThe Three Rivers Entrepreneur Network presents its July seminar: "Uncovering the mysteries and trends of biomass conversion into fuels and chemicals." The speaker, Rick Orth, has over ten years of expertise in the development of processes for conversion of bio-based materials to value-added chemicals. His presentation will cover emerging trends in biomass conversion from national and regional perspectives, as well as provide insight to PNNL's strategy for developing valuable technologies for a stronger economy and healthier environment.
What You'll Learn
- Learn about regional and national renewable energy needs
- Understand the nation's goals for biomass conversion and how it's being applied across the private sector
- Gain insight into PNNL's biomass conversion activities
- Connect the dots between the roles PNNL, WSU Tri-Cities, and the Bioproducts, Sciences and Engineering Laboratory play in developing a strategy for this effort
- Learn about technology development and commercialization efforts underway to ensure success
Who Should Attend?
- Business owners
- Senior managers of businesses and governmental organizations
There is no charge to attend. You must pre-register by Friday, July 23 to attend. Space is limited, so register early. A continental breakfast will be provided.
To register, please visit the registration website here or call Teresa Claar at (509) 375-2068 with the following information for each attendee: name, company/organization affiliation, phone number, and e-mail.
Note: Room capacity is limited. Preference is given to technology-based businesses and economic development professionals.
For More Information
- Teresa Claar
About the Speaker
Dr. Rick Orth joined the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in 1992 after working for four years for Unocal Corporation. During his career at PNNL, he has been involved in process development activities at the technical, project management and group management levels. More specifically, Dr. Orth has been involved with the development of processes for conversion of biobased materials to value-added chemicals and fuels. Examples include processes for the recovery of value-added chemicals from wheat mill feed and corn fiber.
Dr. Orth is currently the Technical Group Manager of the Chemical and Biological Process Development Group. This group is comprised of over 50 staff who are involved in research and process development activities related to biochemical, thermochemical and catalytic conversion of biobased materials to value-added chemicals and fuels. The group resides in the Bioproducts, Sciences and Engineering Laboratory (BSEL) that is located on the Washington State University-Tri-Cities Campus in Richland, Washington.