FEW opens next week in St. Louis

By Susanne Retka Schill
Posted June 9, 2010, at 1:18 p.m. CST

More than 500 ethanol plant employees representing 11.7 billion gallons, 170 plants and 80 percent of installed capacity are registered to attend the 26th annual International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo that opens next week in St. Louis. A total of 716 companies are participating in the event which is expected to host more than 2,000 attendees in total.

Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, will be presenting the keynote this year in the opening plenary session on Tuesday, June 15.

Two panels in the opening session address over-arching industry themes. Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, will be moderating a panel examining corn ethanol's falling carbon score. The panel reviewing the data and critical process evolution of corn's carbon score includes Steffen Mueller, principal research economist at the University of Illinois-Chicago, Martha Schlicher, technology lead at Monsanto Bioenergy, Pete Moss, vice president of marketing at Cereal Process Technologies, and Charles Hurburger, professor of Ag & Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University.

The second plenary panel session, moderated by G-Team principal Thomas Corle, will explore industrial symbiosis. Speaking about the opportunities for new synergies in biofuel development will be Niels Henriksen, Inbicon CEO, Sandra Broekema, manager of business development for Great River Energy, and John Gell, president of Gell Associates and director of GR Biofuels.

Following the morning session, conference attendees will fan out across the expo for lunch and a full program of panel sessions offered in five tracks: production and operations, management and business, cellulosic ethanol, distillers grains and coproducts, energy/carbon/environment.

The FEW is preceded by a one-day Advanced Biofuels Workshop dedicated to a close look at work proceeding in commercializing advanced biofuels in addition to cellulosic ethanol.
For more information about the FEW, go to www.fuelethanolworkshop.com.