Introduction to Biofuels Wednesday 5th November 2008 10.00am – 4.00pm Technology Innovation Centre, Birmingham City University Millennium Point, Birmingham, B4 7XG A seminar organised by the BioenergyWM initiative (Harper Adams University College) and EnviroInnovate project (Birmingham City University) that will introduce individuals and organisations to biofuels. The seminar aims to enable delegates to make informed decisions about the business opportunities associated with the UK biofuels industry. The BioenergyWM Initiative was established in 2005 by Harper Adams University College and the West Midlands Farming and Food Team. The broad vision of this initiative is to promote interest and activity in, and markets for, bioenergy in the West Midlands. Funding for delivery of the BioenergyWM initiative is provided by the AWM Science City Demonstration Fund. EnviroINNOVATE is a Birmingham City University managed programme which offers companies free support to explore new markets in order to develop sales of goods and services in the Environmental sector. It does this through providing businesses with access to the University’s knowledge, expertise and facilities. These expert resources are offered to small and medium sized West Midlands companies to help them accelerate environmentally-based diversification through new products and processes. Why you should attend the seminar: Transport has the fastest growing carbon emissions of any sector in the UK, and biofuels have been put forward to address this issue. Biofuels are fuels made from biomass which can be used instead of traditional fossil fuels. Biofuels are most commonly used for transport, but can also be used for small heating applications. They can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions emissions, and at the same time increase energy security by reducing our reliance on imported oil. They can also encourage rural development and secure jobs through diversification of the rural economy. The seminar aims to provide an introduction to the technologies, methods of production and possible uses of biofuels, as well as an overview of current research. The afternoon will showcase business models from various sizes of biofuel production operations, to give delegates the chance to talk to businesses already active in the sector, and to share best practice and practical advice. Who should attend? Farmers, landowners and agricultural advisors. Local government planners, advisors and policy makers. Technology providers and those with a general interest in the biofuels market. See the full programme overleaf To register email: Sonia Large on: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 01952 815019, giving your name, job title, company name and contact details. The seminar is free to attend. Places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. Programme: 9.30 - 10.00 Coffee and registration 10.00 - 10.10 Welcome Andrea Humphries, Harper Adams University College 10.10-10.30 An introduction to Biofuels Melvyn Askew, Visiting Professor, Harper Adams University College 10.30 - 10.50 Impact of Biofuels on Cereal Prices TBC 10.50 – 11.10 Questions and Answers 11.10 – 11.20 Refreshments 11.20 – 11.40 Biofuel Standards TBC 11.40-12.00 The RFA and the RTFO Catherine Burke, Martineau Johnsons 12.00-12.20 Economics of Biodiesel production Graham Redman, The Andersons Centre Questions and Answers 1.00- 1.45 Lunch 1.45-2.15 Biofuels for Transport and Co- Mike Ahearne, EnviroInnovate, generation Birmingham City University 2.15-2.35 Biogas as a Transport Fuel Organic Power 2.35-2.50 Questions and Answers 2.50-3.00 Refreshments 3.00-3.20 Pure Plant Oil Matrix Biofuels 3.20-3.40 Algae Varicon 3.40-4.00 Questions and Answers 4.00 Finish Directions Technology Innovation Centre Millennium Point Curzon Street Birmingham England B4 7XG T: 0121 331 5400 Getting to the tic by foot The tic is based in the heart of Birmingham, only a 10 minute walk from New Street Station. Exit the back entrance of station and tunnel left, walk under the tunnel and you will end up opposite Moor Street Station. Walk past the station on Moor Street Queensway, then turn right at Island House and continue left along Albert Street onto Curzon Street and Millennium Point will be on your left hand side. Getting to the tic by road From M6, Jct 6 (A38(M) Aston Expressway) - 3 miles Follow signs to City Centre, on the A38(M). After the first exit follow signs for Ring Road and Convention Centre. You immediately come to Dartmouth Circus roundabout (just off the top of the map below). Take the first exit (Dartmouth Middleway, Ring Road, A4540). At the next island take the third exit (Jennens Road). From M5, Jct 3 (Hagley Road) - 9 miles Follow A456 into Birmingham for approximately 6 miles, through the tunnel at Five Ways, onto Broad Street. Follow signs for A38 (Aston Express Way) onto Great Charles Queensway. Proceed under the tunnel onto St Chads Queensway. Indicate left as you exit and go down to the island at the bottom. Take the 2nd exit onto Corporation Street to Dartmouth Circus roundabout (just off the top of the map below. Take the last exit (Dartmouth Middleway, Ring Road, + TIC A4540). At the next island take the third exit (Jennens Road). From M42, Jct 6 (Coventry Road) - 11 miles Follow A45 City Centre for approximately 7 miles. You will then reach a large traffic island (Bordesley Circus). Follow signs for M6 into Watery Lane Middleway. Continue to follow signs for the M6 to the third island, at which you take the first exit (Jennens Road). All Cars: Enter the Millennium Point car park and take a token at the barrier. Enter the building past the yellow cube (level GO) and follow signs to the technology innovation centre.