Introduction to Advanced Biofuels
A comprehensive 1-day briefing on Next Generation Biofuels: Technology, Sustainability & Economics
31 May 2012, London, United Kingdom
Designed to be accessible to non-experts and the commercially-minded, this course describes the variety of feedstocks, routes and processes through which biomass can be converted to valuable fuels, energy and other co-products – on large scales and without the food competition issues of current biofuels. It is particularly aimed at business people who need to understand the basics of the science and technology but want it explained in a clear, hype-free manner and within its economic and commercial context.
It will provide an excellent basic grounding for attendees from a variety of sectors including biomass supply, processing, fuel distribution and end-use; plus investors and policymakers across the supply chain.
Level & Style
Although the course includes scientific and technical information and terminology, we assume no prior technical knowledge – indeed a key aim is to demystify the terminology and language you will encounter within the biofuels industry.
The course runs in a friendly, informal manner, encouraging discussions and questions to ensure that participants get the most out of their time. In order to better understand and illustrate the various topics, some simple calculations and other explanatory exercises may be incorporated.
(include lunch plus morning and afternoon refreshment breaks):
09:00 - 17:00
About your trainer
Dr John Massey is Green Power Academy's founder, Training Director, in-house renewables expert and lead trainer.
Combining a strong academic science background with over fifteen years commercial experience of industry research, analysis and training across a variety of “new technology “ industries (including conventional and renewable energy, telecoms and IT), Dr Massey is expert in demystifying the terminology and workings of new technologies, and presenting their commercial and business context.
He delivers training globally, to senior executives from a range of organisations from project development to finance and has also developed educational material for both live and distance learning courses.
He holds a 1st Class Honours degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, a PhD in Earth Sciences and a Diploma in Economics, Innovation and Sustainability.
“Very solid introduction from a very knowledgeable instructor”
“Rich in discussion”
“Good balance between theoretical and interactive”
Next Generation Biomass Feedstocks
- Biomass as an energy store, including variations in source and energy content
- Calculating the energy potential (and limits) of biomass
- Land use and cultivation (solving the fuel vs. food debate)
- Sources of ligno-cellulosic feedstock, including both energy crops and wastes
- Algae: the different types, attributes and advantages for future biofuels
- Biomass pre-processing
Conversion Processes and Energy Pathways
- The scientific basics of energy conversion processes: including energy and emissions balances; chemical, biological and thermal pathways
- Pathways to liquid biofuels: bioethanol and biodiesel
- Pathways for gaseous fuels: syngas, biogas and biomethane
- Pathways to other synthetic fuels, including “drop-ins”and aircraft fuels
- The specific challenges in scaling up Algae
- Biochemical and biopharma products, and their potential role in the biofuels business case
- Navigating the maze of terminology: hydrolysis, esterification, pyrolysis, gasification, FT synthesis, W2E, GTL and more
- Conversion technologies and example facilities
- Biorefineries and multi-product concepts; and incremental market steps to create them
Biofuels Markets, Economics
- Types of biofuel market, supply chains, end-uses and revenues
- Sources, sustainability and security of feedstock supply
- Supply chain cost contributions
- Regulations, government support schemes and carbon markets: their impact on biofuel economics
- The competitive position of future biofuels relative to fossil fuels
- Biofuels in the wider global energy landscape including: peak oil, energy security, climate change and other socio-political aspects and lobbyists