The Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference: Summarized by a Newbie to the Field
by Will Dalen Rice (Earth Science Erratics) When looking at ways to reduce our energy dependence on foreign countries, biofuels are one solution. In an attempt to learn more about biofuels, I subscribe to and receive a daily newsletter about the biofuels industry. In early 2011, I found out about the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference in April. I figured I would go to this conference and learn about what biofuels were. The scope of this conference ended up being way beyond the basics, spending most of its time over my head. So, hopefully I can condense and recount what was presented, despite a much less “advanced” understanding of the products and practices of the biofuels industry.
Day 1: Government and Biofuels The very first panel at this conference was full of government employees working in the different sectors most affected by the idea of oil replacement. The USDA, DOE, DOD, and other D-groups were here at this conference to talk about what had to be done to get to where we needed to be. The first thing mentioned was the shortcomings of the current biofuel push. We are not currently developing at a fast enough rate to live up to the expectations of legislation that is supporting biofuels.
…The last speaker in the early session was a military representative. He showed how the fuel issue is as much a security issue as well as a way of life concern.
…You might be thinking that the industry should stand on its own, and if it can’t, you don’t want it to happen. This flies in the face of the untold wealth of money that have been spent on technological innovation for the good of this country. The most obvious example was the government assistance with the massive infrastructure that currently exists to receive, refine, and distribute the petroleum products that our current society runs on. READ MORE Part 2 Part 3