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United Research Forum welcomes each and everyone to our Upcoming International online conference on Biofuels and Bioenergy (Biofuels Webinar) on 9-10 September, 2021 with the Theme “Energy production from Agriculture”. Biofuels webinar aims to create a wonderful platform to discuss and solve the present insights in the biofuels sector and addressing major stepbacks and recent innovations from all over the world. Our main agenda is to run a program with widely renowned speakers, greatest minds, driving makers, suppliers, regulators, and other drew-in associations to share pivotal thoughts, advances, applications, and answers for the sourcing, creation, and utility of biofuels.

URF invites leading research scientists, professors, students, and experts from both academia and industry to join us on 9-10 September, 2021 for panel discussions, debates, presentations, and more…

Looking forward to seeing you all,
Biofuels Conference Committee

Biodiesel and Bioethanol

Applications of artificial photosynthesis for biofuels production

Biobuthanol and Biogas

Carbon footprinting analysis

Biofuels production

Strategies for limiting Green House Gas (GHG) emissions

Renewable Hydrocarbon Fuels

Life cycle assessment (LCA) analysis of biofuel

Bioprocesses and bioproducts

Exergy analysis of biofuel production

Biomass and feedstock utilization

Techno-economic analysis of biofuel 


Impacts of biofuel & bioproduct production

Environmental protection

Biofuel & bioproduct applications

Algal biofuel and Algal bioproducts

Biochemical conversion techniques

Energy crops and Genetic engineering

Fermentation, anaerobic digestion, and enzyme development


Conference Speakers

Dr Macdonald O Mafiana

Gansu Normal University for Nationalities, China, and Federal College of Education (Technical), Nigeria

Prof Patrizia Contursi

University of Federico II

Aulitto Martina

Berkeley lab Affiliate

Assoc Prof Dr Krit Somnuk

Prince of Songkla University

Dr Santanu Dasgupta

Reliance Industries Limited

Sulaiman Al-Zuhair

UAE University
United Arab Emirates

Dr-Ing Thomas Freudenmann

EDI GmbH - Engineering Data Intelligence

Shaohui Zhang

Beihang University

Prof Bla Likozar

Catalysis and Chemical Reaction Engineering

Dr Venkateswer Reddy Motakatla

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Prof Rosa Penalver Soler

University of Murcia

Dr Prakash Binnal


Previous Speakers

Sanjeev Kumar Prajapati

Hydro and Renewable Energy Dept. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee

Maya D Lambreva

Institute for biological Systems, CNR, Monterotondo Stazione

Varun Vohra

Department of Engineering Science, The University of Electro-Communications

Migle Santaraite

Vytautas Magnus University Agriculture Academy

Ieva Gaide

Institute of Environment and Ecology/Vytautas Magnus University Agriculture Academy

Shiliang Zhang

Beijing University of Chemical Technology

Alejandra Carolina Villa Montoya

Professor and Researcher, Tecnológico de Antioquia

Somaye Sabri

University of Tabriz

Farida Amrouche

Teesside University

Ayat-allah Bouramdane

Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique of Ecole Polytechnique

Ramesh Vakkethummel Kundalamcheery

University of Petroleum and Energy Studies

Abdulrahman Nasser S Kurdi

Reneawble Energy Program in King Saud University
Saudi Arabia

Miha Dominko

Institute for Economic Research


Biodiesel is a type of diesel fuel got from plants or creatures and comprising of long-chain unsaturated fat esters. It is normally made by synthetically responding lipids like creature (fat), soybean oil, or some other vegetable oil with a liquor, delivering a methyl, ethyl, or propyl ester.

Dissimilar to the vegetable and waste oils used to fuel changed over diesel motors, biodiesel is a drop-in biofuel, which means it is viable with existing diesel motors and appropriation foundation. Notwithstanding, it is generally mixed with Petro diesel (regularly to under 10%) since most motors can't run on unadulterated Biodiesel without change. Biodiesel mixes can likewise be utilized as warming oil.

The chief fuel utilized as a petroleum substitute for street transport vehicles is bio-ethanol. Bio-ethanol fuel is fundamentally created by the sugar maturation measure, despite the fact that it can likewise be fabricated by the compound cycle of responding ethylene with steam.

Butanol, 4-carbon alcohol (butyl alcohol), is created from similar feedstocks as ethanol, including corn grain and another biomass. The term biobutanol alludes to butanol produced using biomass feedstocks. The advantages of biobutanol, when contrasted and ethanol, are that biobutanol is immiscible in water, has a higher energy content, and has a lower Reid vapor pressure. Under the Renewable Fuel Standard, corn grain butanol meets the inexhaustible fuel 20% ozone harming substance emanation decrease limit.

Biogas is the combination of gases delivered by the breakdown of natural matter without oxygen (anaerobically), basically comprising methane and carbon dioxide. Biogas can be delivered from crude materials like agrarian waste, compost, metropolitan waste, plant material, sewage, green waste or food squander. Biogas is a sustainable power source. Biogas is created by anaerobic absorption with methanogen or anaerobic organic entities, which digest material inside a shut framework, or aging of biodegradable materials. This shut framework is called an anaerobic digester, biodigester, or bioreactor.

The word biofuel may allude to the fills utilized for the creation of electric energy, however overall it alludes to fluid powers utilized for methods for transport. 
The most well-known energizes are without doubt bioethanol synthesized from starches and biodiesel (ester) acquired from fats and oils. In spite of the fact that ethanol acquired from starch and sugars, it offers a decent commitment from the energy and climate perspective. Later we will look at ethanol delivered from cellulose biomass like herbaceous and wooden plants, horticultural and backwoods buildups, and enormous amounts of metropolitan and modern waste. 

Indeed, while starch and sugars address a humble amount of plant material, cellulose and hemicellulose, which are polymers of sugar atoms, address a large portion of the biomass. The advantages associated with biofuels get from the way that they have a more restricted natural effect than oil subsidiaries and utilize squander materials that are generally not utilized. At last, the other two biofuels will be investigated, is methanol and revised petroleum compounds.

Renewable hydrocarbon fuels with an expanding interest for sustainable energizes, the broad examination is in progress on the usage of biomass as feedstock for the creation of fluid transportation powers. Utilizing biomass is an appealing other option since biomass eliminates carbon dioxide from the air as it develops through photosynthesis, accordingly shutting the carbon cycle and making biofuels carbon nonpartisan when certain conditions are met. Original biofuels, for example, biodiesel have significant disadvantages, as they are typically gotten from consumable feedstock and are not completely viable with standard diesel motors. Given that most of the issues related to these fills come from their high oxygen content, techniques to deoxygenate biomass-determined oils are right now being sought after. A definitive objective is to change over unpalatable biomass takes care of into hydrocarbon biofuels completely viable with the existing framework. These supposed second-era biofuels can be utilized as drop-in substitutes for conventional oil inferred hydrocarbon powers.

In the new years, there has been developing interest in arising bio-based items including biofuels, bioenergy, biochemical and biopolymers, and so on This undertaking plans to address the interaction and items designing in the reasonable assembling of bioproducts. Viable crude material usage, energy utilization, and limiting natural effects are extremely basic for improving the worldwide intensity of woodland and other bio-based items ventures. 

Inside and out key comprehension of the logical and design standards of the different unit tasks in bioprocesses and bioproducts and their applications will empower us to create and effectively carry out manageable biorefineries. For instance, basic comprehension of the job of the complex inward construction of paper and board in assembling interaction and end-use applications will help enhance the energy and fiber use and designer stringy permeable materials for a given end-use application.

Biomass utilization frameworks are acquiring considerations of governments, scientists, and organizations. In any case, in ordinary explores, the effects of presenting biomass on the current frameworks are not thought of. This investigation proposes a novel plan approach of biomass use frameworks which joins impacts on the current petrol refining industry into thought. A reenactment model has been created to evaluate changes in material streams in treatment facilities because of the presentation of biomass. This model empowers to assess choices of biomass usage framework as far as unrefined petroleum utilization and treatment facility measures throughput at provincial just as worldwide levels. The technique was exhibited through a contextual investigation on the determination of biomass transformation innovation. The outcomes uncovered a few unseen highlights, which have gotten first conceivable by broadening the assessment limit. Such highlights incorporate affectability of the choice to the net unrefined petroleum decrease and furthermore to the throughput of treatment facility measures, particularly rough refining and breaking units.

A biorefinery is a facility that coordinates biomass transformation cycles and gear to create fills, force, and worth-added synthetics from biomass. Biorefinery is comparable to the present oil treatment facility, which delivers numerous powers and items from oil. By creating a few items, a biorefinery exploits the different parts in biomass and their intermediates, in this way boosting the worth got from the biomass feedstock.

A biorefinery could, for instance, produce one or a few low-volumes, yet high-esteem, substance items and a low-esteem, however high-volume fluid transportation fuel, for example, biodiesel or bioethanol. Simultaneously, it can produce power and cycle heat, through CHP innovation, for its own utilization and maybe enough available to be purchased of power to the nearby utility.

The high-worth items increment productivity, the high-volume fuel helps address energy issues, and the force creation assists with bringing down energy costs and lessen GHG outflows from conventional force plant offices.

Environmental protection has consistently been polished by people in some structures. Be that as it may, as anthropogenic pressing factors on the climate have raised over the previous century, the requirement for orderly natural assurance has expanded. This has prompted significant experimentation with the homegrown and global measures that are utilized to accomplish ecological security goals. A portion of these have been effective, however, the general picture is one of disappointment.

Because of the failings of the past and more noteworthy consciousness of the intricacy of ecological issues, there is a developing acknowledgment that natural assurance is best accomplished using a multipronged approach. This requires the utilization of a blend of administrative, monetary, willful, and data instruments, where the approach blend is resolved based on the accessible proof with respect to cost-adequacy.

In acknowledgment of reducing petroleum product saves and the demolishing climate, microalgal biofuel has been proposed as a sustainable power source with incredible potential. Algal biofuel accordingly got probably the most sweltering subject in sustainable power research in the new century, particularly ridiculous decade. Somewhere in the range of 2007 and 2017, the research identified with microalgal biofuels encountered a sensational, three-stage advancement, rising, developing dramatically, and afterward declining quickly because of overheating of the subject. In any case, biofuel-driven algal biotechnology and bioproducts research has been flourishing since 2010. To explain the additions (and agonies) of the previous decade and detail possibilities for the future, this survey sums up the broad logical advancement and generous specialized advances in algal biofuel over the previous decade, covering essential science, applied exploration, just as the creation of significant worth added regular items. Even following 10 years of difficult work and billions of dollars in speculations, its inadmissibly significant expense stays a definitive bottleneck for the industrialization of algal biofuel. To expand the absolute examination benefits, both financially and socially, it has been suggested that future endeavors should zero in on fundamental investigations to describe oilgae, on biotechnology concentrates into different high-esteem bioproducts. Also, the advancement of engineered science gives additional opportunities to the monetarily reasonable creation of biofuels by means of the directional production of microalgal bioproducts in algal cell manufacturing plants.

Biofuels can possibly give a sustainable type of energy by going through designed cycles, like anaerobic processing, maturation, and gasification. A gathering of scientists pondered that, to lessen the general CO2 to half, sustainable power from natural sources should be squared multiple times by 2050. Lignocellulosic biomass is a copious asset for bioenergy, with expected profitability of 1.5 × 1010 tons each year and a transformation proficiency of about 0.6. Be that as it may, the vigorous idea of lignocellulosic biomass makes the bioconversion interaction very costly because of the need of completing pretreatment. The design of cell divider polymers, and its failure to be changed over effectively, accounts for hereditary alterations. The alterations brought about by hereditary controls additionally moved to the forthcoming ages, in contrast to pretreatment techniques, which should be completed each time. Hence, hereditary alterations appear to be a one-time venture for achieving the ideal changes in bioenergy crops as long as possible.

Cellulose, hemicelluloses, lignin, and gelatins are the critical constituents of a plant cell divider complex. The plant cell divider comprises different confounded polymer structures and has multidimensional capacities. In such a manner, hereditary revision of the plant cell divider complex is now and again identified with blemishes in the development, wellbeing, and by and large difference in the plant cell divider life expectancy, significantly influencing the agronomic characters of yields. In this way, to build biomass yield by hereditary alteration, a plant's fundamental useful cell divider structure for its development ought to be taken into consideration, equal. Biomass yield can be assessed as far as the development of the plant and its parts i.e., tallness of plant, handout size, shoot length, and so on the progressions in stature or size of the pamphlet or shoot are estimated by contrasting the development and wild plants without hereditary alterations.

One process for the formation of a clean and reasonable energy supply is the improvement of photocatalytic water parting under sun-based light. This strategy for supportable hydrogen creation is a significant target for the advancement of elective energy frameworks. It is additionally anticipated to be one of the more, if not the most, effective methods of getting hydrogen from water. The transformation of sun-oriented energy into hydrogen through a water-parting measure helped by photograph semiconductor impetuses is quite possibly the most encouraging innovations being developed. This interaction has the potential for huge amounts of hydrogen to be created in a biologically stable way. The change of sun-powered energy into a perfect fuel (H2) under surrounding conditions is perhaps the best test confronting researchers in the twenty-first century.

Two strategies are for the most part perceived for the development of sun-powered energy units for hydrogen creation: 

  • A homogeneous framework is one to such an extent that impetuses are not compartmentalized, that is, segments are available in a similar compartment. This implies that hydrogen and oxygen are created in a similar area. This can be a disadvantage, since they create a hazardous combination, requesting gas item detachment. Additionally, all segments should be dynamic in roughly similar conditions (e.g., pH). 
  • A heterogeneous framework has two separate terminals, an anode, and a cathode, making conceivable the partition of oxygen and hydrogen creation. Besides, various segments don't really have to work in similar conditions. Nonetheless, the expanded intricacy of these frameworks makes them harder to create and more costly. 

Another space of examination inside fake photosynthesis is the determination and control of photosynthetic microorganisms, specifically green microalgae and cyanobacteria, for the creation of sun-powered energizes. Numerous strains can create hydrogen normally, and researchers are attempting to improve them. Green growth biofuels, for example, butanol and methanol are created both at the research facilities and business scales.

A Carbon footprinting analysis otherwise called a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions assessment, assesses the ozone depleting substance emanations brought about by the assembling of an item or any given action that adds to an Earth-wide temperature boost. This starts with the appraisal of discharges of carbon, sulfur hexafluoride, and methane. These outflows amounts are then changed over into carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e).

Three center norms around carbon impression investigation are the GHG Protocol, ISO/TS 14067, and PAS 2050. The GHG Protocol is the most widely recognized worldwide instrument utilized by business pioneers and governments to grasp, evaluate, and control GHG emanations. It incorporates four unique guidelines:

Item Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard: This standard includes understanding GHG discharges identified with a particular item, in light of crude materials utilized, creation, dispersion, and removal. It's to some degree much the same as a Product LCA.

Corporate Value Chain Accounting and Reporting Standard: This standard is expected for associations or organizations to assess their whole worth chain and ascertain the natural effects of GHG emanation all through the chain. The appraisal is pointed toward distinguishing potential approaches to reduce GHG discharges.

Project Accounting Protocol and Guidelines: This standard is utilized to survey the effect of a particular venture intended to diminish GHG discharges.

Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standards: This is pretty much equivalent to an authoritative LCA. It is proposed for associations and is utilized to survey GHG emanations from business tasks and exercises and to carry out plans for decreasing outflows.

Value is of essential worry in the journey for worldwide participation to settle ozone-depleting substance fixations by the decrease of emanations. By displaying the carbon cycle, we gauge the worldwide CO2 discharges that would be needed to settle the barometrical centralization of CO2 at levels going from 450 to 1,000 ppm. These are thought-about, on both a flat out and a for each capita premise, to situations for emanations from the created and creating universes produced by financial models under the supposition that activities to relieve ozone harming substance discharges are not taken. Need and value have given solid contentions to non-industrial nations to demand that the created world starts to lead the pack in controlling its emanations while allowing the non-industrial nations meanwhile to utilize basically non-renewable energy sources for their turn of events. Indeed, even with major and early control of CO2 emanations by the created world, restricting focus to 450 ppm suggests that the creating scene additionally would have to control its outflows inside many years, given that we expect creating world discharges would somehow twofold throughout this time. Situations prompting CO2 groupings of 550 ppm display a decrease of the fostered world's per-capita emanation by about half over the course of the following 50 years. In any event, for the higher adjustment levels considered, the creating scene would not have the option to utilize petroleum products for their advancement in the way that the created world has utilized them.

During the previous ten years, petroleum derivative exhaustion and worldwide temperature alteration issues have emphatically spurred research on fuel creation from biomass. Biofuels dependent on vegetal oil or bioethanol enjoy the vital benefit of depending on existing conveyance organizations and current motor innovation. In contrast with oil fuel, biofuel can address an improvement as far as outflows of fossil CO2; in any case, such innovation can likewise incite negative ecological effects, caused for example by pesticides and composts, and can likewise make an opposition for land use with food crops. Along these lines, the utilization of original biofuel as an economical option in contrast to petroleum derivatives is problematic and has been the subject of debate. Then again, microalgae appear to be an appealing method to deliver biofuel because of their capacity to aggregate lipids and their high genuine photosynthetic yields; about 3−8% of sun-based energy can be changed over to biomass while noticed yields for earthbound plants are about 0.5%. These intriguing properties lead to expected productivities (as far as oil creation per ha and each year) which are far higher than those of rapeseed or sunflower. This high efficiency joined with both the moderate rivalry with feed crop and the likelihood to take up modern wellsprings of CO2 has propelled contemplates portraying microalgae as an elective wellspring of vegetal oil for biodiesel.

Sustainability has become an applicable issue for the biodiesel business. As an outcome, progressively progressed designing techniques and measurements are being applied to settle on choices on biodiesel creation and ignition frameworks to accomplish the most thermodynamically, financially, and earth sound blend pathways and conditions. Among the different methodologies created, exergy-based strategies show a huge guarantee for the quantitative and subjective assessment of energy change and biofuel creation measures. Exergy-based examinations give important bits of knowledge into the presentation, costs, and ecological effects of biodiesel creation and ignition frameworks. In this part, after momentarily portraying the exergy idea and its hypothetical foundation, an outline is given of the main explores identifying with the use of this methodology and its expansions for dissecting biodiesel creation and burning frameworks. When all is said in done, evaluating exergy obliteration rate and exergy effectiveness is the best focal point of scientists around the world while applying exergy strategy in this area. Be that as it may, utilization of broadened exergy-based strategies like exergoeconomic and exergoenvironmental investigations, as thorough dynamic standards for assessing, enhancing, and retrofitting biodiesel creation and ignition measures, are restricted. Future exploration is required into tracking down the most productive, savvy, and ecological agreeable courses for biodiesel blend and its resulting use, utilizing exergoeconomic and exergoenvironmental moves toward along with cutting edge information and transformative based advancement methods.

Technoeconomic analysis (TEA) is a methodology for leading cycle plan and reproduction, educated by experimental information, to appraise capital expenses, working expenses, mass adjusts, and energy adjusts for a business scale biorefinery. TEA fills in as a helpful strategy to screen potential examination needs, distinguish cost bottlenecks at the soonest phases of exploration, and give the mass and energy information expected to lead life-cycle ecological evaluations. Late investigations have delivered new instruments and techniques to empower quicker emphasis on expected plans, more powerful vulnerability examination, and more noteworthy availability using open-source stages. There is additionally a pattern toward more far-reaching framework limits to consolidate the effect of strategy impetuses, use-stage execution contrasts, and possible effects on worldwide market supply.

Petrol extraction, transport, refining, and burning have many known negative natural impacts, including disturbance of delicate biological living spaces and high ozone harming substance (GHG) emanations. Biofuels, as well, have their ecological expenses (NRC, 2003, 2010a), yet uprooting oil-based energizes with biofuels can decrease the country's reliance on imported oil and conceivably lessen by and large natural mischief (Robertson et al., 2008). Each stage in a biofuel's life cycle utilizes nonrenewable assets and produces outflows that influence land, air, and water. Consequently, the ecological advantages and adverse consequences over the existence pattern of oil-based powers and biofuels would need to be analyzed against one another so policymakers can choose which tradeoffs are adequate. There is neither a straightforward nor single methods for looking at biofuels and oil inferred powers over their full life cycles and over their whole set-ups of ecological impacts, yet many years of examination on this theme have uncovered that a few different ways of creating biofuels from specific feedstocks offer particular benefits over others and hence have the more noteworthy potential for giving natural advantages over petrol determined powers. Moreover, certain stages in the existence pattern of biofuels have more prominent natural impacts than others, and subsequently, merit specific consideration in focusing on methodologies for enhancing ecological results.

In spite of long stretches of purposeful examination endeavors, a modern scale innovation presently can't seem to arise for the creation and change of algal biomass into biofuels and bioproducts. The goal of this audit is to investigate the methods of conceivable incorporation of science, nature, and designing for feasible enormous algal development and biofuel creation frameworks. Alongside the expenses of supplements, like nitrogen and phosphorous, and new water, upstream advances which are not prepared for commercialization both obstruct monetary practicality and struggle with the natural advantages in the area. Zeroing in essentially on the designing side of synthetic transformation of green growth to biodiesel has likewise become an obstruction. In any case, to decrease the expenses, one potential methodology has been advancing consistently to synergistically interface algal hydroponics to the administratively commanded decrease of nitrogen and phosphorous fixations in metropolitan wastewater. The late examination likewise upholds the speculations of versatility and cost decrease. Discernibly, less is known about the financial effect of change of the entire green growth-based biorefinery area with extra biochemical and thermochemical cycles and incorporation with natural requirements. This survey tracks down that a biorefinery approach with coordinated science, environment and designing could prompt an achievable algal-based innovation for an assortment of biofuels and bioproducts.

Biomass biochemical change innovations allude to the transformation of biomass into relating items through certain physical, compound, and organic pretreatments. Pretreatments in the biochemical change innovations of biomass mean to help arrive at ideal transformation impacts, not to deliver end results, which is the fundamental distinction between the previously mentioned physical and compound change of biomass. Moreover, biochemical change advances of biomass are more moderate than the other two.

Biomass can be transformed into various items, like hydrogen, biogas, ethanol, CH3)2CO, butanol, natural acids (pyruvate, lactate, oxalic corrosive, levulinic corrosive, citrus extract), 2,3-butanediol, 1,4-butanediol, isobutanol, xylitol, mannitol, and thickener by choosing various microorganisms during the time spent biochemical transformation. From one viewpoint, such items can synthesize substitutions of petrol-based items. Then again, the items can supplant items got from grains, like ethanol.

Anaerobic digestion of biomass under mesophilic conditions (anaerobic microbial deterioration/corruption of natural matter), whose eventual outcomes are methane and carbon dioxide, adds to the energy stream and dissemination of issue in biological systems. It is a vital interaction in the worldwide carbon cycle that is advanced by the action of various gatherings of microorganisms. Anaerobic processing usually happens in normal anoxic environments, for example, freshwater silt, wetlands, marshlands, paddy fields, and more profound zones of marine residue. The stomach-related lots of creatures, particularly ruminants and termites, are likewise destinations of methane creation by this cycle. It is assessed that organic methanogenesis is answerable for over 70% of all-out worldwide methane emanations.

Anaerobic decay of biomass to carbon dioxide and methane just happens in anoxic conditions with a low redox potential, i.e., where convergences of other electron acceptors including nitrate, oxidized types of metals like Mn(IV), and Fe(III), or sulfate are low. The restraint of anaerobic absorption by nitrate, oxidized metal particles, and sulfate is dictated by the redox potential. As demonstrated in Figure 1, an abatement in redox likely prompts changes in the predominant kind of anaerobic breath towards low energy-yielding cycles. The idea of the last electron acceptors present in a climate is a vital factor in deciding the natural specialties for specific microorganisms.


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