Tour of NREL’s National Bioenergy Center (NBC)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 5:30pm-9:00pm MDT
Event format: 
In-Person / Local
Posted by Laura Moes
15013 Denver West Parkway
Golden, CO
United States

Date:  Tuesday, May 19, 2015    

Time: 5:30pm check-in and dinner at NREL National Bioenergy Center (NBC).  The presentation and tour will immediately follow dinner.

Location: NREL, 15013 Denver West Parkway, Golden.  The security gate attendant can direct you to the NBC Building. Please allow ample time to get to the building by 5:30pm.

Speaker: Dr. Esther Wilcox, Principal Investigator and Manager 

Important NREL Tour Logistics

• Non-U.S. citizens participating in the tour MUST complete Sections 1-18 of the "FNDC" form and submit the form to by May 6.

• Only people who have RSVP'd will be able to join the tour.
• Bring government-issued identification (e.g., driver's license or passport).
Tour participants must wear pants (covering their legs) and sturdy closed-toed shoes. No skirts. No high-heels.
• Park at NREL’s east entrance (visitor’s entrance). NREL Parking/Tour map

Tour limited to first 40 RSVPs. RSVP REQUIRED by WEDNESDAY, May 6  (early RSVPs are greatly appreciated!)  You may RSVP via email at indicating your name, phone number, and number of attendees and pay at the meeting. Or you may RSVP and pay online by selecting your membership level in the Paypal drop down box and clicking on the "BuyNow" button to pay by credit card. For Paypal, you may use the the comment area to indicate any dietary needs.

Menu: Sandwiches, chips, soft drinks, and cookies.  If you have special dietary needs, please communicate those to AIChE when you RSVP.

Cost:  Members $20; Non-members $25, Students/Unemployed $10;  Add $5 for attending meeting without RSVP

Meeting Options

The National Bioenergy Center (NBC) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is focused on developing biomass to fuel technologies. The Thermochemical Process Development Unit (TCPDU) is a 0.5 ton per day pilot plant, which is used to demonstrate different thermochemical conversion technologies developed at the bench scale. The thermochemical platform uses heat and catalysts to convert biomass, such as wood, corn stover, and switch grass, into valuable fuels and chemicals. There are multiple conversion pathways being explored, including gasification, fast pyrolysis, and ex-situ pyrolysis.  

Esther Wilcox is a principle investigator and manager at the National Renewable Energy Lab researching pilot-scale thermochemical conversion of cellulosic biomass to liquid fuels. She has over 10 years of experience in alternative energy research with a strong background in catalysis and kinetics. Esther obtained her B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Tulsa and M.S. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University.