Berlin, 20.11.18

Advantages of high-octane fuels and new (bio) technologies in bioethanol production

At the 16th International Conference on Renewable Mobility, numerous parallel forums will focus on various technical and economic aspects of tomorrow's drive systems and the major challenges posed by ambitious climate protection targets.

Bioethanol, the biofuel most widely used internationally as a blending or pure fuel, will be in the spotlight of a parallel forum with business and research experts from Great Britain, India, Ireland and the USA on the second day of the conference, 22nd January 2019.

There has been criticism from various quarters that the new European CO2 fleet limits for passenger cars are set either too low or too high. The German Bioethanol Industry Association (BDBe) takes the view that stricter fleet limits alone will not suffice to meet ambitious targets for reducing traffic-related emissions neither in Germany, nor in the other Member States of the European Union.

Against this backdrop, a differentiated appraisal of alternative fuels and their respective availability is enormously important with a view to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in transport. Official data indicate that biofuel consumption in Germany in 2017 cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than 81 percent compared with fossil fuels. Adding bioethanol to fossil petrol alone has saved around 2.2 million tonnes of CO2-equivalent in Germany.

The new version of the Renewable Energies Directive (RED II), adopted by the European Parliament on 13th November 2018, offers planning security for the producers of biofuels from cultivated biomass, which should continue to make a significant contribution to the future of renewable energy mix in the transport sector. The new directive also offers positive prospects for biofuels from waste and residual materials after 2020, stipulating a significantly increased minimum share of such fuels. In this context, this fuel category should be double-counted towards targets for use of renewable energies in transport, as has been the case to date.

Programme for the Forum "Advantages of high-octane fuels and new (bio)technologies in production of bioethanol" on 22nd January 2019 from 9.00 a.m.:

Zoltán Szabó, ClonBio Group Ltd (formerly Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd) will open the parallel forum with a lecture on high-octane fuels, which ensure combustion engines operate more effectively and efficiently due to the admixture of bioethanol. International experts have been studying the technical aspects of bioethanol as an "octane booster" for quite some time now. Zoltán Szabó analyzes standardisation of octane ratings for the E15 (USA) and E10 (European Union) as well as various options for the specific octane ratings to be stipulated. He will conclude by examining the impact on climate protection and society of introducing E20 or E25.

Rahul Dagwar, Praj Industries Ltd, Pune, India presents the latest technological progress in plant construction technology for cellulose-based ethanol from this internationally active company. In 2018 Praj Industries was included in the annual list of the "Top 50 Hottest Companies in Advanced Bioeconomy" published by the international trade magazine "Biofuels Digest".

Dr. Alex Brogan, Imperial College London, Department of Chemical Engineering and his team have focused on modification of the glucodisase enzyme, which contributes to breaking down the complex carbohydrates in plant cells contained in biomass. In June 2018, "Nature Chemistry" reported on the newly developed process for accelerating the conversion process to glucose as the basis for ethanol production. In his presentation, Dr. Brogan reports on the current state of research and prospects for industrial application.

Freya Burton, LanzaTech, Chicago, USA  will provide information about the first plant to convert carbon monoxide from steel production into ethanol, which was designed jointly with ArcelorMittal and is based in Ghent, Belgium. The technology licensed by LanzaTech uses microbes that "feed" on carbon monoxide to produce ethanol. Construction began in 2018 and the plant is scheduled to commence operations by mid-2020.

On the second day of the conference, a total of 11 forums will offer a broad spectrum of topics from all areas of renewable energies in the mobility sector: international experts will present news concerning technical development, research, certification, market analysis and trade, as well as engaging in discussions with congress participants. These forums, along with the exhibitor forum and its stands, will also offer opportunities for professional exchanges and networking

German Bioenergy Association
Markus Hartmann
Tel.: +49 (0)228/8100222
hartmann @ bioenergie . de