BBI seeks biodiesel abstracts by Feb. 24 for annual event in June

By Ron Kotrba | February 07, 2017

Event organizer and Biodiesel Magazine publisher BBI International is now accepting speaker abstracts for the 2017 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo June 19-21 in Minneapolis. Going on its 7th year, the National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo, designed to provide the latest developments in advanced biofuels and biobased chemicals technology scale-up, project finance, policy, national markets and more, will once again be co-located with the world’s largest fuel ethanol production conference, the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo. Abstracts will be accepted through Feb. 24.

Of particular interest to BBI is abstract submissions pertaining to the U.S.’s only commercially produced and most successful advanced biofuels, biomass-based diesel (including biodiesel and renewable diesel), although presentation ideas on any advanced biofuel and biobased chemical—including cellulosic biofuels, biojet fuel, biomass-to-liquid fuels, compressed RNG, renewable crude, pyrolysis oil and more—will be accepted, reviewed and considered by a panel of industry experts.

The U.S. biomass-based diesel market hit new heights in 2016 with consumption topping 2.9 billion gallons. While biodiesel and renewable diesel consumption broke records, so did imports, which surpassed 1 billion gallons for the first time in history. Domestic production also rose last year, from 1.4 billion gallons in 2015 to more than 1.8 billion gallons.

For the U.S. biodiesel sector the next year is certain to be interesting with the new Republican administration and Congress focusing on, among other things, tax reform, a border adjustment tax and measures to boost domestic manufacturing. In addition, EPA’s new leadership will be considering important regulations that could affect the renewable fuel standard (RFS), such as the Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support and the Point of Obligation proposals, and the agency’s issuance of renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for future years. Also this year RFS court proceedings on EPA’s use of waivers are expected to begin. Furthermore, the U.S. biodiesel industry under its organizational leadership, the National Biodiesel Board, will continue to advocate renewing and reforming the now-lapsed blenders tax credit to a domestic production credit, which would help curtail U.S. tax dollars from supporting foreign biodiesel manufacturing while bringing still-idled domestic production capacity back online.

Given this new era into which the industry is now entering, speaker abstracts for biomass-based diesel presentations in the following areas are now being sought for the 2017 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo:  

-Policy: Federal RFS, Tax Credit Considerations Under the New Trump Administration and Republican Congress; and State Policies, including California’s LCFS

-Regulations: REGS and Point of Obligation Proposals, FSMA, RIN QAP

-Accounting and Auditing

-Biodiesel’s Leading Position in an Emerging Carbon Market

-Feedstocks: Distiller’s Corn Oil from Ethanol Plants, Soybean Oil, Yellow Grease, Animal Fats, Algae and Other Alternatives

-Glycerin and Biochemical Production

-Technology: Pretreatment, Reaction, Purification, Plant Retrofitting and Optimization, New Process Techniques, Catalyst and Equipment Developments, and More

-Distribution: Biodiesel Imports Rise, Renewable Diesel West Coast Demand Surge

-Global Overview, Domestic Impacts

-Project Development, Plant Optimizations, M&As and Profit Margins

-And More

In addition to BBI’s goal of delivering a premier speaker lineup at the National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo with top-notch content, BBI is committed to gathering biofuel producers from all over the U.S. to this event. To do this, BBI is offering two free passes for biofuels facilities, and a significantly reduced rate for additional passes.

To submit an abstract for this event through Feb. 24, click here.

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