From Biomass to Biochar & Bioenergy - Bridging Science and Opportunities

The Biochar & Bioenergy 2019 conference will focus on bridging scientific, industrial, practitioner, and policy gaps in biomass utilization for biochar and bioenergy production. The US Biochar Initiative (USBI) promotes the sustainable production and use of biochar, and has hosted the pre-eminent North American biochar conference since 2009. The Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies (BANR) will be celebrating completion of a large research effort to provide science-based underpinning for sustainable biofuel & bio-products creation from beetle-killed and residual wood feedstocks in that region. The meeting will draw attention to biochar and bioenergy science, technology, and sustainability issues at local-to-global scales.

Biochar & Bioenergy 2019 will be held in Fort Collins, Colorado, at the Lory Student Center on the Colorado State University campus. A small city nestled at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains a short drive north of Denver, Fort Collins routinely ranks among the best small cities in the nation for its ample access to outdoor recreation, Platinum Bicycle Friendly Community status, and ambitious sustainability goals. The conference venue provides easy access to Rocky Mountain National Park and a variety of of scenic drives and hikes as highlighted on our Sponsorship page, and there are a multitude of other 4th-of-July celebrations occurring across the state, from Frisco to Aspen to Durango!

Miss the Online Registration Period? On-Site Registration Is Still Available

Online registration for Biochar & Bioenergy 2019 has closed, however, you can register onsite upon arrival. Find more information on the registration page. Review the full conference program, including keynote speakers and 90+ presentations on biochar and bioenergy topics from an international group of presenters. Conference attendees and the general public are also encouraged to check out our three workshops on Wednesday (July 3) afternoon.

Know before you go! Here's some info and tips on getting to and around Fort Collins and CSU during the Biochar & Bioenergy 2019 conference.

* On-campus housing now full *

New meeting registrants must find off-campus lodging; see Lodging & Transportation page for recommendations

Schedule Overview:

  • June 30: Evening opening reception (5:00 - 8pm)
  • July 1-2: Full-day conference sessions (8am - 6pm)
  • July 3: Morning conference sessions (8am - noon) & afternoon workshops (1 - 4pm)


We are proud to announce three Longs Peak-level Exhibitors:

Cool Planet is a company and a team dedicated to improving soil health, food security, and global sustainability through innovation in agriculture and green industries. We are particularly focused on developing and commercializing our Engineered Biocarbon™ technology. With deep materials science and agronomy expertise, by applying modern process and manufacturing discipline, and through extensive soil and crop testing and trialing we are bringing new tools to the burgeoning soil health space. Our mission is to provide growers and producers with tools that improve the health of their soil, their productivity and yields, and the overall sustainability and profitability of their lands and operation.

ROI is an equipment manufacturing company focused on providing environmentally responsible and more cost effective systems for recycling wood and vegetative debris. Our track mounted CARBONATOR 500 provides customers a single step mobile process to significantly reduce volume while manufacturing a high grade biochar product. The system’s Carbonizing process utilizes the debris as its own fuel source for recycling large volumes of wood and other suitable biomass. The CARBONATOR is designed to accept trees, brush, stumps, green waste and other woody debris without the need for pre-processing (grinding or chipping). The CARBONATOR 500 is the only available single-step mobile recycling system that reduces the processing carbon footprint to less than neutral, having a net effect of removing CO2e emissions from the atmosphere.

Pyrolist is an online trading platform that allows members to buy and sell products, technology and services. The purpose of Pyrolist is simple: we want to connect all actors of the industry in a way that can benefit each and everyone, all across the globe. We want to empower entrepreneurs of the pyrolytic industry, get companies to thrive and increase the visibility of pyrolysis as a solution to recycle end-of-life materials that would be otherwise buried or forgotten.

Conference Information

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Lodging and Transportation

The conference will be held in Fort Collins, Colorado, at the Lory Student Center on the Colorado State University campus. Fort Collins is approximately one hour from Denver International Airport and can be accessed by shuttle or rental car. We're happy to offer affordable and convenient on-campus lodging and meals in modern, air-conditioned facilities adjacent to CSU's new Canvas Stadium.

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Mobile Meeting App

The full conference program and other details are now available in a mobile app! Download the MeetingHand mobile app (Apple/Google Play) and then select 'Biochar & Bioenergy 2019' from the project list to explore the conference program, venue map, and meeting sponsors. Within the app, log in to your existing MeetingHand account (or create a new one) to build your own personal schedule of sessions and presentations, or to message other conference participants!

Conference Tracks

The conference will be organized around subject area tracks of interest to industry, academic, agency/policy, NGO, and other audiences:

  1. Biochar Production & Commercial Applications 
  2. Biochar Properties & Use in Environmental Remediation
  3. Soils, Agriculture & Agroforestry
  4. Feedstocks from Forests
  5. Sustainability Assessment