Aviation Biofuels Webinar
The webinar lasts one hour
Three expert speakers gave short presentations focusing on different aspects of the Brazilian Green Aviation Fuel market.
The themes discussed included:
- Sustainability as the key element for alternative aviation fuels
- Putting together effective supply chains for consistent delivery and other key challenges
- Which feedstocks and processes represent the best current contenders for renewable aviation fuel?
Speaker Line Up
Jim Kinder, Senior Chemist, Sustainable Biofuels Research & Technology Program, Boeing
Profile to follow.
Mike Lu, Director, Brazilian Biojetfuel Platform
Mike Lu graduated from University of Sao Paulo in biology and Business Administration
He is currently the CEO of Curcas Diesel Brasil. Curcas Diesel Brasil is a company fully dedicated to promoting Jatropha curcas as the key feedstock for the global biodiesel industry. It focuses on the planning, implementation, and management of integrated eco-efficient Jatropha curcas plantations in Brazil.
He is also the Executive Secretary Brazilian Research Network on Jatropha curcas and the President of Brazilian Association of Jatropha Growers.
He is a co-founder and director of the Brazilian Biojetfuel Platform – an industry body designed to further the implementation of green aviation programs across Brazil.
Kevin Weiss, Chief Executive Officer, Byogy Renewables
Kevin R. Weiss serves as Chief Executive Officer of Byogy.
Byogy is an advanced biofuel technology company based out of San Jose, California with a division in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The company has developed a patent pending proprietary catalytic technology that converts any ethanol directly to renewable jet fuel, gasoline, and diesel which are 100% replacements for their petroleum counterparts and require no changes to infrastructure, jet engines nor airframes. Byogy has successfully tested its fuel with the US Air Force and is aligned with Qatar Airways.
With 25 years of driving operational excellence, financial discipline and exponential revenue growth, Kevin has a proven track record in building client relations throughout California and brings passion, drive and business acumen, as well as a keen understanding of the critical role that drives various business models that makes him a perfect fit to gear up Byogy Renewables, Inc. for aggressive market expansion.
He is formerly CEO, of JMH Weiss Inc., a successful civil engineering and land planning firm founded in 1956 in San Jose, California. He has worked on over 4,000 design projects for both public and private sectors. The firm plans, and processes large scale projects through entitlement and master planning.
Kevin's knowledge of real estate/environmental processing has enhanced his abilities to be at the forefront of Sustainable/Green development and planning and provides seminar discussions for local government and consultant environmental agencies. He holds BS degrees in both Civil Engineering and Physics from the Penn State University.
About Sustainable Aviation in Brazil
Aviation is one of the strongest growing transport sectors. In the period up to 2050, worldwide aviation is expected to grow by 4.5% annually. If fuel consumption and CO2 emissions were to grow at the same rate, CO2 emissions by worldwide aviation in 2050 would be nearly six times their current figure. As such, the potential importance of renewable fuel-based aviation can hardly be over-emphasised in terms of its role in driving biofuel demand worldwide. Yet it is a technologically complex and politically sensitive sector and it is incumbent on the global green energy community to come together to drive forward both production and demand in order that the potential can be truly realized.
Brazil is home to the only officially licensed airplane to run exclusively on bio-ethanol, the Embraer Ipanema. In addition to that, major domestic airlines TAM, GOL, and Azul have, with the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry (UNICA), Amyris Brazil, the Brazilian Association Jatropha Producers (ABPPM) and the Brazilian Aerospace Industry Association (AIAB) formed ABRABA - The Brazilian Alliance for Aviation Biofuels.
At Rio +20 in June, The Brazilian BiojetFuel Platform was launched. The initiative is an important first step towards a Green Economy to bring together an open, collaborative platform. It is intended to bring together governments, international organizations, farmers, associations, research institutions, non-governmental organizations, stakeholders, related downstream chemical companies, and users of air transportation, to promote integrated actions towards a global sustainable biojetfuel and renewable chemicals value chain.
This Aviation Biofuels Brazil Webinar took place as part of Green Power Conferences’ World Biofuels Markets Global series of events. You might also be interested in attending World Biofuels Markets Brazil which will bring together the entire biofuels value chain in Brazil this September in Sao Paulo.
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