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Session 2: Industrial Biotechnology

Session 2: Industrial Biotechnology

Title: Replacing Fossil Fuels – How Do We Scale Up Without Compromising On Food And Environment?

Dr Reinhold Mann, Battelle Malaysia

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    Biomass to fuels – Scale up without compromising on food and environment?
    Dr. Reinhold Mann
    Senior Vice President, Research and Development
    Battelle Science & Technology Malaysia
    6 October 2009
    Kuala Lumpur
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    PETRONAS is partnering with Battelle in renewables
    A “Renewable Energy Laboratory Concept Agreement” was
    signed on 15 November 2007 between PETRONAS, Battelle,
    Battelle-Japan, and Mitsubishi Corporation
  • What are the issues and challenges?
    Is there enough biomass to make a difference? (Yes – but if operated at scale, this enterprise requires new approach)
    Can the biomass be converted economically?
    (Yes – significant R&D activities show important advances)
    Can this be done sustainably?
    (Probably – but a systematic global approach maybe necessary)
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    Biomass availability
    Numerous assessments world-wide indicate significant potential availability of biomass
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    The global biomass potential is enormous – if managed right
    Highly productive agriculture
    Effective bioenergy crops
    Effective management of land use
    Kline et al, Issues in Science & Technology, Spring 2009
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    Global agriculture productivity increase potential is substantial
    Source: The Atlantic, September 2009, “The next breadbasket?”
    http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/print/200909/map-food
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    End user
    Bio-resource
    production
    Key requirements:
    • Availability
    • Agility
    • Reliability
    • Sustainability
    • Security
    Delivery of products toend users
    Handlingand transport
    Biorefinery
    Bio-resource driven supply chain
    Source: Robin Graham, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Planetary boundary conditions
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    Source: Johan Rockström et al., Ecology and Society, In Press 14th September 2009, www.stockholmresilience.org/planetary-boundaries, see also, Nature, Vol 461, 24/09/09, p 472
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    http://engineering.dartmouth.edu/gsbproject
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