European Biofuels only skin deep?

23rd - 24th January 2013, - 3rd Annual Global Bio Fuels Summit, Milan, Italy. They came to get answers, the came to understand the barriers.
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Dec. 11, 2012 - PRLog -- When comparing Bio Fuel production in the U.S. And Europe we can see many similarities, especially between regulatory instruments. As well, we see some of the same big players actively engaged in R&D and production. However, that seems to be where the “buck” and the similarities stop. By most measures the 2nd Generation Bio Fuel business model is on track in the United States, yet in Europe, commercialization has just begun.

How can that be? Is it really a simple matter of minor regulatory “drift”? Lets look to Europe's top names for answers at the the upcoming event in January. The question everyone wants to ask is: “How did Beta Renewables decide to go ahead with their Crescentino Plant, despite all the regulatory uncertainty?

Hear from Michelle Marrone, Business Development Manager, Beta Renewables, who's company just sold a 10% share to market leaders Novozymes (Denmark). Their aim is to jointly market, demonstrate and guarantee cellulosic Bio fuel solutions. Beta Renewables will embed Novozymes’ enzymes in its PROESA technology and guarantee Bio fuel production costs upon start-up of customers’ cellulosic facilities. The critical bottom line is that a combined solution will lower risk in customers’ projects and deliver competitiveness.

In addition speakers will take on critical perspectives from the transport sector, trading and regulation to deliver a relevant litmus test. Hear from Onofre Andrade, Sustainability Manager Biofuels, Argos (shipping fuels) and John Skrinar, Head Trader, Renewable Fuels, Chemoil.

Since 2nd Generation Bio Fuels have not put the food crop issue to bed, hear from Jozsef Popp, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Applied Economics and Rural Development, Debrecen University, Hungary and Nusa Urbancic, Programme Manager, Transport & Environment, Belgium  who will speak on developments under ILUC.

Lastly, get critcal perspective on what the future holds for the Bio fuels market and whether  investors can take an advantage of it. Could it be through co-funding models like those pursued by SkyNRG? Does the path taken by Beta Renewables, in the US and now in Europe, mark a significant transition?  Is there still space to commercialize 'alone'? Perhaps mergers and partnerships can “make cellulosic Bio fuel projects bankable and accelerate large-scale commercialization of the industry”. Beta Renewables’ Chairman and CEO, Guido Ghisolfi.

Find out where the leverage is. Discover the what attracted some of Novozymes investment back to Europe, and understand if the time has come for another push for European Bio Fuels.
Source:Fleming Europe, s.r.o.
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