Ethanol and Biodiesel have been used as motor fuels since the late 18th century. Regional adoption of ethanol as a gasoline extender in the 1970’s established a strong presence for the fuel. Its use as an oxygenate in markets like Chicago enhanced its status in the mid 1990’s. Biodiesel has seen tremendous growth in the previous five years. However, outside of the Corn and Bean Belts, ethanol and more recently biodiesel had been relatively unknown entities. Fast forward to today and we see dramatic changes in the landscape occurring at blistering speed.
The public is embracing climate change as never before creating new found awareness of biofuels. The oil industry failed to obtain a waiver of MTBE liability in the last energy bill, and as a result ethanol demand has skyrocketed as it moved from a regional extender to nationwide oxygenate in the highest population centers of the U.S. Biodiesel has seen a massive influx of investment dollars and production expansion only to be followed by a cooling off period as the industry faces tough financial issues.
Today we are facing new issues as strong demand for biofuels seems to be driving commodity prices higher resulting in rising consumer prices and the Food vs. Fuel debate. Some are beginning to question the total environmental impact of the means of production and the demands it places on ground water, hydrocarbon fuels, and the soil.
All of this is happening at a time when $90 oil is changing the traditional petroleum industry that underlies biofuels. Historic relationships that shaped the industry are changing. Heating oil is commanding a premium over gasoline that leaves many scratching their head. In fact, against conventional wisdom one refiner is taking a gamble by switching to maximize diesel output at its refinery.
EMI’s Biofuel Fundamentals will bridge the gaps between agriculture, oil, and alternatives to provide a solid foundation of knowledge for all who attend. The course stays on target by focusing on “fundamental” issues important to all sides of the industry.
What You Will Learn
Biofuel Fundamentals is a cross-discipline course drawing its content from the Ethanol, Biodiesel, and Petroleum industries. These industries are changing rapidly and it is vital to have a balanced knowledge of each. Current and future biodiesel and ethanol producers and marketers cannot afford to be focused solely on the metrics of domestic ag-based production. Similarly, traditional petroleum players will be left behind if reticent in their adoption of the advancing biofuels wave. This course will provide a thorough education highlighting key topics from these rapidly evolving industries. The course builds from an understanding of basic production technologies and infrastructure up through the complexities of environmental legislation leading to today’s boutique fuels. It examines biofuel’s present roll and the call for an increasing roll as an alternative to foreign oil.
Attendees of EMI’s Biofuel Fundamentals benefit from a diverse base of subjects. As a fundamental level course, topics are comprehensive yet introductory and require no prerequisite learning. Subjects covered will include:
Who Should Attend
This course is designed to benefit all those with an interest or curiosity in the expanding biofuelndustry. Biofuel producers and marketers, downstream petroleum participants, downstream petroleum refiners and jobbers, commercial and industrial gasoline consumers and traditional diesel consumers will all benefit from this cross-discipline course.
Strongly consider attending if you fit one of the following categories: