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More than 200 people attended the 4th World Biofuels Symposium held Oct. The symposium, which was organized by BBI International and Tsinghua University, featured 48 speakers from biofuel associations, technology companies and research institutions from countries around the world including Brazil, China, Scotland, Thailand, Italy, Republic of Ghana, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States.
The common thread throughout the conference was that sustainability must be a top priority in the expansion of biofuels worldwide.
"This could provide important economic development in Chinanot only in rural areasbut outside major cities using things like tires, municipal solid waste and plastic bottles." General Motors Corp., a premier sponsor of the symposium, supports Coskata's process and the second-generation ethanol movement.
The automaker has announced alliances with Coskata and Boston-based Mascoma Corp., another cellulosic ethanol start-up based in the United States.
Wes Bolsen, chief marketing officer and vice president of business development for Coskata, discussed China's rising potential for second-generation biofuels and outlined his company's solution to its food-versus-fuel dilemma.
It is for this reason that China's largest food manufacturer and ethanol producer is focusing its research and development efforts on cellulosic ethanol."We are part of the solution, not the solution," he said.