Event Details

To suffice and mitigate the problems of climate change, scientists have been working their way to find a solution in acquiring energy while lessening the effects on the environment. With that, the formulation of a carbon-neutral fuel, biomass, has been effective.

Biomass is an organic fuel made out of plant residues, agricultural residues, and animal wastes that produces heat and electricity. It is both a renewable and sustainable source of energy that neutralizes carbon emissions, as well as reduces our overreliance on fossil fuels.

To further grasp a better understanding of what biomass fuels are, AmCham's Energy & Power Committee will be hosting the AmCham Energy Forum: Breaking Inefficiency and Optimizing Massive Sustainability (BIOMASS), on September 29, 2022, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 NN (PH Time) via Zoom.


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Speakers and Reactor

  • Prof. Una Catherine Nowling (Section Leader and Technology Leader, Fuels & Reliability at Black & Veatch)

    Prof. Una Catherine Nowling

    Section Leader and Technology Leader, Fuels & Reliability at Black & Veatch

    Professor Una Nowling is a Project Manager and Global Technology Leader with 29 years of experience managing studies on Rankine-cycle, simple and combined-cycle, and various new technology power systems. She assists utilities and energy companies with fuel quality impact studies; coal to biomass co-firing and conversion studies, coal to gas co-firing and conversion studies, green hydrogen and ammonia studies, waste to energy analysis, combustion and boiler operations analyses; emissions compliance; and technical and scientific training. She performs targeted technical conceptual studies on subjects such as rare earth element refining, reliability and RAM modeling, and monitoring and diagnostics subjects. Ms. Nowling has managed more than 250 projects in her career at Black & Veatch, and in the last ten years has managed detailed heat rate studies on more than 135 units. She has published more than 150 technical papers and industry presentations, 10 major EPRI technical reports, and various white papers and industry studies. Ms. Nowling also sits on the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Heat Rate Committee, she has been an adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Missouri for more than a decade, is a monthly columnist for POWER Magazine writing the “Marnie Surfaceblow and Maya Sharma” feature, and was honored by the Harvard Society of Fellows, the Society of Women Engineers, the University of Missouri, Central Exchange, and others for her work fostering diversity in STEMM.

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  • Jessica Russell (Fuels, Performance and Reliability Consultant at Black & Veatch)

    Jessica Russell

    Fuels, Performance and Reliability Consultant at Black & Veatch

    Jessica Russell is a Fuels, Performance, and Reliability Consultant within Black & Veatch's Energy & Process Industries business. Her primary roles are assisting in coal to biomass and coal to gas conversion studies, rare earth element extraction assessments, decarbonization via heat rate improvement, and remote performance monitoring and diagnostics.

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  • Ruby B. de Guzman (OIC-Assistant Director of Renewable Energy Management Bureau Department of Energy)

    Ruby B. de Guzman

    OIC-Assistant Director of Renewable Energy Management Bureau Department of Energy

    Ruby is recently designated as the OIC-Assistant Director of the Renewable Energy Management Bureau (REMB) of the DOE effective 23 August 2022.

    Ms. De Guzman assists in the administration and overall operational activities of the Bureau, specifically on the effective implementation of policies and programs related to the accelerated development, transformation, utilization, and commercialization of renewable energy resources and technologies, pursuant to Section 32 of the Republic Act No. 9513 or the Renewable Energy Act of 2008 Prior to the position, Ruby was the Chief Science Research Specialist of the Biomass Energy Management Division of the REMB.

    Ms. De Guzman graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a degree in Chemical Engineering and completed her Master's in Public Management at the Development Academy of the Philippines.

    Moreover, Ms. De Guzman has participated as a resource speaker/panelist in various international and local workshops, and conferences, for a and training on biofuels, and bioenergy, including waste-to-energy (WTE) technologies.

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