Collective Biodiesel Conference 2011

I will be participating in a Collective Biofuels Conference this summer on Vancouver Island and Jessy Bradish, one of the conference organizers, requested that I pass along the details. If you believe anyone you know might be interested in attending please spread the word. I would really appreciate it!

The conference lasts a weekend and consists of workshops about biofuels, with a focus on sustainable biodiesel production and community case studies.

Several  industry stars have been recruited to speak and present, including Lyle Estill of Piedmont Biofuels and Josh Tickell, the director FUEL. You can see the full lineup on the CBC website.

Feel free to email with questions, and please pass this along to your contacts!

More information about the conference can be found below.

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Collective Biofuels Conference
Fri, Aug 05 to Sun, Aug 07
Queen Margaret’s School, Duncan, BC, CA
Keywords: biofuel, biodiesel, biodiesel processing, biodiesel production, straight vegetable oil, ethanol, jatropha, algae, energy, advanced biofuels, sustainable energy, alternative energy, biomass, Vancouver Island, Canada, British Columbia, Duncan, Cowichan Vall
The Collective Biofuels Conference brings renewable energy experts, enthusiasts and interested beginners together to discuss all things biofuels, with a focus on biodiesel.

This year’s Collective Biofuels Conference features 20 workshops on sustainable community-scale biofuels – from grass-root…

New order waste managment solutions are critical for the future.

I had a coversation with Rob Williams today.

Rob works at the University of California Davis in the California Biomass Collaborative. The Collaborative functions as something of a research cooperative between State, Industry, Academia, and Environmental Organizations. One project the Collaborative has been working on since 2003 is a study of alternative conversion technologies for biomass. One focus has been to look at the potential of biomass with mixed constituents (like the kind of biomass found in the municipal waste stream) to serve as viable biofuels feedstock.

I discovered Rob through his research. I have spent the last few weeks researching the feasibility of constructing and commercializing a technology that may have some applications in the aforementioned area, and Rob has written several papers that hold some peripheral relevance.

At any rate, Rob and I spoke for a good while, talking about the potential improvements in this area for the future. One area that still requires a great deal of work is the shaping of public policy around biomass to chemical energy conversions.

One major stakeholder in Calfornia related to the diversion of waste biomass is the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB). Amongst other duties, the CIWMB sets diversion targets and constructs waste management programs that are required due to legislative mandate. They also commission research organizations, like the Biomass Collaborative, to provide problem statement, project feasibility, and solution readiness assessment studies related to the various diversion opportunities that biomass and other components of the municipal waste stream present.

One reason strategic policy is important in the development of viable waste to biochemical energy markets is that without these policies in place it is difficult to obtain social license at the county or city level to develop viable diversion projects. Traditionally, biomass in the energy space has been used for furnace fodder or the production of natural gas through decomposition or composting.

The new technologies that hold promise for the future need to find homes in the strategic policies of federal and state governments, here in the United States and abroad as well. Appropriate strategic policy will help accelerate private investiture in biochemical energy areas that hold promise, and will also help eliminate non-viable technology sets as well.