Welcome to the BioRenewable Deployment Consortium (BDC)

Our Mission is to promote deployment of commercially viable advanced biofuels, biochemicals and byproducts technologies that do not require long term subsidy and to optimize total system energy efficiency.

Members:  Please take advantage of the links on the Righthand side of this page.  The links include useful information and tools to assist you.

I. At the 2018 Spring Symposium, to be held in Omaha, Nebraska on May 1-2, BDC members and guests will be touring Natureworks, producer of renewable, high-value Polylactide Acid (PLA).  To attend the symposium, please click on BDC Spring Symposium to register and reserve a room at the Embassy Suites at the discounted BDC rate.

The tour provides a future view of what can happen at a pulp and paper mill or lumber mill to get the most value from a tree.  The Blair, Nebraska full facility is centered around a Cargill corn mill.  The full facility is a true biorefinery with integrated facilities producing cattle feed, lactic acid, and lactic acid derivatives, mainly polylactide acid (PLA).  The full facility is utilizing every part of the corn kernel and producing high value products, making the integrated facility very efficient and profitable.

The lactic acid is produced by a company on site, located next to NatureWorks, by fermentation of corn sugar using a special strain of bacteria.  NatureWorks, who is owned 50/50 by Cargill and PTT, was started up in 2001 and takes the lactic acid through piping to their facility and produces 23 grades of PLA to fit the characteristics required by the customer.  The operation requires several unit operations and is fascinating to see.  Through the production of three monomers of PLA and separating them, they can be blended in ratios to provide a range of PLA from very elastic to very hard, depending on the final end-use product requirement.  The large facility produces 150,000 tons per year of PLA and is the world leading producer, selling its product worldwide.

NatureWorks has been in operation for 16 years, has optimized over the years, and is still optimizing.  They are continuing to grow their production and may soon be looking for additional lactic acid, which opens up opportunities for some of our members.  In particular, they would be interested in cellulosic lactic acid that would be cost competitive.  This is a tour you don’t want to miss.

In addition to the tour, a day of presentations and discussions will precede covering topics of collaboration with the chemical industry, low risk opportunities for the pulp and paper industry to add value and improve efficiency, updates of commercial activity in the renewable products arena, and a panel on lignin products progress.

To attend the meeting and tour, please register and make your hotel reservations HERE for the 2018 BDC Spring Symposium.  Make sure to click the button on your registration form that you will be attending the tour on Wednesday, May 2.

Thank you, BDC Management

II. BDC Article Published in TAPPI 360

The article "A Biorefinery Industry is Emerging" was published in the September issue of TAPPI 360. This article is important for the Forest Products Industry, who is seen as having a negative effect on our forests.  Logic and the fact based argument provided in the article shows just the opposite. Industrial use adds value to timber, which provides incentive to maintain forest growth.  In fact, the United States and Europe are the only areas in the world where there is carbon sequestation.

This is good news for the bio-industry, who is providing more value to the tree. The more we learn about producing advanced bioproducts, the more value we can obtain from our forest resources. The more value our forests provide, the more sustainably they will be managed. This is a beneficial cycle that we feel is already transforming our industry.

In the article, we list several technologies that have had good scale-up history and are adding value to biomass. Included in this list are members Ensyn, Green Biologics, Licella, Borregaard/LignoTech, and Natureworks.

We would like to thank Ted Wegner, retired Director at the Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, WI for bringing the information to our attention and to Peter Ince, Forest Researcher at the Forest Products Lab for his contribution to studying the data and using facts to show how sustainability is improved when timber value increases.

III. BDC Fall, 2017 Symposium (Sept. 19-20, Minneapolis, MN)

The BDC Fall Symposium was held in Minneapolis on September 19-20.  Highlights were a keynote on Fibria's innovation strategy and a panel on petroleum issues and opportunities, with Matt Phillips, Director of Innovation for Flint Hills Petroleum, a subsidiary of Koch, Paul Stabler, President of Bannerstone Energy, who brokers petroleum fuels, and Jeffrey Jacobs, CEO of Ensyn and retired executive from Chevron.  The petroleum panel was a first of its kind for BDC and was informative and well received by members.

Actually, there were highlights throughout the day with updates from the forest products industry and from the bioindustry. The panel on lignin markets and breakthroughs at the end of the day on Tuesday encouraged us regarding significant progress regarding value added products from kraft lignin.

Members gave high marks to the full meeting and requested more panels like the one with the petroleum industry.  We will work on a panel from the chemical industry for our next meeting, which will be in Omaha, NE on May 1-2, with a tour of NatureWorks.


IV.  The International Energy Agency's, IEA Bioenergy Task 39 has done an excellent job of capturing and laying out the biorenewable facilities producing advanced liquid and gaseous biofuels for transport in the United States and the World in their database and map found at:


BDC has discontinued our own separate validated list in favor of this one from Task 39.  Task 39 is a group of international experts working to commercialize sustainable transportation biofuels.

A drawback is that the IEA posts only the facility owners' responses to survey requests, and do not validate the responses.  BDC still maintains an extensive file on facilities and can usually answer questions that you may have from this list or by doing more due diligence.


V. BDC Spring, 2017 Symposium (May 2-3, Des Moines, IA)

The symposium marked the 10th anniversary of the formation of BDC.  In 2006, BDC was a regional organization focused on assisting the pulp and paper industry to recognize bioprocess opportunities that would improve economics of the industry and to accelerate deployment of those processes.  BDC is now an international organization, still focused on the same goals.

The meeting was held at the Embassy Suites in Des Moines, IA in conjunction with touring the impressive DuPont Cellulosic Ethanol plant in Nevada, IA.  The plant equipment is in place, but the plant was not yet running at the time of the tour.  A thorough tour and explanation of the corn stover collection and storage system was provided by DuPont. In addition, an excellent tour of Iowa State's BioCentury Farm was provided prior to the start of the BDC Symposium.

The Symposium was attended by over 50 members and guests, including U.S. and Canadian Government Agency Representatives, Forest Products Management, and BioProcess Management.  A focused program was provided on Commercial Project updates and Government Policy Information.  The make-up of the BDC membership and attendees has truly become international with the U.S., Canada, Australia, Norway, Brazil, Finland, and England being represented.

Presentations were made to both Green Biologics and BioAmber, who have shown excellent achievement in the area of deployment of bio-processes, both successfully producing and selling commercially.  Jim Millis, VP of Technology for BioAmber provided the after dinner "Success Story" to the group.  The presentations are available in the library and in the "Past Events" tab for Des Moines

VI. BDC Fall, 2016 Symposium (Sept. 27-28, Washington DC)

A successful BDC Fall Symposium was held in Washington DC on September 27-28, 2016.  A combination of Government Agency Directors and Sr. Advisors were joined by outstanding leaders in the bio-industry to discuss the advancement of the bio-industry.  Presentations and Pictures will be posted to the website in the next few days.

We were honored to have Wisconsin Senator Mark Pocan provide our opening keynote.  Mark is a member of both the Paper Caucus and the Biofuels Caucus.



Comments from Members:

Don Guay, Sr. Research Scientist at NewPage said,

“Since I joined NewPage, I have attended the last two BDC symposia and enjoyed both, because the sharing of technical information has been more open than any other conferences I have attended in the past.”

Hunter Harris, Operations Director for MWV's Specialty Chemicals Division added,

"The BDC symposiums offer a great value.  The focus is on issues that matter to the members. The Symposium also offers the opportunity to interact with key government agencies regarding policy and future direction of government initiatives."

Farshad Piroozmand, with Irving Forest Services recently joined and had this to say about BDC:

“The BDC symposium has provided us with  a network of experts and  learning about new bio-processes and bio-products, pilot & demonstration plants and finally government policies with regards to bio-economy that would not be all available in an international conference or a technical course. Through BDC consortium meetings twice a year and network of experts, we have kept in touch with fast developing and continuously changing bio-economy.”


VII.  BDC wins CCBJ Business Achievement Award for 2013!

BDC has won the 2013 CCBJ Business Achievement Award under the category “Project Merit: Renewable & Low-Carbon Power”. In October-December 2013, Climate Change Business Journal solicited the climate change industry and the environmental industry via email, website, and word-of-mouth for nominations for the annual CCBJ Business Achievement Awards. Nominations were accepted in 200-word essays in either specific or unspecified categories.  Final awards were determined by a committee of CCBJ staff and CCBJ editorial advisory board members. Award nominations were open to any firm or organization in the climate change industry, and companies were permitted to submit their own nominations.

The 2013 CCBJ Business Achievement Awards will be presented to recipients in attendance at a special ceremony at Environmental Industry Summit XII on March 12, 2014 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in San Diego, California.

BDC would like to thank all award winners in this category as well as thanking all of its members and affiliated organizations that have worked very hard to help BDC achieve this recognition.


BioRenewable Deployment Consortium (BDC)

Our goal is simple.  We want to get efficient and economical biorenewable facilities deployed to help industry and the nation.  We work to keep members informed and to help them broker partnerships that will achieve the deployment goal.

As you review our website, note the significant archive of articles and information about biorenewable deployment and policy.  Let us explain how to become a member to take advantage of the educational and partnering opportunities.
Noteworthy is the description of BDC as you scroll down this page.  Included are our mission, who we are, how we assist our members, some of our accomplishments, the principles that drive us, services we provide, and comments from some of our members.

We have two member meetings each year where presentations are given and biofacility tours are provided.  Members can access presentations on the library page.

Join the other companies who are using the organization to stay abreast of the latest and working together to discover avenues to accelerate deployment.

Click for Member List

The cost is minimal and the value is tremendous.

For information on BDC, contact Harry Seamans at (870) 501-1836; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Ben Thorp at (804) 873-6561; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Our Mission

Promote deployment of commercially viable advanced biofuels, biochemicals, and byproducts technologies that do not require long term subsidy and to optimize efficiency of the forest products industry to get the most value from the tree.

Who are we?

BDC, www.bioenergydc.org, is a non-profit, fact-based, trustworthy, and results oriented national organization that is dedicated to educating and keeping industry leaders abreast of the pertinent technology, processes, and policies with focus on deployment of developed technologies.

BDC has been in existence since 2006, when it was a regional project of CleanTech Partners, www.cleantechpartners.org.  BDC became a 501(c)3 non-profit in 2010 when it grew nationally and achieved national recognition.

BDC has a base membership of major pulp and paper companies and is a solid and diverse group of companies and organizations which include forest products, corn ethanol, biorenewable technology, construction, financial institutions, and universities.  See BDC Members to see full list.  The variety of members provides for synergistic partnering opportunities.  

BDC accomplishes its goal of achieving deployment of successful biorenewables and energy reduction projects by providing information and education, identifying asset utilization opportunities, brokering partnerships, and capitalizing on available financial resources, all with relatively small annual membership fees.  For more information about the benefits of membership, click on Member Benefits.

If you are interested in joining BDC or learning more about the organization, please contact any of the officers of BDC.  Contact information can be found at the link, BDC Officers, or by going to the contact tab at the top of the page.  There is also a membership tab at the top of this page that has the information you will need to be able to join BDC.  The cost to join BDC can be found by clicking on Membership Fee and scrolling down.  An on-line application is also available.

Statements from Members

"I do believe (BDC) really is the best fact-based clearinghouse of technologies, particularly in light of (key personnel) coming from the business world."  (member Dick Carmical, CEO - Price Companies)
"We have been a member since October, 2011 and find the interaction quite useful."

(member Joel Stone, Green Biologics; formerly butylfuels)

“Our participation in BDC gives us a wider view of the biorenewable field, allows us to add detail to our strategic energy plan and helps us make sure we include all critical elements in our implementation strategy.”

(member Mark Daniel - Verso Energy and Technology Vice President)

"BDC provides access to up-to-date information on biorenewable technology developments as well as excellent networking opportunities. BDC symposiums are definitely in the CAN'T MISS category."

(Dr. Harry Cullinan – Alabama Center for Paper and Bioresource Engineering, Auburn University)


Industry Assistance

Pulp and Paper Industry

BDC sees the following opportunities for the Pulp and Paper Industry:

  • to continue reducing energy usage and total cost of energy in the production of the main pulp and paper products, while, long term, strategically deploying cost efficient technologies, which generate additional revenues through the  production of advanced biofuels, bio-products, and green power.

BDC has over 75 years of management leadership on its staff and recognize the needs and constraints of the industry.  See BDC Officers

By utilizing our knowledge of the industry and its needs, by working with individual members companies, by brokering partnerships, by working with government agencies and technology providers, and by working with financial institutions, BDC will seek to find opportunities to deploy initial bioRenewable projects that will prove the technologies and economics of the processes at the commercial level without the need of long term government subsidy.  By doing so, the industry can learn from these initial installations and rapidly replicate them throughout the industry, across the nation.

Corn Ethanol Industry

BDC sees the following opportunities for the corn ethanol industry:

  • to reduce production cost to a level that is competitive with petroleum on a BTU basis without long term government subsidy.

By helping the industry become more efficient through integration of additional processes, mainly cellulosic bioproducts and through reduction of energy usage, costs can be lowered in the plant.  Through education and brokering partnerships with technology providers, value added products other than corn ethanol can be produced that supplement and complement the corn ethanol process to generate increased revenues, all to make the plants economical without long term subsidy.


Technology Developers

BDC sees the following opportunities for Technology Providers:

  • to prove and establish their processes through deployment at the demonstration or commercial level and to team with end users and service providers to respond to any funding opportunities.

By studying the processes and seeking synergies with other member companies or outside companies, and by educating both industry and government agencies, BDC can help Technology Providers team with end users and service providers to deploy projects and to respond to funding opportunities, helping Technology Providers to potentially progress at a faster pace than otherwise.

Service Providers

BDC sees the following opportunities for Service Providers:

  • to find opportunities for their services through networking with the diverse group of BDC members, through being part of brokered partnerships, and by becoming part of a team to respond to funding opportunities.

By being part of the biannual meetings, presenting, and being considered by BDC as we seek partnerships to broker, Service Providers will increase their chances of finding opportunities to provide their services.  BDC actively seeks to bring companies together to form successful business partners in the bioproduct and CHP areas.



I. Federal Funding

  • BDC seeks to help accelerate the progress of the bio-industry in a number of ways.  A key way is to assist members in finding funding for initial projects.  Following are three BDC members who have received funding for their energy projects with the assistance of BDC
  • Flambeau River Biofuels (FRB): Received a DOE grant for up to $80 million for an integrated forest biorefinery at their pulp and paper mill in Wisconsin.  Ben Thorp from BDC is serving on the FRB project committee to help them respond to the $510 million RFP (NAVY/DOE/USDA) expected to be announced in 2012 for the production of drop-in fuels.   ThermoRecovery International (TRI), a technology provider to FRB, is also a member of BDC.
  • NewPage Project “Independence”: Received a DOE grant for up to $50 million for an integrated forest biorefinery at their pulp and paper mill in Wisconsin.  This project has been dropped by NewPage since.  TRI was a technology provider to NewPage.
  • Verso Paper Corporation:  Received a $9.6 million DOE Recovery grant (DOE 44) to deploy “shovel ready” industrial energy saving technologies.  Of over 350 applications submitted for requests of over $4 billion for the available DOE award of only $155 million, DOE selected only 9 applications of which Verso was one.  CleanTech Partners (CTP) which started BDC as one of its regional projects, also received $14.6 million DOE grant to deploy “shovel ready” industrial energy saving technologies.  In total, Verso and CTP received nearly $25 million out of $150 million grant (20% of the total DOE money – a remarkable success story).

II. Tours of Pilot or Demonstration Plants

  • BDC generally sets up two tours of relevant biofacilities per year for members and, additionally, visits are made by BDC officers and summarized for members such as the tour summaries of KiOR in Pasadena, TX and Sun Pine Oil in Sweden.


III. Brokering Partnerships

BDC brokers partnerships for members in order to achieve the best chances for deploying energy reduction, CHP, and bioproduct projects. Brokered partnerships are developed based on recognized opportunities. The partnerships may include any or all of the types of members in BDC, industry members, technical developers, service providers, government agencies, and the military.

  • Partnerships that BDC has brokered or are in the works include:

MOU with USDA.  Like DOE, USDA through its five-year Farm Bill provides funding for biorefineries and energy saving technologies.  Both BDC pulp and paper companies and USDA during a joint BDC-USDA panel discussion in Washington DC in 2010 showed interest in working together.  A draft MOU has been submitted to USDA by BDC for their review and subsequent discussions and signing.

BDC/USDA Industrial panel in Washington, DC on April 6, 2011 to discuss barriers and solutions to biorefineries deployment (USDA attendees: Bill Hagy, Todd Atkinson, Nivin Elgohary, Chris Tuttle, David Gaffaney,  Harry Baumes, Ingrid Arjosoediro, Gerard Ostheimer, Marina Denicoff, Daniel Cassidy, Tony Crooks, Margaret Bolin, and Sarah Bittleman; BDC attendees: BDC staff and member companies, including presenters from New Page, Verso Papers, Parsons & Whittemore, and MWV)

Wisconsin-DOE MOU.  Masood Akhtar, president and founder, CleanTech Partners (CTP), and also president and co-founder BDC was the lead in getting an MOU signed in 2007 between DOE and the State of Wisconsin (first of its kind in the nation) to promote greater energy efficiency throughout Wisconsin’s industrial sectors.  This MOU was signed based on CTP’s successful model to deploy energy saving emerging technologies and Focus on Energy’s successful Industrial Program to deploy energy saving best practices.  BDC is in conversations with other states where pulp and paper industry is located to adopt the Wisconsin successful deployment model to deploy industrial energy efficiency projects in those states.

Affiliations with like minded organizations to assist each other in accomplishing our goals:

IV.  Educational Symposia

  • Along with tours of biofacilities, symposia are held twice per year at a city near the facility tours.  These symposia are designed to educate members about biorenewables, biochemical, and bioproduct technology and activities.  Through 2011, BDC has held ten such symposia.  The agendas and presentations for these past symposia can be viewed on the “Events” tab at the top of the home page, or by clicking on Library and scrolling down to “Symposium Presentation”.


V. Rapid Response to Member Needs

  • BDC officers stand ready to respond to individual member needs. Requests are treated with urgency, and BDC prides itself on providing trustworthy results.  Some examples of responses include:

Within days, provided responses to:

  • request for the cost of production for pyrolysis oil.
  • request about the technology and economics of torrefaction
  • request for the cost and environmental impact of petroleum refining compared to corn ethanol production.
  • Response to request for more information for value added chemicals.  In this case, lined up a world class keynote speaker for a BDC symposium.
  • Request for perspective on why certain bio-projects were failing and what the future held was responded to within two days and was followed by a white paper written by BDC staff on the Critical Success Factors for biorenewable projects.

VI. Articles, Presentations, Summaries and White Papers

  • To aid in education about success factors in the biorenewable industry and to assure members are kept up to date regarding the latest news and technology relative to deployment activity, BDC officers have written articles, white papers, and summaries of seminars and conferences as well as providing presentations to these educations venues.  Below is a sampling of what BDC has provided for its members and for public education.

"A Biorefinery Industry is Emerging" published in the September, 2017 issue of TAPPI 360 & reflects the positive impact that value adding industry provides the sustainability of the forest.

BDC article published in Biofuels Digest November, 2011 "Bioenergy Critical Success Factors"

BDC article published in Paper360, Nov/Dec Issue "Efficient and Sustainable Use of Biomass for Heat and Power"

Cellulosic Biofuel Pathways 2010 Thorpe

BDC perspective on the bioenergy industry based on events in the US and Europe


Principles that will drive the organization

1. Significant value will be added to industry through education, promotion and deployment of energy reduction and efficient, integrated bioprocesses, including biochemicals, biopower, and biofuels.

2. Sustainability of wood supply is a far better criterion for policy making than renewability, and all parties should be educated about the reasons.

3. Achieving or maintaining fair markets for raw material supplies and feedstocks is good for the country and the industry.

4. Achieving or maintaining fair markets for the sale of products including biochemicals, biopower, and biofuel is good for the country.

5. Only projects and processes that will be financially viable, long term without any government subsidy will be supported, and

6. Focus of all activity will be member-driven and to provide value to the members.


1. Information Gathering, Screening, and Summation

  • Daily screening of deployment related activities and policies for dissemination of the pertinent, valid, and accurate information to members in a timely manner,

  • Attending conferences and webinars of importance to members and summarizing the key information, saving time and money for our members,

  • Visiting bio facilities and providing summaries of the processes, and

  • Arranging webinars to provide timely information on certain timely key issues.

2. Providing general perspective on the bio industry and how it relates to the competitiveness of the industry BDC represents,

3. Providing perspective and information for specific requests from members,

4. Building a strong positive relationship with the government agencies such as DOE, USDA, EPA , and states through education and partnering, and

5. Meeting biannually to provide education and updates on deployment activities related to advanced biofuels, bioproducts and bio power and related policies, including tours of pilot scale bio facilities in operation for attending members.

6. Helping to broker partnerships that will accelerate the implementation of worthy projects by:

  • Working with members to determine worthy projects to pursue,

  • Conducting preliminary due diligence on selected projects

  • Educating members and government agencies on soundness of partnering to accomplish shared goals through these projects, including technology, industry, State and Federal agency, and financial groups as potential participants in the brokered partnerships in order to accomplish the agreed upon projects in a cost effective and timely manner.  This includes developing relationships with potential partners including investors, the petroleum industry, and potentially others.

  • Developing models and white papers regarding direction for more effective projects and policies
  • Identifying technologies of mutual interest that are ready for demonstration, including DOE ITP-Agenda 2010-funded projects.

  • Partnering with affiliates such as the Forest Resources Association (FRA) and the Pulp and Paperworkers' Resource Council (PPRC) on timber sustainability to keep wood costs competitive, especially focusing on the efficient use of wood resources.

7. Specific to shorter term energy reduction efforts for members, BDC will:

  • Work with members to determine their general technology needs.

  • Arrange webinars or otherwise publicize regarding success stories.

  • Add panels during each BDC semi-annual meeting focusing on topics of mutual interest.

  • Keep members informed about federal funding opportunities and current energy efficiency policies.

  • In states where industry plants have significant presence, work to establish successful programs similar to Wisconsin's “Focus on Energy”  program.



BDC has developed a track record of brokering partnerships. The knowledge within BDC is suited for this activity, and the network of potential partners is large.  BDC operatives understand funding opportunities and understand the industry’s barriers to deployment of energy saving and renewable energy technologies.  BDC strongly believes that identifying good business opportunities and brokering partnerships between the technology provider, service providers, investors, and federal/state agencies will be a key to effectively overcoming these barriers in an effort to make our industry globally competitive.

BioRenewable Deployment Consortium (BDC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the environment for the deployment of biorenewable facilities while educating and keeping company members abreast of the pertinent technology, processes, and policies.  For more information visit: www.biorenewabledc.org or contact:

Ben Thorp at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (804) 873-6561

Masood Akhtar at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (608) 332-0189

Harry Seamans at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (870) 501-1836, or

Eric Horn at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (608) 332-0191






An intimate group of talented people from public and private companies who are influencing the course of the emerging bioeconomy.

BDC has developed a track record for brokering partnerships.  The knowledge within BDC is suited for this activity, and the network of potential partners is large.

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