International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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Renewable and Sustainable Energy from Biological Resources - CHEMRAWN 2011

Activity by Ting-Kueh Soon   |   added on Nov 27, 2010   |   Malaysia Official_iyc_logo

Sponsor(s): IUPAC, CHEMRAWN

CHEMRAWN 2011 will focus on chemical research, technology and innovation in renewable and sustainable energy that can be harvested from biological resources including carbohydrates, starchy and cellulosic materials, oil crops/oils, biomass, municipal waste, biological effluent and sewerage, and others.

The IUPAC International Conference on Chemical Research Applied to World Needs (CHEMRAWN) 2011 will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from September 27-29, 2011. With the theme of “Renewable and Sustainable Energy from Biological Resources”, CHEMRAWN 2011 will focus on chemical research, technology and innovation in renewable and sustainable energy that can be harvested from biological resources including carbohydrates, starchy and cellulosic materials, oil crops/oils, biomass, municipal waste, biological effluent and sewerage, and others. The issues of food versus feed versus carbon footprint will also be discussed.

 

Current World Energy Scenario
The current world economy is driven by fossil fuels. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), fossil fuels comprising oil (36.0%), coal (26.8%) and natural gas (23.3%), account for 86% of the world energy use in 2007 with nuclear power making up 5.8% and renewable energy 8.1%. Within the renewable energy category, biomass accounts for 4.0%, hydroelectric 3.0%, solar heat 0.5%, wind 0.3%, geothermal 0.18%, biofuels 0.18% and solar photovoltaic 0.04%. However, such a pattern of energy consumption is not sustainable as fossil fuels are depleting resources. In addition, crude oil prices have a tendency to fluctuate violently due to economic and political reasons. Great efforts are being made to develop renewable and sustainable energy sources to compliment the use of fossil energy.

CHEMRAWN 2011
Renewable and sustainable energy sources include solar (thermal, power generation and photovoltaic), hydroelectricity, wind, geothermal and other energy sources from biological resources such as bioethanol from carbohydrates and starchy materials, cellulosic and biomass, biodiesels from oil crops/oils and, waste and recovered oils, biogas from municipal waste, biological effluent and sewerage, biomass to liquid (BTL), biofuels from photosynthetic algae, and many others.

Scientific Programme
The scientific programme of CHEMRAWN 2011 covers the following topics:

-       Bioethanol

-       Biodiesel

-       Biogas

-       Biomass including Biomass To Liquid (BTL)

-       Renewables including effluents and sewerage

-       Green Energy from Algae

-       Other Renewable and Sustainable Energy Sources

-       Food vs Fuel vs Carbon Footprint


Topic: conferences, sustainable energy Audience: professional chemists, decision makers, research scientists
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