Beyond the challenges of researching viable alternative second generation biofuels is that of bringing those technologies from the test tube to full-scale commercial production. Determining best practices and reducing risks are essential elements for bringing biofuel technology into mainstream use and meeting the increasing demand for energy.
In their just-released World Energy Outlook report, the International Energy Agency predicts a worldwide shortage of more than 28 million barrels of oil a day by 2030, making crystal clear (if it wasn’t already) the importance of alternative and sustainable sources of fuel to fill the gap.
This is the focus of a first-of-its-kind BioEnergy Summit this coming Thursday, December 11th in Madison, Wisconsin.
Emerson Process Management will host the event, bringing together researchers, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and policy wonks to converse, learn, and exchange ideas on how best to bring about what is essentially a revolution in alternative (some call it imperative) fuel development
TriplePundit’s own Sarah Lozanova will be attending the Summit. She’ll have access to key personalities, providing firsthand insight into the future of biofuel and bioenergy development and production.
In the meantime, to whet your appetite for Sarah’s reporting later this week, I had an opportunity to speak with Alan Novak, Emerson’s Director of Alternative Fuel Alan Novak, about the upcoming summit and the future of biofuel development in general.Click to continue reading »