BioFuel Conference at USFP

It’s Sunday and you’re wondering…”This Friday, how can I work a half-day and take the rest of the day off?”

Attend a half-day conference on BioFuel. It’s at the University of South Florida Polytechnic (USFP) so there’s little travel time and you’ll be on the back nine by two.

(That’s golf talk I picked up at a tweetup.)

Odd introduction aside, this is a serious conference that’s “designed to assemble, support and facilitate people and companies that will play an integral part in the development of renewable energy sources in Central Florida, from farming, financing and processing, to delivery of the final product.” *

Looking at the program, it doesn’t look like this will be a bunch of scientists explaining how biofuel is made, but there are a pair of policy heavy hitters: Adam Putnam and Seth McKeel. They’re joined by Wes Berry, a chemical engineer who heads up a company concentrating on alternative fuel issues. If you have any interest in improving biofuel production and use, you might find the conference useful.

Co-hosted by USFP and the Central Florida Development Council, the half-day is a mere $25.** The deadline to register is February 25th. You can do it online, or RSVP to Sharon Evans at (863) 667-7738 or email saevans@poly.usf.edu.

*-According to the press release I received.
** – I can’t find anything on the site that allows attendees to pay in BioFuel. Then again, it doesn’t say you can’t.

USF Poly presents biofuel conference

(Lakeland, Fla., Feb. 20, 2009) – The University of South Florida Polytechnic and the Central Florida Development Council will host a half-day conference, BioFuel: Renewable Fuel Potential for Central Florida, Feb. 27 from 8:00 a.m. to noon at USF Poly. It’s designed to assemble, support and facilitate people and companies that will play an integral part in the development of renewable energy sources in Central Florida, from farming, financing and processing, to delivery of the final product.

Guest speakers include chemical engineer Wes Berry, Congressman Adam Putnam and Rep. Seth McKeel.

In Congress, Putnam has taken a lead role in advocating an American-made energy strategy and a more diverse biofeuls policy, championing research programs vital to developing the next generation of fuels. In the Florida House of Representatives, McKeel serves on the Committee on Energy and the Committee on Economic Development. A chemical engineer for more than 37 years, Wes Berry formed Process Technology Associates in 2006 to concentrate on alternative fuel issues.

The conference is being promoted as “an important next step” in the region’s response to global energy markets and local realities, according to David Touchton, CFDC’s president. “Central Florida has the climate and available resources conducive to filling crucial gaps in the market, and we want to capitalize on that. The headlines tell us there’s a problem, but we want to help shape a solution.”

Open to the public, the conference will be held in the Lakeland technology Building, Room 2155, at USF Poly, 3433 Winter Lake Rd., Lakeland. Cost is $25 and registration deadline is Feb. 25. Register online at www.poly.usf.edu/BioFuel or RSVP to Sharon Evans at (863) 667-7738 or email saevans@poly.usf.edu.

Biofuel is defined as solid, liquid or gaseous fuel derived from relatively recently dead biological material and is distinguished from fossil fuels, which are derived from long-dead biological material. Biofuels can be produced from any biological carbon source, although the most common sources are photosynthetic plants.

Biofuel Conference Agenda

8:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM Welcome and Introduction

8:40 AM Current Energy & Transportation Fuel Consumption

9:00 AM Biofuel in the U.S.: Present and Future

9:30 AM Florida and Its Energy Future – Rep. Seth McKeel

9:45 AM Break

10:00 AM Biofuel Alternatives: Jatropha and Algae

11:00 AM The Big Picture – Congressman Adam Putnam

11:30 AM Commercialization Opportunities

Noon Adjourn