Scientific Program

Conference Series Ltd invites all the participants across the globe to attend 8th International Conference on Biofuels, Bioenergy & Bioeconomy Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Day 2 :

Keynote Forum

Ajit Sapre

Reliance Industries Limited, India

Keynote: Advances in renewable energy at Reliance Industries

Time : 10:00-10:35

OMICS International Biofuels & Bioeconomy 2017 International Conference Keynote Speaker Ajit Sapre photo

Ajit has more than 35 years of experience in the petroleum refining and petrochemicals business, technology development and management. He received his PhD from the University of Delaware and MBA from Cornell University. His experience includes technical and managerial assignments in research, engineering, licensing, business, manufacturing units and corporate planning. Ajit has strong management and technical background in refining, petrochemicals processes development, catalyst development, chemical reaction engineering, optimization technologies, computer integrated manufacturing and intellectual asset management. He has experience in upstream, downstream (refining, petrochemicals, polyester, lubes) and renewable energy sectors. He has published more than 100 technical papers, one book and has more than 45 U.S. patents to his credit.


Innovations in life sciences, photosynthesis and engineering advances are creating opportunities to resolve the challenges human civilization is facing today and in the foreseeable future. Human population is growing alarmingly and climbing the prosperity ladder, resulting a continued increase in demand for food, clean water, energy, nutrition and health solutions. By 2030, the world needs 30% more water. With urbanisation and industrialisation, there is a loss of forest cover in many countries which adds to the increasing levels of carbon-di-oxide, apart from continued reliance on fossil fuels. Fossil energy consumed today is already very high and rising. Therefore, fulfilling future energy demand with renewable energy will be one of the biggest challenges to combat climate change. Reliance Industries has committed a significant R&D effort to be part of this exciting journey for the renewable bio-energy. The current focus at RIL is in three separate areas of bio-energy: 1) Agriresidue to Kerosene and other higher value products 2) Jatropa to Bio-diesel and 3) Algae to Bio crude and other high value products. To be commercially competitive and make a sustainable business, improvements in many different areas of science and technology are needed. This presentation will cover learnings from our research and challenges to develop competitive technology, and will feature an amalgamation of advances in engineering and synthetic biology.

Networking & Refreshment Break 10:35-10:55 @ Foyer

Keynote Forum

Govinda R Timilsina

World Bank-Washington DC, USA

Keynote: Evolution of global biofuel markets and policy landscape

Time : 10:55-11:30

OMICS International Biofuels & Bioeconomy 2017 International Conference Keynote Speaker Govinda R Timilsina photo

Govinda R Timilsina is a Senior Research Economist at the Development Research Group of the World Bank, Washington, DC. He has more than 20 years’ experience across a board range of energy and climate change economics and policies at the international level. His key expertise includes biofuels, climate change policies, electricity economics and energy sector as well as general equilibrium modeling for policy analysis. Prior to joining the Bank, He was a Senior Research Director at the Canadian Energy Research Institute, Calgary, Canada. Presently, he is leading a number of studies including economics of renewable energy including biofuels, modeling of carbon markets in China, sustainable urban planning in the Middle East and North Africa.


During the decade of 2000, production of biofuels surged. Production of ethanol increased by almost 3 folds over the period of six year between 2004 and 2010 from 31 billion liter in 2004 to 86 billion liter in 2010. Production of biodiesel during the same period increased even at higher rate, more than 8 times, from 2.3 billion liters in 2004 to 19 billion liter in 2010. However, contrary to many projections made before 2010, the production of biofuels got stagnated and even decreased since 2010. While the production bounced back in 2013 and has been increasing gradually, the recent rates at which production increases are much smaller as compared to those observed in a decade ago. The lost momentum of biofuels since 2010 have been caused by several factors including fuel vs. food controversy, indirect land-use change debate, drop in oil prices, false promise of second generation biofuels and so on. This presentation will present the evolution of global biofuel markets and the policy drives behind the evolution. It also highlights some of the key factors responsible for the lost momentum after year 2010.