National Biodiesel Conference & Expo Highlights – Day Three

Posted on February 8th, 2012

Below are highlights from Day Three of the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Orlando, Florida.

The annual National Biodiesel Conference & Expo is the only event that gathers biodiesel decision-makers from across the United States and around the world. Opportunities abound for attendees and exhibitors to network, connect, and learn.

Full coverage can be found on the official Conference & Expo Blog.

Working for Biodiesel in Washington, DC

Meet the newest member of the National Biodiesel Board team in Washington, DC. Anne Steckel – Vice President of Federal Affairs. Anne spoke during today’s general session and talked about the challenges facing the industry. She also pointed to what is being done to ensure success including:

First, we have a great track record in Washington. These victories are laying the groundwork for the tremendous potential the industry holds.

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Pioneer and Impact Awards Presented

During the general session today a special Pioneer Award was presented to Krysta Harden, Chief of Staff for United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Harden spoke about her experiences over the years working for biodiesel.

Throughout her three decades in Washington D.C. Harden has held numerous positions including CEO of the National Association of Conservation Districts, Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations, Senior VP for the agriculture consulting firm Gordley Associates, professional staff member for the House Agriculture Committee and chief of staff to former Congressman Charles Hatcher (D-GA). During her work with Gordley Associates, representing the American Soybean Association, Harden was instrumental in laying the groundwork for federal biodiesel policies that have been hugely successful in growing a viable biodiesel industry. Harden continues to be a leader on biofuels in Washington due to her passion for the agriculture industry, environmental issues and energy.

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NBB Chairman Talks Jobs

National Biodiesel Chairman, Gary Haer, took to the stage today to address attendees during a general session. He commented on the Presidential campaign in his state of Iowa and how nice it would be if they could get out and visit biodiesel plants on their campaign stops. A key focus of his remarks was how the growth of the RFS would create new jobs in America.

On our national biodiesel campaign tour, I’d introduce Americans to green-collar workers who are our boots on the ground. The people who put on work shirts, coveralls, and hardhats day-in and day-out to produce energy security one gallon at a time.

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Paul Teutul, Sr. Introduces the Biodiesel Bike

The big news today at the conference was the unveiling of the biodiesel bike built by Paul Teutul, Sr., Orange County Choppers. The bike was built in partnership with CIMA Green. Today the bike debuted on stage driven by former NBB Chairman, Ed Hegland. Then Paul Sr. himself drove it onto the biodiesel vehicle showcase floor where he talked about the project with attendees. CIMA Green actually had two bikes built and donated one to the National Biodiesel Board along with a check for $50,000 to use for transportation expenses to showcase the bike at various events around the country.

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Next Generation Scientists Show Biodiesel Project Posters

The conference features a first ever Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel Poster Session this year. I stopped by to see what these student presenters were displaying.

One of them is Shwetha Sivakaminathan, Clemson University. Her poster/project topic is “Comparison of biomass and lipid production of heterotropic Chlorella protothecoides using biodiesel derived crude and pure glycerol.”

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