BIOFUELS Development Summit
to the Marketplace
May 13-16, 2008 Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel • Baltimore, MD
May 13-14 May 15-16
Innovations Accelerating the
in Biofuels 2008 Commercialization of
Second Generation Biofuels
Participating Organizations Include: Corporate Support Sponsors:
• American Biofuels Council • Ohio State University
• Burrill and Company • Sandia National Labs
• Chemspeed Technologies • South Dakota State
• DuPont University
• Energy Voyager • Syngenta International
• Gas Technologies Institute
• The St. Joe Company
• GIC Group
• US Department of
• Vision Brazil Investments Workshop:
• Vital Renewable Energy
Implementing the 2007 Energy
• National Algae
• Zymetis, Inc.
Security and Independence Act
Association May 15 • 9:00am-12:00pm
• Ofﬁce of Biomass
US Department of Energy
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INNOVATIONS IN BIOFUELS 2008
Applying Imagination to the Bio-Based Economy
May 13-14, 2008
Scientiﬁc Advisors 11:15 Strategy For Deconstruction Of Biomass For Biofuels Production
Al Darzins, Ph.D., Colorado Center for Shi-Zhong Li, Ph.D., Tsinghua University Masood Hadi, Ph.D., BioSystems Research Department, Sandia National Labs;
Bioreﬁning and Biofuels (C2B2), Robert J. Nelson, VeraSun Energy Corporation Joint BioEnergy Institute, Emeryville, CA
National Renewable Energy Laboratory William D. Provine, DuPont Biofuels; Energy crops and agriculture waste are preferred long-term solutions for renewable,
Jose L. Gonzalez, Ph.D., DuPont Central Research & Development cheap and globally available biofuels. The cellulosic and hemicellulosic biomasses
South Dakota State University Badal Saha, Ph.D., ARS, USDA are carbohydrate polymers that make up the walls of plant cells and are the most
Masood Z. Hadi, Ph.D., Sandia National Ken Tasaki, Ph.D., MC-USA abundant naturally occurring organic compounds on earth. Engineering plants that
self-produce a suite of cellulase enzymes compartmentalized to a speciﬁc location in
Stephen Hughes, Ph.D., NCAUR, USDA the cell allows for cleaving the linkages between lignin and cellulosic ﬁbers. With the
successful integration of these enzymes, biomass deconstruction can be integrated
into a one-step process thereby increasing efﬁciency and reducing costs by eliminating
the need for adding exogenously produced enzymes. We discuss our initial results and
Tuesday, May 13 their applications in the ﬁeld.
8:00am Registration 11:45 Technology Focus (Sponsorship Available)
9:00 Welcome by Chairperson 12:15pm Technology Luncheon Workshop (Sponsorships Available) or
KEYNOTE Lunch on Your Own
9:15 Cellulosic Ethanol - The Need for an Integrated Approach ETHANOL
W. Michael Sanford, Ph.D., Head, Cellulosic Ethanol Technology Program, DuPont
2:00 Chairperson’s Remarks
The development, commercialization and proliferation of cellulosic ethanol presents
a broad range of challenges across industries and technologies. Sustainable, 2:05 Fuel Ethanol Production from Agricultural Residues and
cost-effective delivery of feedstocks requires the development of suitable harvest, Processing Byproducts
processing and storage techniques and equipment that minimally impact farm Badal C. Saha, Ph.D., Research Chemist/Lead Scientist, Fermentation
practices. Scalable, low-cost conversion technologies need to be developed and Biotechnology Research Unit, USDA-ARS/NCAUR
optimized. In many cases, new or improved enzymes or fermentative organisms In 2007, the production of fuel ethanol from corn starch reached 6.5 billion gallons in
are needed that can function effectively in the environment of the conversion the U.S.A. Various crop residues such as corn stover, wheat straw, and barley straw,
process. Decisions in these seemingly disparate areas are interdependent - for and crop processing byproducts such as corn ﬁber and rice hulls can serve as low-cost
example, how feedstock is stored may impact the effectiveness of the conversion lignocellulosic feedstocks for conversion to fuel ethanol. In this presentation, current
process, or even which conversion technologies are feasible. Developing state of technology development for conversion of these crop residues and processing
truly viable solutions therefore requires a holistic approach to the development byproducts to fuel ethanol will be reviewed. The problems and prospects of developing
of cellulosic ethanol technologies, involving collaboration across agricultural an integrated bioprocess technology for conversion of any lignocellulosic biomass to
science, logistics, biology, chemistry, and engineering. fuel ethanol will be highlighted.
2:35 Saccharomyces cerevisiae Engineered for Anaerobic Conversion
THE STATE OF THE ART of Pretreated Lignocellulosic Sugars to Ethanol
9:45 The Bridge Technology from First to Second Generation Biofuels Stephen Hughes, Ph.D., NCAUR, USDA
Shi-Zhong Li, Ph.D., Professor of Bioenergy, Institute of New Energy Technology, Advanced high-throughput screening has resulted in the discovery of several
Tsinghua University yeast strains that are capable of fully utilizing pentose as well as hexose sugars
anaerobically. This is the ﬁrst report describing the development of these strains.
I use sweet sorghum stalk as an alternative to corn to produce ethanol via Advanced
The paradigm for use of the new strains in lignocellulosic ethanol production will be
Solid State Fermentation. The fermentation time is 40 hours with an ethanol yield of
discussed, including the regulatory considerations associated with these genetically
more than 94% of theoretical, while the corn ethanol fermentation time is 55 hours
engineered Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains.
with 91.5% of ethanol production yield. The novel production process does not use
fossil fuel or additional water, which will achieve sustainable development. 3:05 New Technologies for Producing Ethanol from Cellulosic
10:15 Networking Coffee Break, Poster and Exhibit Viewing Feedstocks
Steven Hutcheson, Ph.D., CEO and President, Zymetis, Inc.
10:45 Tropical Sugar Beet: An On-Coming Revolution in Ethanol
The challenge of cellulosic ethanol production is converting high % solid
Dilip Gokhale, Global Head, Biofuels Development, Business Development,
mixtures to their constituent sugars. Zymetis has developed novel enzyme
Syngenta International AG, Switzerland
technologies for the commercial production of cellulosic ethanol, an alternative
Through breeding and trials that were started in 1995, Syngenta has developed sugar biofuel. The Ethazyme” product lines are enzyme mixtures that act in concert to
beet genotypes that perform well under tropical, hot and arid climate conditions and release sugars from biomass. Ethazyme” contains some of the fastest-working
are best adapted to areas with 600-800 mm annual rainfall. Root yields of 70-100 t/ha sugar-releasing enzymes known, thus requiring less of the enzymes to process
develop in 5-6 months with sugar content ranging from 17-21 %. Marginal lands with biomass and create ethanol. The cost of production of these enzymes has the
high alkalinity or salinity levels are suitable for this crop and show hardly any yield potential to be signiﬁcantly less than any current method. These enzymes are
depressing effect. As feedstock for ethanol or sugar, sugar beet shows the highest fully functional under the anticipated industrial conditions, such as high salt and
efﬁciency and allows for 7000-10000 l/ha ethanol or 11-15 t/ha of sugar in 6 months. temperature. Ethazyme is able to rapidly release sugars from all known sugar-
Farm economy is improved, as an additional cash crop can be grown during the containing polymers found in biomass. Applications to corn ﬁber conversion and
second half of the year. As rotational crop, sugar beet improves biodiversity and sets waste cellulose processing will be discussed.
the farm economy on a broader base. Under tropical climate conditions, Tropical
Sugar Beet can be grown year round, thus supplying the factory continuously with 3:35 Networking Refreshment Break, Poster and Exhibit Viewing
feedstock for sugar or ethanol production.
4:05 A Technique of Insertion of Multigene Clusters into Yeast for butanol toxicity to butanologenic cultures. These technologies were developed to
Ethanol Production from Cellulosic Waste from Grain Crops facilitate simultaneous butanol fermentation and removal. A lot of progress has been
David Pan, Ph.D., Researcher, Center for Animal Research Resource, The made in these efforts and details will be presented.
University of Wisconsin Medical School 10:20 Bioconversion of Lignocellusics to Butanol (a superior fuel) and
The biodegradation of plant materials; e.g; stover, straw and hull from grain crops Process Technology
through biochemical reactions had been known for some time, and now it is highly Nasib Qureshi, Ph.D., Chemical Engineer, Fermentation Biotechnology Research,
speculated that these materials can be economically converted into a carbon source for NCAUR, USDA
fermentation of ethanol in very near future. The present study reports a new technique Economic studies on bioconversion of corn to butanol have demonstrated that
that can be used to insert multigene clusters from plants into yeast and bacteria for the cost of substrate affects butanol price most. Hence, to produce butanol cost
production of plant components such as taxol, plant alkaloids, plant rubber components competitively, economically available substrates should be used. Additionally,
etc. It is anticipated that this technique can also be used to insert multigene clusters process technology such as reactor designs and energy efﬁcient product recovery
that are responsible for the conversion of these materials into monosaccharides, and systems play important roles in producing this biofuel cost competitively. For these
then used for the production of ethanol directly. There are about 1.5 billion tons of the studies we used lignocellulosic residues such as wheat straw (WS), corn stover
cheapest materials now available in world wide. If the materials can be used for the (CS), barley straw (BS), and switchgrass (SW) and produced butanol in batch and
production of ethanol via our technique, we will have a strong impact on the “Energy fed-batch fermentations. In these processes we integrated (combined) hydrolysis,
crisis” and “Environmental issues” that we face. fermentation and product recovery in a single step. This presentation will include
4:35 Simultaneous Sacchariﬁcation and Fermentation: recent developments in butanol fermentation and process technology.
Issues and Opportunities 10:50 Networking Coffee Break, Poster and Exhibit Viewing
William Gibbons, Ph.D., Associate Director, Center for Bioprocessing Research and
Development, Professor of Microbiology, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD BIODIESEL
Biomass-based ethanol production faces signiﬁcant challenges that corn-based 11:20 Biodiesel Production Using a Heterogeneous Catalyst
ethanol did not have to overcome. In the conversion process, chief roadblocks Ken Tasaki, Ph.D., Director of Technology Research, MC-USA
include: effective pre-treatment strategies, achieving efﬁcient and inexpensive In our presentation, we will discuss a new biodiesel production process using a
sacchariﬁcation, obtaining complete fermentation of all sugars, and maximizing heterogeneous catalyst for transesteriﬁcation and ion exchange resins for pre-
ethanol yield and titer. Simultaneous sacchariﬁcation and fermentation (SSF) treatment of feedstock oil and dry puriﬁcation of the fuel. The new solid catalyst,
provides the opportunity to prevent feedback inhibition of hydrolytic enzymes by either using an anion exchange resin or an enzyme-immobilized resin, eliminates
pulling the reaction to ethanol. Unfortunately, traditional brewing yeast is unable to (1) the use of alkali catalyst, (2) a large amount of water for water-washing, and
ferment pentose sugars, and cannot operate at the optimal hydrolysis temperature. (3) the removal of alkali metals and water from the ﬁnal product. Additionally, the
The low bulk density of biomass feedstocks also limits the dry matter content of glycerol co-product arising from biodiesel production is of higher quality when
process ﬂuids, and hence ﬁnal ethanol titers. Ongoing research efforts are aimed compared to the conventional homogeneous catalysis method. The resultant fuel is
at developing thermotolerant yeast able to ferment mixed sugars. A related project fundamentally cleaner in the absence of saponiﬁcation and water,having inherently
seeks to develop bioreactors able to handle higher solids loading. Preliminary lower amount of K or Na. The physical space and cost for large water-washing
ﬁndings and research plans will be discussed. and settling tanks can be saved, reducing the size of the operation site, and also
5:05 Prairie Cordgrass: A Second Generation Biomass Crop eliminates the need for a waste-water treatment facility, which can be expensive. In
Jose L. Gonzalez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Seed Molecular Biology, Department pre-treatment of feedstock prior to transesteriﬁcation, the new cation exchange resin
of Plant Sciences, South Dakota State University can esterify FFA, thus not only reducing the amount of FFA in the raw oil feedstock,
Prairie cordgrass is a tall (180-250 cm) robust rhizomatous perennial grass native but also increasing the overall yield of the fuel. This reduces the acid number of
to the prairies of North America; grows well in a wide range of conditions, including the ﬁnal product, which is speciﬁed in ASTM D6751. Since the cation exchange
wet and dry marginal lands, as well as salty soils. Natural populations of PCG can resin can remove a variety of impurities including FFA, a wide range of feedstock
be found as far north as 60˚N, making this species ideal for cultivation in the Great oil qualities can be accepted. In short, the new process will not only signiﬁcantly
Plains of North America. Prairie cordgrass is a C4 species with a wide ecological simplify biodiesel production, thereby reducing production costs, but also yield a
amplitude especially acclimated to low temperatures that allows for early growth high quality fuel that meets relevant industry speciﬁcations.
in the spring. This ability to initiate vegetative growth in early April represents a 11:50 Genomic and Proteomic Analysis of the Starvation Trigger
physiological advantage over other C4 species such as corn (Zea mays) and for Algal Oil Synthesis
switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), contributing to a longer growing season, and Todd W. Lane, Ph.D., Senior Member of Technical Staff, Biosystems Research
therefore producing more biomass per hectare. Department, Sandia National Labs
5:35 Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall 12:20pm Technology Focus (Sponsorship Available)
6:35 Close of Day 12:50 Technology Luncheon Workshop (Sponsorships Available)
Wednesday, May 14 or Lunch on Your Own
9:00 Chairperson’s Remarks FOCUS ON REFINING ISSUES
FEATURED PRESENTATION 2:10 Chairperson’s Remarks
9:05 Renewable Biofuels Using Rapid Solar-thermal Processing 2:15 Wastewater Challenges and Innovations in Biofuels Processing
Alan (Al) W. Weimer, Ph.D., Executive Director, Colorado Center for Bioreﬁning Scott Kohl, Ph.D., ICM, Inc.
and Biofuels Wastewater challenges in the biofuels industry continue to increase in technical and
Concentrated sunlight drives the rapid conversion of biomass to syngas and regulatory complexity. A brief description of the regulatory issues present today and on
biochar using a solar-thermal transport tube reactor process. Processing at the horizon will be discussed including organic and inorganic discharge challenges.
temperatures near 1200 oC for fractions of a second to seconds achieves nearly A survey of prevailing water treatment technology for organic destruction will be
complete conversion without the formation of tars. Co-feeding steam permits discussed including high and low rate anaerobic digestion along with innovations
control of the resulting CO/H2 ratio. The process provides a thermochemical in thermophilic and mesophilic treatment systems. In-house process water recycle
conversion pathway for cellulosic biomass to biofuels without signiﬁcant biomass issues and treatment strategies will be addressed with the goal to have zero process
yield loss or greenhouse gas generation. water discharge and ultimately zero liquid discharge to the environment for biofuels
BIOBUTANOL 2:45 Pretreatment Strategies for Biofuel Production
Kasiviswanathan Muthukumarappan, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Agricultural
9:50 Biobutanol Production: Emerging New Technologies
and Biosystems Engineering,South Dakota State University
Thaddeus Ezeji, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Animal Sciences, The Ohio State
Pretreatment is the ﬁrst and most important step in the biomass to ethanol process.
In this presentation several existing pretreatment methods such as dilute acid,
Advances in acetone-butanol (AB) fermentation research with focus on butanol
AFX, clean fractionation and some novel strategies such as high shear bioreactor,
characteristics as biofuel, genetic manipulation of the butanologenic clostridia, as
microwave, near-critical water, green solvents, and ultrasound methods will be
well as upstream and downstream processing of biobutanol will be presented. The
reviewed. In addition, strategy for combining some of these pretreatment strategies
principal problem associated with acetone-butanol fermentation by butanologenic
will be discussed.
clostridia is butanol toxicity/inhibition to the culture. To solve this problem, insight will
be given on various emerging new technologies that have been developed to address 3:15 Networking Refreshment Break, Poster and Exhibit Viewing
3:45 Accelerating Sample Preparation in Biofuel Research and Renewable Energy” Industry, this presentation will show how a variety of challenging
Development by Automated High-Output Technologies parallel workﬂows has been fully automated.
Josef Schroer, Ph.D., Vice President, Commercial Operations, Chemspeed 4:15 Impact of Steam pH in Ethanol Production
Technologies Lee Van Dixhorn, Business Development Engineer, Hydro-Thermal Corporation
Laboratories of many other areas in the chemical industry have adopted the use Direct Steam Injection (DSI) is used extensively in the liquefaction/fermentation
of automated high-output-technologies, which is boosting productivity in the stages of corn-based ethanol plants. Ongoing improvements to this well-established
pharmaceutical industry. New research ﬁelds like “Biofuels & Renewable Energy technology are described. DSI for second-generation ethanol requires different
Sources” recently started to automate their workﬂows to keep up with an ever- technology, but effectiveness is being veriﬁed. This equipment plays a key role in the
increasing amount of samples. For this reason instruments similar to the equipment, biochemical pre-treatment process which sufﬁciently hydrolyzes and opens up the
which originally has been designed to accelerate the process of Drug Discovery, now structure of lignin-based biomass feedstocks to allow efﬁcient and effective enzyme
commonly is being is used also for parallel sample preparation, sample digestion and hydrolysis of the hemicellulosic sugars.
sample analysis. Multiple dispensing of solid and liquid samples, sample treatment
4:45 Closing Comments
with corrosive chemicals under harsh conditions, work-up steps like ﬁltration & SPE
puriﬁcation are only some of the most common and relevant workﬂow steps. Other 5:15 Close of “Innovations in Biofuels 2008” Conference
technical requirements to these instruments might differ from workﬂow to workﬂow.
Generally, a diverse set of complex unit operations needs to be covered, which
represents a characteristic of each individual workﬂow. For this reason only ﬂexible,
highly modular, and scalable equipment has the chance of covering the diverse
R&D needs of these emerging ﬁelds. Using selected examples, from the “Biofuels &
ACCELERATING THE COMMERCIALIZATION
OF SECOND GENERATION BIOFUELS
May 15-16, 2008
8:00 SPECIAL HANDS-ON WORKSHOP
Implementing the 2007 Energy Security and Independence Act –Creating the Roadmap for Biofuels’ Commercial Success
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
10:30 am - 11:00 am Coffee and Networking Break
James Lane, Editor, Biofuels Digest; Chairman, American Biofuels Council
Joan Glickman, Director of Outreach, Renewable Energy, Ofﬁce of Biomass U.S. Department of Energy
Julian Gresser, Chairman and CEO, The Energy Voyager Group
Who Should Attend:
• R&D Directors/Managers from Universities, Government Labs, and Corporate R&D Programs
• Corporate Alliance and Business Development Professionals
• Corporate and Venture Financing Professionals
• Trade, Environmental and Energy Policy Professionals
• Public-Private Energy Partnership Professionals
The 2007 Energy Security and Independence Act mandates the use of 36 billion gallons of “renewable fuels” per year in the US, from the current 6 billion gallons, and, as
part of that, the use of 21 billion gallons of “advanced” (i.e. “sustainable”) biofuels per year, by the year 2022. The EU, UN, and WTO are also in the process of deﬁning
standards on “sustainability”and other issues as they determine the policies that will govern the development and funding of second-generation biofuels. How will we
get there? How will we deﬁne what “sustainable” biofuels are?
Come and participate in this dynamic, hands-on workshop to help create “A Road Map for Implementing the 2007 Energy Security and Independence Act” and deﬁne
the key standards and metrics that go into US and International policies for biofuels development.
This Workshop Will:
1. Develop a Road Map towards deﬁning “sustainability” to maximize scientiﬁc and commercial input to biofuels policy.
2. Identify present and future sustainable technologies that will meet the crucial scientiﬁc and commercial policy objectives.
3. Enable collaboration across traditional scientiﬁc and commercial divides.
4. Hold an Organizing Meeting for the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals “Green” Council
The mission of the ASAP Clean Tech/Green Energy Council is to document the trends and practices of strategic alliances in the clean tech/green energy sector and
to identify the practices and resources which will enhance signiﬁcantly the success rate of alliances and global networks in this ﬁeld. This Council hopes to publish
an Annual Summary of Clean Tech/Green Energy Alliance Best Practices and to provide a congenial forum for colleagues who share these interests to meet, identify
essential resources, enjoy each other’s company, and develop business together. Join this organizing meeting to learn and apply world-class alliance best practices
and create an Expert Knowledge Community to access global intelligence on biofuels and biofuels commercialization and create a forum to continue to input on critical
issues in biofuels development.
Workshop Registrants Receive:
• 3-month Introductory Free Subscription to Energy Voyager’s Biofuels Collaborative Business Intelligence Network
• Free “The Art of Adaptive Action” Advanced Negotiations Course *Separate Registration Required.
Thursday, May 15 BIOFUELS STRATEGY
7:00-8:00 am Coffee and Registration 4:40 Formulating and Implementing a Global Strategy in
12:00pm Luncheon Presentation (Sponsorship Available) or Biofuels: Intelligence Advantage, International Licensing,
Lunch on Your Own and Adaptive Alliances
Julian Gresser, Chairman, The Energy Voyager Group
OPENING ADDRESS We present a model for formulating and implementing a Global Strategy in Biofuels,
emphasizing the importance of intelligence advantage, derived through advanced
1:10 Outlook on Biofuels R+D and Policy global search and predictive technologies, in the negotiation of international licensing
agreements and the design of strategic alliances.
Joan Glickman, Director of Outreach, Renewable Energy, Ofﬁce of Biomass U.S.
Department of Energy 5:20 Close of Day One
This presentation will provide a review of the latest reseach, development and
demonstration efforts targeted at making cellulosic biofuels a near-term reality. We Friday, May 16
will also address some of the policy and analytic challenges that lie ahead as we BIOFUELS ALLIANCES
work to meet the new renewable fuel standards set forth in the Energy Security and
Independence Act of 2007. 8:30 “Q – Inside”: SunEthanol and the Commercialization of a Novel
FINANCING BIOFUELS DEVELOPMENT John Fabel, Director, New Technologies, SunEthanol
1:50 Venture Capital Financing for Biofuels Companies This presentation will examine the need for “innovation for sustainability” in
renewable fuels and look at the opportunities and challenges of “green” technology
John E. Hamer Ph.D., Managing Director, Burrill and Company innovation and commercialization. We examine SunEthanol’s , Inc as a case study,
Venture capital investments in biofuel companies were initially championed during looking at its:
seed rounds by visionary trail blazers who saw tremendous upward momentum in • History
their follow-on valuations. Currently traditional life science VC biotech investors • Technology
are considering biofuels investing as a diversiﬁcation strategy and have found • Commercialization strategy
the opportunity to leverage their technical aptitude in genomics and biosciences. • Alliances and partnerships
Opportunities exist to invest across the value chain from seed traits and feedstocks
to improvements in downstream fuel extraction and co-product enhancement. This 9:00am The Forest Products Industry and Biofuels Alliances
presentation will examine: Jerry M. Ray, Senior Vice President, Strategic Alliances, The St. Joe Company
• How these investments are viewed and valued by the biotechnology investor;
The St. Joe Company (NYSE: JOE), Florida’s largest private landowner, has been
• What are the key ingredients to attracting participation;
working to move every acre it owns to its highest and best use. Land once used
• What challenges are presented by today’s alternative biofuel companies and
to grow slash pine for a paper mill is now being used for a range of purposes
what makes these investments more challenging, but potentially as or more
– from real estate to supplying cellulose to biofuel companies. This discussion
rewarding, than traditional healthcare biotechnology investments.
examines how St. Joe and other large timberland owners are shifting their rural
2:30 Case Studies in Financing International Biofuels land strategies to move their holdings to higher and better uses that could include
strategic alliances with biofuel companies. A case study will be presented on one
such company that recently started operations in Northwest Florida. In addition to
Amaury Fonseca Junior, Founding Partner, Vision Brazil Investments timberland, companies like St. Joe own and control hard-to-get land use entitlements
Vision Brazil Investments is one of the largest ﬁnancers of Biofuels projects in that allow for the construction of industrial plants and facilities to generate electricity.
Brazil. This presentation will review the state of Biofuels development in Brazil Some sites already have infrastructure in place and a ready workforce available.
and its ﬁnancing. We examine Vision Brazil Investments, its funds and focus, its In light of the decline of the paper industry in the U.S., companies with signiﬁcant
Agriculture Infrastructure investments, and Renewable Energy Equity funds. We will forest land holdings are seeking creative ways to repurpose their skills, assets and
discuss the sources and types of ﬁnance available for renewable energy projects infrastructure that includes genetics expertise, silviculture practices, road networks
in Brazil (onshore senior debt, mezzanine, specialty ABL, and offshore equity and and harvest systems. They will need a broad range of strategic partners and
international sourced mezzanine ﬁnancing and look at beneﬁcial funding structure alliances to accomplish that objective. We will examine how these large landowners
for international investors in Brazilian operating assets. view the shift in strategy and provide insight and case studies about early initiatives
3:10 Alternative Investment Strategies for Biofuels Project
Financing 9:50 Public - Private Biofuels Alliance Initiatives - Federal and State
Richard Gilmore, President/ CEO, GIC Group Paul Masson, Managing Director, StarNet, LLC Member, National Council of
Biofuel investments in the US are highly dependent on public sector money for Public-Private Partnerships
launch and for working capital during the start-up period. Hybrid funds (combination A number of new Federal and state biofuels energy initiatives are taking the form
of private equity and hedge funds) offer large resources of capital, targeted to well of public/private partnerships, ranging from individual technology development to
conceived and managed biofuel projects. This presentation will discuss the pro’s co-funding of venture capitalists-in-residence at selected Federal laboratories. The
and con’s of this investment strategy and the pre-requisites for attracting this source Federal partnerships follow patterns previously utilized by the DOE to create broad
of capital from the viewpoint of project design, management, and deal structure. We based opportunities for energy efﬁciency. The opportunities are matched by the
will also cover the track record to date for this investment strategy and break down challenge of successfully implementing each partnership. We will examine some
the advantages this option offers as a function of the R&D ratio of the deal. of the leading Federal and public/private partnership initiatives launched support
biofuels development and commercialization. We will look at what resources are
3:50 Networking Refreshment Break, Poster and Exhibit being made available, and how these collaborations have been structured and
Viewing managed. Finally, we will identify the past patterns of successful public/private
partnerships, with an eye toward “past is prologue”.
4:20 Scaling-Up to Commercial Production of Biofuels – The 10:30 Networking Coffee Break, Poster and Exhibit
Importance of Building an Effective Strategic Alliance Viewing
with an Experienced and Reliable Manufacturing Partner
Belinda Papovich, Director of Marketing, Springs Fabrication, Inc.
We examine the following key issues in scaling up commercial production of
• Avoiding costly obstacles regarding material purchases and speciﬁcations
• Utilizing a design /build manufacturer with 3D modeling for manufacturability and
• The importance of proper project management, control of processes and
• Proper certiﬁcations, i.e. ASME, ISO, document control, quality control, etc.
• Utilizing a facility with the proper material handling equipment capable of test
assembling very large projects
11:00 Biofuels Commercialization – Ramping up Production 3:20 Networking Refreshment Break, Poster and Exhibit
Case Studies of Biomass Gasiﬁcation and Biomass to Viewing
Liquid Fuel Plant Development Collaborations
Jack Lewnard, VP and Chief Technology Ofﬁcer, Gas Technologies Institute
3:50 Algae Derived Biodiesel – The State-of-the-Art and Its
We examine multiple case studies of initiatives and alliances through which The
Gas Technologies Institute has been ramping up commercial production of second Barry Cohen, Director, National Algae Association
generation biofuels. We examine strategic and tactical issues including planning, In the search for methods to mitigate global warming the need for more research
infrastructure, scale-up economics and other critical implementation issues. into better renewable energy sources is becoming clear. Recently research has
been focused on identifying a suitable biomass species which would provide high-
11:40 Market Dynamics and Pricing of Biofuels – A Panel energy output sufﬁcient to replace conventional fossil fuels. Results of current
Discussion research indicates that increasing the yield of bio-oil production from microalgae is
Moderator: possible, and would contribute signiﬁcantly to the creation of a system to produce
James Lane, Editor, Biofuels Digest; and Chairman American Biofuels Council the necessary energy to accomplish this goal.
Panelists Include: This presentation will cover the following topics:
Richard Gilmore, President/ CEO, GIC Group • An overview into the potential market of algae oil in the production of biofuels.
Will Thurmond, Managing Principal, Emerging Markets Online • Processes involved in large scale Algae production.
• Types of algae specimens that contain the maximum oil content.
Other Panelists, TBA
• Extraction technologies.
We will examine the international market dynamics and the forces impinging on the price • Cost analysis of Raceway Ponds vs. Closed Loop Systems
of biofuels, including corn ethanol prices; oil pricing, international biofuels sourcing,
potential impact of technology breakthroughs and new biofuels feedstocks.. 4:30 Algae Biomass as a Biofuels Feedstock
12:20pm Luncheon Presentation (Sponsorship Available) or Panel Moderator: John F. Pierce, Member; Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati
Lunch on Your Own Panel Members:
INTERNATIONAL BIOFUELS DEVELOPMENT Thomas Byrne, President and CFO, Algaedyne Corporation, member of Steering
Committee, Algae Biomass Organization
1:30 The Economic Potential and Financing of Brazilian Sugar William Thurmond, President, Emerging Markets Online, Author, Biodiesel 2020: A
Cane and Jatropha as Biofuels Feedstocks Global Market Survey
Michael Shea, Managing Director, Vital Renewable Energy Company (VREC) Dr. John Benemann, (Invited)
This presentation will examine a comparison of sugar cane vs corn-based Barry Cohen, Director, National Algae Association
ethanol production. We examine case studies of sugar cane based ethanol plant This panel will discuss the trends and efforts to promote the propagation and
development, ﬁnancing, technology and economisc and compare these two sources reﬁning of algal lipid oils and other algal products for use as feedstock’s for biofuels.
of biofuels. We will also review case studies and the economics of sugar cane The moderated panel is made up of representatives involved in the propagation
harvest residue bagasse co-generation. This presentation will also review jatropha and promotion of algae as a biofuels feedstock and will continue the discussion
as a potential biodiesel feedstock and examine the current state of the technology introduced in Barry Cohen’s presentation of trends, market potential, production
and economics of this promising source of biofuels and recent genetic advances that technologies and scale-up of algae biomass as biofuels feedstock.
are being applied to jatropha as a high potential, low-cost, lignocellulosic feedstock
for fuel ethanol. We conclude by brieﬂy reviewing case studies of the structuring and
5:10 Close of “Accelerating the Commercialization of Second
projects of the Vital Renewable Energy Company. Generation Biofuels” Conference
EMERGING FEEDSTOCKS AND PROCESS
TECHNOLOGIES AND ALLIANCES
2:10 Biofuels Production Ramp Up
Colin South, Ph.D., Presiden, Mascoma
Cellulosic biomass is an inexpensive and plentiful feedstock for the production of
biofuels. Mascoma has developed cost-effective processes to break down this
robust raw material and convert the breakdown products into ethanol, building on
recent transformative research advances in enzymes, organisms and production
technologies and processes. This presentation will examine Mascoma’s technology
and how it has been forming a broad set of commercialization partnerships to bring
these innovations into production and examine Mascoma is establishing cellulosic
ethanol production facilities with technology derived from both in-house research
2:40 Making Renewable Fuels an Affordable Reality
Patrick Gruber, Chief Executive Ofﬁcer, Gevo
Advanced biofuels like isobutanol and butanol address many challenges that ﬁrst-
generation biofuels such as ethanol have faced on their path to market: energy
efﬁciency, transport and the need to modify existing engines. In contrast, butanol
has a higher energy content per gallon than many ﬁrst generation biofuels, does not
absorb water and can be transported through the existing oil and gas distribution
infrastructure, and can be used in gas-powered vehicles without modiﬁcation or
blending, which eliminates our dependency on fossil fuels. Gevo, a Pasedena
based, Khosla Ventures-backed emerging biofuels company, has developed biofuel
technology around fermentation using synthetic biology leveraging engineered
biocatalysts to develop a proprietary process to convert agricultural waste products
into different types of renewable, alcohol-based, liquid fuels, engineering suitable
host organisms that utilize carbon and energy efﬁciently for fuel production and
utilizing a proprietary process technology to enhance productivity and lower product
separation costs. We examine Gevo’s development and the commercialization of its
technologies through internal development and partnering.
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