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4th International Conference on Biofuels Standards: Current Issues, Future Trends


To provide a forum for discussion of documentary and measurement standards and technologies for biofuels, state of the art of biofuels production and trade, applications in surface transportation and aviation, and future trends that may lead to the need for new biofuels standards.  

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This conference has concluded. See below for the program book and links to PDFs of the talks.


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The program book contains the complete agenda and abstracts. For talks in each session, see below. The title of each session is a link to a PDF containing the talks in that session.


4th International Conference on Biofuels Standards: 
Current Issues, Future Trends

Day 1: November 13, 2012

1.1 Opening Plenary Session (PDF)
Chair: Hratch Semerjian

8:30 – 10:00 am

Welcome: Hratch Semerjian
NIST Chief Scientist Emeritus

Opening Remarks: Willie May
NIST Associate Director for Laboratory Programs

Conference Perspectives

Brazilian Perspectives on Biofuels
Emerson Kloss, Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

European Perspectives on Biofuels
Günter Hörmandinger, EU Delegation to the US

US Perspectives on Biofuels
Gary Guzy, White House Council on Environmental Quality

Regrettably, this talk is not available.

Overview of USDA Biomass Programs and Activities
Harry Baumes, U.S. Department of Agriculture

A Review of DOE Biofuels Program 
Zia Haq, U.S. Department of Energy

1.2 Morning Plenary Session (PDF)
Chair: Humberto Brandi

10:45 am – 12:30

Current Trends in the Sustainable Production and Use of Bioenergy in Brazil
Emerson Kloss, Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs 

Automotive Perspective on Biofuels: Quality and Standards
Anders Röj, Volvo GTT, Sweden

Sugar: The New Crude
Delane Richardson, Chemtex, Italy

From R&D to the first commercialization plant: Abengoa Bioenergy’s experience in 2nd generation bioethanol and its strategy towards the bioeconomy
Ricardo Arjona, Abengoa Bioenergy, Spain

Fuels that Enable More Efficient Engines
Robert McCormick, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy

1.3 Concurrent Afternoon Sessions

1:30 -3:15 pm

Session 1.3 A: Bioethanol (PDF)
Chair: Lyn Beary

NRC Study on the Economic and Environmental Impact of RFS
Jason Hill, University of Minnesota

U.S. Ethanol: Today and Tomorrow
Geoff Cooper , Renewable Fuel Association

Biofuels Market in the EU
Gloria Gaupmann, European Renewable Ethanol Assoc.

Brazilian Experience in Ethanol Fuel: Quality Aspects and Distribution Logistics
Juliana Belincanta, Petrobras, Brazil

Water and Corrosion Issues in Ethanol Blends
Hans Keuken, Process Design Center, The Netherlands

Session 1.3B: Biodiesel (PDF)
Chair: Dan Friend

ASTM Biodiesel Standards – Current Status, Recent Progress and Future Activities
Richard Nelson, National Biodiesel Board

Challenges and Perspectives on Biodiesel Standardisation,  European Biodiesel Industry Commitment to a Harmonised Market
Dermot Buttle, European Biodiesel Board

Density-Temperature and Density-Pressure Relationships for Ethanol and FAME
Tom Feuerhelm . DIN-FAM, Germany

Inevitable Changes in Measurements: Redefining What We Mean by “Fit-For-Purpose”
Tom Bruno, NIST, USA

1.4 Afternoon Plenary: Measurements & Standards (PDF)
Chair: Ortwin Costenoble

3:45 – 5:30 pm

Development of CRMs for Biofuels
Valnei Cuhna, INMETRO, Brazil

European Joint Research Project on Biofuels
Paola Fisicaro, Laboratoire National de Métrologie et d’Essais, France

Influence of the Increasing Renewable Energy Production on Instrumentation and Metrology for Oil and Gas
Peter Ulbig, PTB, Germany

Exploration of New Cellulosic Microorganisms for 2nd Generation Bioethanol
Wanderley de Souza, INMETRO, Brazil

Standards Development Related to Fuel Use of Fast Pyrolysis Bio-Oil
Fernando Preto,  IEA Bioenergy Task 34

1.5 Afternoon Panel: Sustainability (PDF)
Chair: Chuck Corr

5:30 pm – 6:15 pm

As this session was a discussion rather than presentations, slides are not available. Click the title above for a summary.

Claudio Guerreiro, ABNT, ISO TC 248
Ortwin Costenoble, NEN, CEN/TC 383
Keith Kline, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Leticia Phillips, UNICA
Richard Nelson, Kansas State University
Emerson Kloss, GBEP Rep. Brazil
Barbara Esker, NASA, USA

Day 2: November 14, 2012

2.1 Morning Plenary Session: Aviation Biofuels Perspectives (PDF)
Chair: Hratch Semerjian

8:30 – 10:15 am

Welcome: Hratch Semerjian, NIST Chief Scientist Emeritus

Keynote: Innovation, Partnership, and Flexibility:
BioFuels and the Air Force
Kevin Geiss, U.S. Air Force Deputy Assistant Secretary

CAAFI and Other Initiatives
Mark Rumizen, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration

Sustainable Aviation Biofuels in Brazil – SABB Project
Francisco Emilio Baccaro Nigro, Secretariat of Economic Dev., Sci. & Tech. of Sao Paulo, Brazil

2.2 Concurrent Morning Sessions

10:45 – 1:00 pm

Session 2.2A (PDF)
Chair: Mark Rumizen

Aviation – Commercial Approval Process

Alternative Jet Fuel Approval
Mark Rumizen, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration

ASTM D4054 Qualification and Approval of New Aviation Turbine Fuels and Fuel Additives
Tedd Biddle, Pratt &Whitney, USA

ASTM Emerging Fuels Subcommittee Activities
George Wilson, III, Southwest Research Institute, USA

Fit-for-Purpose Properties
Tim Edwards, USAF, USA

Aviation – Government and Military Support

NASA Research on Biofuels
Dan Bulzan, NASA, USA

USAF Testing and Certification
Tim Edwards, USAF, USA

Session 2.2B - Other Biofuels (PDF)
Chair: Dianne Poster

The BioDME Project
Anders Röj, Volvo GTT, Sweden

Challenges to Accurate Physical and Chemical Measurements in Biomass Processing
Robert Hebner, University of Texas at Austin, USA

Biofuel Production via Nano-Emulsion and Polarization Technology
Zurina Amnan, BIONAS, Malaysia

A Review of Alternative Biofuel Technologies
Paul Bryan, Consultant, USA

2.3 Concurrent Afternoon Sessions

2:00 – 4:00 pm

Session 2.3A - Aviation – User Perspectives (PDF)
Chair: Nathan Brown

Airlines’ Requirements
Steve Barker, A4A, USA

Aircraft Manufacturer’s Perspective
Jim Kinder,  Boeing, USA

Aircraft Manufacturer’s Perspective
Ross Walker,  Airbus, EU

Synthetic Aviation Fuels – Gas Turbine Manufacturer’s Concerns
Stan Seto, Belcan Engineering Group, USA

Lufthansa Biokerosene Flight Evaluation Results
Alexander Zschocke, Lufthansa, Germany

Session 2.3B - Measurements & Standards (PDF)
Chair: Humberto Brandi

Measurement and Modelling of Alternative and Renewable Turbine Fuels: Application of the ADC Method
Tom Bruno, NIST, USA

Update on European Biofuel Specifications and Test Methods
Ortwin Costenoble, NEN, The Netherlands 

Assessing the Impact of Biofuel Standards
Taynah Lopes de Souza, INMETRO, Brazil & NIST, USA

International Standards and Professional Communities – A Social Science Perspective
Lasse Henriksen, Copenhagen Business School,

2.4 Concurrent Afternoon Sessions

4:15 – 6:00 pm

Session 2.4A - Aviation - Biofuels Pathways (PDF)
Chair: Mark Rumizen

Amyris-Total Renewable Jet Fuel Program
Fernando Garcia, Amyris, USA

“Drop-In” Renewable Jet Fuel Containing Aromatics and Cycloparaffins
Ed Coppola, Applied Research Associates, USA

ATJ – Alcohol to Jet from Isobutanol
Glenn Johnston, GEVO, USA

Catalytic Conversion of Sugars to Jet Fuel
Aaron Imrie, Virent, USA

Neste Oil Renewable Fuels – Leading the Way Forward
Neville Fernandes, NESTE OIL, Finland

Session 2.4B -Biofuel Developments in Emerging Economies
Chairs: Natasha Vidongas, Robert Fireovid, Magdalena Navarro

Summary (PDF)        Slides (PDF)

Panel Discussion
Dominican Republic
El Salvador

Day 3: November 15, 2012

Morning Plenary Session 3.1 - Applications & Regulatory Issues (PDF)
Chair: Dianne Poster

8:30 – 10:30 am

Welcome: Hratch Semerjian, NIST

Keynote: US National Renewable Fuel Standard Program
Paul Argyropoulos,  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

A Roadmap for Test Methods and Requirements for Future Fuels in Europe
Ortwin Costenoble, NEN, The Netherlands             

Applications and Regulatory Issues: Surface Transport
Rosângela Moreira de Araujo, Agência Nacional do Petróleo, Gás Natural e Biocombustíveis (ANP), Brazil

Concluding Panel Session 3.2 - Future Trends (PDF)
Chair: Dan Friend

10:45 am – 12:00

As this session was a discussion rather than presentations, slides are not available. Click the title above for a summary.

Ortwin Costenoble,  NEN, The Netherlands            
Humberto Brandi, INMETRO, Brazil
Mark Rumizen, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration
Rosangelo Araujo, ANP Brazil
Anders Röj, Volvo GTT, Sweden
Laurel Harmon, Lanza Tech, New Zealand
Chuck Corr, ADM, USA


Start Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
End Date: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Location: Gaithersburg
Audience: Industry, Government, Academia
Format: Conference


National Institute of Standards and Technology - NIST, USA                                         

National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology – INMETRO, Brazil                                         

European Commission, Directorate General - Energy

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Technical Contact:

Conference Chairs:

Hratch G. Semerjian (NIST - USA)
Humberto Brandi (INMETRO – Brazil)
Kyriakos Maniatis (EC DG ENER)

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