Chemistry of Clean Energy Conversion, Storage, and Production

Challenges in Second Generation Biofuels: Processing, Stability, and Usage (#378)

The development and utilization of alternative fuels have become an ambitious energy goal for industrialized countries striving to decrease reliance on fossil resources. An alternative fuel of particular interest is hydroprocessed renewable biofuels produced by using renewable feedstock. Hydroprocessing of vegetable oils and animal fats has additional advantages over transesterification technology of 1st generation fatty-acid methyl ester (FAME) biodiesel as it produces less byproduct, and can be used in the existing infrastructure of refineries without the needs of new investments. This symposium seeks contributions from academia and industry on current fit-for-purpose research on 2nd generation biofuels addressing the following topical areas: (1) biomass and biofuel processing; (2) conventional and unconventional hydroprocessing catalysts; (3) analysis, characterization and standardization of biofuels; (4) microbial contamination; (5) thermal, oxidation and storage stability; (6) effects of additives; (7) biofuel policy.
Last update: Dec 28, 2015