Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM EST
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Bravo's - Robinson Twp 
211 Summit Park Drived
Pittsburgh, PA 15275

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Converting Wood Chips to Diesel Fuel


Joe Pezze, Environmental Consultant

Bravo's Restaurant
211 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275  

Tuesday Nov 27, 2018

6:00 to 8:30 pm




A company in northwest Pennsylvania is proposing the construction of a biomass to synthetic fuel plant in Crawford County, PA. The plant is designed to produce 6 to 8 million gallons per year of synthetic diesel fuel using a patented Proton Power Incorporated (PPI) process that produces hydrogen from wood chips or other cellulosic biomass. The core technology, referred to as Cellulose to Hydrogen Power (CHyP) is ideal for the production of power or for the use of producing synthetic fuels as either renewable diesel or aviation fuel. In this process, the plant will primarily produce diesel fuel. The by-products generated from the process will be biochar, which can be used as a soil supplement, wood vinegar, graphene and waste water.  Mr. Pezze will discuss the permitting process and the attractiveness of this process including potential uses for the bi-products.

Our Speaker 

Joe Pezze, QEP (Qualified Environmental Professional) is a Principal Owner of the Hillcrest Group, LLC a small environmental consulting company located in SW PA. Hillcrest has been helping clients on environmental permitting and compliance issues since 2002 in PA and other states.

Joe was an enviromental engineer and manager at PA DEP's SW regional office from 1975 to 2002.  Since 2002 he has been an adjunct professor at Duquesne University while managing his own environmental consulting group.  He has a BS in Metallurgical Engineering and an MS in Engineering and Public Health both from the Univ. of Pittsburgh.


6:00 - 6:30pm - Registration

6:30 - 7:30pm - Family Style Dinner

7:30 - 8:30pm Technical Presentation


Please pre-register and pre-pay for this event

by February 8, 2019 so we know how many

attendees to expect for dinner.

We need an accurate headcount for the dinner so our

registration will close Friday Evening February 8th.