Environmental Defense Fund’s Fred Krupp to keynote Oct. 23-24 Bioenergy Summit

On October 23–24, the Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative will convene a Bioenergy Summit focusing on Wisconsin’s leadership in the developing bioeconomy. Keynote speaker for the event will be Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund. The agenda also features experts from disciplines across campus, state policymakers and innovators from Wisconsin’s private sector. The event begins on Thursday, October 23rd and ends at noon on Friday, Oct. 24. More information on this event will be available soon.

Topics on the agenda include:

• Predicting and mitigating the global impacts of bioenergy development
• Using GIS mapping tools to assess Wisconsin’s biomass energy potential
• The Economics of the Bioeconomy
• Present and future directions in cellulosic ethanol research
• Logistics of harvesting, transporting and processing biomass
• Producing products and energy from wood residuals
• Using anaerobic digestion to make pipeline quality gas on farms
• Energy conservation and fuels from paper mill residuals
• Using biomass energy to replace coal for electricity production

The Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative is a public-private partnership that aims to showcase and build on the UW System’s considerable efforts in bioenergy research, outreach and training, and to foster state and local efforts to attract and support companies working in the bioenergy sector.