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Transport Biofuels: Technology & Market Brief

Rotterdam, Netherlands
March 22, 2011

A 1-day introduction to the science, technology and economics of Biofuels.

Course objectives

Designed specifically to be accessible to non-experts and the commercially-minded, this course describes the many types of biomass and the variety of routes and processes through which it can be converted to valuable transport fuels. It is particularly aimed at those non-engineers who need to understand the basics of the science and technology but want them explained in a simple, hype-free manner and within a clear economic and commercial context.

It provides an excellent basic grounding for business people from a variety of sectors including biomass supply (e.g. agriculture, waste, forestry), processing (biofuel facilities and equipment), energy distribution and end-use (e.g. utilities, fuel companies, distributors); plus investors across the supply chain.


Although the course includes scientific and technical information and terminology, we assume no prior technical knowledge indeed a key aim is to demystify the terminology and language you will encounter within the biofuels industries.

The course runs in a friendly, informal manner, encouraging discussions and questions to ensure that participants get the most out of their time. In order to better understand and illustrate the various topics, some simple calculations and other explanatory exercises may be incorporated.

Approximate Timing

Course begins:                     09:00
Course ends:                        17:00

(Timings are approximate and include lunch plus morning and afternoon refreshment breaks)