Monday, September 27, 2010

Advanced Biofuels Scale-Up Summit Worldwide

Next-generation biofuels production requires an enormous investment in research, development and availability of sustainable technologies. To meet international production targets for advanced biofuels such as cellulosic ethanol, biobutanol, algae biofuel and BioDME, producers need to scale up their technology beyond demonstration plants, to be fully commercialised, as quickly as possible. This requires access to capital for scaling up the technology (from both governments and the private sector), as well as a regulatory framework to create and support a global market for advanced biofuels. The creation of such a market is a global challenge that will require a global solution: this worldwide summit will offer solutions from governments, investors and advanced biofuels producers and end users from Sweden, Finland, UK, Denmark, The Netherlands, Norway, Ireland, Spain, France, China, India and USA.

Following the success of the Advanced Biofuels Scale-Up Summit USA, (Sell-Out Event, Washington DC, June 22-23 2010), London Business Conferences now present the 2nd in the series: the ‘Advanced Biofuels Scale-Up Summit Worldwide’, a new 2-Day Summit taking place this September 28-29 in London which examines how the advanced biofuels industry can be developed to full commercialisation globally, with particular focus on the regulatory environment for biofuels in Europe and Asia.

Gathering international, EU and national decision makers to discuss the implementation of a solid, supportive regulatory framework, the Summit will provide a timely opportunity for the advanced biofuels industry to understand the level of different governments’ commitment - and their criteria to support and incentivise the production of advanced biofuels.

Accelerating The Profitability And Scale-Up of Advanced Biofuels - What Needs To Be In Place To Enable Long Term, Sustainable Support For The Advanced Biofuels Marketplace And Encourage Investment In Operating Plants?

While it is well known that capital costs to build advanced biofuels plants are high, it is also essential to understand how the operating costs compare to traditional fuels and standard biofuels, so that end-users and producers are able to distinguish the relative costs/ benefits of conventional and advanced types.either the technology is not fully developed or it costs too much to operate. To add to the complexity of the issue, differing levels of government support in different countries do not create a level playing field for the market to develop. Particularly for the EU and member states, governments need to give industry clarity that any support they are going to give is long term. The Advanced Biofuels Scale-Up Summit Worldwide will assess the status of current government policies and allow participants to evaluate which policies are working successfully around the world. Development costs for second generation biofuels may still be prohibitive for companies because 

A Technical and Economic Breakdown of the Future For Biofuels - Is The Technology Available, Is It Economic, And Is The Market Ready?

Technology for the advanced biofuels sector is poised for commercialisation, but a full degree of scale up will be required to meet the needs of the market once its been created. Unlike other R & D focused Biofuels events, the Advanced Biofuels Scale-Up Summit Worldwide has been produced to look specifically at the commercial processes right through the supply chain, from raw materials to processing to the plant.need to happen in conjunction for the market to truly take off. Timescales are also critical - government support, and having the available technology 

New Processes, New Business Opportunities - Discovering Performance, Profitability And Sustainability Of New Feedstocks

Stakeholders participating in the Summit will include oil and petrochemical companies, energy companies, technology companies, leading global advanced biofuels producers, raw material suppliers, investors and government as well as  everybody who’s producing and consuming fuels, (such as future end users in the automotive industry).  As a worldwide Summit, this event will offer stakeholder participants real, practical insights into the latest technological developments, including cellulosic ethanol, gasification and algae biofuel, detailing what the challenges and opportunities are in terms of costs, profitability and efficiency. The biofuels industry can massively benefit from new opportunities to have cheaper and better technologies. Our unique line up of speakers will be analysing the economic balance and technical results of the new feedstocks available for biodiesels, for example, including new crops and micro algae, as well as sharing key learnings on oil productivity and the quality and composition of oils, different refining processes  and new processes for hydrotreating the oil.

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