Connecticut to Host Biodiesel Forum

John Davis

CCATBiodiesel policymakers, industry experts, and manufacturers are invited to a Regional Biodiesel Industry Forum on December 16, 2013 at the Rome Ballroom on the University of Connecticut (UConn) campus in Storrs, Conn. The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) and UConn are collaborating to put together the gathering.

“Our goal is to bring together representatives from all components of the biodiesel industry,” said Joel Rinebold, Director of Energy Initiatives at CCAT. “Valuable connections will be made between various industry stakeholders to grow the industry and improve energy reliability, environmental quality, and opportunities for economic development with job creation.”

The forum will feature panel discussions on state and federal policies, markets, production, and industry issues. The luncheon will feature a case study presented by “U.S. Foods” highlighting a unique biofuel program that combines an existing food distribution network with feedstock collection.

“This event will serve as a place for all members of the biodiesel supply chain to network and grow their business,” said [Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering (CESE)] Director Michael Willig. “Our research will similarly provide new markets and opportunities for the industry.”

Future growth is a paramount concern to many production companies. Biodiesel One President Karl Radune commented, “As a producer, I am always looking for new markets, and this forum will be a great way to meet new customers.”

The forum runs all day on Dec. 16th and includes guided tours of UConn’s Biodiesel Testing Laboratory.

Registration and more information is available here.