Cepro gives a sneak preview into upcoming presentation

Bioenergy International expo & conference is organised by leading publication Biofuels International magazine, and here Jaroslav Pesek, head of the quality department and strategic reserves at Czech state-run pipeline and storage terminal operator CEPRO, provides an insight into what he will be speaking about at the event in Prague, Czech Republic, on 5-6 May.

CEPRO is heavily involved with the storing, handling and dosing of biofuels in the Czech Republic and will give delegates an insight into the challenges involved, as well as its future plans relating to meet local and European biofuel targets.

Pesek believes the government targets are realistic in the Czech Republic, but believes the biggest challenge is the fact that the average age of passenger fleet, which may cause issues with compatibility. Added to this there are very little incentives for companies which offer or blend biofuels.

The government proposal which has been sent to the Czech Parliament suggests a change to the Air Protection Law to increase the biodiesel blend rate to 6.3% e.v (from the current 4.5) and 4.5% e.v in petrol (from the current 3.5%). However many believe these blend levels are likely to increase to just 6% biodiesel and 4.1% for ethanol.

During his presentation Pesek will also explore second generation biofuels, which he believes will develop on a wider scale in the second half of this decade.

Those wanting to attend this event can receive a 10% early booking discount if they register before 1st April.

Key speakers at the event include H.E. Mr. Jan Dusík, Minister of the Environment for the Czech Republic, Ivan Soucek, CEO, Ceska Rafinerska, Marc Gillmann, Bioenergy expert, Total, Miroslav Bažata, Head of biofuel sales, Agropodnik, Robert Gmyrek, Director, Biofuels Department, PKN Orlen, Dag Roger Rinde, CEO, Statoil and many more.

As an added bonus the price for the conference includes a biodiesel plant tour on 4 May and places will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

The tour will be held at Preol’s state-of-the-art biodiesel plant in the industrial region of Lovosice. The plant, designed by Desmet Ballestra, has the capacity to produce 100,000 tonnes of FAME biodiesel and 10,000 tonnes a year of glycerine. It also has an integrated oil mill capable of processing 400,000 tonnes of rape seed a year and 160,000 tonnes of rapeseed oil, as well as 230,000 tonnes of rape meal.

The full conference programme can be viewed at http://www.biofuelsinternationalexpo.com/conf_prog.html

Bioenergy International expo & conference, which rebranded this year to focus on bioenergy and biomass as well as just biodiesel and bioethanol, is a two day exhibition and conference which will look in depth at second generation biodiesel, cellulosic ethanol, ways to source sustainable biomass, pyrolysis technology, the potential of biogas across Europe, developments in the use of bioenergy for aviation, future feedstocks such as algae and jatropha and the challenges of storing and handling both biomass and biofuels.

For further information visit www.biofuelsinternationalexpo.com or contact Margaret Garn +44 208 687 4126 margaret@biofuels-news.com

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