Education: the heart of National Biodiesel Conference

By NBB | November 21, 2011

The 9th annual National Biodiesel Conference & Expo is the only event that gathers biodiesel decision makers from across the U.S. and the world. Important connections are made, and biodiesel business gets done through the array of opportunities the exhibit hall and networking events provide; yet the heart and soul of the biodiesel conference is education.


This year’s breakout sessions feature experts from industry and academia on the most important issues facing the biodiesel industry today. Sessions are categorized into four separate educational tracks: Technical, Regulatory, Marketing, and a new Petroleum track. Below are some of the highlights attendees can learn about within each topic with full session descriptions and speakers available at www.biodieselconference.org. 



Technical


New Diesel Exhaust Aftertreatment and Combustion—Biodiesel’s in It for the Long Haul: New diesel engines equipped with diesel particulate filters (DPF) and NOx systems (Selective Catalytic Reduction) reduce NOx and particulate matter more than 90 percent, making them as clean or cleaner than natural gas. Engine companies, vehicle companies, the U.S. DOE and NBB have partnered on efforts to make sure these technologies will go the distance with biodiesel over the full useful life of the vehicle. 

Can Feedstock Supplies Grow to Meet the Industry’s 5x15 Vision?—Creating Virtual Acres: Explore viable and novel technologies that have the potential to double, triple, and quadruple the amount of fats and oils produced on the same amount of land. It's a topic that grows in importance as we strive to meet “5 percent of diesel fuel demand by 2015.”



Regulatory


Energy Epiphanies: Have you noticed these days that oil companies don’t call themselves “oil companies” anymore? They have repositioned themselves as “energy” companies, and a few even tout their commitment to biofuels in their advertising campaigns. Are public perception and policy pressures at the root of this shift, or are we at the beginning of a true energy renaissance? How does the federal renewable fuel standard impact their business plans, including infrastructure, and what can we do to make sure the RFS is here for the long haul? Top brass among petroleum trade associations will discuss everything from the industry’s perception of biodiesel as a mainstream product, to the future of Bioheat, to how energy policy will leave a lasting imprint on everyone in the energy industry.


State of the States—Legislative & Regulatory Review: Each year, state policies and regulations seem to play a larger role in the success of the biodiesel industry. Public policies and critical regulatory actions are opening doors to expanded markets while also placing additional compliance requirements on industry participants. Whether you manufacture, sell or use biodiesel, get the inside track on the latest state activities, and what they mean to you. Also, find out what state houses may have in store for the industry in 2012 and beyond.


Markets


Mind Your B's and Q's: Whereas quality is the etiquette of the industry, BQ-9000 is Emily Post. Safeguarding biodiesel quality and ASTM compliance is a cornerstone of market success. Join this panel of experts: a BQ-9000 certified lab, marketer and producer along with a National Biodiesel Accreditation Program commissioner to learn why, in the biodiesel industry, minding your quality manners pays off. They’ll look at new procedures in the program, discuss their decision and process of accessing certification, and offer insight on how BQ certification has impacted their business.


Gaining the AD-vantage: The biodiesel buzz continues to mount as the RFS drives demand and annual production beyond 10 digits. With that added fervor, supporters and skeptics alike have ever more reason to tout their opinions as law. As industry leaders, NBB members have seized this opportunity and worked to give the positive biodiesel messages a much-needed boost. Join us for a three-sided look at the biodiesel Ad-vantage and how it relates to you and your business: 1) what folks think about biodiesel according to latest research data; 2) regional and local biodiesel campaigns; and 3) the Advanced Biofuel Initiative and biodiesel’s first-ever national television spot.

 
 
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