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Keynote Address

11:00am - 11:45am
Tuesday, November 3, 2020

J. Richard Hess, Ph.D.

INL Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) 


"Turning Raw Resources into Feedstocks; Challenges and Opportunities"

In his presentation, Dr. Hess will address the need to fully recognize the magnitude of variability and uncertainty in biomass resources, as well as the cost of failing to design feedstock-supply systems that can mitigate that variability and uncertainty.  Supply system designs that incorporate all preprocessing, blending, sorting, leaching, drying, and related operations necessary to transition raw biomass to a feedstock for conversion allows greater opportunities to manage supply risks.



About Our Keynote Speaker

J. Richard Hess, Ph.D., is the Director of Idaho National Lab’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Program Office. He oversees and leads development of top level strategic planning between Energy and Environmental Science and Technology (EEST) and DOE EERE to ensure high impact, integrated, and objective-driven EERE programs at INL. The Program Office encompasses the Bioenergy Technologies (BETO), Vehicle Technologies (VTO), Fuel Cell Technologies (FCTO), Geothermal (GTO), Wind and Water Programs, Solar Energy Technologies (SETO), Advanced Manufacturing (AMO), Federal Energy Management (FEMP), and Building Technologies (BTO) offices.

Dr. Hess holds a doctorate in plant sciences from Utah State University. He earned his master’s and bachelor’s in botany from Brigham Young University.

His technical background is Bioenergy, focused on the cost-effective use of lignocellulosic crop residues in biorefining operations. His technical accomplishments and publications focus on the preparation of a higher-value biomass feedstock, and development of advanced feedstock preprocessing systems, including construction of such pilot scale systems.

Following graduate school, he served as an Agriculture Congressional Science Fellow in the Washington, D.C., office of Sen. Thomas Daschle. In this role, he supported many national agriculture research issues, including new and industrial uses of agricultural products, federal grain inspection standards and plant variety protection.