History of the BDC
BDC was originally founded in 2006 as Biorefinery Deployment Collaborative by CleanTech Partners, Inc, a Wisconsin-based organization (www.cleantechpartners.org) that helps commercialize energy saving and renewable energy technologies. In 2006, the regional organization in the Lake States was formed as a way to share information and educate about the early stages of bioprocesses and about specific projects funded by DOE for thermal conversion of wood to biofuels in integrated pulp mills at Flambeau River and NewPage, both in Wisconsin.
It was decided in 2010 to expand the organization to a national organization and the name was changed to Bioenergy Deployment Consortium to inflect the broader area of bioenergy and more accurately reflect the needs of our BDC’s members. It was also decided to become a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Soon after, it was recognized that the name "Bioenergy" did not cover all that BDC promoted, and the term "Bioproducts" to describe the products that BDC promoted.
In 2015, recognizing a need to have the name that better reflected the breadth of focus of BDC, a decision was made to change the name of the organization again. "BDC" had become the identity of the organization, and not wanting to lose its value, the name "BioRenewable Deployment Consortium" was chosen and the logo was changed to reflect the name change.
Initially the membership consisted of a regional group of partnering companies but now BDC has grown to include a more diverse group of over twenty companies and the membership has become international. Members include manufacturers, suppliers of technology, government agencies, and selected academic institutions.
BDC continues to focus on education and sharing through its two symposiums each year, plus the screening of articles of interest, and as a resource to our members. However, a large portion of BDC's efforts now are on brokering partnerships to help get economic bio-processes deployed and proven.
May 2007 | Atlanta, GA
November 2007 | Little Rock, AR: Tour PRM’s Gasifier at the Producer’s Rice Mill facility, Stuttgart, AR
April 2008 | Madison, WI: Tour Virent Energy Biofuels Pilot Facility, Madison, WI
September 2008 | Benson, MN: Tour Frontline Bioenergy CVEC Gasifier, Benson, MN
March 2009 | Golden, CO: Tour NREL Facility, Golden, CO
October 2009 | Durham, NC: Tour SRI Facility, Durham, NC
April 2010 | Pittsburgh, PA: Tour Coskata Hybrid Gasifier/Fermenter, Madison, PA
September 2010 | Cedar Rapids, IA: Tour Fiberight MSW to ethanol plant, Blairstown, IA
April 2011 | Washington, DC: Industry Partnering Presentation to USDA
October 2011 | Columbus, OH: Tours of butylfuel demonstration plant and Velocys microchannel Fischer Tropsch reactor manufacturing plant
May 2012 | Knoxville, TN: Tours of Oak Ridge National Laboratories and DuPont Cellulosic Ethanol
Sept 2012 | Alpena, MI: Tour of API
Apr 2013 | Greensboro, NC: Tour of TRI and Piedmont Biofuels
Aug 2013 | Sarnia, ON, Canada: Tour of Innovation Center
Apr 2014 | Bangor, MN: Tour of Main Bioenergy Labs and Old Town Fuel and Fiber
Oct 2014 | Fort Myers, FL: Tour of Algenol
May 2015 | Denver, CO: Tour of National Renewable Energy Labs