October 21, 2014

Agri-Energy Forum
Tradex, Abbotsford
January 31, 2014

Introducing the 2014 Agri-energy & Waste Management Forum

Renewable agri-energy and waste management technologies enable farmers to take advantage of underutilised resources, diversify income, effectively manage waste, and reduce energy and/or waste management costs. Key to the success of any renewable agri-energy or waste management project is selecting appropriate technology to meet specific on-site energy and waste opportunities and/or challenges.

The 2014 Agri-energy & Waste Management Forum will enable attendees to enhance their renewable agri-energy and waste management knowledge through presentations and discussion on renewable energy, co-product development and waste management technologies and research pertinent to BC’s agricultural sector.

Friday January 31

Forum chair: Matt Dickson, Renewable Agri-energy Initiative (ARDCorp), Abbotsford

Coffee and tea will be served in room

9:30am - 10:50pm

Anaerobic Digestion Session 1: Digester Updates
Chair: David Melnychuk (Agricultural Consultant)

  • Pete Schouten, General Manager. Presentation title: Update on Fraser Valley Biogas.
  • Jerry Keulen, Farmer (Seabreeze Farms) & Claire Allen, Process Engineer (Ch-Four Biogas). Presentation title: Development of an Anaerobic Digester at Seabreeze Farm
  • Stefan Michalski, Director Operations (Lethbridge Biogas LP). Presentation title: Thermal Hydrolysis & Anaerobic Digestion for Animal By-Products.
Anaerobic digestion continues to be a leading renewable agri-energy technology for BC’s agricultural sector. In this session attendees will learn about anaerobic digestion facilities in BC and Alberta.

10:50am - 12:20pm

Anaerobic Digestion Session 2: Digester Output Uses
Chair: FortusBC

  • Dan Evans, President (Promus Energy LLC). Presentation title: Promus Energy's Digester-Based System:  Agricultural Wastes to RNG, Recovered Nutrients and Fibre.
  • Xiying Hao, Research Scientist (AAFC Lethbridge Research Centre). Presentation title: Agronomic Values of Anaerobically Digested Cattle Manure.
  • Neil Dobson, Renewable Natural Gas Sales Manager (FortisBC). Presentation title: The Renewable Natural Gas Marketplace

In this session, attendees will learn about the use of biogas as a substitute for natural gas, and hear about interesting research undertaken in Alberta.

Lunch: 12:20pm - 1:30pm
Tickets should be pre-purchased to avoid disappointment

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Co-Product Development
Chair: Darren Frew (BC Bioenergy Network)

  • Ethan Werner, Operations & Business Development (CH-Four Biogas). Presentation title: Anaerobic Digestion to Sustain Poultry Farming in BC.
  • Eric Powell, Project Development Coordinator (Andgar). Presentation Title: Anaerobic Digestion and Nutrient Recover
  • Alakh Prasad, President & CEO (Quadrogen Power Systems Inc.) Quad-generation from landfill gas at a commercial greenhouse.
Co-product development can improve the economic feasibility of renewable agri-energy projects. In this session, attendees will learn about some innovative co-product work currently underway.

Coffee and tea to be served in room

3:00pm - 4:20pm

Nutrient and Waste Management Opportunities
Chair: Mark Raymond (BC Ministry of Agriculture)

  • Marcel Pitre, Senior Project Engineer - Solid Waste Services (Metro Vancouver). Presentation title: Organics Disposal Ban in Metro Vancouver.
  • Victor Lo, Professor (UBC). Presentation title: Technologies for Dairy Manure Management and Nutrient Recover.
  • Michael Schwalb, Waste Management Specialist (Ministry of Agriculture). Presentation title: Waste Management Benefits of the Pyrolysis of Poultry Litter.
With changes coming to organic waste management regulations in BC, the need for appropriate nutrient and waste management technologies is increasing. In this session, attendees will learn about Metro Vancouver’s organic waste policies as well as some interesting local technologies.

Drinks Reception: 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Please join us in the Loft for a few drinks and snacks with your fellow attendees and presenters.

Special Thanks to the 2014 Forum Sponsors