Participants of the Advanced Biofuels Markets conference in San Francisco, California, will get a chance to discuss ASTM D6866 biomass carbon content testing with Beta Analytic Inc. on November 9 and November 10, 2010. The company’s representative, Pat Patodia, will be available at the event’s exhibit hall to answer inquiries about the test. ISO/IEC 17025:2005-accredited Beta Analytic is the world’s largest ASTM D6866 lab.
Experts and representatives of various sectors of the biofuel industry will gather at Stanford Court Hotel to discuss strategies on how to comply with the US Renewable Fuel Standard’s goal of 21 billion gallons of advanced biofuels by 2022. “I’m very interested to learn the experiences of companies developing advanced biofuels, their struggles and outlook on the industry in general. I am looking forward to share the benefits of ASTM D6866 testing to advanced biofuel producers and distributors at the event,” Ms. Patodia says.
Advanced biofuel is renewable fuel other than ethanol derived from cornstarch that has lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions that are at least 50 percent less than baseline lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions under the US Renewable Fuel Standard. It can fall under second- and third-generation biofuels depending on its feedstock and processing technology. Feedstock for advanced biofuels includes non-food crops, residues of food crops, waste, and algae.
ASTM D6866 is a standard method used to determine the exact fraction of a biofuel that comes from biomass or renewable sources. It has been incorporated under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Biofuel producers using separated municipal solid waste as feedstock are required to measure the biogenic fraction of the fuel via ASTM D6866 to generate Renewable Identification Numbers. Exporters of blended fuels (renewable fuel mixed with gasoline or diesel) may also use ASTM D6866 testing to determine the percentage of renewable fuel in the blend.