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New Frontiers in Bioenergy

With Iowa leading the way, the renewable fuels industry has rapidly grown over the past two decades to become a major supplier of clean, low-carbon fuels using renewable biomass and waste derived feedstocks. As the industry faces new challenges and opportunities, this track will feature industry experts who will discuss the future of biorefinery development and renewable fuels and how our sector can provide solutions to our world’s most challenging issues related to climate change, air quality, and energy prices.


Biofuels in Transport

  • How can low carbon fuels solve climate challenges in aviation, heavy duty freight, motor vehicles, and the maritime industry?
  • Where and how is the expansion and growth occuring in jet fuels? 

Environmental Benefits of Biofuels

  • How can improvements and expanded use of advanced and cellulosic feedstocks globally reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help countries and urban communities improve air quality?
  • How does the development of the biogas industry enable livestock producers and municipal solid waste managers to address air and water quality issues by providing a value-added market to capture this waste for conversion?

Biorefinery Development

  • What new technologies are coming online?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities for the development of advanced and cellulosic biofuels in the current legislative and regulatory climate?
  • What are trends in biorefinery systems and development?
  • How can agriculture develop and grow the necessary feedstocks for biofuel producers to meet the growing demand for low carbon fuels from the auto, aviation, freight, and shipping industries? What opportunities does this present for rural communities and economic development?