Southeast United States Bioenergy Study Tour
April 10-14, 2016

General Information: Bioenergy Study Tour

Oak Ridge National Laboratory will be hosting a Bioenergy Study Tour in the Southeastern United States from April 10 to 14, 2016. This Study Tour will highlight innovations developed by the US Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories that support deployment of a sustainable bioeconomy. The goal of the Tour is to have participants develop a better understanding of bioenergy systems in the southeastern United States. The Tour will illustrate work supported by the DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), the US Department of Agriculture, industry, and others. The Tour will begin with a one-day overview on April 11 and then consist of a bus excursion with several stops, lectures and videos that illustrate sustainability considerations associated with feedstock operations such as perennial grasses and woody residues as well as harvesting operations, logistics, and use of the materials for different purposes.

The Study Tour is scheduled to occur shortly after the April 2-8 meeting in Asheville, North Carolina, of the US Chapter of the International Association for Landscape Ecology - see http://www.usiale.org/annual-meetings. Several symposia focused on bioenergy will occur at that meeting.

Participants in the Study Tour are expected to include researchers associated with DOE and its national laboratories, the International Energy Agency (IEA), university staff and students, and industry as well as key stakeholders in the region such as land owners, practitioners from industry, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Only those who are invited can attend.

The Study Tour will begin with an overview on April 11 designed for those who can only participate for one day and be a bus excursion with more in depth discussions and demonstrations. Participants should plan to fly into the McGee Tyson airport (TYS) in Knoxville, Tennessee, by Sunday, April 10. Participants can fly out of a regional airport in the southeast (that is to be determined), on the afternoon of Thursday, April 14, or return to Knoxville on the bus arriving very late that evening (a 7-hour bus ride).

Participants will be responsible for arranging and paying for their own airfare and hotel room at each of the three hotels along the route. All meals will be provided beginning with breakfast on Monday, April 11, through breakfast, Thursday, April 14. Alcoholic beverages and incidentals must be paid for by Tour participants.

A website will be available for registration of those interested in participating in the Tour. As more information becomes available, it will be provided.

For more information, contact Gina Busby, (1-865-241-5601).

Click here for more information about the tour and to register.