All Things Biofuel

Producers meet in Milwaukee at the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo.
By Susanne Retka Schill | July 19, 2016

Biofuel producers of all stripes converged on Milwaukee for the 32nd annual International Fuel Ethanol Conference & Expo on Monday evening, June 20. Colocated with the National Advanced Biofuels Conference this year, the event drew nearly 2,000 producers and industry representatives from the ethanol, biodiesel and advanced biofuels sectors.

Nearly a third of the attendees represented biofuel production plants, coming to learn about the latest advancements in the industry. The attendees represented 83 percent of installed ethanol capacity and 75 percent of all U.S. plants, along with cellulosic ethanol and biodiesel producers. Canadian ethanol producers were represented together with attendees from production facilities in Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Ireland, Sweden, Australia, India, China and Hungary, and attendees from a total of 25 countries.

The FEW is the largest gathering of the biofuels industry each year, bringing together producers and representatives from 270 companies exhibiting in the expo hall.  In addition to opening-day general sessions, the event featured four tracks of educational sessions covering production and operations, leadership and financial management, coproducts and product diversification and infrastructure and market development. The colocated advanced biofuel event had two tracks, one covering advanced and cellulosic ethanol and the other, biodiesel and other advanced biofuels.

Monday events included a golf tournament and a preconference seminar, Ethanol 101, designed to give an overview of the industry and the process for professionals new to working in the sector. For those interested in getting a ground view, the FEW closed with an industry tour, this year hosted by United Ethanol, Milton, Wisconsin.

Author: Susanne Retka Schill
Managing Editor, Ethanol Producer Magazine