07/17/2008 Archived Entry: "Biofuels Short Course Offered in August"

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Biomass to Biofuels: An Overview Short Course
Organized by the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research
Thursday-Friday, August 14-15, 2008
Hyatt Regency Hotel - Lexington, Kentucky
Cost: $250.00
Open to the public
Nine engineering professional development hours are offered with this course

The development of low cost, high capacity processes for the conversion of biomass into fuels and chemicals is essential for expanding the use of carbon neutral processes, reducing dependency on fossil fuel resources, and increasing rural income. Although the recent "food versus fuel" debate has raised doubts about the benefits of biofuels derived from food crops, there is a general consensus that biofuels production will continue to expand, based increasingly on non-food crops.

This course aims to provide a broad introduction to the area of biomass-derived fuels, emphasizing technological aspects of their production. Both current and emerging technologies will be considered, including bioethanol production from corn starch and cellulosic biomass, and the production of biodiesel and so-called "green" or "renewable" diesel. Other topics that will be covered include the development of new feedstocks such as algae and sweet sorghum, and the economics of biomass utilization.

Any questions regarding this event OR to sign up for the mailing list, please contact:
Teresa Epperson / 859-257-0200 / register@caer.uky.edu

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