It probably seems like a lifetime since you were last able to meet with your peers and have face-to-face discussions and network in-depth, it certainly does to us at ACI. It has been a great loss not being able meet and spend time with likeminded, dedicated professionals who can bring fresh perspectives on existing challenges and open up avenues for new opportunities. Reconnect with old industry friends and catch up on each other’s latest achievements in the field.
ACI has been far from idle in this time of the ’Great Lockdowns’. We are quite sure that many of you will have experienced various types of on-line events both before and during this year, we at ACI certainly have. Our experience has not been that great, we always found them only pale reflection of the ‘live’ event.
This will not be a ‘webinar’ with hidden attendees, the set up will be designed to allow all to participate in the discussions and meet as many other attendees as is possible. We truly believe this will be an online meeting unlike any other you have attended.
Thursday 20th May, 3pm-5pm CET (2pm – 4pm GMT)
Join up to 500 targeted delegates online for two hours – including Biodiesel producers, HVO/HEFA producers, Downstream oil companies/HVO producers Researchers, Process technology providers, Catalyst companies, Fuel Traders/Brokers, Consultants, Crop science/feedstock companies/plantation – all of this on a platform that makes networking as close to in-person interaction as it can feasibly be.
This 2-hour online networking event will comprise of a presentation by an Oleofuels market leader (details to be announced shortly), followed by face-to-face Q&A and free networking time.
N.B. This will not be a ‘webinar’ with hidden attendees, the set up will be designed to allow all to participate in the discussions and meet as many other attendees as possible.
|Angel Alvarez Alberdi,
EWABA – European Waste-to-Advanced Biofuels Association
Angel Alvarez Alberdi is the Secretary General of the EWABA since its creation in 2013.
EWABA is a Brussels-based trade association defending the interests of waste-based
and advanced biodiesel producers using feedstocks such as used cooking oil (UCO),
animal fats and other wastes and residues to produce sustainable biofuels with
high greenhouse gas savings.
Angel has been working in EU government and institutional affairs in Brussels
for over 12 years, with a particular focus on energy and transportation matters
and EU legislative procedures. He started his career with a stint at the European
Commission’s Secretariat General, to then work for an international public affairs
consultancy, the EU trade association European Biodiesel Board, and a global law firm.
A lawyer by training, Angel holds an M.A. in European Interdisciplinary Studies with
a major in EU Governance from the College of Europe.
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Thursday 22nd April 2021 3pm-5pm CET
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Thursday, 25th of March 2021, 3pm-5pm CET
2. Hydrotreated Vegetable Oils (HVO) also referred to as Hydro processed Esters and Fatty Acids (HEFA) are alternative renewable fuels to biodiesel. They are straight chain paraffinic hydrocarbons, free of oxygen and with a high cetane number. These fuels are produced via hydrotreatment of a wide variety of feedstock such as vegetable oils, used cooking oils (UCO), animal fats and fatty acids. The apparent versatility of feedstock origin and quality is evidently an advantage but at the same time, it introduces some challenges in the pretreatment process prior to hydrotreatment. Pretreated feedstock needs to meet very strict specifications, not exceeding a few parts per million, for phosphorus, total metals, chlorine and other contaminants. Reaching these strict specs is particularly difficult for lower quality feedstock such as certain animal fats and side streams such as acid oils, distillates and distillation pitches. In this presentation, a number of effective pretreatment processes for various HVO/HEFA feedstock will be discussed.
Thursday 25th February 3pm-5pm CET
Waste to Energy Markets: Opportunities, Challenges & How to Manage the Risks on Sourcing & Trading of Waste-Based Feedstocks
Bio-Oils is an independent business group created in 2005 to develop projects in the biofuels area, born with the strategic objective of becoming a relevant agent within the Spanish and European biodiesel market.
After 4 years working as Managing Director of BionetEuropa, one of the Spanish main players on UCOME industry, Javier started the operation in Spain for Petrotec on March 2012. One year later, Petrotec Spain reached a market share of 35% of the total UCOME (Used Cooking Oil Methyl Ester) production. Javier was responsible for all the Spanish activities and targeted new sourcing markets in Latin America.
Javier Vila Director of Biowaste TradingGrupo Bio-Oils
Desmet Ballestra Oilseeds, Oils & Fats & Oleochemicals Division
Based on Belgium’s De Smet know-how as the world specialist in oilseed and edible oil processing plants, Desmet Ballestra delivers tailor-made engineering and procurement services covering each step of the industry, from oilseed preparation and extraction to oil processing plants including refining and fat modification processes. Moreover, in co-operation with our oleochemicals division, Desmet Ballestra has delivered almost 100 ‘classical’ biodiesel pre-treatment and transesterification plants all over the world.
In the last decade, Desmet Ballestra has started also to engineer and install several large capacity pre-treatment plants before HVO hydrocracking processing plants. Specific for these plants is that the raw materials are very diverse from pure vegetable oils up to all kind of waste oils like UCO, animal fats and other low quality by-products. Specific processes are implemented in these plants, to achieve the severe inlet specifications of the HVO units.
Supported by intensive research at our ‘Oils & Fats R&D center’ in Brussels and a long knowledge of vegetable oils & fats refining techniques, Desmet Ballestra has developed and optimized several pre-treatment steps to reach the required cleaning of a wide range of waste oils and blends for HVO production.
With its Oils & Fats Center of Excellence in Brussels, Desmet Ballestra is present in all major oils & fats market areas of the world through its integrated business units in Northern and Central America (USA, Mexico), South America (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Peru), Asia & Far East (PR China, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia), India and Europe (Belgium, Italy, UK, France, Spain,Turkey, Russia).
Desmet Ballestra has a dedicated After Sales Team to support customers operation worldwide. After Sales Services include supply of spare parts, technical assistance during planned maintenance, operators training, remote software support, diagnostics and troubleshooting.
Desmet Ballestra is held in high repute all over the world by its customers, and its name stands for experience, innovation, first class project management, customer service and environmental protection policy.
Since its founding in 1996, BDI-BioEnergy International GmbH has been developing resource-saving technologies for upgrading residual and waste products from industry and commerce. The company sets new standards in terms of innovative strength, technological lead, product quality and cost-effectiveness in line with the philosophy “from waste to value”.
The mission statement develop|design|build is based on the longtime expertise in international plant construction. As the market and technology leader in the construction of customized, turnkey BioDiesel plants and in the development of technologies for generating energy from waste, BDI supports its customers along the entire value chain.
The Styrian company acts as a missing link between the process idea and the turnkey production plant. As a reliable partner, BDI takes care of all the decisive project stages from research and development, raw material evaluation, project development, subsidy and financing management, official, basic and detailed engineering, construction and commissioning right through to after-sales support.
Standard bookings can be made using the tickets at the bottom of this event’s web page, but there are group discounts that are available for multiple ticket registrations, season tickets and tickets that include both the ‘virtual’ and the ‘live’ events. For more information on the special rates and all the details on what exactly is included in the Premium passes please contact:
[email protected] or phone +48 61 646 7047 // +48 61 646 7022
Premium passes include:
Founded in 2013, the European Waste-based and Advanced Biofuels Association (EWABA) is representing +35 stakeholders from the waste and advanced biofuels supply chain. Our members collect and use feedstocks such as used cooking oil (UCO), animal fats and other advanced wastes and residues, to produce sustainable biodiesel for the road and maritime sectors with the highest GHG savings (up to +90%) when compared with fossil fuels.
The Oils & Fats International (OFI) portfolio has been serving the oils and fats industry since 1985, offering publishing, events, online exposure and social media connections to this global industry.
OFI magazine is published eight times a year, including two themed biofuel issues. Each issue has a total worldwide print circulation of 6,500 and our digital ‘page-turn’ edition reaches over 59,000 recipients.
Each issue has dedicated news pages on biotechnology, biofuels, renewable materials and transport/logistics. The magazine also offers in-depth features on different topics including feedstocks; commodity trading; renewables; plant & technology; transport & logistics; speciality fats; sustainability; and testing and instrumentation.
The OFI series of exhibitions and conferences are held in growth markets around the world including Egypt, India, Malaysia, Morocco, the UAE and Turkey.
BIOFUELS INTERNATIONAL magazine is brought out 10 times a year and is the leading global publication in the market. Designed to appeal to those who wish to learn and be kept abreast of this increasingly important area, the magazine encompasses, biodiesel, bioethanol, and biomass.
Every issue includes in-depth news analysis and features on related subjects, including distribution, handling, storage, equipment and second generation technology. Industry experts regularly contributing to the magazine include the European Bioethanol Fuel Association and Will Thurmond, author of Biodiesel 2020: A global market survey.
Biofuels International is mailed to a minimum of 3,000 named individuals within the sector.