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Invitation: Liquid biofuels Research Symposium 10 November

10th November 2016, Novotel Rotorua Lakeside,
Tutanekai Street, Rotorua, New Zealand

The Bioenergy Association and Advanced Biofuels Research Network (ABRN) have combined to host a symposium including international and local speakers providing an update on the latest research and market activities for liquid biofuels.

A number of international researchers are in Rotorua for a week of IEA Bioenergy meetings. This will provide a unique opportunity to hear a number of international experts speak at this symposium on their latest research activities and provide updates of the situation of liquid biofuels markets in their respective countries.

The event will cover all liquid transport biofuels, but will specifically be of interest for users of drop-in fuels in road transport, marine and aviation sectors to get an update on progress being made towards having these biofuels available for their applications. The Symposium is also an opportunity to meet others in the sector and get an update on global technology and fuel developments.

The focus of this event will be to:

• Obtain an update of the emerging liquid biofuels market activities

• Hear from international researchers on research progress and biofuels deployment in their countries and where they see the market going

• Build interactions between New Zealand biofuels researchers and industry, government and international research organisations.

The symposium will follow IEA Bioenergy meetings on the preceding days. The programme for the symposium complements the IEA Bioenergy events and attendees at those events are encouraged to also attend this open access symposium.


Conference Sponsors: The Bioenergy Association welcomes the support of the following sponsors:

ABRN Dinner

9 November 2016, Novotel Hotel, Rotorua
7pm Novotel Hotel, Lake End, Tutanekai Street, Rotorua

Conference Programme
10 November 2016, Novotel Hotel, Rotorua

8.30 – 9.00 Registration

9.00 – 9.05 Welcome and Introduction
Brian Cox, Executive Officer, Bioenergy Association and Ian Suckling, Scion

Session One – Chair: Martin Atkins, The University of Waikato

9.10 – 9.40 Biofuel opportunities in New Zealand
Ian Suckling, Scion and Kennie Tsui, Ministry of Business, Employment and Innovation (TBC)

9.40 - 10.10 The potential and technology challenges of producing renewable aviation fuels
Susan van Dyk and Jack Saddler, Forest Products Biotechnology/Bioenergy Group, University of British Columbia (Canada)

10.10 – 10.40 Status of advanced liquid biofuels RD&D in the USA
James D. McMillan, National Bioenergy Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (USA)

10.40 – 11.00 Tea Break Sponsored by ?

Session Two – Chair: Shusheng Pang, University of Canterbury

11.00 – 11.30 Techno-economic and environmental assessment of second generation ethanol: Short and long term prospects
Antonio Bonomi, Tassia L. Junqueira, Mateus F. Chagas, Vera L. R. Gouveia, Marcos D. B. Watanabe and Otavio Cavaletta, Laboratório Nacional de Ciência e Tecnologia do Bioetanol (Brazil)

11.30 – 12.00 Production and use of biofuels in Sweden and R&D efforts on cellulosic fuels
Leif Jnsson, Department of Chemistry, KBC Chemical-Biological Centre, Umeå University (Sweden)

12.00 – 12.30 Fast pyrolysis development and commercial implementation in the Netherlands
Bert van de Beld, BTG Biomass Technology Group BV (Netherlands)

12.30 – 1.10 Lunch Sponsored by Gull

Session Three – Chair: TBC

1.10– 1.40 Hydrothermal liquefaction of biomass for fuels and chemicals production
Nicolaus Dahmen, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)

1.40 – 2.10 Catalytic hydroprocessing of fast pyrolysis bio-oil to hydrocarbon fuels
Alan Zacher, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (USA)

2.10 – 2.30 Batch pyrolysis for biochar manufacture: the compromise between emissions compliance and global warming potential
Jim R. Jones, Nadeem S. A. Caco, Rhonda P. Bridges, Georg D. Ripberger and Anthony H. J., Paterson, Massey University

2.30-3.00 Poster presentations Short presentations for each poster (refer to end of agenda for details)

3.00-3.30 Poster Session Tea break………Sponsored by Covey Consulting,

Session Four – Chair: TBC

3.30-3.50 Fuel properties of biodiesel from low grade lipid extracts derived from locally sourced meat processing dissolved air flotation sludge
Oseweuba Valentine, Zhifa Sun, John Birch, University of Otago

3.50 – 4.10 Improvement on the production of propyl and butyl esters-based biodiesel.
T. Homan, University of Bath (UK), Kaveh Shahbaz, M. M. Farid, The University of Auckland

4.10 – 4.30 Fonterra’s switch to biofuel from an energy return on investment perspective
Solis Norton, Johne’s Management Ltd

4.30 – 4.50 Wood-energy industrial symbiosis programme overview
Samantha Alcaraz, Martin Atkins, Paul Bennett, Melissa Climo, Muthasim Fahmy, Peter Hall, Barbara Hock, Peter Kamp, James Neale, Ian Suckling, Tim Walmsley and Suren Wijeyekoon, Scion, The University of Waikato and GNS Science

4.50 – 5.00 Student poster award and conclusion

5.00 Conference Closing


Durable and renewable composite materials
John McDonald-Wharry

Batch pyrolysis for biochar manufacture: modelling and validation
Nadeem S. A. Caco, Rhonda P. Bridges, Jim R. Jones, Georg D. Ripberger, Massey University

Characterization of bio-oils and chars from fast pyrolysis of torrefied woods
Xing Xin, University of Canterbury/Scion, Kirk Torr, Ferran De Miguel Mercader, Scion, Shusheng Pang, University of Canterbury

Effect of water soluble inhibitors from steam pretreated Pinus radiata on enzymatic digestibility
Jessica J MacAskill, Merilyn Manley-Harris, The University of Waikato, Ian D Suckling, John A Lloyd, Scion

Efficient nanoscale energy processes in biofuel production and use
Katharine J. Challis, Scion, Phuong T. T. Nguyen, Scion/University of Otago, Jared Lopez-Alamilla, and Michael W. Jack, University of Otago

Mechanism of wet ball milling based on observed micromorphological changes and its significance on saccharification of Pinus radiata substrate at low enzyme loading
Alankar A. Vaidya, Sylke H. Campion, Lloyd A. Donaldson, John A. Lloyd, Karl D. Murton, Roger H. Newman and Ian D. Suckling, Scion

New Zealand Biofuels Roadmap: A qualitative perspective
Sandra J. Velarde, Carel Bezuidenhout, Scion

New Zealand Biofuels Roadmap
Paul Bennett, Carel Bezuidenhout, Ginny Christians, Ferran de Miguel Mercader, Peter Hall, Barbara Hock, Juan Monge, Ian Suckling, Sandra Velarde, Steve Wakelin, Suren Wijeyekoon, Scion

Overcoming the ‘valley of death’: Pathways for building critical mass for biofuel production
Sandra J. Velarde, Australian National University


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