Understanding Advanced Biofuels

A comprehensive 2-day introduction to the technologies & processes and markets & supply chain challenges of “advanced” and emerging biofuels.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Understanding the complex array of pathways from biomass to biofuel, with a focus on new and emerging pathways.
  • Clear explanations of the various technologies and processes, including how they may grow their market share (and why they may not).
  • Potential feedstock choices for advanced biofuels, including supply chain differences and challenges compared to current crops, and how feedstocks and conversion technology choices relate.
  • The market opportunities and challenges for advanced biofuels, including market applications, competition with other solutions (both renewable and non-renewable) and the policy environment.

Course description

Liquid biofuels currently provide about 3% of global road transport fuels and are starting to develop as a market opportunity in the aviation and marine sectors. Global production of fuel ethanol in 2013 was around 85 billion litres with production of biodiesel reaching 24.7 million tons. However continued growth within the sector is limited by a number of interlinked factors including sustainability, land use, commodity
prices, competition for feedstock and the ‘fuel v food’ debate.

In particular these factors have led to a strong policy requirement to move away from “1st-generation” crop feedstocks – as exemplified by the EU’s cap on feedstock from agricultural crops – and towards a variety of “advanced” biofuels. These will be based on more socially and economically sustainable feedstocks and likely include new types of fuel which can be “dropped-in” to current infrastructure or blended to
higher limits with conventional supplies.

This course is designed to focus in particular on these advanced and emerging fuels, providing a time-efficient insight into the complex issues around feedstock selection, conversion technologies and processes, through to production and application of the final fuels.

Training level & style

  • The course presents scientific and technical concepts, but these are explained in a clear, business-friendly manner which assumes no prior scientific or technical background.
  • The course is designed for business decision-makers who require an in-depth subject briefing; it is not intended for day-to-day chemists or engineers.
  • Content is delivered throughout in an informal, interactive manner, encouraging questions and discussion.
  • Attendees receive hard and soft copies of presented material, a certificate of attendance, plus comprehensive list of sources & further reading designed to enhance and consolidate the “live” teaching.

Who has already benefitted

The course will prove valuable to a wide range of attendees from across the biofuels value chain including:

  • Investors
  • Policymakers
  • Feedstock suppliers
  • Logistics companies
  • Project developers
  • Land owners
  • Insurers

Relevant job roles include:

  • Business development
  • Strategy & planning
  • Finance
  • Legal
  • Project management
  • Policy liaison
  • Market analysis

Supporting materials you will receive:

  • Hard and soft copies of presentation materials
  • Excel spreadsheets and models
  • Latest industry case studies and examples
  • Comprehensive reading list for further study after the course
  • A certificate of attendance

Why choose Green Power Academy?

  • Unique courses that can’t be found anywhere else
  • CPD certified
  • Over 1300 delegates already trained
  • Class sizes limited to ensure enough one to one time with the course lecturer
  • Latest case studies and examples used
  • Interactive class sessions
  • Courses held at 4-5 star hotels in central city locations

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