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As global demand for power, heating and transportation fuels continues to grow, and fossil fuel resources become scarcer and more expensive to extract, Biofuels play an ever greater role in meeting our energy needs.

 

 

Focusing on the Biomass to Liquids technologies and process this conference brings together experts from a wide range of disciplines.  Technology developments, project updates, policy and regulation and the feedstock debate will all be addressed in this comprehensive two-day event. 

 

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SMi brings over a decade of experience developing successful Gas-to-Liquids conference to this exciting new event.  Join policy makers, feedstock specialists, technology developers and the pioneers driving forward BtL projects to:

S Assess drivers and challenges for the BtL industry
S Understand what refiners want from BtL
S Gain an understanding of trends and developments in gasification technologies, syngas cleaning and conditioning and refinery optimisation
S Assess the alternatives to Fischer-Tropsch processes
S Learn how to control the debate and public perceptions of biofuels
S Hear from regulators and policy makers
S Analyse the availability of and competition for biomass feedstock
S Appreciate end-user requirements
S Meet project developers and technology developers and take advantage of excellent networking opportunities

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Feedback for SMi’s GTL conferences:

“It has been an excellent conference…The combination of Operational Business (Oryx), developmental (EGTL, GTLpetrol), new development (Australia), financing and process modelling is excellent. Continue maintaining this format.”
Joseph Mabena, Evaluations Manager, PetroSA GTL 2008

“Overall very enjoyable and interesting”
Peter Elstner, Licensing Engineer, BP International GTL 2008

“Very wide range of presentations and attendees helped to provide a good overall perspective for GTL & CTL”
Ken Witts, Lead Process Engineer, Bechtel GTL 2007

“SMi conferences always have better depth, detail and variety than others.”
James Herron, Reporter – Power, Gas & Emissions, Dow Jones Newswires GTL 2007

“The conference was well run and very interesting with a good mix of speakers.”
Helen Ricketts, Market Development Manager, CB&I GTL 2007

S Biofuel project operators/developers
S Refiners
S Gasification technology developers
S Biodiesel experts
S Feedstock developers

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Prof. A.V. Bridgewater

Prof. A.V. Bridgewater, Bioenergy Research Group, Aston University

9:10 DRIVERS AND CHALLENGES FOR BTL INDUSTRY

Mark Morgan

Mark Morgan, Principal, Global Director Biotechnology, Nexant Ltd

  • Need for alternative fuels
  • BTL Projects
  • Status of technology
  • Legislation
  • Challenges to development
  • 9:50 PROFITABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY OF BTL

    Henrik Erämetsä

    Henrik Erämetsä , VP Development, Renewable Fuels, Neste Oil Corporation

  • Neste Oil - Stora Enso JV as example
  • Plant size vs. cost
  • Feedstock sourcing
  • LCA calculations
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    10:55 BIO-OIL: A POSSIBLE BRIDGE TO LARGE-SCALE BTL-DIESEL PRODUCTION?

    Manfred Kessler

    Manfred Kessler, Senior Specialist, Process Chemistry & Biofuels, Norske Skog/Xynergo

  • Challenges in feedstock supply
  • Bio-oil production
  • Distributed supply model
  • BTL-production in Norway
  • 11:35 BIO-METHANOL, THE VERSATILE BIOFUEL

    Eelco Dekker

    Eelco Dekker, Chief Marketing Officer, BioMCN

  • BioMCN company background
  • Crude glycerine developments
  • Alternative biomass feedstocks
  • Bio-methanol fuel applications
  • 12:15 Networking Lunch

    13:15 PRESSURIZED FLUID BED GASIFICATION OF BIOMASS WITH ADVANCED GAS CLEANING IN THE VÄRNAMO PLANT-A NEW START

    Erik Rensfelt

    Erik Rensfelt, Managing Director, Växjö Värnamo Biomass Gasification Centre (VVBGC)

  • A general technology description
  • A new consortium with end users will run the demonstration project
  • Time schedule and costs to get to commercial scale plants in four years time
  • 13:55 PRODUCING FT FUELS FROM DISTRIBUTED BIOMASS

    Derek Atkinson

    Derek Atkinson, Director, Business Development, Oxford Catalysts Group Plc

  • Combination of microchannel reactors with high activity and stability catalysts
  • The challenges of designing the reactor system
  • Catalyst requirements
  • The economics of the microchannel FT system compared with conventional systems
  • Applications between 200 and 5000MT/day biomass input
  • 14:35 THE UOP-ENSYN J.V.: FROM RESIDUAL BIOMASS THROUGH PYROLYSIS TO GREEN HYDROCARBONS

    Robert Graham

    Robert Graham, Chairman and CEO of Ensyn Corporation, member of the management committee of the J.V. UOP/Ensyn Joint Venture, Ensyn Technologies Inc

  • Review of Ensyn’s developmental history to produce the world’s only commercially proven fast pyrolysis technology
  • Discussion of commercial products currently being produced from bio-oil
  • Business model for the expansion of products from the RTP fast pyrolysis technology platform
  • Transportation fuel from further treatment of bio-oil: The Ensyn-UOP Joint Venture as an example.
  • 15:15 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 ALTERNATIVE FUELS FROM WASTE AND BIOMASS: PATHWAYS OF INTEREST AND KEY CHALLENGES

    Dr Jorge Hau

    Dr Jorge Hau, Senior Technology Analyst, Juniper Consultancy Services

  • A broad palette of biofuel pathways (c. 70)
  • Key technologies
  • Hot spots of activity
  • Interesting reference projects
  • Track record of certain biofuel pathways
  • Relevant process suppliers
  • 16:20 THE BIODME PROJECT

    Per Salomonsson

    Per Salomonsson, Coordinator of the BioDME project, Volvo

  • DME as a fuel
  • Production of DME from Black Liquor
  • Distribution of DME
  • DME Vehicle technology
  • 17:00 MANAGING PUBLIC PERCEPTION

    John Twitchen

    John Twitchen , Managing Director, Sauce Consultancy

  • Public reaction to Biomass fuels
  • Managing the debate
  • Effective communication
  • Consultation and community engagement
  • 17:40 PANEL SESSION: ALTERNATIVE FUELS -OPPORTUNITIES, CHALLENGES AND UNCERTAINTIES

  • Which biofuel is considered the most commercially attractive and in which geography?
  • How proven are the different process pathways?
  • Key technologies and commercial challenges:
         - Technology risks
         - Process integration challenges
         - Possible fuel quality concerns (especially with waste feedstock)
         - Availability/cost of distribution infrastructure
         - Clarity of incentivisation schemes
         - Price volatility
  • Key market distorters (e.g. key regulations /incentives)
  • What scale of plant is currently realistic?
  • Dr Jorge Hau

    Dr Jorge Hau, Senior Technology Analyst, Juniper Consultancy Services

    Graham  Rice

    Graham Rice, External Relations & Development Manager , INEOS Bio

    Kyriakos Maniatis

    Kyriakos Maniatis, Biofuels and Polygeneration, DG TREN, European Commission

    Dr Ausilio Bauen

    Dr Ausilio Bauen, Director, E4tech & Senior Research Fellow, Imperial College London

    18:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Chris Malins

    Chris Malins, Communications Officer, Renewable Fuels Agency

    9:10 BTL UNDER THE FRAMEWORK OF THE RES DIRECTIVE

    Kyriakos Maniatis

    Kyriakos Maniatis, Biofuels and Polygeneration, DG TREN, European Commission

  • The RES Directive and what it means for biofuels
  • The role of BTL in the policy framework
  • The EC Support for BTL in FP7 (7th Framework Programme)
  • Ongoing project funded by the EC on BTL
  • 9:50 ROLE OF BIOFUELS IN RENEWABLE ENERGY STRATEGY

    Jayne Redrup

    Jayne Redrup, Assistant Director, Bioenergy Team, Department of Energy and Climate Change

  • Role of biofuels in UK renewable energy strategy and role of BTL within it
  • UK climate change policy
  • Policy towards 2nd generation biofuels
  • Characteristics of BTL and other biofuels in relation to sustainability
  • Actions being undertaken by UK Government on biofuels
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 BIOFUEL POLICY – THE INVESTOR’S PERSPECTIVE

    Clare Wenner

    Clare Wenner, Head of Renewable Transport, Renewable Energy Association

  • Outlook for Biofuels
  • Why invest in BTL and other Biofuel projects?
  • Impact of policy and regulation on market potential of Biofuel projects
  • 11:40 REVIEW OF EFFECTS OF LCA ALLOCATION PROCEDURES ON NNFCC’S DISTRIBUTED PYROLYSIS MODEL

    Dr Geraint Evans

    Dr Geraint Evans, Technology Transfer Manager, Biofuels and Biorefineries, National Non-Food Crops Centre

  • Effects of allocation procedures
  • UK example
  • Benefits of densification
     
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 SUSTAINABILITY OF BTL IN THE UK

    Peter Harrison

    Peter Harrison, Biomass to Liquids Project Manager, Integrated Biomass to Syngas (IBS) Project’

  • Results of recent LCA studies for BTL in the UK
  • The strategic issues impacting on implementation,
  • A progress update on the North East’s Syngas project.
  • 14:30 AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION AND BIOMASS AVAILABILITY

    Ruth Digby

    Ruth Digby, Combinable Crops (non-food uses) adviser, National Farmers Union

  • Land availability
  • Yield improvements
  • Realising production potential (Investment, Research & Development, other barriers?)
  • The role of UK agriculture
  • 15:10 MEETING RENEWABLE FEEDSTOCK DEMANDS - THE IMPACT ON UK AGRICULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT

    Dr Elaine Booth

    Dr Elaine Booth, Non Food Crops Specialist, SAC

  • Inventory for future feedstock demand as context for biomass to liquid demand
  • Assessment of how non food crops for energy will fit within existing crop rotations
  • Opportunity for reducing energy inputs for feedstock production
  • Effect of reducing energy input on Profitability, biodiversity and environmental footprint
  • 15:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference Followed by Afternoon Tea

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    Life Cycle Assessment of Biofuels
    Workshop

    Life Cycle Assessment of Biofuels

    Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James
    5th May 2009
    London, United Kingdom

    Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James

    Buckingham Gate 45/51
    London SW1E 6AF
    United Kingdom

    Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James

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