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Biofuels International Conference & Expo - Berlin - 10-11 October 2018 - Listen, learn and networkLIMITED OFFER 20% OFF - BUY TWO PASSES GET 3RD FREE
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International Biomass Congress & Expo - Berlin - 10-11 October 2018 - Bringing biomass markets closer International Biogas Congress & Expo - Berlin - 10-11 October 2018 - Innovations in biogas

Now in its 11th year, the acclaimed Biofuels International Conference and Expo will be taking place in Germany for the first time.

With regulations and markets constantly evolving, it’s becoming increasingly important to stay informed on this ever-changing landscape.

Not only will attendees benefit from the fantastic networking opportunities available but they will hear two-days of engaging talks from industry experts and discover the trends that will shape their biofuels plans for the near future.

Brought to you by Biofuels International, the leading international industry publication, this year’s conference will be co-located with the International Biogas Congress & Expo as well as the International Biomass Congress & Expo, heralding this series of bio events as our largest gathering yet of bio related companies, giving participants unrivalled coverage.

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Agenda - subject to change

DAY ONE: 10th October 2018

9.15 Welcoming remarks from the Chair
Ausilio Bauen, Director, e4tech

9.30 Progress in lignocellulosic biofuels and their potential contribution to 2030

  • Latest developments in novel biofuel technologies
  • Potential ramp up in supply to 2030
  • End-uses and contribution to targets
  • Requirements for growth

Ausilio Bauen, Director, E4tech

10.00 The low carbon transition and its impact on biofuels demand.
João Fernandes Silva, Research Analyst, Prima

METGEN10.30 Networking break
Sponsored by METGEN

11.00 REDII negotiations: providing clarity on the 2020-2030 regulatory framework, from waste-based biofuels perspective
Angel Alvarez Alberdi, Secretary General, European Waste to Advanced Biofuels Association

11.30 Investing in advanced biofuels: from waste to fuels
Andrew Murfin, General Manager, Advanced Biofuels, Shell

12.00 Urban waste to biofuels: the case of Enerkem

  • From lab to full-scale deployment of breakthrough technology
  • Biorefinery business model
  • Local and international commercial expansion
  • Success factors and challenges

Lisa Hanke, Director, Government Affairs, Enerkem

12.30 Q&A with this morning’s speakers

Specac1.00 Networking lunch
Sponsored by SPECAC

1.50 Session two: Opening remarks from the Chair:
Ausilio Bauen, Director, e4tech

2.00 Neste - sustainable growth via HVO platform and beyond

  • Sustainable growth through HVO - key elements of the success so far
  • Further sustainable growth through broadening the feedstock and product portfolio

Dr. Perttu Koskinen, Head of R&D, Feedstock and Technologies, Neste Corporation

2.30 UK’s RTFO - an Opportunity for Price Reporting, & Attracting Wider Investment?
Tim Worledge, Editorial Director, Census Commodities

3.00 Certifying Sustainability and Emission Savings of Advanced Biofuels

  • Classification of advanced biofuels
  • Challenges for certification
  • Co-processing of biofuels
  • Traceable and deforestation-free supply chains

Peter Hawighorst, Program Manager, ISCC System

METGEN3.30 Networking break
Sponsored by METGEN

4.00 Status of pyrolysis and update on the empyro pyrolysis demonstration plant.

  • Update on Technical challenges in the first 3 years.
  • Details on running hours and operational issues.
  • Pyrolysis oil as starting point of BioLiquids Refinery.
  • Pyrolysis oil as a solution to comply with RED2 directive

Gerhard Muggen, Managing Director, BTG-BTL

4.30 Modern Alchemy: Waste to Value with IH2 Technology

  • How to convert a wide range of forest, agricultural, aquacultural and municipal residues directly into drop-in hydrocarbon transportation fuels and blend stocks
  • IH2 Technology - its development, economics as well as its potential to create low carbon renewable fuels as an early example of carbon recycle

Dr. László Domokos, Business Opportunity Manager, Shell Global Solutions International

5.00 Partnership opportunities between Europe and Colombia -Peru in the framework of the Free Trade Agreement
Dr. Jorge Bendeck, Founder, Colombian Petroleum Institute - ICP

AGQM5.30 Networking drinks
Sponsored by AGQM


DAY TWO: 11th October 2018

9.15 Welcoming remarks from the Chair:
Ausilio Bauen, Director, e4tech

9.30 Emerging opportunities in the bioethanol sector
Stefan Walter, Secretary General, German Bioethanol Industry Association

10.00 What impact will REDII have on the bioethanol industry?
Joachim Lutz, CEO, CropEnergies AG

METGEN10.30 Networking break
Sponsored by METGEN

11.00 Reforms to the bioethanol market post-2020
Emmanuel Desplechin, Secretary General, ePURE

11.30 OneTwoChem - Enabling professional management of spot biodiesel procurement
Jeffrey Landau OneTwoChem Marketing Evonik Digital GmbH (subsidiary of Evonik Industries AG)

12.00 Sunliquid technology: commercial readiness
Paolo Corvo, Head of Business Development Biofuels & Derivatives Group Biotechnology, Clariant

12.30 PRAJ's 2G bioethanol technology: Commercial Lift-off
Mallikarjun Navalgund, President Europe and Asia-Pacific (Advanced Biofuels and Chemicals), Praj

Specac1.00 Networking lunch
Sponsored by SPECAC

2.20 Opening remarks from the Chair
Ausilio Bauen, Director, e4tech

2.30 Sustainability certification post-2020 – changes and challenges
Peter Jürgens, REDcert GmbH

3.00 Latest Developments in Marine Biofuels
Bart Hellings, Head of Innovation, GoodFuels

METGEN3.30 Networking break
Sponsored by METGEN

4.00 Renewables on the Runway: Is Renewable Jet Fuel nearing commercial takeoff
Bruce Comer, Managing Director, Ocean Park Advisors

4.30 Economic analysis and effective policy design to support advanced alternative fuels for aviation
Chelsea Baldino, Associate Researcher, Fuels, The ICCT

5.00 Conference closes


Speaker Biographies

Dr Ausilio Bauen

Dr Ausilio Bauen

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Dr Ausilio Bauen is a Director of E4tech, a strategy consulting firm specialising in sustainable energy. He has 20 years’ experience in sustainable energy technologies and supply chains. Ausilio works with private and public sector clients to understand opportunities and risks in sustainable energy and develop related business and policy strategies. His work covers techno-economic, environmental, market, business and policy aspects. In particular, Ausilio advises energy and automotive companies, technology developers, industry associations and governments on growth and sustainability aspects of biofuels. He is part of advisory panels for a range of organisations, including the IEA's Bioenergy Roadmap Advisory Group, the Climate Bonds Initiative's Technical Working Group on bioenergy, and the selection panel for the UK Department for Transport's Fuels for Freight and Flight Competition.

Bart Hellings

Bart Hellings
Head of Innovation

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Bart is responsible for development of biofuels for the marine market at GoodFuels. Before joining GoodFuels he worked as a management consultant on corportate sustainability and innovation and he pioneered on the development of sustainable biofuels from tropical crops.

Dr. László Domokos

Dr. László Domokos
Business Opportunity Manager
Shell Global Solutions International

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Dr. László Domokos has joined Shell Research and Technology Centre Amsterdam in 2000 after receiving his PhD in Catalysis from University of Twente, The Netherlands. He has worked in a variety of catalyst research and product development programs for hydrotreating, hydrocracking, dewaxing, petrochemicals (BTX) applications, residue conversion, zeolite production and GTL catalysts, resulting in more than 60 patents. He has held an advisor position for downstream technology deployment to senior level executives in Shell. Currently, he is involved in IH²® technology maturation & licensing.

Joachim Lutz

Joachim Lutz
CropEnergies AG

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Production, Business Development, Public Relations, Marketing, Investor Relations, Compliance and Human Resources In addition to his banking traineeship, Joachim Lutz studied at the University of Mannheim from 1979 until 1984, specializing in banking, finance and auditing. After receiving his diploma in business administration, he worked at Deutsche Bank AG until the end of 1990, concentrating on corporate finance consulting for large stock corporations.

In January 1991, he became Head of Finance at Südzucker AG in Mannheim and in 1995 he became Director of Finance and Investor Relations. Besides corporate finance, this also included the capital market business of Südzucker Group.

In 2006, Joachim Lutz prepared the divisional segmentation of CropEnergies AG and in May 2006, was appointed its Chief Financial Officer. The initial public offering (IPO) of CropEnergies AG took place in September 2006. Since April 2015, Joachim Lutz has been the Chief Executive Officer of CropEnergies AG.

Chelsea Baldino

Chelsea Baldino
Associate Researcher, Fuels

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Chelsea Baldino's research focuses on advanced biofuel technology pathways and the greenhouse gas implications of diverting waste and residues to biofuel production. Previously, she wrote a white paper with ICCT's passenger vehicles program on real-world NOX and CO2 emissions from diesel cars in Europe. She holds a Master of Environmental Management in Environmental Economics and Policy from Duke University and a B.A. in Environmental Sciences and Economics from Northwestern University.

Peter Hawighorst

Peter Hawighorst
Program Manager
ISCC System

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Dr. Peter Hawighorst is a program manager at ISCC System GmbH. He studied agricultural sciences at the University of Bonn and did his PhD studies in forest sciences at the University of Goettingen. Before joining ISCC, he worked as a scientific coordinater at the Buesgen-Institut, University of Goettingen. At ISCC his work is focusing on sustainability certification and traceability along complex supply chains. One of his key working fields is the sustainability certification of advanced biofuels and biomethane.

Emmanuel Desplechin

Emmanuel Desplechin
Secretary General

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Graduated from the Institute of Political Studies of Bordeaux, France, and holder of an LL.M in European Law from the University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain, Emmanuel Desplechin is in charge of Government Affairs and Secretary General at ePURE.

Prior to that, Emmanuel was the Secretary General of the Industrial Ethanol Association for several years. In 2008, he joined UNICA, the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association, to open its office in Brussels. In March 2011 he joined the Danish biotech company Novozymes as Senior Manager for Public Affairs. He was appointed in his current functions at ePURE in September 2013.

Dr Jorge Bendeck

Dr Jorge Bendeck
Columbian Petroleum Institute – ICP

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   - Engineer of petroleum and geology - Universidad Nacional de Colombia-Medellin.
   - Palinologist - University of Vienna, Austria.
   - Business - INALDE- Universidad La Sabana, Bogotá.

   - Founder and First Director - of the Colombian Petroleum Institute - ICP
   - Vice President of exploration and production of ECOPETROL
   - President (CEO) (e) ECOPETROL
   - Minister of public works and Transport
   - Minister of Transport
   - AD HOC Minister of mining and energy
   - Ambassador of Colombia in Germany

Current Positions:
   - Executive President of the National Biofuels Federation of Colombia.
   - Delegate of the Colombian President for the National Agency of Hydrocarbons (ANH).

Other activities:
   - University Professor.
   - Honorary Professor of the University of America, Bogota.
   - speaker writer author of eight (8) books on technical and historical subjects

Angel Alvarez Alberdi

Angel Alvarez Alberdi
Secretary General
Waste to Advanced Biofuels Association

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Angel Alberdi is the Secretary General of the European Waste-to-Advanced Biofuels Association (EWABA), a Brussels-based association defending the interests of EU UCO Collectors and the advanced biofuels industry at-large. Mr. Alberdi has been active in public and government affairs in the Energy sector in Brussels for more than 7 years, with relevant professional experiences in the European Commission, European trade associations, international consultancies and law firms.

Gerhard Muggen
Managing Director

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Gerhard Muggen is managing director and shareholder of BTG Bioliquids BV (BTG-BTL) and managing director of Empyro. As managing director, he is responsible for the strategy of BTG-BTL and the world wide marketing and sales. Gerhard has been working for Stork Thermeq for 8 years as Sales manager and the last four years as Vice President Marketing and Sales. In the last job he was responsible for the international marketing and sales department and directly involved in the marketing and sales in China, India and Russia. Gerhard was also responsible for organizing and initiating new developments and marketing new technologies. Besides his activities for BTG-BTL Gerhard gives lectures about export, business development and innovation.

Lisa Hanke

Lisa Hanke
Government Affairs

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Lisa Hanke joined Enerkem as Director of Government Affairs in August of 2013. She has acquired over 17 years of experience in government affairs, stakeholder relations, crisis management and communications. Lisa has worked in the renewable fuels sector for the past 11 years with a focus on the Canadian, U.S. and European markets.

Before joining Enerkem, Ms. Hanke held positions within both the public and private sectors, most recently at Atomic Energy Canada leading public affairs activities at the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management Office. Prior to that, she was Public Affairs Manager at Iogen Corporation, a cellulosic biofuels technology developer, where she worked on communications and government affairs issues.

Ms. Hanke studied Public Relations at Valdosta State University in Georgia, U.S. and at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Canada.

Dr. Perttu Koskinen

Dr. Perttu Koskinen
Head of R&D
Feedstock and Technologies
Neste Corporation

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I'm leading R&D department at Neste that is responsible for development of feedstock (renewable and recycled fossil feeds) and technologies for sustainable, low carbon fuels, chemicals and materials. I hold Doctor in Technology degree in environmental biotechnology and have 10 years of industrial R&D experience in development of technologies for renewable fuels and chemicals.

Neste creates sustainable solutions for transport, business, and consumer needs. Our wide range of renewable products enable our customers to reduce climate emissions. We are the world's largest producer of renewable diesel refined from waste and residues, introducing renewable solutions also to the aviation and plastics industries. In 2018, Neste placed 2nd on the Global 100 list of the most sustainable companies in the world.

João Fernandes Silva

João Fernandes Silva
Research Analyst

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I’m a Research Analyst for PRIMA, covering the expanding low carbon feedstock and fuel markets across Europe with a focus on trade in the ARA market. I’m also responsible for PRIMA’s coverage and analytics in biodiesel feedstock and ethanol markets in South America.

Bruce Comer

Bruce Comer
Managing Director
Ocean Park Advisors

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Mr. Comer is the founder of Ocean Park Advisors, one of the leading investment banks in the renewable fuels sector. The firm has successfully closed 25 Mergers and Acquisitions transactions in the renewable fuels sector since 2006. Recently, he led the Ocean Park team that advised American Airlines on developing an RJF strategy. He has advised major airlines on RJF since 2012. Mr. Comer served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of a biodiesel company from 2006 to 2008. He has published articles in industry journals, and appeared at conferences and on CNBC to discuss renewable fuels.

Prior to founding OPA, Mr. Comer served in leadership roles for a private equity fund in Los Angeles, a global telecom company in the US and Asia, Merrill Lynch’s investment banking team in New York and leading management consulting firms in the US and Asia. Mr. Comer received his Bachelor’s Degree, cum laude, from Princeton University; a Master’s Degree with Distinction in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University; and an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School.

Peter Jürgens

Peter Jürgens
REDcert GmbH

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Since it’s foundation in 2010 Peter Jürgens is director of the REDcert GmbH which has been designated by German’s leading branch organisations in the agricultural and biofuel sector as a coordinator of the REDcert certification scheme for sustainable biomass and biofuels.

In addition he is director of two other companies – ORGAINVENT and SeedGuard – which provide certification schemes and services in the field of food labelling and seed treatment.

He studied agricultural science in Bonn and has a long experience with the development and operation of certification schemes in agribusiness and food sector. He’s also lead-auditor working for several certification bodies in the field of quality-, environmental- and food-safety management and engaged as an instructor and inspector for the German Society for Quality (DGQ e.V.).

Stefan Walter

Stefan Walter
Lawyer and Managing Director
German Bioethanol Industry Association (BDBe)

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Stefan Walter, Lawyer and Managing Director of the German Bioethanol Industry Association (BDBe) in Berlin. Born in July 1974 in Celle, studied Law at Leibniz University Hanover (1993 –1999) and EU Law at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (1999 – 2000). He has extensive professional experience working with trade associations as a policy advisor on real estate and taxation policy in Berlin. From 2014 to 2018 he was senior policy advisor on tax issues and head of the legal department at the German Farmers Association (DBV).

Jeffrey Landau

Jeffrey Landau
OneTwoChem Marketing
Evonik Digital GmbH (subsidiary of Evonik Industries AG)

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Jeff is responsible for Marketing of OneTwoChem, a new platform for spot chemicals. Jeff has worked for Evonik Industries for 15 years in various marketing functions including the internal consulting group called Marketing and Sales Excellence (MSE). He pioneered the use of Competitive Gaming at MSE to help businesses get into the shoes of their competitors. Currently, Jeff is focused on digital topics related to E-commerce and customer experience. He has worked in Germany the past 4 years and is scheduled to return to the USA in December where he will continue his marketing and sales efforts with OneTwoChem.

Andrew Murfin

Andrew Murfin
General Manager
Advanced Biofuels

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Andrew Murfin joined Alternative Energies in 2009 and was appointed GM Advanced Biofuels at the beginning of 2013. In his current role, he has global accountability for the delivery of an advanced biofuels manufacturing business. He has over 25 years' commercial, project and technology implementation experience.

Prior to his current role, Andrew was in Canada, developing a proposed project to deliver a cellulosic ethanol facility in conjunction with government funding and technology providers. Previously, he was Project Director of the now operational $3bn London Array offshore wind project in the UK.

Andrew has worked in the renewable energy field since 2001 and joined Shell in 2003. Prior to joining Shell, he held a number of senior positions in UK electricity and gas utilities.

He spent much of his early career in a range of commercial, mergers and acquisitions, new business development and trading roles in the UK utility industry. Andrew has a first degree in Electro Mechanical Engineering, is a Fellow of the Energy Institute and a Chartered Engineer.

Tim Worledge

Tim Worledge
Editorial Director
Census Commodities

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Biography pending.

Paolo Corvo

Paolo Corvo
Head of Business Development Biofuels & Derivatives Group Biotechnology

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Paolo joined Clariant’s Group Biotechnology, which develops and commercializes cellulosic biofuels and bio-based renewables for the Swiss specialty chemicals company Clariant, in 2012. As Head of Business Development he oversees the out-licensing of cellulosic ethanol and sugar production plants.

From 2005-12 Paolo worked as Business Development Manager for Biofuels Partners, an Italian consultancy with specific expertise in the bioliquid and biodiesel sector. Prior to joining Biofuels Partners, he worked for Aon Insurance in Milan and Rotterdam as an Internal Auditor and later as a Business Development Manager focusing on the renewable energy sector. Paolo graduated in 2000 from the Politecnico di Milano with a degree in Management and Production Engineering, before completing his internship at McKinsey & Company in Milan as a Business Analyst.

Lisa Hanke

Mallikarjun Navalgund
President Europe and Asia-Pacific (Advanced Biofuels and Chemicals)

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Mr. Mallikarjun Navalgund, President Europe and Asia-Pacific (Advanced Biofuels and Chemicals), Praj.

By formal education he is a Chemical Engineer with over 36 years’ diverse experience in Design, Engineering, Construction, Project Management, Business Development and leading start-ups in the industrial biotech space. He has spent a major part of his career in the renewable energy industry, particularly bioethanol and biogas. He has over twenty years of successful experience managing multi-national teams across the full life-cycle of international businesses right from stage of identifying and creating customer value. Currently he leads Praj’s business in Europe and the Asia Pacific regions for the Advanced Biofuels and Bio-chemicals business.


Exhibitors & Sponsors


Clearfleau is an industrial water treatment and bio-energy technology business, based in Bracknell. A market leader for on-site industrial Anaerobic Digestion (AD), we supply cost-effective water and bio-energy solutions to enable food and beverage manufacturers to add value to their residues and make the food supply chain more sustainable.

Owned by German engineering company EnviroChemie GmbH (part of SKion GmbH’s water portfolio), Clearfleau now provides a range of innovative on-site water solutions for industrial and commercial processing sites.

EnviroChemie has a global reputation in the industrial water and wastewater treatment sector. As resource efficiency becomes a greater priority, more businesses are seeking to use limited water resources more effectively while also exploiting the energy value in their process residues, currently being discarded on many factory sites.

Clearfleau represents EnviroChemie in the UK market, with an extended range of innovative water treatment and conservation solutions for industrial sites. We are also developing sales of Clearfleau’s industrial bio-energy plants in European and other markets.

Clearfleau’s on-site Anaerobic Digestion plants allow food and drink processing sites to generate clean bio-energy, reducing their overall energy use and cutting carbon emissions. Biogas from bio-degradable residues enables food and drink manufacturers to access the latent energy content from their processing residues, providing a circular economy solution.

More efficient use of process residues can provide sites with decentralised bio-energy, recycled grey water and recycled carbon dioxide. Investment in greater resource efficiency on industrial sites offers an effective alternative to traditional, less carbon efficient, disposal systems.


Profile pending.


Networking Drinks Sponsor

Association Quality Management Biodiesel (AGQM) was founded in 1999 with the objective to provide quality management for leading biodiesel producers and traders. Today, AGQM has to offer much more than “just” quality management: AGQM has become a modern and flexible service provider covering all relevant issues from the production to the application of biodiesel, the leading alternative fuel in Europe.

By the large-scale introduction of its quality management system, AGQM significantly contributed to the high quality standard of biodiesel on the German market and ascertains due to multifarious activities that biodiesel maintains its predominant significance.

AGQM is offering unannounced samplings at production plants and fuel depots of their members, organisation of international round robin tests, REACH support, standardisation work, no-murf tests for oxidation stabilisers in biodiesel as fuel or heating oil component, quality check material, international certification (BPAC), seminars as well as research & development.


Networking Break Sponsor

MetGen is an innovative SME founded in 2008 which designs and markets novel enzymatic solutions - MetZyme®- for the most challenging industrial conditions to meet customer specific needs. The company uses advances in genetic engineering and microbiology to adapt enzymes to harsh industrial conditions and to handle a variety of lignocellulosic substrates. MetGen has achieved successful industrial trials with sector leaders in forest and renewable chemicals and aims to be a widely recognized supplier of industrial enzymes, significantly contributing to the economics and sustainability of process industries such as pulp & paper, biofuels and biochemical.

revis bioenergy

revis bioenergy is a turnkey installer and operator of industrial biogas and biomethane plants. In addition, revis deals with the processing of poultry manure (poultry profit®) and the treatment of waste water (pb-clean®). Especially poultry manure upgrading offers great potential for the future. This allows expensive biomasses to be replaced by residual material. On the one hand, this is good for the environment and, on the other, for the economy of every biogas plant. Technologies from revis are not standard products, but are tailored to the individual needs of each customer. In all our systems, we place the highest value on quality in planning, design and production. Industrial quality is not just a buzzword for us, but a lived reality. Construction and planning of biogas plants are carried out with recognized tools that form the basis for the consistently high - quality and traceable construction. Our internal processes are designed to produce quality and constantly improve production.


Profile pending.


Lanyard Sponsor

SCB is the world’s largest biofuel brokerage group of companies and is a market leader in European Grains and Softs as well as carbon reduction credit markets. Founded in 2006, the company’s goal is to promote the adoption of a low carbon future. As broker, SCB connects buyers and sellers of commodities across the globe covering both physical and derivative markets. We serve the commodities industry through increased price transparency and by lowering trading costs. Our commitment is to a relentless pursuit of our clients’ goals. Our integrity guides us, and our clients benefit from our focused vision. SCB Group has offices in Chicago, Puerto Rico, London, Nyon and Singapore. The firm also offers global expertise in RINS and other government credit markets as well as glycerine, UCO, tallow and paper swaps on biofuels.

Celignis Analytical

Celignis is a dedicated biomass analysis laboratory that provides our clients with the most precise data, allowing them to make the best use of their biomass feedstocks and optimise their biomass conversion processes.

We offer a range of analysis services relevant to the bioeconomy. These include:

  • Characterisation of biomass for use in the production of advanced biofuels (e.g. cellulosic ethanol).
  • Evaluation of anaerobic digestion feedstocks and process outputs (e.g. biomethane potential).
  • Properties related to biomass combustion (e.g. calorific value, chlorine, ash etc.).
  • Physical properties of biomass (e.g. particle size of wood chips, pellet dimensions).
  • Analysis of aquatic biomass (e.g. seaweed).
  • Profiling of the liquid outputs of biomass conversion processes.

Celignis - “With accurate data the opportunities are limitless"


Lunch Sponsor

Specac is a high quality manufacturer of FTIR accessories and sample preparation products, bringing new and innovative solutions to the market place on a regular basis.

Specac’s spectroscopic accessory products cover a range of techniques, including ATR, Diffuse Reflectance, Specular Reflectance and Transmission. Providing the right solution for any sample in any state and under any conditions.

Specac produce a wide range of laboratory sample preparation products for making pellets, discs or films. The “Atlas” range offers the right pressing solution for your needs, ranging from small low tonnage manual hydraulic presses to 40 ton fully programmable automatic presses.


Blommaert is specialized in retractable roofs to cover biomass. All covers are custom-made and manufactured from aluminium.

The mobile roof with sliding hatches keeps the biomass completely dry, yet it can be topped up efficiently. The wood shavings and wood chips can be topped up quickly, and maintained at their optimal moisture level.

Blommaert takes care of the engineering, installation and, if necessary, maintenance of the sliding structure. Whether it is a storage bay built of concrete elements where a tipper truck dumps the biomass, or a bunker structure where wood shavings are unloaded by crane, Blommaert sliding hatches can be used in all kinds of applications. The sliding hatches can be manually or electrically driven.

Every year more than 400 projects are realized all over the world. The company is standardized to EN 1090 (making steel and aluminum constructions).

Fachverband BIOGAS

Profile pending.


WiFi Sponsor

Profile pending.


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2017 Biofuels International programme

DAY ZERO: 3rd October 2017

Join us on DAY ZERO: 3rd October 2017 for a Pre-conference Whisky Distillery Tour

DAY ONE: 4th October 2017

9.15 Welcoming remarks from the Chair
Martin Tangney, President, Celtic Renewables

9.30 Advanced biofuels strategy through to 2030
Rob Wakely, Head of Low Carbon Fuels Division, Energy Technology and International Directorate, Department for Transport (DfT)

10.00 Investing in advanced biofuels: technology options and policy support
Andrew Murfin, General Manager, Advanced Biofuels, Shell

10.30 Networking break

11.00 Bioenergy and Scotland's low-carbon economy
Chris Stark, Director of Energy and Climate Change, Scottish Government

11.30 UK policy uncertainty, reintroducing E10 and the future of the bioethanol market
Grant Pearson, Commercial Manager, Ensus

12.00 Q&A with this morning's speakers - panel

12.45 Networking Lunch


Session 2
Overcoming today's challenges

Session 3
What does the future hold?

2.00 Opening remarks from the Chair
Yuan-Sheng, Analyst, Lux Research

2.00 Opening remarks from the Chair
Mark Simmers, CEO, Celtic Renewables

2.15 Biofuels perceptions and implications

  • How global perceptions of biofuels impact their development
  • Case study: first generation biofuels

Jessica Robinson, Communications Director, NBB

2.15 Scotland National Plan for Industrial Biotechnology including the Biorefinery Roadmap

  • Progress to date against this plan with case studies
  • What needs to be done to achieve the 2025 target
  • Feedstock Mapping tool – a highly interactive model for identifying all of Scotland's available biomass by volume, composition, value and location

Roger Kilburn, CEO of IBioIC

2.45 Feedstocks & their pricing dynamics:
How are market conditions and policy initiatives shaping our future?

John Cropley, Head of Liquid Products Research, ED&F Man

2.45 Replacing fossil based hydrocarbons and their pollution with practical alternatives
Chris Wilcox
, Vice President of Business Development, Gevo

3.15 Networking break

3.15 Networking break

3.45 Policy outlook for biofuels in the United States
Robin Vercruse, Vice President of Policy and Environment, Fuel Freedom Foundation

3.45 Small scale methanol plants in the context of the EU's post 2020 strategy

  • How advanced fuels such as methanol help achieve EU targets
  • Analysis of RED II and impact on first generation producers
  • How existing ethanol producers can improve their greenhouse gas savings

Christian Schweitzer, Managing Director, BSE Engineering

4.15 The Dawn of a New Era in Global Biofuel Capacity Expansion

  • The Global biofuels industry is projected to grow to 67 billion gallons per year (BGY) by 2022, albeit at a much slower pace than before.
  • key technology trends
  • strategies enabling the next era of the biofuels industry

Yuan-Sheng, Analyst, Lux Research

4.15 Methanol - The fuel of the future!

  • Why methanol from bio and electricity is the fuel of the future
  • Short-term markets:
    • Increased CO2 reduction for biodiesel producers
    • Gasoline-blends
    • Bio-MTBE
  • Long-term markets

Per Koustrup, CO-founder, Nordic Green


4.45 Close of Conference and Networking Drinks Reception
with Whisky tasting session hosted by Celtic Renewables

DAY TWO: 5th October 2017


9.15 Welcoming remarks from the Chair
Graeme Walker, Professor, Abertay University

9.30 RED II: status report
Thomas Gameson, Independent Consultant

10.00 Conventional EU ethanol: Safe, effective and free of adverse side effects

  • Case study: Pannonia Ethanol
  • Land use change explained
  • Renewable Energy Directive post-2020

James Cogan, Technology, Industry and Policy Analyst, Ethanol Europe Renewables Limited

10.30 Networking break

11.00 EU RED II, discussion around the phasing out of 1st sugarcane biofuel, outlook of sugarcane based ethanol production, state of sustainable ethanol production.
Sonia Slavinski, Standard Manager, Bonsucro

11.30 Red II Q&A with this morning's speakers

11.45 Ethanol producers making more with less
Membrane solution that increases throughput and yield while reducing water and energy cost
Gillian Harrison, Chief Executive Officer, Whitefox Technologies

12.15 Biofuel perspectives from the IEA's Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report 2017
Pharoah Le Feuvre, Renewable Energy Expert, International Energy Agency

12.45 Networking lunch

1.40 Introduction from the chair
Graeme Walker, Professor, Abertay University

1.45 Analysis of the European biofuels market: pricing & trading
Tim Worledge, Platts Agriculture, S&P Global Platts

2.15 Networking break

2.45 UK biodiesel markets post RTFO 2 and post-Brexit
Dickon Posnett, Development Director, Argent Energy

3.15 End of conference


2016 Biofuels International programme
20th – 22nd September 2016, Ghent, Belgium

Day 1: 21st September 2016


9:00 Chair's opening remarks
Sergio Ugarte, Managing Director, SQ Consult

9:10 How Global Biofuels Market Have Coped with Falling Oil, Legislative Changes and Shifting Trade Flows
Tim Worledge, Global Associate Editorial Director of Agriculture, Platts

09:40 Biofuel management from an oil company's perspective

  • How is the crude oil landscape impacting biofuels demand?
  • Exploring Europe's biodiesel trading landscape

Csaba Zsoter, Head of Feedstock Supply, MOL

10:10 Fuels in transition – challenges for the oil and gas sector
Spyros Kiartzis, Alternative Energy Sources and New Technologies Manager, Hellenic Petroleum

Platts Mcgraw Hill Financial

10:40 Networking break
kindly sponsored by Platts

11:15 Swedish Government Target of a Fossil Fuel Independent Transport Sector by 2030 - How is the Swedish industry supporting this?
Jakob Lagercrantz, Co-founder, 2030-Secretariat

11:45 Waste-based biodiesel market in 2016
Victor Allemandou, Broker, Greenea

12:15 The new Kajaani Cellunolix second generation plant

Patrick Pitkänen, Head of Business Development and Sales, St1 Biofuels

biofuels international 12:45 Networking lunch
Kindly sponsored by biofuels international magazine



1:55 Opening remarks from the chair

Ian Waller, Lead auditor, 5Barg8

1:55 Opening remarks from the chair

Professor Martin Tangney, Director Biofuel Research Centre, President Celtic Renewables Ltd

2:00 Pricing and trading trends
Matthew Stone, Managing Director, Prima Markets

2:00 Evolution of first generation plants
Sergio Ugarte, Managing Director, SQ Consult


2:30 Scaling up
Arno van de Kant, Business Development Director, Bioprocess Pilot Facility

2:45 Networking break

3:00 Networking break

3:15 Biofuel Trade across Europe
Sandra De Mey, Commercial Manager, Port of Ghent & Peter Geertse, Commercial Manager, Zeeland Seaports

3:30 Synthesising strengths of first and third generation biorefineries
Christian Schweitzer, Managing Director of BSE Engineering

4:00 Role of pilot facilities within development of advanced fuels
Brecht Vanlerberghe , R&D Manager, Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant

4:00 Biofuel margin prospects for first-generation producers in 2016/17
Madeleine Breguet Oilseed and Biofuel market analyst, Tallage

Port of Ghent

4:30 Networking reception
hosted by Port of Ghent aboard their port yacht 'Jacob van Artevelde' for a port tour - full details on the Tours link above.

Day 2: 22nd September 2016


9:00 Registration and Coffee

9:15 Chair's opening remarks
Ian Waller, Lead auditor, 5Barg8

09:45 RED/ FQD amendment – implications for certification systems and system users

  • GHG reduction targets vs. blending targets
  • New GHG requirements under amended RED/FQD and impact on economic operators along the supply chain
  • GHG calculation for innovative renewable fuels
  • Innovative tools for sustainability certification

Dr. Jan M. Henke, Director, Meo Carbon Solutions

10:15 Harmonising Biofuels Quality and Labelling in Europe

  • Short introduction on how European biofuel standards work
  • The EU alternative fuels label unveiled
  • What happens at the filling station as of 18 November 2016

Ortwin Costenoble, Senior Standardization Consultant and secretary of CEN/TC 19 and CEN/TC 441, NEN Energy

10:45 Networking break

11:15 Exploring the changes in regulation of the sustainable biodiesel market in Spain for 2017

  • Exploring the waste-based feedstock and biodiesel market in Spain
  • Trading sustainable products including cooking oil, animal fats, glicerol and biodiesel

Luis Rodrigo Poch, General Manager, UCO Trading

11:45 Regulatory Affairs & Biofuel Policies

Raf Verdonck, Consultant, TOTCO

12:15 Future outlook for supply and demand in Europe
Kevin McGeeney, CEO, Starsupply

biofuels international 12:45 Networking lunch
Kindly sponsored by biofuels international magazine

Celtic Renewablesincluding Whisky Tasting with Celtic Renewables




2:15 Opening remarks from the chair

2:15 Opening remarks from the chair

Sergio Ugarte, Managing Director, SQ Consult

2:30 Second generation feedstock quality and pre-treatment

Paolo Corvo, Head of Business Development Biofuels & Derivatives, Clariant

2:30 Steelanol Syngas Fermentation Project

Carl De Mare - Head of Emerging Technology Development, ArcelorMittal

3:00 Developing Reliable Biomass Supply Chains for Successful second generation projects

Raffaella Serra, Business Development Manager, Beta Renewables

3:00 Advanced biofuels market in the Nordic and Baltic regions

  • A case study of the commercialisation of second generation biofuels

Bo Gleerup, Co-Founder, Nordic Green

3:30 Networking break

3:30 Networking break

4:00 Experiences from the co-operation with a Malaysian palm oil producer

  • Lowering the cost of cellulases by the recycling and reuse of cellulases
  • Special cellulase mix for the conversion of Empty fruit bunches to fermentable sugars
  • Importance of industrial investors from Asia for technology providers to Europe

Gunter Festel, Co-Founder, Autodisplay Biotech

4:00 Case study: Running a Biorefinery

  • Explaining the pre-treatment and separation process for co-production of lignin based performance based chemicals & sugars
  • The world's first microfibrillated cellulose to be scaled up to industrial scale

Gudbrand Rodsrud, Technology Director, Borregaard

4:30 Sustainability assurance for feedstocks

  • Interaction between different feedstocks and biofuels

Ian Waller, Lead Auditor, 5barg8

4:30 The Next Generation of Waste-to-Energy Solutions

Kevin Willerton Vice President, Business Development Alter NRG

5:00 End of conference

*Please note that speakers and topics may be subject to confirmation and alteration. All information was correct at time of going to press.

2015 Biofuels International programme
- 23-24th September 2015, Porto, Portugal

Day 1: 23rd September 2015

Opening the conference:
Mr. José Reis, vice-president, ENMC (Entidade Nacional para o Mercado de Combustíveis)


JOIL 8:45 Registration and Coffee
Kindly sponsored by JOil

9:15 Chair's opening remarks
Martin Tangney, President, Celtic Renewables

9:30 EU policy & the biofuels market in Portugal

Jaime Braga, Secretary General, Portugal Biofuels Association

10:00 How to meet the 10%, perspectives from an R&M operator

  • Limitations from the supply side (technical, legal, economic)
  • 2nd Generation (When? What cost?)
  • New sustainability standards, more to overcome?

Hugo Pereira, ‎Head of Biofuels Division at Galp Energia


10:30 Networking break
Kindly sponsored by JOil

11:15 Biofuels Policy Reform
Laura Buffet, Fuels Officer, Transport & Environment

11:45 Bioenergy projects funded under the NER 300 programme – current state of development and knowledge gained

  • Short presentation of the NER 300 programme
  • Funded projects and the role of bioenergy projects for the programme
  • Knowledge Sharing mechanisms of the programme
  • State-of-play, insights and knowledge gained from the Verbiostraw project

Joint presentation by Andreas Uihlein, Scientific / Technical Project Officer, European Commission & Dr. Oliver Lüdtke, Vice Chairman of the Management Board, Verbio AG

12:15 Ethanol's role in meeting the EU's 2020 targets- perspectives up to 2030
Emmanuel Desplechin, Director Government Affairs, ePURE

biofuels international12:45 Networking lunch
sponsored by Biofuels International Magazine



2:15 Opening remarks from the chair

Ian Waller, Independent Advisor, FiveBarGate Consultants Ltd

2:15 Opening remarks from the chair

Jorge Bendeck, CEO, Federation of Biofuels Colombia

2:30 Upcoming changes in the tradeflows of biofuels

Kevin McGeeney, CEO, Starsupply

2:30 Feedstock pricing outlook

  • Risk management
  • How biofuels producers can improve margins

Rory Deverell, Senior Commodity Risk Manager at INTL FCStone

3:00 Lessons learnt from US ethanol market

  • Pricing
  • Financial hedging

Jim Damask, MD, Starfuels

3:00 The potential of UCO in European biofuels policy

  • iLUC revisions
  • Post 2020 scenarios
  • Addressing sustainability concerns

Angel Alvarez Alberdi, Secretary General, European Waste to Advanced Biofuels Association


3:30 Networking break in exhibition hall
Kindly sponsored by JOil

4:00 Trends in waste-based biodiesel

Victor Allemandou, Broker, Greenea

4:00 Analysing biomass feedstocks

Laurence Corbett, Celignis Limited

4:30 Biofuels trade across Europe

Joint Presentation by Sandra De Mey Commercial Manager, Port of Ghent & Peter Geertse, Commercial Manager, Zeeland Seaports

4:30 Waste Oil- based Biodiesel Technologies – Implementation of new waste material for biodiesel production

Christine Riedl, Technical Sales Director, BDI


5:00 Developing Jatropha as a viable and sustainable feedstock plant: progress and challenges
Dr Hong Yan, JOil

IncBio 5:30 Networking reception
hosted by IncBio

Day 2: 24th September 2015


JOIL 8:45 Registration and Coffee
Kindly sponsored by JOil

9:00 Chair's opening remarks
Ausilio Bauen, Director, e4tech

9:15 Land use change in biofuels policy beyond 2020

  • Quantitative assessments for policy options
  • Handling of land use emissions for traditional and new biofuels

David Laborde, Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute

9:45 Sustainability of Inbicon 2G bioethanol
Dr. Jesper Dohrup, Sr Commercial Manager, Inbicon, DONG Energy

10:15 How sustainable really are advanced biofuels?

  • Differentiating feedstocks
  • Availability & Sustainability
  • Harmonising sustainability criteria over industries

Timo Huhtisaari, Sustainability and Biofuels Expert, NEOT


10:45 Networking break
Kindly sponsored by JOil

11:15 New procedures for certifying low ILUC fuels

Melanie Williams, Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels

11:45 Land use change verification

Norbert Schmitz, Managing Director, ISCC System

12:15 Networking lunch
sponsored by Biofuels International Magazine
including Whisky Tasting with Celtic Renewables

biofuels international
celtic renewables



2:00 Opening remarks from the chair
Al Costa, CEO, Alkol Biotech

2:00 Opening remarks from the chair
Ausilio Bauen, Director, e4tech

2:15 Waste to Advanced Biodiesel - How to convert waste oil or fat into Biodiesel

Jose Marques, CEO, IncBio

2:15 The race to Scale: Is Bigger Better?

Mike Hart, CEO, Sierra Energy

2:45 Ethanol in Brazil, the beginning of a New Growth Cycle?

Mariá Almeida Aranha, Consultant, UNICA

2:45 Commercial Scale Production of Cellulosic Ethanol

  • Commercial-scale production of biofuels from cellulosic residues
  • On-site and process-integrated production of enzymes
  • De-risking

Dr. Clemens Heikaus, Business Development Manager, Clariant


3:15 Networking break in exhibition hall
Kindly sponsored by JOil

4:00 Securing investment to expand

Joško Bobanović, Partner, Renewable Chemistry, Soffinova

4:00 Advanced biofuels from cellulosic Biomass

Raffaella Serra, Business Development Manager, Beta Renewables

4:30 Esterification: why use multi-feedstock reactors?
Dr. Richard Jackson, BHR Biofuels Limited

4:30 Status on second generation Biofuel from Pongamia plantation developments in the US, Australia and South America
Marcel van Heesewijk, CEO & Founder, Investancia

Close of conference

*Please note that speakers and topics may be subject to confirmation and alteration. All information was correct at time of going to press.

2014 Biofuels International programme
– 24-25 September, Ghent, Belgium 2014

Day 1: 24th September 2014


8:30 Registration and coffee

9:00 Chair's opening remarks
Hendrik Lemahieu, Secretary General, Belgian Bio-Ethanol Association

9:15 European biofuel policy: the view from one of Europe's largest ethanol producers

  • What impact will a cap on first generation biofuels have on the market?
  • The challenge of running a successful biofuels plant is today's market

Dr. Marco Veselka, Head of Business Development , CropEnergies

9:45 Biofuels consumption in each member state – latest 2013 figures

Frédéric Tuillé, Deputy Head of Research, Observ'ER

10:15 Networking break

11:00 Biofuels roadmap to 2030

  • What can the fuels industry achieve in terms of sustainable biofuels supply?
  • How it can be integrated by the vehicles industry into the EU fleet by 2030?

Ausilio Bauen, Director, E4Tech

11:30 Port of Ghent, many years successful in Biofuels and ready for the future
Hendrik-Jan van Engelen, Chief Commercial Officer, Port of Ghent

biofuels international

12:00 Networking lunch
Kindly sponsored by biofuels international magazine



1:45 Opening remarks from the chair
Hendrik Lemahieu, Secretary-General of the Belgian Bioethanol Association

1:45 Opening remarks from the chair
Professor Martin Tangney, Director Biofuel Research Centre, Founder Celtic Renewables Ltd

1:50 Anti-dumping duties: are they working? What more needs to be done?

Andreas Guth, Trade Manager, ePURE

1:50 Will New Biofuel Policy affect Oilseeds & Oils Industry in Europe?

Fabrice Turon, Head of Oilseeds & Oils Research, Fat & Associes

2:20 Tracking ethanol and biodiesel prices Predictions for 2015

  • Where will future biofuel supply come from?

Kevin McGeeney, CEO, Starsupply

2:20 Development of algae-based biofuel processes

Dr Dirk Hebel, Product Manager for Bioreactors, INFORS HT

2:50 Lessons learnt from South America

Dr Géraldine Kutas, Senior Advisor to the President for International Affairs, Unica

2:50 Palm oil biofuel: its sustainability, direct & ILUC effects

Dr. Dr Yew Foong Kheong, Senior Fellow Malaysian Palm Oil Council

3:20 US Ethanol Policy and Trade

Douglas Newman, International Trade Analyst, US International Trade Commission

3:20 Recent achievments with Jatropha

Klaus Becker, JatroSolutions

3:50 Port of Amsterdam: Port of Partnerships

Rutger van der Hoeven, Sales Manager Energy, Port of Amsterdam

3:50 Gamechangers in Global Biofuels

Petri Vasara, Global Practice Leader, Pöyry Management Consulting

4.30 Optional coach to Port Boat Tour followed by
Networking reception hosted by the Port of Ghent at The Gravensteen Castle

Port of Ghent

Day 2: 25th September 2014



9:00 Registration and coffee
Kindly sponsored by JOil

9:15 Chair's opening remarks
Fons Maes, Secretary General, Belgian Biodiesel Board

9:30 How to overcome the data blind spot and comply with multiple voluntary schemes

  • What is the data blind spot and how does it impact bio fuel companies
  • One technology solution for multiple voluntary schemes
  • Case study: Ennovor group

Ian Waller, 5BarG8


10:00 Networking break
Kindly sponsored by JOil

10:45 EU policies: a focus on the developments in advanced biofuel feedstocks

  • Benefits of double counting

Ilmari Lastikka, Head of EU Affairs, Neste Corporation

11:15 Double counting: the UK's experience so far

  • UK RED implementation: latest on the RTFO
  • UK rules and experience on double counting

Aaron Berry, Head of Sustainability and Verification, Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (RTFO) Unit, UK Department for Transport

11:45 Case study: Developing BtL at a pilot scale

  • Step by step: pyrolysis, gasification, gas conditioning & DME formation
  • How the necessary finance was secured
  • The commercial scale-up challenge

Dr. Nicolaus Dahmen, Project Leader, KIT

12:15 Case study: Pyrolysis oil, commercial heat and power today, biofuels tomorrow

  • Update on the 25 MW Empyro pyrolysis plant which is now under construction
  • Pyrolysis oil firing on boiler and gas turbine
  • Pyrolysis as starting point of a Liquid Bio Refinery and biofuels
  • Modular construction of the BTG-BTL pyrolysis technology

Gerhard Muggen, Managing Director, BTG Bioliquids BV

celtic renewables1:15 Celtic Renewables will be holding a
whisky tasting session

biofuels internationalFollowed by networking lunch
Kindly sponsored by biofuels international magazine



2:15 Opening remarks from the chair

2:15 Opening remarks from the chair
Dr Linda Verdonck, Project Manager Business Development, Development Agency East Flanders

2:30 Retrofitting to regain or maximise profitability

  • Retrofitting to improve conversion, efficiency, and reduce energy consumption
  • Retrofitting to use lower quality feedstock, thus improving (or regaining) profitability

Jose Marques, CEO, IncBio

2:30 Benefitting from the biorefinery concept

  • Cost-effective and sustainable ethanol production
  • Achieving full scale bio-chemical production
  • Securing the necessary finance for scale-up

Gisle L Johansen, Borregaard

3:00 Dry anaerobic digestion of household waste and biofuel by-products

  • biogas from organics in municipal solid waste
  • biogas potential of certain biofuel by-products
  • biogas upgrading to biomethane & compressing

Bruno Mattheeuws, OWS

3:00 Cellulosic ethanol: commercialisation and scale up

  • Recent highlights on the development of the sunliquid technology
  • Sunliquid20 fuel on the road: Fleet test partnership with Mercedes-Benz and Haltermann
  • Commercialization: The Process Design Package provides the technological blueprint for the commercial scale plant

Dr Clemens Heikaus, Business Development Manager, Clariant's Group Biotechnology


3:30 Networking break
Kindly sponsored by JOil


3:30 Networking break
Kindly sponsored by JOil

4:00 Scaling up and optimising bio-based processes

  • Speeding up the biobased industry in Europe
  • Examples of successful pilot scale projects
  • Latest technological developments including pretreatment of biomass, biocatalysis, fermentation, green chemistry and downstream purification

Mr. Brecht Vanlerberghe, R&D Manager, Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant, Ghent, BE

4:30 Preparing plants to process Multiple feedstocks

Dr. Christine Riedl, Technical Sales Director for BioDiesel and RetroFit, BDI-Bioenergy

4:00 Case study: New Jatropha Will Bring Better Commercial Viability

  • Lack of improvement in genetics, wrong practices and growing in wrong areas all contributed to failure of Jatropha plantations
  • Systematic breeding efforts lead to continuous improvement in seed productivity and other traits
  • Good plantation materials are becoming available, 5-6 tons of seed productivity /ha.year is achievable
  • By products especially detoxified protein rich seed cake will enhance commercial viability of Jatropha plantation

Dr Hong Yan, JOil

Close of conference

*Please note that speakers and topics may be subject to confirmation and alteration. All information was correct at time of going to press.

2013 Biofuels International programme

Day 1: 11th September 2013

8:50 Opening remarks from the chair: Updates on European biofuels policy
Ruud van Stralen, Commercial Manager, Port of Amsterdam

9:00 What impact does government policies have on advanced biofuels development?

  • Current development opportunities across Europe
  • Will current policies damage market?
  • What's next for advanced biofuel developers?
  • What are the proposed alternatives? What are some of the challenges facing them?

Arthur Reijnhart, General Manager for Alternative Energy & Fuels Development Strategy, Shell

9:30 Commission's proposal for limiting indirect land-use change emissions (ILUC)

  • Proposal
  • Impact
  • Status quo of negotiations

Bernd Kuepker, Policy Officer at DG Energy, European Commission

10:00 What impact would a 5% cap have on first generation biofuels production?

  • Current production capacities across Europe
  • Will a 5% cap kill the ethanol market?
  • What's next for biodiesel producers?
  • In depth economic modelling assessing the effect on the market
  • What are the proposed alternatives? How do the economics compare?

Dr. Caroline Midgley, Head of Biofuels and Biomass, LMC International

10:30 Networking break in the exhibition hall

11:00 Latest developments in international standards for biofuels and biomaterials

  • Sustainability standards under development within ISO, CEN and the voluntary schemes
  • Development of sustainability schemes for bio-based chemicals
  • Outlook towards one international standard

Ortwin Costenoble, Senior Standardization Consultant, NEN Energy Resources

11:30 European biofuel supply and demand: Current and future challenges

  • First and second generation production levels so far
  • Varying interpretations of directives by member states
  • Biofuel demand levels across Europe

James Challinor, Senior Analyst – Downstream Oil Research, Wood Mackenzie

12:00 Biofuels trade: explaining anti-dumping measures and counterveiling duties

  • Has the EC made the right decisions?
  • What further action needs to be taken to protect the European market?
  • What are the latest import/export figures
  • Update on the bioethanol market in Belgium

Hendrik Lemahieu, Secretary-General, Belgian Bio-Ethanol Association

12:30 Infrastructure: Can Europe cope with advanced biofuels?

  • A closer look at feedstock logistics
  • What additional infrastructure will be needed?
  • The importance of developing synergies between bio-based industries

Hendrik-Jan van Engelen, CCO, Port of Ghent

1:00 Lunch in the exhibition hall





2:20 Opening remarks from the chair: Quality & feedstocks stream

2:30 Opening remarks from the chair: Finance stream
Kathryn Sheridan, CEO, Sustainability Consult

2:30 Greening up Aviation: Advanced Biofuels ready for Take Off

  • The path towards commercial scale production - Economic viability of jatropha and other bioenergy crops
  • Value chain integration & logistics
  • By-product commercialisation
  • Sustainability challenges
  • Working towards competitive pricing and refining

Dr. Christoph Weber, CEO of JatroFuels

2:45 From the retailer's perspective: challenges to commercialising next generation transport energy

  • Changing customer attitudes
  • Dealing with technical and infrastructure issues
  • Regulatory framework to promote development

Lars Gaustad, Senior Vice President, Transport Fuel, Statoil Fuel & Retail ASA

3:00 Standardised analytical solutions for biofuels

  • Verifying end product quality requirements
  • Complying with environmental regulations
  • On-site measurement capabilities
  • Ready-to-go analytical solutions

Latif Aksu, Sales Manager, Agilent Technologies

3:15 Networking break in the exhibition hall

3:30 Networking break in the exhibition hall

4:00 Finance – Roadmap to project debt funding

  • Early stage development – key issues
  • Key requirements for bringing a project to financial close
  • Due diligence process

Chris van Niekerk, Associate Director, NIBC

4:00 Feedstock price forecasts for the near and medium term

  • Analysing the biofuels industry's feedstock requirements
  • Taking a closer look at feedstock price volatility & availability
  • Supply and demand trends across Europe

Christophe Cogny, Biofuel and Oilseed Analyst, Tallage

4:30 From Start-up to Company, Early-Stage Venture Capital to Grow Bio-based Industries

  • Types of project finance available and examples of success
  • Avoiding risks during the scale-up process

Ludwig Goris, Investment Manager, Capricorn Venture Partners

4:30 Jatropha is use in a plant oil cooker – lessons learned

  • Strengths and weaknesses of the cooker
  • Future objectives for the technology
  • Opportunities for growth in Africa

Dr. Brigitte Bohlinger, JatroSolutions

5:00 Close of day 1: Networking reception

Day 2: 12th September 2013

8:50 Opening remarks from the chair: Commercialising advanced biofuels
James Challinor, Senior Analyst – Downstream Oil Research, Wood Mackenzie

9:00 Case study: Scaling up and derisking second generation technology

  • How to secure finance
  • Running a commercial scale cellulosic ethanol plant
  • Are Europe's targets achievable?

Raffaella Serra, Business Development Manager for Central and Eastern Europe, Beta Renewables

9:30 Case study: Producing commercial scale biofuels from MSW

  • The journey towards commercial scale production
  • Working with MSW
  • Advice on raising finance

Marie-Hélène Labrie, VP of Government Affairs and Communications, Enerkem

10:00 Case study: scaling up second generation cellulosic ethanol production

  • Increasing yields by 50%

Benny Mai, Chief Commercial Officer at DONG Energy, New Bio Solutions

10:30 Networking break

11:00 Case study: Advanced Biofuels From Wood-Based Raw Materials
Dr. Sari Mannonen, Director, Business Relations & Marketing, UPM Biofuels

11:30 Case study: Making cellulosic ethanol innovations a commercial reality

  • New innovations production technology and conversion pathways
  • Case study: commercial scale demonstration of technology
  • De-risking cellulosic ethanol

Christian Koolloos, Business Manager Bio-ethanol, DSM

12:00 Food Then Fuel: Biodiesel's Role in Strengthening Food Security

  • REG's lower cost feedstock model
  • Explaining the US Renewable Fuel Standard – what can Europe learn?
  • How biodiesel increases profitability for agricu

Daniel Oh, CEO, Renewable Energy Group

12:30 What will happen beyond 2020? How do we create the stability the industry needs?

  • ltural and food sectors
  • Future biodiesel growth opportunities
  • What impact will would commissions proposal on ILUC have on biofuel markets(5% cap, multiple counting, ILUC factors)?
  • Developments in advanced biofuel feedstocks including microbial oils

Dr. Pauliina Uronen, Associate, Neste Oil Corporation

1:00 Lunch in the exhibition hall


Sustainability & ILUC

Benefitting from market synergies

2:20 Opening remarks from the chair: Sustainability & ILUC
Kathryn Sheridan, CEO, Sustainability Consult

2:20 Opening remarks from the chair: Benefitting from market synergies

2:30 Double counting – is it the right solution? What are the alternatives?

  • Is it a bankable business model?
  • The impact on biodiesel from used cooking oil
  • Experiences of multi counting in different countries across Europe
  • Discussing the possibility of a dedicated sub-target, how would it work?

Dr. Martin Grass, Project Manager / Auditor, Sustainability Certification, Intertek

2:30 Overcoming the funding shortage

  • Costs of getting commercial plants up and running

Ian O'Gara, Clean Energy Solutions, Accenture

3:00 Why do low ILUC biofuels need a policy incentive?

  • Explaining the Low indirect impact biofuels (LIIB) certification module
  • How can LIIB be used in EU biofuels policy and how would it fit into the Commission's ILUC proposal?

Daan Peters, Senior consultant bioenergy, Ecofys

3:00 Biobuthanol production via process intensification: new challenges

  • Biothanol as alternative to ethanol
  • Process intensification to increase productivity
  • New resources (residues) for biobuthanol production

Dr. Ludo Diels, Research manager for Sustainable Chemistry, Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO)

3:30 Networking break in the exhibition hall

3:30 Networking break in the exhibition hall

4:00 The argument in favour of mandating ILUC factors

  • Should be scrap quantity targets for biofuel in transport altogether?
  • Sustainability within the FQD -Analysing the latest scientific research
  • Uneven returns? The economics of EU biofuels policy

Pietro Caloprisco, Policy Officer, Transport & Environment

4:00 Improving lignocellulosic biofuel production & a closer look at cellulases

  • The latest developments for biobutanol
  • How to secure additional investment
  • Improving profitability through biotechnology

Martin Bellof, Business Development Manager, Autodisplay Biotech

4:30 2G bioethanol production in Abengoa: From R&D towards the first commercial plants

  • The development of 2G technologies in Abengoa Bioenergy

Carmen Millán Chacartegui, Director of Project Promotion and Institutional Relations, Abengoa Bioenergía Nuevas Tecnologías

4:30 Biofuels developments across central and eastern Europe
Giorgio Rosso Cicogna, Alternate Secretary General, Central European Initiative

5:00 Close of conference

*Please note that speakers and topics may be subject to confirmation and alteration. All information was correct at time of going to press.

2012 Biofuels International programme

Day 1: Wednesday 21st November 2012


9:00 Opening remarks from the chair

9:15 Market overview and growth trends in Europe – Update on the Renewable Energy Directive

  • Production levels
  • Overcoming market challenges
  • What needs to change to support the future development of the sector
  • Ongoing sustainability issues relating to indirect land use change
  • Upcoming Commission proposals relating to sustainability

Øyvind Vessia, Policy Officer, European Commission, DG Energy, Renewables and CCS policy

9:45 Meeting international production targets

  • Growth opportunities in the US, China and Brazil
  • Reducing the price of cellulosic ethanol
  • Case study: the UK's first cellulosic ethanol facility

Jason Robinson, Operations Director, TMO Renewables

10:15 Development of regional supply chains for aviation biofuels: challenges and opportunities

  • Investment challenges & opportunities
  • Sustainability issues
  • What does the future hold?

Ignaas Caryn, Director Innovation and Corporate Venturing and Biofuels Strategy, KLM

10:45 Tea/coffee break in exhibition hall



11:15 Biofuels trade and production in Rotterdam

  • Rotterdam as benchmark fuels hub and bioportl
  • Changing international cargo flows
  • Port integration in biofuels for future development

Ronald Backers, Business Developer, Port of Rotterdam and Frans Jan Hellenthal, Business Developer Chemicals & Biobased Industry, Port of Rotterdam

11:45 Growth of the Biofuels market in Belgium

  • Developments in the Port of Ghent
  • Logistical advantage of located biofuels plants at a port
  • Biofuels trade trends across Europe

Hendrik-Jan van Engelen, commercial director, Port of Ghent

12:15 Activity within the port and plans for future Growth within the biofuels sector
Ruud van Stralen, Commercial Manager, Port of Amsterdam

12:45 Lunch




2:15 Moderator's opening remarks: feedstocks (yields, capacity, prices)

2:15 Moderator's opening remarks: feedstocks (yields, capacity, prices)

2:30 The world's first biorefinery producing advanced biofuels from wood-based feedstock

  • The advantages of the biorefinery concept
  • Meeting EU 2020 targets
  • Sustainable second generation biodiesel production

Sari Mannonen, Director, Business Relations & Marketing, UPM Biofuels

2:30 The first commercial scale second generation ethanol plant

  • Overview of Beta Renewables, Chemtex and the Proesa technology
  • Scale-up as a key to de-risk

Michelle Marrone, Business Development Manager, Beta Renewables

3:00 Producing Biodiesel from Used Cooking Oil

  • Securing a reliable supply chain
  • Meeting EN 14214 sustainability standards
  • Sustainability and double counting

Adam Baisley, Head of Business Development, Agri Energy

3:00 The bioethanol market in Germany
Dr. Marco Veselka, Head of Business Development, CropEnergies

3:30 Tea/coffee break in exhibition hall

3:30 Tea/coffee break in exhibition hall

4:00 Advantages of different biodiesel production technologies and the status of next generation options

  • Biodiesel market in Austria

Christian Hemerka, Marketing manager, Hemok

4:00 Co-product opportunities to leverage profitability from a bioethanol biorefinery

  • The impact of the rising price of grain
  • The importance of co-products
  • Hedging against commodity prices

Peter Williams, Business Development Manager for Biofuels, AB Agri

4:30 Explaining double counting and its impact on the biofuels market in Spain

  • Introduction of the biofuels quota system
  • Internal logistics
  • Main players in the biodiesel sector

Pablo Guerrero, Biodiesel Sales & Purchasing Manager, Bionex

4:30 Wheat-to-ethanol plants

  • Update on Ensus & Vivergo
  • Feedstock price trends and challenges
  • Future outlook

Richard Whitlock, Managing Director, Whitlock Ltd

5:00 Close of day 1: Networking reception

Day 2: Thursday 22nd November 2012


9:00 Opening remarks from the chair

9:15 Latest developments on the ethanol market in Europe

  • Production and capacity statistics
  • Challenges of meeting European targets
  • Ramifications of anti-dumping regulation in Europe
  • Latest developments on indirect land use change

Gloria Gaupmann, Energy Policy & Environmental Affairs, ePURE

9:45 Implementation of sustainability regulations in the EU

  • State of affairs in sustainability certification and outlook
  • Implementation routes in different countries
  • Certification along complex supply chains
  • Requirements to qualify for double counting
  • Actual GHG calculations
  • ISCC for food, feed, and chemicals

Norbert Schmitz, Managing Director, ISCC System

10:15 Do you meet the criteria?
Reyes Barrado, Supply Chain Sustainability Coordinator, Abengoa Bioenergy Trading Europe

10:45 Complying with EU sustainability policy: update on EU approved certification schemes
Melanie Williams, Regional Director EMEA, Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels

11:15 Tea/coffee break in exhibition hall

11:45 Sustainable feedstocks: advantages of jatropha

  • Challenges Jatropha has been facing
  • Right way of doing Jatropha
  • Viability of Jatropha projects
  • Role of biotechnology

Sriram Srinivasan, Chief Financial Officer, JOil (S) Pte Ltd

12:15 Increasing flexibility in the sales process whilst satisfying the traceability requirements of mass balance

  • Tracking certified product with accurate data
  • Improving consignment traceability & visibility

Steven Ripley, Market Research Manager, Helveta

12:45 Lunch


Overcoming Market Challenges

Innovative Technologies & Feedstocks

2:00 Opening remarks from the chair

2:00 Opening remarks from the chair

2:15 Making renewable jet fuels a reality

  • Increasing the yields and costeffectiveness of aviation biofuels
  • The most promising solutions so far
  • Overcoming quality control issues
  • Integrating biofuels into the jet fuel supply chain

Ausilio Bauen, Director, E4tech

2:15 Additional profit streams: producing bio-oil from waste

  • Progress of 2 new refineries in the Netherlands
  • Revolutionary conversion technology

John Kuipers, Founder, Pyroil

2:45 Adding value through retrofit and bolt

  • Growth of the biobutanol market
  • Why make the shift from ethanol to biobutanol
  • Examples of commercial biobutanol production in China, India, Brazil and the US

Sean Sutcliffe, CEO, Green Biologics

2:45 Gaseous fermentation to dropin biofuels

  • Examples of drop-in biofuels
  • Advantages of gaseous fermentation

Thomas Buhl, Head of Business Development, Global Bioenergies

3:15 Biodiesel from corn oil

Tomas Cvengros, Chemoprojekt

3:15 Measuring the monoglyceride content in biodiesel

  • Biodiesel composition
  • Monoglycerides
  • Innovative analysis

Hugo Ent, Principal Scientist, VSL

3:45 End of conference

3:45 End of conference

* Please note that speakers and topics may be subject to confirmation and alteration. All information was correct at time of going to press.

2011 Biofuels International programme
Day 1: Wednesday 16th November


9:00 Chair’s opening remarks
Dr. Claudiu Covrig, Biofuels Market Research Analyst, Kingsman

9:15 Keynote Address: Advanced biofuels: The way forward

  • General policy
  • The blend wall
  • Recent initiatives on aviation biofuels, and,
  • Demonstration technologies for second generation biofuels and algal biofuels.

Kyriakos Maniatis, Principal Administrator from DG Energy, European Commission

9:45 Activity within the Port and plans for future growth within the biofuels sector
Ruud Van Stralen, Commercial Manager from the Port of Amsterdam

10:15 Challenges and solutions for biofuels supply chain certification
Bruno Widmer, Sustainability & Certifications Expert, SGS

10:45 Networking break

11:20 Biofuels and biobased economy, part of the strategy in the port of Ghent

  • Biofuels in the Port of Ghent today
  • European collaboration with Zeeland Seaports on the Dutch side
  • Combining research, industrial development and trade
  • Developing the biobased economy as strategy for the future

Peter Mortier, Deputy General Director, Port of Ghent

11:45 Know your biomass: The RSB Sustainability Certification

  • The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels: Mission, objectives and governance
  • The RSB Principles & Criteria: Addressing social and environmental impacts of biofuels
  • The RSB Certification System: Credibility & robustness
  • The RSB Certification: an open access to the EU market

Sébastien Haye, Manager of Environmental Affairs, Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels

12:10 Learning from Brazil: how Europe could implement the use of sugarcane

  • The Brazilian energy mix and experience
  • Sugarcane input for new bio-based products
  • Guaranteeing market access and greater energy security

Lola Uña Cárdenas, Chief Representative in the EU, Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA)

12:35 Biofuels production in Belgium
Hendrik Lemahieu, Secretary General, Belgian Bioethanol Association

1:00 Networking lunch


Biodiesel stream

Bioethanol stream

2:20 Moderator’s opening remarks

2:20 Moderator’s opening remarks
Stanley Deighton, Principal Consultant, Tebodin

2:35 Methanol global supply and demand fundamentals

  • Global demographics plant locations and size
  • Global consumption by region
  • Trade flows
  • Energy & feedstock – trends and behaviour drivers
  • Forward pricing

Nigel Suttie, Director, Syngas Chemicals EMEA, CMAI Europe

2:35 The development and progress of ethanol as a renewable fuel source in Europe

  • Renewable ethanol in Europe: Facts and figures
  • EU biofuels policy: State of play and outlook
  • E10 and beyond: Avoiding a European blend wall

Dr Gloria Gaupmann, Director of Energy Policy & Environmental Affairs, The European Renewable Ethanol Association (ePURE)

3:00 The waste-to-biodiesel sector in a constantly changing regulatory environment

Manja Ostertag, Biodiesel Trader, Petrotec AG

3:00 The feed versus fuel debate and the biorefinery concept

  • The emergence of biofuel initiatives
  • DDGS - a complex issue
  • A simple feed alternative to DDGS
  • The biorefinery of the future

Dr Peter Williams, Biofuels Business Development Manager, AB Vista - a division of AB Agri Ltd


3:25 YXY building blocks for biopolymers & biofuels applications

  • Feedstock considerations
  • Conversion chemistry
  • Behavior in diesel fuel bend
  • LCA assessment

Dr Ed de Jong, Vice President Development, Avantium Chemicals

3:50 Networking lunch


Biodiesel stream

Bioethanol stream

3:25 Converting bio-based non-food raw materials into designer diesel

  • Flexible conversion of non-food raw materials and oil residues into designer biofuels
  • Making bio-based diesel identical to fossil fuel
  • Drop-In technology for existing fuel value chains in refineries

Dr Peter Haug, CEO, Greasoline

4:20 Ethanol production in Germany
Ludz Wilkening, Director, Kraul & Wilkening u. Stelling

4:45 Back to profability - retrofit your biodiesel plant

  • Feedstock flexibility
  • Product quality
  • Plant efficiency

Hermann Stockinger, Sales Director, BDI – BioEnergy International

4:45 From biomass to biofuels

  • How enzymes are leading the way in cellulosic biofuels
  • Economics of cellulosic biofuels
  • What will the future bring?

Lau Andersen, Marketing Manager, Novozymes

5:10-7:00 Networking reception

Day 2 Thursday 17th November


9:00 Chair’s opening remarks

Anders Grauslund, Biofuels Information Consultant, Elsevier Biofuel

9:15 Outlook for biofuels in the medium- and long-term

  • Current drivers and challenges in the biofuel sector
  • The role of biofuels out to 2050 in a low-carbon energy sector:
    • The importance of new technologies
    • Ensuring sustainability
    • Tapping new feedstock sources
    • Economics of biofuel production and use
    • Required actions by different stakeholders

Anselm Eisentraut, Bioenergy Analyst, International Energy Agency

9:40 Biofuels from lignocellulosics and implementation within the EU market

  • Available technology options
  • Status of implementation in the EU
  • Implementation examples

Dina Bacovsky, Senior Researcher, Bioenergy 2020+

10:05 Future of biofuels in the aviation industry

  • Current trends and development
  • Future avenues for aviation biofuel
  • Military aviation applications

Syed Nadeem Ahmed, Senior Power Plant Engineer, PIA Engineering & Maintenance

10:30 Update of the regulatory requirements for sustainability of biomass and biofuels

  • Certification schemes recognised by the European Commission
  • Return on experience from the implementation and certification, a case study
  • Key steps for economic operators to prove their compliance

Baudouin Hue, Global Product Manager, Bureau Veritas Certification

10:55 Networking break

11:30 Fuel oxygenates and their role to enhance the use of bioalcohols

  • Fuel components with high octane and low volatility
  • High energy content
  • Better combustion in the motor, enhancing lower VOCs

Walter Mirabella, Chairman of Biofuel Team, European Fuel Oxygenates Association

12:00 Adding value to the biofuels industry

  • Benchmark of best industry practices
  • Understanding market insights
  • Deal market perspective
  • Maximising the value

Antonio Martínez Dalmau, Director of Strategy & Operations in Spain, PricewaterhouseCoopers

12:30 Avoiding biofuels project financing fraud

  • Key components of fraud
  • Identifying danger signals
  • Mitigating the damage
  • Best practices suggestions

Peter Brown, President, Euro Marketing Tools, Inc.

1:00 Networking lunch


Biodiesel stream

Bioethanol stream

2:20 Moderator's opening remarks

2:20 Moderator's opening remarks
Simon Staufer, Sales Director, Swiss Combi

2:35 Biodiesel vs ethanol. A closer look at supply and demand

  • A closer look at demand

Dr. Claudiu Covrig, Biofuels Market Research Analyst, Kingsman

2:35 Advances in gasification and fermentation technology - Ineos Bio case study

  • Showing how advanced bio-energy technology can be leveraged to provide creative solutions to problems in different industries
  • Improving sustainability

David Douay, Business Manager, INEOS Bio

3:00 The growth of biodiesel production in Eastern Europe
Tomas Cvengros, Director, Chemoprojekt Slovakia

3:00 Minimising the CO2 footprint: resource-efficient production of first and second generation bioethanol

  • Improving greenhouse gas balance in line with EU targets
  • Reduction of energy demand in production

Markus Lehr, Deputy Managing Director, Vogelbusch

3:25 Networking break


Biodiesel stream

Bioethanol stream

3:55 Producing biodiesel from renewable feedstock through the use of microorganisms

  • Biomass and lipid production for sustaining biodiesel from the best renewable resources

Giuliana Franzosi, Analyst, Research Centre for Non-Conventional Energy (part of eni S.P.A)

3:55 Isooctane - a real drop-in biofuel

  • Artificial pathway to produce gaseous isobutene
  • Advantages of gaseous fermentation
  • Transformation of isobutene into isooctane

Thomas Buhl, Head of Business Development, Global Bioenergies

4:20 Biodiesel developments in the Italian market

  • Implementing sustainability
  • Double counting
  • Producer or trader

Alastair Fraser, Manager, Oxem

4:20 Sustainable production of cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues

  • Offering the maximum yield of ethanol by converting cellulose and hemicelluloses into ethanol
  • Reducing the production costs for cellulosic ethanol
  • Case study of a plant: first generation ethanol production

Dr. Marcus Rarbach, Head of Biocatalysis , Süd-Chemie

4:45 Moderator’s closing remarks

4:45 Moderator’s closing remarks

5:00 Close of conference

2010 Biofuels International programme

Day 1: Wednesday 5th May


Bioenergy stream

8.00 Conference and exhibition registration

9.00 Moderator's opening remarks: Sustainable Energy Europe
Masha Tarle, Sustainable Energy Europe, (Campaign of the European Commission)

9.15 Keynote address: Market overview and growth trends in Europe
Vladimír Vlk, Energy advisor to Rut Bízková (Environment Minister)

9.45 Biofuels across CEE: integration into refineries

  • Biofuels production within Central and Eastern Europe
  • Technical issues surrounding the logistics, receipt, storage and blending of biofuels
  • Government mandates
  • Measuring emission reductions
  • Moving towards advanced biofuels

Ivan Soucek, CEO, Ceska Rafinerska

10.15 Tea/Coffee break in Exhibition Hall

10.45 Biofuels challenges for the Aviation Industry

  • criteria, technical chellenges and solutions

Xavier Montagne, Deputy scientific director, French Institute of Petroleum (IFP)

11.10 Harmonisation of EU-27 biofuel greenhouse gas performance calculations

  • Complying with the Renewable Energy directive and the Fuel quality directive
  • Creating complete transparency in GHG calculations for each biofuel production pathway 
  • Helping producers calculate actual GHG values

John Neeft, Coordinator biofuels programme, NL Agency (Government programme)

11.35 Development of measurements and standards for biofuels

  • Existing (certified) reference materials and calibration materials for the analysis of bioethanol and FAME
  • Use of reference materials to improve the quality of fuels and comparability of fuel properties worldwide
  • Characterising biodiesel and ethanol fuel properties
  • The need for validation of standards and measurement methods for biofuel and fossil fuel blends and new generation biofuels

Annarita Baldan, VSL, chair of EU project BIOREMA (REference MAterials for BIOfuel specifications)

12.00 Risk management: understanding swaps to manage price and counterparty risk

  • The relationship between physical and financial biodiesel and ethanol markets
  • Ethanol & biodiesel fundamentals, risk management and hedging instruments
  • Benefits of central clearing and how to apply to OTC market 

Lisa Kallal, Manager, Commodities & Alternative Investments EMEA, CME Group

12.25 Case study: Biodiesel production in the Czech Republic

  • Product capacities and future demand
  • Developing the B30 and B100 market
  • Overview of local legislation and a look to the future

Miroslav Bažata, Head of biofuel sales, Agropodnik

12.50 Latest updates on European ethanol policy

  • Fuel Quality directive
  • Meeting the Renewable Energy Directive
  • A closer look at last year's production levels
  • Feedstock choices across Europe

Rob Vierhout, Secretary General, European Ethanol Fuel Association (eBIO)

1.15 Networking lunch in exhibition hall

9.45 Moderator's opening remarks
Ruzena Svedelius, BTF-Biological TransFormation of Renewable Organic Material, Sweden

10.00 Biogas in the EU - Current situation and future outlook

  • Review of biogas in the EU
  • Market trends and future outlook
  • EU policy and regulation

Jan Stambasky, Executive board member, European Biogas Association

10.30 Characterisation of bio oil produced from wet organic waste

  • Production of bio oil from wet organic waste by catalytic conversion
  • Use of biooil as a substitute for fossil fuels in oil burners (demonstration)

Sune D. Nygaard, Danish Technological Institute

11.00 Tea/coffee break in exhibition hall

11.30 Biological desulphurisation of biogas

  • Reusing waste water
  • The need for reducing the H2S content in biogas
  • Biological scrubbing process

Cristian Toscano, Sales engineer, Biogasclean

12.00 Upgrading biogas for transportation
Tomas Vorisek, SEVEn Energy

12.30 Developments in the bio-ether market

  • Trends in production
  • Imports, exports and latest research results
  • Producing bio-ethers from wheat, sugarbeet and cellulosic biomass
  • Largescale biogas production

Walter Mirabella, Managing Director Lyondell Italia

1.00 Networking lunch in exhibition hall



Advanced Biodiesel stream

Advanced Bioethanol stream

2.15 Moderator's opening remarks
William Thurmond, Emerging Markets Online

2.30 Working with used cooking oil

  • Challenges of working in Bosnia
  • Potential opportunities in eastern Europe
  • Biodiesel:feedstocks (including jatropha) production and distribution

Boro Vukadinovic, Founder, System Ecologica

3.00 Second generation biodiesel refineries in action today

  • Second generation continuous flow technology
  • Meeting international standards using a robust adaptive production and purification process
  • Sourcing sustainable feedstock
  • Challenges of working in Turkey

David Zeidman, VP of business development, Biofuel Turnkey Plants 

3.30 Tea/coffee break in exhibition hall

4.00 Hydrogen-treated biodiesel: a better alternative?

  • Properties and performance
  • Comparison with biodiesel and diesel

Duckhan Kim, Principal researcher, SK Energy

4.30 New biofuel production pathways

  • Direct liquefaction
  • Gasification-FT synthesis
  • Synergies between biofuels and petroleum refining

Michel Bloch, Senior business development manager, Axens

2.15 Moderator's opening remarks
Sean Sutcliffe, CEO, Green Biologics

2.30 Ethanol production from waste materials - a commercial example today

  • Technical issues relating to profitability
  • Emission savings
  • How to achieve quick production start-up

Antti Pasanen, Managing Director, St1 Biofuels

3.00 Bioethanol from spent liquors of pulp production
Fritz Struber, Head of technology, M-real Hallein AG

3.30 Tea/coffee break in exhibition hall

4.00 Maximising the economic viability of biobutanol

  • Reducing the cost of production
  • Examining the use of thermophilic bacteria
  • Retrofitting technology into ethanol facilities and creating biorefineries
  • Processing waste and by-products

Sean Sutcliffe, CEO, Green Biologics

4.30 Producing ethanol and biobutanol from lignocellulosic biomass

  • New biobutanol/ethanol fermentation process
  • Advantages of yeast over other technology
  • Biobutanol as an advanced biofuel
  • Importance of C5 technology
  • Outlook for second generation ethanol/biobutanol in Europe

Gunter Festel, CEO, Butalco


5.00 Close of day 1: Drinks reception in exhibition hall

Day 2: Thursday 6th May



Bioenergy stream

9.00 Moderator's opening remarks: Kingsman
Claudiu Covrig, Biofuels research analyst, Kingsman

9.15 Latest regulations and innovations needed to reach 2020 biofuel targets
Marc Gillmann, Bioenergy director, Total

9.45 Execution of targets for Biofuels versus quality of fuel
Robert Gmyrek, Director, Biofuels Department, PKN Orlen

10.15 Supply and demand balances by country

  • Analysis for biodiesel and bioethanol
  • 2010 production and demand estimates
  • Role of the legal framework and impacts on biofuels consumption
  • Longterm outlook to 2020

Christophe Cogny, Tallage

10.45 Tea/Coffee break in Exhibition Hall

11.10 Latest biofuels developments in Spain

  • Developments in policy and their impact on the market
  • Updates on Spanish biofuels industry
  • Round up of biofuel projects across Spain
  • Promoting second generation fuels

Carlos Alberto Fernández López, Head of biofuels department, IDAE (Ministry of Industry, tourism and trade, Spain)

11.45 The struggle for biofuels in Norway

  • Overcoming the obstacles of introducing ethanol and biodiesel blends
  • Local regulations and government targets: the need for long term incentives and rewards 
  • Statoil's biofuel experiences in Scandinavia, the Baltics, Russia and Poland 
  • Long term market outlook

Dag Roger Rinde, Managing director, Statoil Energy & Retail Norway

12.15 Sustainability case study

  • Results from supply chain audit for major biodiesel producer
  • Measuring GHG savings

Adrian Mason, business development manager, Inspectorate

12.45 Networking lunch in exhibition hall

9.45 Moderator's opening remarks
Gerhard Muggen, General manager BTG Bioliquids BV

10.00 Case study: largest pyrolysis-oil producing plant in Europe

  • Why treat biomass?
  • Upgrading pyrolysis oil to transportation fuel
  • Pyrolysis as a starting point for biorefineries
  • Fundamentals of pyrolysis technology

Gerhard Muggen, General manager BTG Bioliquids BV

10.30 Development of the UK's largest dedicated biomass power plant

  • Route map to successful project completion
  • Unexpected issues during construction
  • Overcoming planning challenges

John Cherrie, Business development director MottMacdonald

11.00 Tea/Coffee break in Exhibition Hall

11.45 Producing bioenergy from biomass

  • Advantages of genetically improved biomass crops
  • Producing both bioethanol and biodiesel
  • Working with feedstocks from jatropha to cellulosic plants

Ashok Hansraj, Global Green

12.15 Biomass sourcing and logistics: From theory to practice

  • Insight into biomass handling
  • Efficient paper mills
  • Integrated biorefineries and power plants

Hubert Röder, Poyry

12.45 Networking lunch in exhibition hall



Storage and handling

Project and risk management

1.50 Moderator's opening remarks
Ruzena Svedelius, BTF-Biological TransFormation of Renewable Organic Material, Sweden

2.00 Biofuels storage & blending challenges

  • Mixing fossil fuels with biocomponents Pilot projects - pipeline transportation
  • Legislation framework in the Czech Republic
  • Biofuels impact on the international oil sector

Jaroslav Pešek, Head of quality and strategic reserves department, Čepro

2.30 Corrosion protection

  • Protection against contamination
  • Moisture removal
  • Suitable coatings and linings

Elisabetta Sartirana, Solvay Solexis

3.00 Tea/coffee break in exhibition hall

3.30 Measuring contamination in liquid fuels

  • Microbial contamination and its impact
  • Current microbial test methods
  • A new approach to analysing contamination

Gerrit Kadijk, Biofuels and sustainable transport consultant, TNO Science and Industry

4.00 Accurate biofuel blending

  • Challenges of storing biodiesel onsite

Phil Armstrong, Additives and blending specialist, Honeywell Enraf

1.50 Moderator's opening remarks
Will Thurmond, Emerging markets online

2.00 Plant planning, design and construction challenges

  • Round up of major biodiesel and ethanol plants in construction
  • A look at the technology chosen and why
  • Overcoming design and construction obstacles
  • Case study: An in-depth look at biodiesel plants being constructed in Slovakia

Tomas Cvengros, Chemoprojekt

2.25 Getting bioenergy projects to financial close - the lender’s engineer perspective

  • Risk mitigation challenges for project developers
  • Key factors for a bankable bioenergy project
  • Strategies to maximise the chances of getting projects to financial close
  • Project agreements, technology choice contracting strategies, location and logistics 

Duncan Barker, Senior principal engineer, Renewable Generation - Bioenergy and Low Carbon Processes, Mott McDonald

2.50 Tea/coffee break in exhibition hall

3.20 Hedging in the biofuels market

  • Hedging vehicles in the European market
  • Planning and modelling of hedging strategies
  • Measuring of hedging effectiveness
  • Interconnectedness of the biofuels and the commodities markets

Martin Ziegelbäck,

3.45 Commodity trading and risk management

  • Import/export levels across Europe
  • Trade outlook for 2010
  • Industry trends

Václav Wagner, CEO, Amasis Investments

4.10 Critical Success factors for a Bioethanol Plant
Sunil Rohom, Business development manager, Praj

5.00 Close of conference

2009 Biofuels International programme

Day 1: Wednesday 27th May


8.45 Opening Remarks from the chair: Biofuels outlook
Stefan Fürnsinn, McKinsey & Co 

9.00 Keynote Address: Future biofuels strategy
Richard Leopold, Director of product marketing, Bentley Motors

9.25 Update on European legislation and standards:

  • How are technical standards & regulations are made
  • Thoughts behind EN 14214 biodiesel standard
  • Thoughts behind EN 15376 bioethanol standard
  • Status of CEN Standards in relation to the Renewable Energy Directive

Ortwin Costenoble, Senior Standardisation Consultant, NEN Energy Resources

9.50 The road ahead for the European biodiesel market

  • Future production levels by member state
  • Towards EU policy and regulations
  • European biodiesel challenges
  • Raw material availability
  • Promoting fair international trade

Raffaello Garofalo, Secretary General, European Biodiesel Board

10.15 Biofuels in the EU - medium & long term perspective

  • Demand for biofuels compared with fossil fuels by country
  • Overview of targets and legislation across Europe
  • Production costs and country capacities
  • European feedstock consumption for grains and oilseeds

Hémeline Macret, biofuel and grain analyst, Tallage

10.40 Tea/Coffee break in Exhibition Hall 

11.10 Port of Amsterdam: becoming a sustainable energy port

  • Roadmap for future developments
  • Case study: Greenmills’ biodiesel refinery
  • Sustainable energy projects

Marcel Gorris, Commercial manager, bulk logistics, Port of Amsterdam

11.35 Developments in the German biofuels market:

  • German biofuel policy 
  • The impact of rising biofuel taxes 
  • Production capacities and future outlook

Peter Schrum, president, BBK (German biofuels association)

12.00 Experiences and investment opportunities in eastern Europe

  • Feedstock choice & supply 
  • Advantages and challenges 
  • Market conditions and outlook

Karl-W. Giersberg, CFO, EOP Biodiesel

12.25 Biomass' potential in the EU

  • Biomass/bioenergy potential by country
  • Update on legislation and targets
  • Market potential and sustainability

Eibhilin Manning, Policy director, European Biomass Association

12.50 Lunch in the exhibition hall


Biodiesel stream

Bioenergy stream

2.15 Moderator's opening remarks: analysis on future feedstocks

  • Next generation biodiesel feedstocks
  • Review of algae, jatropha and waste vegetable oil

William Thurmond, Director, Emerging Markets Online

2.40 Exploring the potential of algae

  • Yield, prices and sustainability
  • Road to commercialisation
  • Choosing the right species & production method

Jonathan Wolfson, CEO, Solazyme

3.05 Tea/coffee break in exhibition hall 

3.50 Coping with the challenges of biodiesel production using different feedstocks: experiences with jatropha

Hermann Stockinger, sales director, BDI International

4.15 Working with tallow and used cooking oils 

  • Feedstock economics
  • Pre-treatment technology
  • Logistics & supply

Doug Ward, Former managing director, Argent Energy

4.40 Sustainable and competitive second generation biodiesel

  • Carbon dioxide reduction potential
  • Explaining the synthetic diesel process 
  • Biofuel production in Norway
  • Economic comparisons

Manfred Kessler, Senior specialist, process chemistry and biofuels, Xynergo

5.05 Prospects for pyrolysis

  • Biomass waste treatment and conversion
  • Introducing flash pyrolysis
  • Advantages & challenges of using bio-oil
  • Adding value to by-products

Tom Cornelissen, PR manager, Bio-Oil Holding


2.15 Moderator's opening remarks: Navigating to commercial viability: The PHF process roadmap

  • Assessment of the pre-treatment hydrolysis fermentation (PHF) process
  • Calculating the total cost of conversation
  • Critical steps to achieving commercial viability for cellulosic ethanol

Anders Tuxen, Energy strategist, Novozymes

2.40 Cellulosic ethanol: potential in Europe

  • Producing cellulosic ethanol on a commercial scale
  • Biomass sourcing and pre-treatment
  • Overview of the ethanol market in Denmark

Micheal Persson, Vice president, Inbicon, a Dong Energy subsidiary

3.05 Tea/coffee break in exhibition hall 

3.50 Bioethanol from sugarbeet

  • Future ethanol developments
  • The impact of reduced tax breaks in France
  • Feedstock price comparisons & profitability
  • Outlook for 2020

Bernard Chaud, Director of biofuels, Tereos

4.15 A breakthrough technology for clean bioenergy from biomass wastes

  • Technology overview & key challenges
  • Economic & sustainability assessment 
  • Coping in the current climate

Graham Rice, External relations and development manager, Ineos BIO

4.40 Miscanthus' potential as biodiesel an ethanol feedstock

  • Yields, costs and capacities
  • Comparisons with switchgrass
  • Current projects using miscanthus

David Croxton, CEO, Bical

5.05 From lignocellulose to fermentable sugars

  • Which pretreatment/hydrolysis technologies are in development? 
  • Advantages and drawbacks 
  • How to recover added chemical catalysts 
  • Analysis of wheat straw, corn stover, willow wood and bagasse feedstocks 

Johan van Groenestijn, project leader, TNO 

5.30 Close of day 1: Drinks reception in exhibition hall


Advanced Biodiesel stream

Advanced Bioethanol stream

2.15 Moderator's opening remarks
William Thurmond, Emerging Markets Online

2.30 Working with used cooking oil

  • Challenges of working in Bosnia
  • Potential opportunities in eastern Europe
  • Biodiesel:feedstocks (including jatropha) production and distribution

Boro Vukadinovic, Founder, System Ecologica

3.00 Second generation biodiesel refineries in action today

  • Second generation continuous flow technology
  • Meeting international standards using a robust adaptive production and purification process
  • Sourcing sustainable feedstock
  • Challenges of working in Turkey

David Zeidman, VP of business development, Biofuel Turnkey Plants 

3.30 Tea/coffee break in exhibition hall

4.00 Hydrogen-treated biodiesel: a better alternative?

  • Properties and performance
  • Comparison with biodiesel and diesel

Duckhan Kim, Principal researcher, SK Energy

4.30 New biofuel production pathways

  • Direct liquefaction
  • Gasification-FT synthesis
  • Synergies between biofuels and petroleum refining

Michel Bloch, Senior business development manager, Axens

2.15 Moderator's opening remarks
Sean Sutcliffe, CEO, Green Biologics

2.30 Ethanol production from waste materials - a commercial example today

  • Technical issues relating to profitability
  • Emission savings
  • How to achieve quick production start-up

Antti Pasanen, Managing Director, St1 Biofuels

3.00 Bioethanol from spent liquors of pulp production
Fritz Struber, Head of technology, M-real Hallein AG

3.30 Tea/coffee break in exhibition hall

4.00 Maximising the economic viability of biobutanol

  • Reducing the cost of production
  • Examining the use of thermophilic bacteria
  • Retrofitting technology into ethanol facilities and creating biorefineries
  • Processing waste and by-products

Sean Sutcliffe, CEO, Green Biologics

4.30 Producing ethanol and biobutanol from lignocellulosic biomass

  • New biobutanol/ethanol fermentation process
  • Advantages of yeast over other technology
  • Biobutanol as an advanced biofuel
  • Importance of C5 technology
  • Outlook for second generation ethanol/biobutanol in Europe

Gunter Festel, CEO, Butalco


5.00 Close of day 1: Drinks reception in exhibition hall

Day 2: Thursday 28th May


8.45 Opening remarks from chair:
Doug Ward, Vice president, European Biodiesel Board

9.00 Keynote Address: Biofuels - Challenges and progress
Lionel Clarke, Biodomain Global Strategic Programme Manager, Shell Global Solutions

9.25 Biofuel sustainability; direct and indirect impacts 

  • Sustainability criteria from the UK's RTFO 
  • Effectiveness of the RTFO reporting scheme in driving the sourcing of certified biofuels 
  • Review of company performance against carbon and sustainability reporting targets 
  • Advantages and limitations of meta-standard approach - parallels with the EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED) 
  • Beyond the Gallagher review: indirect land use change (ILUC) and its impacts

Keeley Bignal, Carbon and sustainability officer, Renewable Fuels Agency

9.50 Verifying the carbon and sustainability impacts of biofuels - experiences from the UK RTFO

  • Challenges with verifying information 
  • Sources of evidence 
  • Key considerations in building confidence in biofuels supply chains

Andrew Britton, Corporate Responsibility Services, Ernst & Young

10.15 Challenges for the EU fuel industry

  • EU ethanol production by member state
  • Impacts of the Renewable Energy Directive and Fuel Quality Directive
  • Raw material availability
  • European ethanol challenges

Rob Vierhout, secretary General, European Bioethanol Fuel Association (eBIO)

10.40 Tea/coffee break in exhibition hall 

11.05 European biodiesel market dynamics

  • The impact of current and future policy on the European biodiesel industry
  • Key criteria for maximising production profit in a tough economic climate
  • Technological developments in first generation production
  • Export opportunities around Europe
  • Quality control and analysis 

Oliver Hancock, Managing director, 3B Biofuels

11.45 Securing project finance in today's climate 

  • Risk mitigation
  • Securing the necessary investment
  • Debt management

Colin Brunker, Director, Bronzeoak

12.10 Capital Project Evaluation and Benchmarking - Risk analysis & securing capital investment

  • Risk Analysis: Why is it important? 
  • Best Industry Practices
  • Project Improvement

Patricia Griffith, Managing director, Independent Project Analysis (EMEA)

12.35 Lunch in exhibition hall


Storage/handling stream

Quality/performance stream

2.15 Opening Remarks from the chair:

2.30 Experiences in storage and blending at the terminal

  • Extra equipment & investment needed to cope with biofuels
  • The need for distribution infrastructure
  • Working with multiple blends
  • The effects of European legislation

Ignacio Pujol, Decal España general manager

3.00 Biofuels across the supply chain

  • Adding biofuels to the supply chain
  • Ensuring sustainability
  • Blend levels & technology

Robin Lloyd, Biofuels Manager, Mabanaft UK

3.30 Tea/coffee break in exhibition hall 

4.15 Biofuels blends and technology

  • European blend regulations & mandates
  • Blending automation technology 
  • Blending methods

Phil Armstrong, additives & blending specialist, Honeywell Enraf 

4.45 Biofuels logistics & shipping

  • Best practises on quality monitoring during blending Market applications
  • Supply chain logistics 
  • Developments affecting distribution

Jonathan Morley, Lead Specialist and Technical Leader, Lloyd's Register EMEA

2.15 Opening Remarks from the chair:
Thomas Hielscher, general manager, Hielscher Ultrasonics

2.30 Solid catalyst transesterification

  • How to up biodiesel yields
  • Comparing homogenous and heterogenous processes
  • Improving glycerine quality

Michel Bloch, Senior business development manager, Axens

3.00 Ultrasonic Biodiesel Reaction

  • Ultrasonic shear mixing and transesterification chemistry
  • Lower methanol and catalyst usage
  • Improve conversion rate any yield

Thomas Hielscher, general manager, Hielscher Ultrasonics

3.30 Tea/coffee break in exhibition hall 

4.15 Evolutions & Challenges into quality & inspection control of biodiesel to meet EU standards

  • Cold flow properties/ stability issues for different feedstocks
  • Contaminants and rigorous inspection throughout the supply chain

Kurt Tyssen, business and analytical development manager, Intertek

4.45 Glycerol: providing an additional profit stream

  • Economics of producing glycerol
  • Glycerin purification technology
  • Added value & profitability

Christian Hulteberg, director Biofuel-Solution, and Vahik Krikorian, CTO, Primafuel

5.15 Close of conference

2008 Biofuels International programme

Day 1: Wednesday 4th June


8.00 Conference & Exhibition Registration Opens

8.30 Chair’s Opening Remarks
Gordon McManus, Lead Biofuels Analyst, Wood Mackenzie

8.40 Keynote Address: Saab Biopower & the Swedish Bioethanol Breakthrough
Jan Åke Jonsson, Managing Director, Saab Automobile AB

9.05 Market Overview & Growth Trends in Europe

  • Review of market sector
  • Updates on European policy
  • Growth trends & key countries of interest
  • European tax incentives

Rob Vierhout, Secretary General, eBIO

9.30 Factors Affecting Biofuels Import/Export Trade throughout Europe

  • Direction & levels of import/export
  • Consumption & production of biofuels in Rotterdam
  • Current infrastructure & ongoing developments
  • Distribution via land & sea-going vessels

Ronald Backers, Business Developer, Port of Rotterdam

9.55 Tea/Coffee Break & Exhibition Showcase

10.30 Bio-ethers Role within EU Biofuel Targets

  • Review of market sector
  • Ethers enhancing bioethanol
  • Bio-ethers & carbon dioxide emissions reduction
  • Avoiding barriers to market development

Walter Mirabella, Managing Director, Lyondell Italia

10.55 Growth and Opportunities in biofuels

  • Biofuels are challenged today - feedstock prices rising, sustainability questioned 
  • Good biofuels fundamentals hold 
  • Ways to mitigate risks of biofuel investments 

Alexander Schwartz, Practice Expert, McKinsey & Company

11.20 Ensuring Overall Sustainability in Production

  • European sustainability proposals within legislation
  • Environmental sustainability criteria
  • Evidence to prove sustainability
  • Recording & reporting criteria

Ian Waller, Managing Director, FiveBarGate Consultants 

11.45 Panel Discussion

12.15 Lunch & Exhibition Showcase


Biodiesel stream

Bioethanol stream

2.00 Moderator’s Opening Remarks
Will Thurmond, Author, Biodiesel 2020, Emerging Markets Online

2.20 Algae, a Sustainable & Economic Biofuels Feedstock Source

  • Yields, prices & sustainability
  • Commercial activity & potential
  • Choosing the right species & production method

Doug Frater, CEO, GlobalGreen Solutions

2.40 Jatropha in an African Context 

  • The jatropha advantage
  • A mixed model approach - plantations and extension schemes
  • The Energem biofuels Centres of Excellence

Tom Swithenbank, Chief Executive, Energem Biofuels

3.00 Converting Used Cooking Oil to EN 14214 Compliant Biodiesel

  • Meeting quality standards
  • Overcoming instability in German market
  • Optimising production techniques

Michael Fiedler-Panajotopoulos, Director of Sales & Marketing, Petrotec

3.20 Panel Discussion


2.00 Moderator’s Opening Remarks
Richard Weightman, Senior Crop Consultant, Crop Quality & Utilisation, ADAS

2.20 Switchgrass Potential within the EU - a Comparison with Miscanthus

  • Yields, prices & sustainability
  • Analysis of technological, economic & environmental performance

Wolter Elbersen, Wageningen Research Institute

2.40 Should Sugarcane be Classed as a Second Generation Feedstock?

  • Emission reductions
  • Economics of production
  • Risk management advantages advantages

Diomedes Christodoulou, Director, Gordian Bioenergy

3.00 Recommercialisation of the Biobutanol Process

  • Biobutanol-a superior next generation biofuel
  • Advanced fermentation process utilises waste by-product feedstocks
  • Offers reduction in cost & greenhouse gas emissions

Fergal O’Brien, Director of Process Operations, Green Biologics

3.20 Panel Discussion

3.40 Tea/Coffee Break & Exhibition Showcase


Biodiesel stream

Bioethanol stream

4.10 Moderator’s Opening Remarks
Future Trends in the Swedish Biofuels Market

  • Nordics experiences regarding handling & storing of biodiesel

Richard Lundström, Sales Manager, Nordic Storage AB

4.30 Special Applications for Storage & Handling for Specific Needs

  • Biodiesel industry in Turkey
  • Specifi c needs arising from legislative framework
  • Storage concerns
  • Handling & blending applications

Selcuk Borovali, Managing Director, DB Agroenergy Co.

4.50 Biodiesel Distribution & Infrastructure Concerns Product quality

  • Storage & infrastructure
  • Temperature protection
  • Criteria for blending & blending methods
  • Power consideration

Paul Hinkle, Additive Systems

5.10 Panel Discussion

5.30 Moderator’s Closing remarks


4.10 Moderator’s Opening Remarks
Terminals & Shipping: Meeting the Demands of the Biofuel Industry

  • The different storage & shipping requirements of biofuels compared to fossil fuels
  • The current state of the storage & shipping markets in relation to biofuel
  • The role of storage & shipping in the future

Mike Beviss, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Odfjell Terminals (Rotterdam) B.V.

4.30 Ethanol Storage using Duplex Stainless Steel

  • What is duplex stainless steel?
  • Properties, differences compared to standard stainless steel etc.
  • Compatibility of duplex stainless steel & ethanol
  • Advantages of duplex stainless steel
  • Life Cycle Cost (LCC) comparison to carbon steel tanks
  • Examples of tank installations using duplex stainless steel

Fredrik Sjoholm, Research Engineer, Outokumpu

4.50 Biofuels: Practical Storage, Handling & Blending Experience 

  • Storage & handling
  • Blending, automation & stock control
  • Recent projects

Gary Lacy, Engineering Director, Simon Storage

5.10 Panel Discussion

5.30 Moderator’s Closing remarks

5.30 - 7.00 Close of day 1: Networking Reception & Exhibition Showcase

Day 2: Thursday 5th June


8.30 Chair’s Opening Remarks
Rob Vierhout, Secretary General, eBIO

8.40 Keynote speaker: Investment to Reach European Biofuels Goals – How to Make it Happen

  • What investment is needed
  • Lessons from investment to date
  • What is needed to make it happen

Sean Sutcliffe, Chairman, Biofuels Corporation Trading

9.05 European Outlook for biofuels within the context of the international oil industry

  • The effect of biofuels on net imports/exports
  • Current consumption & future European energy growth projections
  • Forecasting the impact of future oil prices on biofuels

John McVay, Principal, Purvin & Gertz

9.30 Investment Opportunities in Europe

  • Emerging trends in biofuels finance & investment
  • Evaluating short & long term cost of production fi nancial viability
  • Investment criteria & exit strategies

Marc Schmitz, Senior Manager, Rabobank International

10.00 Tea/Coffee Break & Exhibition Showcase

10.45 Understanding & Mitigating Risk in a Biofuels Plant

  • Key sources of risk for producers & investors
  • Risk mitigation strategies
  • Potential financing options
  • Recent investment trends & concerns

Jenny Harrison, Director, Deloitte & Touche

11.10 Examining the Potential in Eastern Europe

  • Challenges & advantages of working in Romania
  • Experiences from projects in the Ukraine
  • Locating countries with the best prospects

Peter Brown, International Sales Director, Greenline Industries

11.35 Sustainability Aspects of Renewable Diesel

  • Environmental viewpoint (emissions to atmosphere through the life cycle, as is now & the potential to improve)
  • Societal viewpoint
  • Economical viewpoint

Harri Turpeinen, VP Corporate Stakeholder Relations, Neste Oil 

12.00 Panel Discussion

12.20 Lunch & Exhibition Showcase


Biodiesel stream

Bioethanol stream

2.00 Moderator’s Opening Remarks
Dr A.I. van Berkel, Programme Manager Process Industry, TNO Science & Industry

2.10 SunDiesel - 2nd Generation Biofuel from Woody Biomass - Production Process & Feedstock Sourcing Strategy

  • Properties & advantages of synthetic diesel produced through biomass gasifi cation & Fischer-Tropsch-synthesis
  • BTL (Biomass to Liquids) production process with Carbo-V® entrained fl ow gasifi cation
  • 1 million ton per year biomass sourcing strategy for large scale SunDiesel® production in Eastern-Germany

Michael Weitz, Project Developer, Choren Biomass GmbH

2.30 Status & Future Developments of First & Second
Generation Biofuels

  • Capacities, broadening of raw materials, use of by-products
  • Biomass to real synfuels & synfuel equivalents
  • Fast pyrolysis process for decentralised BioSyncrude production & centralised synfuel production
  • Critical success factors for BTL

Dr. Armin Günther, Director Product Management Biofuels, Lurgi

2.50 Panel Discussion

2.00 Moderator’s Opening Remarks
Iban Vendrell, consultant, Mott MacDonald

2.10 Sustainable Production to Rival First & Second Generation Processes

  • Decreasing carbon dioxide emissions during production
  • Biorefinery concept – converting surplus steam into energy Biogas production
  • Comparing the BER concept to traditional bioethanol production

Peter van der Gaag, Director, Bio-ethanol Rotterdam (BER)

2.30 Ethanol Production from Waste

  • Ethanol spec with gasoline
  • Network needed
  • Energy efficient production equipment needed
  • Effect of aging on treatability of biodiesel

Antti Passanan, Managing Director, St1 Biofuels

2.50 Panel Discussion

3.15 Tea/Coffee Break & Exhibition Showcase


Biodiesel stream

Bioethanol stream

4.00 Moderator’s Opening Remarks
Sean Sutcliffe, Chairman, Biofuels Corporation Trading 

4.10 Near-Infrared Technology (NIR) Offers New Quality Assurance Capabilities For Biodiesel Production

  • Ensuring that the fi nal product meets regional standards
  • What can NIR offer today to help overcome challenges
  • Applying NIR at control points
  • What can Biodiesel producers expect from NIR in the future

Johan Weimann, Global Business Manager, Biofuel solutions, FOSS

4.30 Ensuring Oxidative Stability of Biodiesel

  • Oxidation mechanism
  • Oil stability index induction period (OSI) method
  • Other analytical methods
  • Effect of metals on treatability of biodiesel
  • Effect of aging on treatability of biodiesel

Nancy Kinkade, Performance Chemicals Technical Service, Eastman Chemical Company

4.50 Solid Catalysts for Converting High-FFA Feedstocks to Biodiesel

  • Difficulties in using conventional homogeneous catalysts such as H2SO4 with no viable solid heterogeneous catalysts commercially available
  • Development of Amberlyst BD20

Danielle Colman, Technical Support Engineer Biodiesel, Rohm & Haas Europe Services ApS

5.10 Panel Discussion

4.00 Moderator’s Opening Remarks
Alexander Schwartz, Practice Expert, McKinsey & Company

4.10 Improving Ethanol Production Efficiency

  • Model predictive control & optimisation - increasing yields & profit
  • Model-based control strategies applied to integrated energy systems reducing energy costs
  • System-wide model-based control on an integrated bioethanol plant producing capacity increases

Rob Kranz, Managing Director EMEA, Pavilion Technologies

4.30 Enzymatic hydrolysis of arabinoxylans from corn and wheat fibres for enhanced production of bioethanol

  • What types of enzymes are needed?
  • Effect of pretreatment
  • Fermentation of pentose-sugars into ethanol using a modified Saccharomyces strain

Dr. Mirjam Kabel, Enzyme Technology, Royal Nedalco

4.50 Panel Discussion

5.10 Moderator's Closing Remarks & Close of Conference

5.30 Moderator's Closing Remarks & Close of Conference


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