From the 12th till the 14th of March, the World Trade Center in Rotterdam was the center of the biofuels industry. Over 260 thought leading speakers shared their experiences and perspectives on all aspects of the biofuels industry during three days of interactive conference sessions. Amongst them Ronald Backers, Business Developer Liquid Bulk at Port of Rotterdam Authority.
Integration, clustering, economies of scale, optionality: all words that were mentioned many times during the World Biofuels Markets congress. And all words that describe the activities in the port of Rotterdam. As most people know, Rotterdam is already big in fuels, energy and chemicals; both in production and cargo flows. There are crude oil refineries, power plants, chemical plants and dry and liquid bulk terminals.
Since the future belongs to a clean, sustainable port, our challenge today is to also become a hub for renewables, biofuels, biomass and a sustainable industrial cluster. This is why the Port Authority is creating space and facilities for this purpose. This includes Rotterdam Bioport, which will consolidate all bio-based activities. The Port Authority consequently will allocate 80 hectares for biochemical companies on Maasvlakte 2. With Rotterdam Bioport we focus on the interrelationship between solid biomass for energy production, bio transport fuels and a green biomass-based chemical industry. Energy efficiency and clustering are key in this respect: the residual flow from one industrial process serves as the raw material for another.
For more on my experience at the World Biofuels Markets congress, please take a look at the presentation below.
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