2014 National Biodiesel Conference + Expo – Official Blog Highlights from January 24

Posted on January 24th, 2014

nbce_2014_266x200_01Below are highlights from January 24 from the official blog of the 2014 National Biodiesel Conference + Expo.

While the biodiesel industry faces the fight of its life in Washington, thousands of producers and enthusiasts are gathering at the San Diego Convention Center this week to recognize 2013’s record production and job growth.

They will share the latest information and technology, but more than anything, they will stand strong to make their voices heard at the EPA. The signature event of the industry will offer a springboard for both the proposal comment period and the year ahead.

Full coverage can be found on the official blog.

Eye on Biodiesel Inspiration Award

Len Hering, a retired Rear Admiral from the U.S. Navy, gave an absolutely wonderful speech during the closing general session of the conference. You might want to share a link to it (listen below) with your friends and family and perhaps even the EPA! In addition he received an NBB Eye on Biodiesel Inspiration Award. Len is also the Executive Director of the California Center for Sustainable Energy.

Hering, is a prominent military and civilian sustainability leader instrumental in bringing B20 to naval bases. In his 32 years of Navy service he was known as a top expert in base operations and facility support with an emphasis on sustainability.

Read the full article.

Eye on Biodiesel Pioneer Award

Receiving an Eye on Biodiesel Pioneer Award for lifetime achievement serving the biodiesel industry at the convention was Mike Haas, of USDA’s Agricultural Research Service.

Haas has been a Lead Scientist and Research Biochemist with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service since 1981. He has been a huge supporter of the biodiesel industry and currently leads a project investigating the production and quality enhancement of biodiesel, and the chemical modification of lipids to produce bio-based petroleum replacements.

Read the full article.

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