Theme: Biofuels and Bioenergy for Future

Biofuels Conference 2018

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Biofuels Conference 2018

Biofuels Conference 2018 invites all the participants across the globe to attend the 9th Annual Congress on Biofuels and Bioenergy during April 16-17, 2018 Dubai, UAE. 

The theme of the conference is “Biofuels and Bioenergy for Future” and to encourage young minds and their research abilities by providing an opportunity to meet the experts in the field of Biofuels & Bioenergy and Chemical Engineering.

Conference Summary

The perception of biofuels has prevailed since the invention of the motor vehicle. For example, at the dawn of the 20th century, Henry Ford planned to power his Model Ts using ethanol, and initial diesel engines consumed peanut oil for running. With the discovery of immense petroleum deposits, gasoline and diesel was accessible reasonably, thereby confiding biofuels to the background. Nonetheless, the recent surge in oil prices, added with mounting worries related to global warming linked with carbon dioxide (CO2), emissions have culminated in the re-emergence of biofuels as feasible alternatives. Biofuel is manufactured using a wide range of resources. This variety has grown notably in recent years, aiding shape a dexterous industry that is steadily searching for new technologies and feedstock. In fact, industry demand for reasonable, candid sources of fats and oils is bracing promising research on advanced feedstock such as Algae and Camelina. With more than a decade of commercial-scale production, the industry takes pride in its meticulous approach to improvement and strong target on sustainability. Production has risen from around 25 million gallons in the early 2000s to about 1.7 billion gallons advanced biofuel in 2014. With projected feedstock availability, the industry has settled a goal of manufacturing about 10 percent of the diesel transportation market by 2022. The industry’s economic impact is hovered to thrive significantly with pursued production increases. The industry backs jobs in diverse sectors, from manufacturing to transportation, agriculture and service. Biodiesel is produced using a broad variety of resources. We welcome you, on behalf of the Organizing Committee, to this exemplary meeting with eminent scientists from different countries around the globe and sharing new and intriguing conclusions in Biodiesel production and usage, which will be held in Dubai from April 16 - 17, 2018.This inspiring and enlightening conference program including plenary lectures, symposia, workshops on a variety of topics, poster presentations and various programs for participants from all over the world.

Target Audience

Biofuels Conferences 2018 is expecting the participants from all over the globe in various fields. This combination of audience will give an ideal blend to justify our theme “Biofuels and Bioenergy for Future” Biofuels Conferences 2018 expecting attendees from,

  • Fuel Engineers
  • Chemical Engineers
  • Professors, Researchers, Students and Technical Staff from the field of Chemical Engineering 
  • Engineers and Delegates from Aviation and Automobile companies
  • Directors/Co-Directors of Research based companies across Europe and US who are investing in Biofuels and Bioenergy

ME Conferences invites all the participants around the globe to attend the 9th Annual Congress on Biofuels and Bioenergy (Biofuels-2018) during April 16-17, 2018 Dubai, UAE.

Theme of the conference is “Biofuels and Bioenergy for Future” with an objective to encourage young minds and their research abilities by providing an opportunity to meet the experts in the field of Biofuels and Bioenergy. Chemical Engineering events are designed to explore various applications in different fields.

Track 1: Biohydrogen

Biohydrogen is described as hydrogen produced biologically, most often by algae, bacteria and archaea. Biohydrogen is a potential biofuel attainable from both cultivation and from waste organic materials. Recently, there is a huge demand for hydrogen. There is no record of the production volume and use of hydrogen world-wide; however utilization of hydrogen was predicted to have reached 900 billion cubic meters in 2011.Refineries are large-volume producers and consumers of hydrogen. Today 96% of all hydrogen is extracted from fossil fuels, with 48% from natural gas, 30% from hydrocarbons, 18% from coal and about 4% by electrolysis. Oil-sands processing, gas-to-liquids and coal gasification projects that are existing, require a vast amount of hydrogen and is presumed to raise the requirement notably within the next few years. Environmental regulations administered in most countries, increase the hydrogen demand at refineries for gas-line and diesel desulfurization. A significant future aspect of hydrogen could be as a replacement for fossil fuels, once the oil deposits are exhausted. This application is however dependent on the advancement of storage techniques to enable proper storage, distribution and combustion of hydrogen. If the cost of hydrogen generation, distribution, and end-user technologies decreases, hydrogen as a fuel could be penetrating the market in 2020.Industrial fermentation of hydrogen, or molecular catalysis, requires a finite amount of energy, since fission of water is accomplished with whole cell catalysis, to reduce the activation energy. This permits hydrogen to be manufactured from any organic matter that can be copied through whole cell catalysis as this process does not rely on the energy of substrate.

Track 2: Food vs. Fuels Debate

Food versus fuel is the plight regarding the risk of distracting farmland or crops for biofuels production to the drawback of the food supply. The biofuel and food price debate concerns wide-ranging views, and is an abiding, controversial one in the literature. There is a conflict about the sense of the issue, what is creating it, and what can or should be rendered to remedy the situation. This intricacy and uncertainty is due to the wide number of concussion and criticism loops that can positively or negatively affect the price system. Furthermore, the relative strengths of these positive and negative impacts change in the short and long terms, and implicate delayed effects. The academic side of the debate is also obscured by the applicability of different economic models and competing forms of statistical market analysis.

Track 3: Advanced Biofuels

Advanced biofuels are fuels that can be processed from numerous types of biomass. First generation biofuels are processed from the sugars and vegetable oils formed in arable crops, which can be smoothly extracted applying conventional industrial biotechnology. In comparison, microbial biofuels are made from modern biomass or woody crops, agricultural residues or waste, which makes it tougher to extract the requisite fuel. Advanced biofuel technologies have been devised because first generation biofuels manufacture has major limitations. First generation biofuel processes are convenient but restrained in most cases: there is a limit above which they cannot yield enough biofuel without forbidding food supplies and biodiversity. Many first generation biofuels rely on subsidies and are not cost competitive with prevailing fossil fuels such as oil, and some of them yield only limited greenhouse gas emissions savings. When considering emissions from production and transport, life-cycle assessment from first generation biofuels usually approach those of traditional fossil fuels. Advanced biofuels can aid resolving these complications and can impart a greater proportion of global fuel supply affordably, sustainably and with larger environmental interests.

Track 4: Production of biofuels

The energy that we obtain from microbial biofuels originated from the sun. This solar energy was trapped through photosynthesis by the plants utilized as feedstocks (raw materials) for biofuel production, and amassed in the plants' cells.

Various plant materials can be wielded for production of biofuels:

Sugar crops (such as sugar cane or sugar beet), or starch (like corn or maize) can be fermented to yield ethanol, a liquid fuel mostly utilized for transportation. Natural oils from plants like oil palm, soybean, or algae can be ignited directly in a diesel engine or a furnace, or blended with petroleum, to yield fuels such as biodiesel. Wood and its byproducts can be transformed into liquid biofuels, such as methanol or ethanol, or into wood gas. Wood can also be combusted as solid fuel, like the familiar firewood. Chipped waste biomass, such as the tops of trees dumped by logging operations, can be burned in uniquely designed furnaces. Researchers are actively working to enhance biofuel production processes. Before bioenergy can make a bigger contribution to the energy economy, agricultural practices, feedstocks, and technologies that are logical in their use of land, water and fossil fuel must be started.

Track 5: Bioenergy

Bioenergy is renewable energy made accessible from materials acquired from biological origin. Biomass is any organic matter which has deposited sunlight in the form of chemical energy. As a fuel it may comprise wood, straw, wood waste, sugarcane, manure, and many other by-products from different agricultural engineering processes. In its most exclusive sense it is a synonym to biofuel, which is fuel obtained from biological sources. In its wider sense it includes biomass, the biological matter utilized as a biofuel, as well as the social, scientific, economic and technical fields related with utilizing biological sources for energy. This is a common misbelief, as bioenergy is the energy cultivated from the biomass, as the biomass is the fuel and the bioenergy is the energy stored in the fuel.

Track 6: Bioenergy Applications

Bioenergy is conversion of biomass resources such as agricultural and forest residues, organic municipal waste and energy crops to useful energy carriers including heat, electricity and transport fuels. Biomass is increasingly being used for modern applications such as dendro-power, co-generation and Combined Heat and Power generation (CHP). Depending on the resource availability and technical, economic and environmental impact, these can be attractive alternatives to fossil fuel based applications. Bioenergy, a renewable energy resource particularly suitable for electricity, heating & cooling in transport, will be at the core of this sectorial shift in renewable energy production and use and is expected to become the dominant form of RES before 2020.

Track 7: Biomass

Biomass is organic matter extracted from living, or recently living organisms. Biomass can be utilized as a source of energy and it most often directs to plants or plant-based matter which are not used for food or feed, and are precisely called lignocellulosic biomass. As an energy source, biomass can either be used directly via combustion to produce heat, or secondarily after transforming it to numerous forms of biofuel. Conversion of biomass to biofuel can be attained by various methods which are mainly categorized into: thermal, chemical, and biochemical engineering methods. Biomass is a renewable energy source of fuel to yield energy since waste residues will always prevail – in forms of scrap wood, mill residuals and forest resources and properly directed forests will always have additional trees, and we will invariably have crops and the unconsumed biological matter from those crops.

Track 8: Biogas

Biogas commonly refers to a mixture of various gases formed by the disintegration of organic matter in the absence of oxygen. Biogas can be manufactured from raw matters such as agricultural waste, municipal waste, chemical waste, manure, plant material, green waste, sewage or food waste. Biogas is a renewable energy source and in diverse cases exerts a limited carbon footprint. Biogas can be manufactured by fermentation of biodegradable materials or anaerobic biodegradation with anaerobic organisms, which disintegrates material inside an isolated system. Biogas is basically methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2) and may have small traces of hydrogen sulfide (H2S), siloxanes and moisture. The gases methane, carbon monoxide (CO) and hydrogen can be combusted or oxidized with oxygen. This energy yield allows biogas to be benefitted as a fuel; it can be utilized for any heating purpose, such as cooking. It can also be practiced in a gas engine to transform the energy in the gas to electricity and heat.

Track 9: Bioethanol

Biologically synthesized alcohols, most frequently ethanol, and rarely propanol and butanol, are formed by the reaction of microorganisms and enzymes through the fermentation of sugars or starches, or cellulose. Biobutanol (also called bio gasoline) is often asserted to provide a direct stand-in for gasoline, because it can be used precisely in a gasoline engine. Ethanol fuel is the most widely used microbial biofuel worldwide. Alcohol fuels are formed by fermentation of sugars derived from wheat, sugar beets, corn, molasses, sugar cane and any sugar or starch from which alcoholic liquors such as whiskey, can be produced (such as potato and fruit waste, etc.). The ethanol manufacturing methods applied are microbial enzyme digestion (to release sugars from stored starches), distillation, fermentation of the sugars and drying. Ethanol can be used in petrol engines as a substitute for gasoline; it can be blended with gasoline to any concentration. Current car petrol engines can operate on mixes of up to 15% bioethanol along with petroleum/gasoline. Ethanol has lesser energy density than that of gasoline; this implies that it takes more fuel to generate the same amount of work. An asset of ethanol is its higher octane rating than ethanol-free gasoline accessible at roadside gas stations, which permits the rise of an engine's compression ratio for increased thermal efficiency. In high-altitude locations, some states direct a mix of gasoline and ethanol as a winter oxidizer to lower atmospheric pollution emissions.

Track 10: Aviation Biofuels

Aviation biofuel is a biofuel utilized for aircraft. It is reckoned by some to be the paramount means by which the aviation industry can diminish its carbon footprint. After a multi-year technical analysis from aircraft makers, engine manufacturers and oil companies, biofuels were advocated for commercial use in July 2011. Since then, some airlines have evaluated with using of biofuels on commercial flights. The limelight of the industry has now curved to advanced sustainable biofuels (second generation sustainable aviation fuels) that do not compete with food supplies nor are major consumers of prime agricultural land or fresh water.

Track 11: Biorefineries

biorefinery is a center that melds biomass conversion processes and equipment to manufacture fuels, power, heat, and chemicals from biomass. The biorefinery concept is parallel to today's petroleum refinery, which makes various fuels and products from petroleum. Biorefining is the sustainable conversion of biomass into a spectrum of bio-based products and bioenergy. By producing various products, a biorefinery takes advantage of the various parts in biomass and their intermediates therefore maximizing the value acquired from the biomass feedstock. A biorefinery could, for instance, manufacture one or several low-volume, but high-value, chemical or nutraceutical products and a low-value, but high-volume liquid transportation fuel such as biodiesel.  At the same time generating electricity and process heat, by combined heat and power (CHP) technology, for its own use and perhaps adequate for sale of electricity to the local utility. The high-value products boost profitability, the high-volume fuel helps meet energy needs, and the power production aids to lower energy costs and minimize greenhouse gas emissions from conventional power system facilities. Although some facilities prevail that can be called bio-refineries, the bio-refinery has yet to be fully accomplished. Future biorefineries may play a vital role in yielding chemicals and materials that are traditionally extracted from petroleum.

Track 12: Algae Biofuels

Algae fuel or microbial biofuel is a substitute to liquid fossil fuels that utilizes algae as its source of energy-rich oils. Also, algae fuels are a substitute to common known biofuel sources, such as corn and sugarcane. Various companies and government agencies are sponsoring efforts to reduce capital and operating costs and make algae fuel production commercially feasible. Like fossil fuel, algae fuel releases CO2 when burnt, but unlike fossil fuel, algae fuel and other biofuels only release CO2 recently withdrawn from the atmosphere via photosynthesis as the algae or plant grew. The energy crisis and the world food crisis have sparked interest in alga culture (farming algae) for making biodiesel and other microbial biofuels utilizing land unbefitting for agriculture. Among algal fuels' attractive characteristics are that they can be cultivated with negligible impact on fresh water resources, can be generated using saline and wastewater, have a high flash point, and are biodegradable and comparatively harmless to the environment if spilled. Algae cost more per unit mass than other advanced biofuel crops due to high capital and operating costs, but are declared to generate between 10 and 100 times more fuel per unit area.

Track 13: Biodiesel

Biodiesel indicates an animal fat-based or vegetable oil diesel fuel comprising of long-chain alkyl (methyl, ethyl, or propyl) esters. Biodiesel is customarily made by chemically reacting lipids (e.g., soybean oil, vegetable oil, animal fat (tallow)) with an alcohol generating fatty acid esters. Biodiesel is suggested to be utilized in standard diesel engines and is thus well-defined from the vegetable and waste oils used to operate fuel converted diesel engines. Biodiesel can be used singly, or blended with gasoline in any proportions. Biodiesel blends can also be utilized as heating oil.


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Related Associations 

American Biofuels Council; American Council on Renewable Energy; American Ecological Engineering Society; American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers; Association of Energy Engineers; Biomass Energy Research Association; Biomass Energy Resource Center; The Biomass Thermal Energy Council; Canadian Renewable Fuels Association; Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Information Center; Great Lakes Regional Biomass Energy Program; National Biodiesel Board; New York State Biomass Energy Alliance; Renewable Fuels Association; Vermont Biofuels Association.


Scope and Importance: -

Fuel for transport makes up almost a third of the current world energy consumption. Biofuels – have emerged as one of many possible alternatives to fossil fuels that might help meet our energy needs in an environmentally sustainable way. A biofuel is a fuel that is produced through contemporary biological processes, such as agriculture and anaerobic digestion, rather than a fuel produced by geological processes such as those involved in the formation of fossil fuels, such as coal and petroleum, from prehistoric biological matter. Now, biofuels make up only a small proportion of world energy use, but this is expected to increase, due in part to targets and policies that are encouraging uptake of biofuels for transport. It has been estimated that biofuels will provide almost 9 per cent of transport fuel in Europe by 2020.The main reason for biofuel over fossil fuel is Energy security- Energy security is the constant availability and supply of affordable energy for consumers and industry. Risks to energy security include, for example, disruptions to the supply of imported fossil fuels, limited availability of fuel, and energy price spikes. The possibility of deriving biofuels from locally grown sources and using them as alternatives to petrol products is attractive for many countries, including the UK, that currently depend largely on fossil fuels.

The development of new biofuels technology is a rapidly growing field of research. The aim is to produce economically viable biofuels that generate fewer greenhouse gases and use fewer natural resources than current production methods. Two of the main approaches in development are biofuels made from non-edible parts of crops (known as lignocellulosic biofuels) and biofuels made from algae.

About Venue:

“A Central Hub in the Universal Economy”

Dubai has evolved into a key player in the global economy and it aspires to boost its position by embellishing its standing as a universal business center to be amidst the top 5 centers for trade, finance, logistics and tourism. Dubai’s proclamation as the Capital of Islamic Economy is a substantial step in identifying Dubai as one of the leading economic centers. This theme targets on inspiring Dubai to a sustainable economic model herded by modernization, and productivity in capital and labour, and backed by the greatest business friendly environment. In addition, the theme features the importance of a varied set of value-added economic actions that would improve Dubai’s economic flexibility and allow it to ingest internal and external impacts.

A City that Relishes Sustainable Economic Growth: Economic growth that is flexible to disruptive shocks because it is established by a diverse base of economic activity, modernization in business models and growing productivity of labour and capital.

One of the World’s Leading Business Centers: Normally ranked as one of the top 5 global centers for finance, trade, tourism and logistics as well as internationally acknowledged as the chief financial and trading center at the heart of the Islamic economy.

The Greatest Business Friendly City and a Favorite Investment Destination: Dubai is the chosen investment destination for foreign capital, and catches its position as the most business-friendly destination in the world.

Why to Attend???

Biofuels Conference 2018 provides a podium to globalize the research by establishing a dialogue amidst industries and academic organizations and knowledge transmission from research to industry. The field of Biofuels have not only helped the development in different fields in science and technology but also contributed towards the improvement of the quality of human life. All this has become possible with the different discoveries and inventions leading to the development of various applications. Biofuels Conference 2017 aspires in proclaim awareness and part new ideas amidst the professionals, industrialists and students from research fields of Biofuel and Bioenergy to interact their research experiences and indulge themselves in interactive discussions and special sessions at the event.

Target Audience:

  • Fuel Engineers
  • Chemical Scientists/Research Professors
  • Junior/Senior research fellows of Chemical Engineering /Petroleum Engineering / Bio engineering
  • Petroleum Companies / Biofuel / Chemical Companies
  • Petroleum engineering / Chemical Engineering Associations
  • Petroleum and Chemical Engineers
  • Engineers and Delegates from Aviation and Automobile companies
  • Directors/Co-Directors of Research based companies across Europe and US who are investing in Biofuels and Bioenergy

Major Biomass Research Associations around the Globe:

  •     American Biofuels Council
  •     Biomass Energy Research Association
  •     Canadian Renewable Fuels Association
  •     The International Biochar Initiative
  •     Vermont Biofuels Association
  •     Algae Biomass Association
  •     World Bioenergy Association
  •     Biomass Thermal Energy Council
  •     World council for Renewable Energy
  •     European Biomass Association
  •     Bioenergy West Midlands
  •     Biomass Energy Centre
  •     Renewable Energy Association
  •     UK Energy Research Centre
  •     European Bioenergy Research Institute
  •     Back Biomass Industry
  •     Marches Wood Energy Network Ltd

Top Universities in Dubai:

  •     Al Ghurair University
  •     University of Dubai
  •     Zayed University
  •     Biotechnology University College Dubai
  •     The Higher Colleges of Technology
  •     Al Ghurair University
  •     Al Falah University
  •     Jumeirah College

Market Value on Biofuels Production and Consumption:


Biofuel production is expected to consume 10.4% and 12% of global coarse grains and vegetable oil production(Biomass based Diesel)respectively in 2022. By 2022, 22% of global sugarcane production(Advanced Biofuels) should be used to produce ethanol. Global ethanol production is projected to increase modestly during the outlook period from about 115.6 Bln L in 2015 to nearly 128.4 Bln L by 2022. More than half of this increase is expected to originate from Brazil mostly to fill domestic demand. The second largest contributor to the expansion in ethanol production is Thailand. In the United States, ethanol production will increase in 2016 and 2017 to meet the stronger demand induced by low crude oil prices and implied higher gasoline use and then decrease slightly because of lower transportation fuels demand.

Figure1: World Ethanol Production by 2025


Global ethanol use is projected to increase by 12.4 Bln L during the outlook period. Ethanol use in the United States is limited by the blend wall and declining petrol use prospects from 2018 to the end of the projection period. A limited development of the flex-fuel car sector is assumed. In this context, ethanol use is expected to decrease from 56 Bln L in 2016 to 54.9 Bln L by 2025 leaving the United States in a net export position throughout the projection period. Global biodiesel use is expected to increase by 10 Bln L over the projection period. In the European Union, biodiesel use is projected to increase from 12 Bln L in 2015 to 13 Bln L in 2020 when the RED target is met. By 2025, European biodiesel use is expected to decrease to 11.6 Bln L. The lower volume represents an average share of biodiesel in diesel type fuels of 5.7% in volume terms.

Figure 2: World Biodiesel Production by 2025

Projected value of the global biofuels market from 2020 to 2023:

This statistic represents the value of the global biofuels market from 2020 to 2013. It is projected that the global market for biofuels will be sized at approximately 140 billion U.S. dollars in 2021.

Figure 3: Industry value in Billions USD Dollars

Biorefinery Technologies: Global Markets: -

  • The global market for biorefinery technologies will grow from $466.6 billion in 2016 to $714.6 billion by 2021, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.9% for the period of 2016-2021.
  • The biological market will grow from $245.3 billion in 2016 to $376.4 billion by 2021, rising at a CAGR of 8.9%.
  • The physicochemical market is expected to increase from $182.3 billion in 2016 to $274.7 billion by 2021 with a CAGR of 8.5%.

Figure 4: Global Market for Bio Refinery

Global Markets and Technologies for Biofuel Enzymes: -

  • Global revenue for biofuel enzymes totaled $623.0 million in 2014 and should total $652.1 million in 2015 and $1.0 billion by 2020, registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.4%.
  • The U.S. market for biofuel enzymes should total $208.5 million in 2015 and $355.7 million by 2020, increasing at a five-year CAGR of 11.3% through 2020.
  • The European market for biofuel enzymes is estimated to grow from $198.6 million in 2015 to $325.2 million by 2020, with a CAGR of 10.4%.

Figure 5: Global Revenue for Biofuels

*Source: BCC Research, Transparency Market Research & Markets and Market






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