Sep 24

2nd Germany California Bioenergy Symposium

The Representative of German Business cordially invites you to the 2nd Germany California Bioenergy Symposium.

On September 24, 2019 the Representative of German Business will host the 2nd Germany California Bioenergy Symposium at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. This full-day conference is part of a trade mission for selected German companies and bioenergy experts who will visit California from September 23 – 25, 2019. The trade mission as well as the conference is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

Participants have the opportunity to discuss market opportunities as well as network with industry experts. The German representatives are open to meet with local industry leaders, research institutions, and government representatives. The exchange of ideas, discussions on new developments may lay the groundwork for future cooperation. Different approaches in California and Germany will be examined by bioenergy experts from both sides.

The symposium will provide the unique opportunity to hear from high-level speakers and meet with companies from both countries. Cutting edge German companies will showcase their solutions and discuss potential synergies with local partners.

Event Start
09/24/2019 | 09:00
Event End
09/24/2019 | 18:00

Please register here




Crocker Art Museum

216 O Street
CA 95814


9:00 am | Registration

9:50 am | Welcome Remarks
Mirko Wutzler, VP, Representative of German Business (GACC West)

10:00 am | Keynote Speech
Undersecretary Jenny Lester Moffitt, California Department of Food and Agriculture

10:20 am | Energy Transition made in Germany – An Introduction
Camila Vargas, Consultant, energiewaechter

10:30 am | The State of Bioenergy in California and Germany

  • Sebastian Stolpp, Head of International Affairs, German Biogas Association
  • Julia Levin, Executive Director, Bioenergy Association of California

11:00 am | Coffee Break

Moderation by Julia Levin, Executive Director, Bioenergy Association of California

11:20 am | Pitch Presentations I: German Innovations in Bioenergy

  • Tom Ferencevic, President, Fitech
  • Mathias Kern, CEO, EMKA Energie

11:40 am | Panel I: Opportunities and Challenges of Developing Biogas

  • Doug Bryant, Director of Communications, Maas Energy Works
  • Gregory Stangl, CEO, Phoenix Energy
  • Sebastian Stolpp, German Biogas Association

12:20 pm | Pitch Presentations II: German Innovations in Bioenergy

  • Christopher Eusterbrock, CEO, Bioenergy Concept
  • Boris Dold, Project Manager International Projects, Biogas Hochreiter

12:40 pm | Lunch Break

1:40 pm | Expert Presentation: Increasing Efficiency in Biogas Projects
Barbara Waelkens, Project Manager for Bioenergy and Sludge Management, Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology

2:00 pm | Pitch Presentations III: German Innovations in Bioenergy

  • Malcom O'Meara, Business Development, FWE Biogastiger
  • Paul Thürwächter, CEO, Suma
  • Torsten Fischer, CEO, Krieg & Fischer
  • Russell Polanski, Partner, Streisal

2:40 pm | Coffee Break

Moderation by Ryan McCarthy, Director of Climate and Clean Energy, Weideman Group

3:00 pm | Expert Presentation
Mary Jane Coombs, Chief Project Assessment Branch, California Air Resources Board

3:10 pm | Expert Presentation
Joe Lawlor, Pacific Gas & Electric

3:20 pm | Panel II: Revenue Stream

  • Dr. Michael R. Schuppenhauer, Principal Investigator, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Daniel A. Sumner, Frank H. Buck, Jr., distinguished professor of agricultural and resource economics and Director of the University of California Agricultural Issues Center, UC Davis
  • Tim Olson, Senior Policy Advisor, California Energy Commission
  • Geetika Joshi, Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisory) for the Dairy Digester Research and Development Program, California Department of Food and Agriculture
  • Mary Jane Coombs, Chief Project Assessment Branch, California Air Resources Board

Moderation by Sam Wade, Director of State Regulatory Affairs, Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas

4:10 pm | Panel III: Community Impact Panel

  • Martin Twer, Biomass Program Director, The Watershed Research and Training Center
  • Anja Raudabaugh, CEO, Western United Dairymen
  • Elaine R. Albrich, Renewable Energy Attorney, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

4:55 pm | Closing Remarks

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