Fluidized Bed XXVII Conference &
Stoker Fired Boiler Operations and Performance Conference
May 19-21, 2014
Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania

Jay Hofmann
Trinity Consultants, Inc.
Communication Education & Outreach Committee

Conference Co-Chairs
Gary L. Merritt
Inter-Power/AhlCon Partners, L.P.
Robin Mills Ridgway
Purdue University

Since 1985, when CIBO hosted the first FBC conference in Washington, D.C., boiler owners, engineering firms, regulators and suppliers have gathered each year to discuss the design, applicability, operation and performance of fluidized bed combustion units to improve overall performance and operations in times of changing environmental regulations, energy demand and fuel availability and acceptability.  In the last 5 years, we have found that stoker fired boiler owners have similar operational and performance concerns with a need for peer-to-peer discussions.  As such, the conference is now expanded to stoker and all solid fuel fired boilers marking the beginning of our 27th year of industry networking and technology transfer to help bring the technology for industrial, institutional and utility facilities where it is today

With BOILER MACT, Area Source MACT, CISWI MATS, and a Transport Rule compliance on the short term horizon and compliance plans being turned over to the operators and plant engineers for implementation the reality of the situation has hit home.  Can it be done?  Is conversion to Natural Gas an option?  What do you need to know to survive today and make life easier tomorrow?  Understanding the capabilities of the technology alternatives that could be applicable to these systems and the ways to improve the efficiency and add or increase the use of natural gas and Bio-fuels is imperative to lowering costs, improving operations and the possibility of compliance and possibly survival.

The Monday afternoon FBC Owners’ only  and Manufacturers’ & Suppliers’ Only Forums should be most interesting and provide an ideal opportunity to begin this discussion when all sessions join together for a general discussion looking for solutions, savings and joint benefits later that afternoon.  The conference will include presentations of the results of the CIBO Annual Operations and Performance Survey, energy assessments and tune-ups and discussion on plant performance assessment, maintenance, and emission control and sorbent considerations.  This year’s optional tour on Wednesday is set for a tour of Westwood Fluidized bed operation just north of Hershey.


Monday, May 19, 2014
12:00 - 5:30 REGISTRATION
    Owners' Forum
    Equipment & Service Suppliers' Forum & Conference Registration
Concurrent Owners' Only, Equipment and Service Suppliers' Only Forums
1:30 FBC and Stokers "Owners' Only" Forum
    Robin Mills Ridgway, Purdue University
1:30 - 2:30 Presentation of 2013 FBC and Stoker Owners' Survey & Benchmarking Results
    Jack Fuller, West Virginia University
2:30 - 3:45 General Discussions
Agenda to be Developed by Participants
    Robin Mills Ridgway, Purdue University
CIBO's "Owners' Only" Forum will convene for the 18th time on the Monday afternoon prior to the conference. Facility owners and operators will discuss boiler and system performance, equipment operation, technology and management issues under today's changing environment.

Fluidized Bed and Stoker owners may break into separate work groups to address technology specific issues that arise during the discussion.
Equipment & Service Supplier's Only Forum
2:30 - 3:45 "Equipment and Service Suppliers' Only" Forum
    Robert (Bob) Morrow, Detroit Stoker Company
CIBO’s Tenth forum session for equipment and service suppliers convenes.  The participants will generate their own agenda and discussion points.  One of the items to be discussed could be the development of an outline for a Guide for the selection and application for Fluidized Bed Boilers and Stocker Boilers in the United States today.

    Each group will appoint people from the group to report on and review the forum discussion in the open conference session on Tuesday morning.
3:45 COFFEE BREAK - as needed
      Gary Merritt, Conference Chairman, Inter-Power/AhlCon Partners, L.P.

    Owners and Suppliers Panels (Rep from FBC, Stoker and Suppliers) with Joint Group for Questions and Answers

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
7:00 - 8:00 CONFERENCE REGISTRATION & Hot Breakfast
8:00 Introduction by Conference Chairman
    Gary L. Merritt, Inter-Power/AhlCon Partners, L.P.
    Robin Mills Ridgway, Purdue University
8:00 - 8:45 Presentation of 2013 FBC and Stoker Owners' Survey Results and Discussion
    Jack Fuller, West Virginia University
8:45 Overview of Regulatory Issues and Technologies to Comply

Air Emissions Regulations
William (Bill) Campbell III, AECOM Environment

Tune-ups and Energy Assessmentse

    Robert (Bob) Fraser, ERM

Update on Water Regulations
    Dean Ritts, WorleyParsons Group Inc.
  COFFEE BREAK - as needed
10:30 Design, Operating and Performance Concerns for MATS and MACT
    Gary Merritt, Inter-Power/AhlCon Partners, L.P
    Robin Mills Ridgway, Purdue University
11:30 State Regulatory Requirements for Industrial Operations
    Vince Brisini, Deputy Secretary Pennsylvania DEP
1:15 - 2:45 Tune Up Case Studies
    Robin Mills Ridgway, Purdue University

    Boiler MACT: Beyond the Emissions Limits—Strategies for Compliance

    Brian Peterman, Sega, Inc.

    Stoker/Industrial Operations

    Robert (Bob) Morrow, Detroit Stoker Company
2:45 - 3:00 COFFEE BREAK
3:00 - 4:30 Operations and Maintenance Panel
    John Malloy, Northern Star Generation

    Chris Arihood, Purdue University Wade Utility Plant

    William (Bill) Caputo, Sorbent Injection Specialist, LLC

    Jon Cavote, UDC

4:30 - 5:15 Operation Requirements in 2014 and Beyond

    Jeff Campbell, SCRUBGRASS

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
7:00 Hot Breakfast
7:30 - 8:15 Outage Planning and Coordination 101
    Ron Rushing, Michigan State University
8:15 - 9:15 Sorbent Consideration Panel

    Mike Atwell, Solvay Chemicals Inc.

    Pat Mongoven, Mississippi Lime Company
    Jerry Hunt, Lhoist North America
    Tom Campbell, ADA Environmental Solutions (ADA-ES)
    Carl Laird, Carmeuse Lime & Stone, Inc.
9:15 - 10:00 Ash Beneficial Use and Disposal Consideration

    CFB Ash as a Carbon Sink

      Keith Brady and Greg Greenfield, PADEP

    Marking Marketable Fly Ash in a CFB

      Wayne Fried, AIT
10:00 - 12:00 Design, Performance and Operating Concerns with Fuel Conversions (Case Studies)

    TBD, Recast Energy, LLC

    Ron Campanella, Foster Wheeler North America
12:00 Overview of Westwood Power Plant
    John Oelbracht, Westwood Power Plant
12:30 Lunch for Tour Group
1:30 Board Bus
2:15 Arrive at Westwood
2:30 Plant Tour
3:45 Board Bus
4:00 Leave for Airport
5:00 Arrive Airport
5:30 Arrive at Hotel
6:00 - 7:00 No Host Stragglers' Reception