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Happenings on Capitol Hill, at the White House and in Federal Agencies

EESI Presents Carbon Accounting and Vehicle Fuels: A Research Update Capitol Hill Briefing 

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) will host a briefing examining recent research regarding the carbon dioxide (CO2) intensity of transportation fuels, such as crude oil and ethanol on Thursday, September 18 at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill.  A live webcast will be streamed at 3:00 PM EDT at (wireless connection permitting)

The panel will also consider the economic costs and benefits of renewable fuels as a CO2 reduction strategy. 

Currently, the U.S. transportation fuel supply contains approximately 10 percent ethanol, a renewable fuel intended to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and reduce dependence on petroleum.

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandates that corn ethanol must achieve greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions of 20 percent relative to petroleum-derived gasoline, while advanced biofuels and cellulosic biofuels must attain 50 to 60 percent GHG reductions, respectively.

New research suggests that improvements in technology may achieve even higher reductions in GHG for ethanol and advanced biofuels.

Models such as the “Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Transportation Model” (GREET) by Argonne 

In the ongoing search for a fuel blend that will meet increasing vehicle efficiency standards without significantly affecting consumer prices, ethanol provides many significant advantages in addition to its low carbon intensity.

In particular, ethanol is home grown (decreasing our dependence on foreign countries), and its production results in many valuable byproducts, such as dry distiller’s grains (animal feed), corn oil, and fiber.

Ethanol is also high in octane, which will become an increasingly important fuel characteristic as car manufacturers deploy increasingly efficient engine technologies. While ethanol has a lower overall energy content than gasoline, the decoupling of gasoline and ethanol prices means that fuels with high ethanol content, such as E85, are now at or close to price parity with gasoline on an energy content basis.

This briefing is the first in a series this fall, set to examine renewable fuels hosted by the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting environmentally sustainable societies.  READ MORE

Advanced Biofuels USA On the Road

Interviews in Tennessee and Louisiana Will Provide Substance of New Series of Articles and Information for Meetings on Capitol Hill

Advanced Biofuels USA's executive director has begun research for a new series of articles that will provide a peak into the work of those in the background that influence the direction of development and use of advanced biofuels.

To begin, Joanne Ivancic has visited at the University of Tennessee with Dr. Tom Rials, Dr. Nicole Labbe, Dr. Burton English and Jessica McCord. In Vonore, Tennessee, the home of Genera Energy, Tennera and a Dupont research facility, she visited with Dr. Sam Jackson, and Brad (shown with bales of switchgrass) and Kim Black who have worked on a switchgrass research project since it's inception in about 2007.

Ivancic, now in Louisiana, has been talking with economic development staff and others about the past, present and future of advanced biofuels development in this state that is emerging as a leader in the area.  Kate Moreano and Lacey Bordelon (in the photo from left to right) of the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) are just beginning to learn about the potential advanced biofuels development collaborations and initiatives in the state.

Hood College Volunteer Fair Reunites Former Volunteers, Encourages New Ones

Being located just a few blocks from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, enables students to easily join the volunteer ranks at Advanced Biofuels USA.  Over the years Hood students have written articles, attended conferences, represented Advanced Biofuels USA on Capitol Hill, assisted with all aspects of conference management, worked on technical website issues, organized local events and lent their hands to general office work and data management.

Advanced Biofuels USA would not be as successful as we are without the help of Hood College volunteers.

Future Events:  Come Visit Us!

Bioproducts World Showcase October 5-8, 2014 Columbus, OH

While OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center has historically promoted the industry through cluster development strategies to accelerate bioproducts commercialization, it is now expanding through this new event in 2014. Advanced Biofuels USA, expanding our attention to the biochemicals and bio-based products related to production of advanced biofuels, will be there.  Click here for more information.
Keystone Farm Show January 6-8, 2015 York, PA
For the fourth year, Advanced Biofuels USA exhibits at the Keystone Farm Show.  A great way to spend some cold winter days -- visting with and learning from full-time farmers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Northern Virginia.

Come see us in booth H308 in Building 3 on the York Fairgrounds.  READ MORE

Upcoming Advanced Biofuels Conferences and  Activities: Details, Discounts, Deals

7th Annual Renewable Energy Finance Forum-West September 16-17, 2014 San Francisco, CA

REFF-West is the premier West Coast renewable energy finance event, uniting senior financiers, investors, and renewable energy executives from across the country since 2008.

With a focus on renewable energy development in the Western U.S., REFF-West will highlight financing trends for renewable power, clean technologies, and transportation; assess the future of federal and state policy and the role of financing innovations; identify early-stage investment opportunities; and discuss the region’s role in the international renewable energy marketplace. The conference also offers unparalleled networking opportunities, allowing you to meet senior representatives from both the energy and financial sectors.

REFF-West is built on the success of REFF-Wall Street, the nation’s largest annual event for renewable energy finance that takes place each June and attracts over 600 participants. Both REFF-West and REFF-Wall Street are co-organized by the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) and Euromoney Energy Events.  20%  discount code: SPT20AB  READ MORE

7th Biofuels International Conference September 24-25, 2014 Ghent, Belgium

  • Key sponsors the Port of Ghent, hosting the networking reception
  • Potential tour to be held by the Port of Ghent 23 September 2014
Focusing on the latest developments in biofuels policy, international biofuels trading, sustainability, solutions for first generation producers, progress in advanced biofuels and information on feedstock pricing and trends. This 2 day conference will both educate and stimulate.
The event attracts a senior audience from around the world – one where you are able to interact with speakers, pose your own questions and create new business relationships.
With so much happening in the biofuels market the main aims of this event will be to:
  • Update delegates on the latest changes to biofuels legislation and policy
  • Provide information on international biofuels trade, including biofuel and feedstock prices, risk reduction and trade activities
  • Inform attendees about the latest research into sustainability, ILUC and multiple counting strategies
  • Aid first generation producers continue profitable production and add retrofit solutions
  • Drive second generation production forward, scaling up commercial scale advanced biofuels plants and hear from producers around the globe   READ MORE

2014 Algae Biomass Summit September 29-October 2, 2014  San Diego, CA

The 2014 Algae Biomass Summit will be in San Diego, a major hub of algae industry activity. Every year the Summit brings together all the leaders in the academic, government and private sectors. Don’t miss this chance to connect with the entire algae industry.  READ MORE

Bioproducts World Showcase October 5-8, 2014 Columbus, OH

The OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center (OBIC) at The Ohio State University will host the Showcase. OBIC seeks to promote the biobased materials and products industry. While OBIC has historically promoted the industry through cluster development strategies to accelerate bioproducts commercialization, it is now expanding through this new event in 2014.

Its main mission is to showcase USDA BioPreferred and Certified Biobased products in a single event for both commercial and government procurement officials.

The Bioproducts World Showcase is for:
• Government Procurement Officials
• Buyers for major retailers and distributors
• Producers of biobased materials
• Product manufacturers (biobased and conventional)
• Entrepreneurs

Features of the event will include educational sessions with industry experts and a trade show showcasing the future of the bioproducts industry.  READ MORE

MSW to Biofuels and Bio-products Summit October 6-7, 2014 Orlando, FL

MSW to Biofuels and Bio-products is the premiere forum for companies with MSW conversion capabilities.  With over 200 attendees expected to attend, a great number of municipalities and 30 + leading industry voices, join us for 2 days of partnerships, business development and focussed learning on October 6th and 7th.
  • Finance: Bridge the gap between the finance community and new technology to kick start delivery of your facility
  • Partnership: Build collaborative partnerships with waste stream owners, technology providers and financiers to get the stamp of approval for your project needs
  • Technology: De-risk your MSW to biofuels project and deliver excellent returns by choosing the right technology route
  • Beyond Biofuels: Discover lucrative alternatives to biofuels production exploiting the likes of syngas, hydrogen, and chemicals to boost your revenue from waste
  • Policy and regulatory issues: Get smart on the latest shifts in state & federal policy and incorporate them into your project plan so you can avoid shocks!  READ MORE  10% discount to Advanced Biofuels USA subscribers.

National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo October 13-15, 2014 Minneapolis, Minnesota

Produced by BBI International, this national event will feature the world of advanced biofuels and biobased chemicals—technology scale-up, project finance, policy, national markets and more—with a core focus on the industrial, petroleum and agribusiness alliances defining the national advanced biofuels industry. With a vertically integrated program and audience, the National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo is tailored for industry professionals engaged in producing, developing and deploying advanced biofuels, biobased platform chemicals, polymers and other renewable molecules that have the potential to meet or exceed the performance of petroleum-derived products.   READ MORE

Use discount code: ABUSA250 to receive the $250 off full registration! 

F.O. Licht’s World Ethanol & Biofuels November 3-6, 2014 Budapest, Hungary

Now in its 17th year, F.O. Licht’s World Ethanol and Biofuels is the must attend event for the global ethanol and biofuels community. Recognised as the best forum for in-depth analysis and as the biggest week of trade and business in the year, this really is the annual global meeting place where fresh ideas, lots of business and new contacts are made.

F.O. Licht’s World Ethanol and Biofuels conference is the No.1 networking forum for the industry, attracting a cross-section of the supply chain from all over the world.
  • Hear and Meet Ethanol & Biofuel Producers from Across the Globe – 25% of Total Attendance
  • Be Part of the Biggest Week of Trade and Business in the Year
  • Covering all Biofuels, Biochemicals and Providing 2G Solutions
  • You’ll be Alongside 600+ International Executives with a Stake in this Industry
  • Be Part of an Event Which Provides the Best Content Designed by Experts in the Ethanol and Biofuels Market
  • More Face-To-Face Networking Opportunities  READ MORE

EcoChem November 11-13, 2014 Basel, Switzerland

The chemicals market is changing. Fast. Society wants all the benefits that the chemical industry provides with none of the negative health and environmental problems and consumers increasingly demand products and processes that are more sustainable.

New Knowledge, New Relationships, New Ideas

Understanding the challenges and opportunities which are rapidly emerging requires new thinking, new ways of working together throughout value chains and across disciplines, new products and technologies and new ways to remove barriers. The Ecochem Exhibition and Conference will provide an independent, scientifically-supported platform to accelerate innovation, research, commercialisation and market uptake in the design, production and use of efficient, effective, safe and more environmentally benign chemical products and processes.  READ MORE

Venice 2014 – Fifth International Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste November 17-20 Venice, Italy

The production of energy from alternative sources and its impact on climate change are among the main strategic tools implicated in the sustainable development of our society. Numerous types of biomass and wastes contribute towards the production of energy and reduction in the use of fossil fuels by means of biological, chemical and thermal processes. Existing biomass and waste to energy technologies are currently undergoing rapid development. Despite growing interest in the use of these technologies, in many countries their implementation remains limited.

The aim of the Venice 2014 Symposium is to focus on the advances made in the application of technologies for energy recovery from biomass and waste and to encourage discussion in these fields. The previous edition of the Symposium, held in 2012, was attended by nearly 580 scientists and operators from approximately 62 different countries.

The fifth edition of the Symposium will be held in the stunning island of San Servolo in the Venetian Lagoon and will feature:

Three days of scientific presentations
One day of guided technical tours at biochemical and thermochemical plants
Six parallel oral sessions (one of which in Italian), poster sessions and an exhibition by companies working in the field
Expected attendance of over 600 delegates from tens of different countries worldwide
The Symposium is organized by the International Waste Working Group (IWWG) with the scientific support of the Universities of Queensland, Padova, Hokkaido, Rostock, Trento and Hamburg University of Technology.  READ MORE

Renewable Energy Latin American & Caribbean Conference & Exhibition (RELACCx) November 20-21, 2014 Fajardo, Puerto Rico

Renewable Energy Latin America & Caribbean Conference & Exhibition (RELACCx, is the premier renewable energy finance and development event for Latin America and the Caribbean. This two-day conference will take an in-depth look at political and financial landscapes, prominent and emerging markets, and existing energy infrastructure to provide the audience with the tools needed to accelerate renewable energy development in these regions.

From new business models that encourage small-scale renewable energy deployment to financial mechanisms for utility-scale power plants, this conference addresses current challenges and opportunities from investor, project developer, policymaker, and regulatory perspectives. Learn from the successes of existing projects to better understand industry hurdles, and gain key insights from financial institutions to minimize risk and increase the viability of renewable energy projects in your country.
Use 20% discount code SPT20AB and REGISTER TODAY!

F.O. Licht’s Ethanol Latin America December 1-3, 2014   Panama Licht’s Ethanol Latin Amercia is a unique opportunity to network and hear from key industry players from a region that offers huge potential for expansion, trade and investment. Bringing together ethanol and biofuel producers, sugar millers, traders, technology companies, shipping and logistics companies and users of fuel, industrial and beverage ethanol – this event provides the insights and contacts you need to succeed in this region.

Featuring specialists in ethanol plant design and operation, this is a must-attend workshop to improve your knowledge on the fundamentals of ethanol production, identifying the key factors in maximising production efficiency and implementing new technologies and finding out how best to run your plant in a sustainable and profitable manner.   READ MORE

Lignofuels 2015 January 21-22   Madrid, Spain

On its 6th edition, this two day annual conference will once again bring together key industry stakeholders, from across the globe, to engage in interactive discussions as well as network with a variety of people. You will be joined by advanced biofuels companies, enzyme companies, biotechnology developers, chemical companies and many more.

Exclusive Site Visit
We also have the exciting opportunity to visit Abengoa Bioenergy’s W2B Demonstration Plant during the afternoon of Tuesday 20th January 2015 as part of the event. Only a limited number of attendees will have this opportunity.

The plant has capacity to treat 25,000 tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) from which it will obtain up to 1.5 million liters of bioethanol, using technology developed by Abengoa to produce 2nd generation biofuels from MSW using a fermentation and enzymatic hydrolysis treatment. During the transformation process, the organic matter is treated in various ways to produce organic fiber that is rich in cellulose and hemicellulose, which is subsequently converted into bioethanol.

Advanced Biofuels USA readers/subscribers are entitled to a discount on registration. For more information, full agenda or discounted registration please contact Dimitri Pavlyk on +44 (0)203 141 0627 or quoting EEF6D15.

6th Annual Next Generation Bio-Based and Sustainable Chemicals Summit February 3-5, 2015 New Orleans, LA

Infocast’s 6th Annual Next Generation Bio-Based and Sustainable Chemicals Summit debuts in New Orleans, LA, co-located with informEx for the first time to provide attendees with unparalleled networking capabilities  and access to exhibitors. Bio-based tech start-ups, brand owners, chemical majors, feedstock providers, financiers, strategic venture capitalists, OEMs and retailers from around the world will once again convene to explore bio-based chemicals as the answer to a number of market drivers. Speakers will provide a detailed overview of the most current developments the industry faces and map out a clear path of the road to commercialization. This high value networking Summit is globally recognized as the deal-making hub for the bio-based industry. We look forward to seeing you at the event our participants have praised as “The Premier Bio-Based Chemicals Conference in North America!”  READ MORE

AMI’s Green Polymer Chemistry 2015 March 18-19 Cologne, Germany

AMI’s Green Polymer Chemistry 2015 is the 4th edition of the international conference on sustainable synthesis of plastics and elastomers including materials currently available in the marketplace. The event will take place from 18-19 March 2014 at the Maritim Hotel, Cologne, Germany. The conference consists of a 2-day techno-economic programme alongside a focused exhibition with a networking evening cocktail reception on the 18th March for all delegates and speakers.
The Green Polymer Chemistry conference is an ideal forum for today’s market, as the polymer industry looks at alternatives to fossil feedstock to ensure a long-term future. The programme aims to cover: 
  • The latest developments in producing conventional polymers from sustainable sources, such as biorefineries, algae, waste and CO2.
  • What is the LCA and carbon footprint of the alternative sources, and is there competition with food and fuel?
  • Are there ”green” polymers that are commercially feasible in terms of price and availability for large brand owners
Green Polymer Chemistry 2015 offers high-level professional networking, for brand owners, environment and sustainability managers, business development and innovation professionals, chemical engineers, plastics manufacturers, agriculture specialists, biorefinery experts, biochemists, researchers and suppliers to the industry to debate sustainable, economic solutions for the polymer industry.  READ MORE

International Conference and Exhibition on Biopolymers and Bioplastics August 10-12, 2015 San Francisco, CA

Biopolymers  and Bioplastics-2015 is the premier event which brings together a unique and International mix of experts, researchers and decision makers both from academia and Industry across the globe to discuss the current issues and to share the research idea in the arena of biotechnology, material science, environmental science ,nanotechnology , Chemistry  and other allied fields. The event includes interactive sessions, Key note speech, of Oral Presentation, Poster presentation, Scientific partnering, Exhibition etc.

Scope of the congress:
  • Green Chemicals : Biopolymers and Bioplastics
  • Bioplastics vs Conventional Plastics
  • Future and Scope for biopolymers and Bioplastics
  • Biorefineries and Industrial Biotechnology
  • Current Status on Biobased Materials and Biorefining
  • Biomass in Industrial development
  • Case Studies: Different Uses of Bioplastics
  • Ceramic Composites and Its Applications
  • Biodegradation, composting, environmental issues
  • Biocomposites
  • Biomacromolecules and biopolymers
  • Micro and Nano Blends based on Natural Polymers
  • Production of other biobased/biodegradable polymers  READ MORE

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