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Fossil fuels are depleting and the world is on a quest to develop alternative, sustainable energy sources. According to the International Energy Agency, bioenergy, in the forms of solid biomass for power generation and liquid transportation fuels, has the potential to supply up to 50% of the world’s energy demand. Many countries and MNCs are now moving ahead to commercialize different forms of bioenergy and biofuels. Singapore has recently commenced its own bioenergy R&D programme. What are the challenges laying ahead? Will we be able to catch up with the big players in the USA and elsewhere? Is our research moving in the right direction, and what are the plans of our local policy makers?

Aiming to promote greater integration between bioenergy R&D and commercialization in Singapore, the BioEnergy Society of Singapore (BESS) is holding its inaugural conference to bring together all parties interested in the development of Singapore’s bioenergy capacity. BESS is the most comprehensive, local entity on bioenergy, with researchers, policy makers and industrial representatives all participating to share their knowledge and experience in an open forum. The conference has five sessions as follows:

Session 1: Registration and Opening Ceremony
Session 2: Bioenergy - Strategies and Activities
Session 3: Bioenergy R&D
Session 4: Bioenergy Industries
Session 5: Bioenergy - Opportunities and Challenges

Hear from the research institutional, government and industrial leaders:

Dr. Keith Carpenter
Director, Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ICES), A*STAR, Singapore   

Dr Sanjay Chittarajan KUTTAN
Director, Industry Development, Energy Planning and Development Division, Energy Market Authority


Mr. Edwin Khew
Chairman of Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS); CEO, IUT Global Pte Ltd

Mr. Daniel Joo- then Ng
Senior Associate Director, Research Strategy, National University of Singapore

Assoc/Prof. Jeff Obbard
Project Director, Bioenergy. Tropical Marine Science Institute, National University of Singapore;
Project Manager & Principal Scientist, Bioenergy. Science & Engineering Research Council, A*STAR, Singapore  

Dr. Loh Soh Kheang
Head of Energy & Environment Unit, Engineering and Processing Division, Malaysian Palm Oil Board




Prof. Sun Zhihao
Professor, School of Biotechnology, Jiangnan University, China 

Dr. Ren Haiyu
Senior R&D Manager, Novozymes (China) Investment Co. Ltd.


Mr. Khoo Hock Aun
Managing Director/CEO, Cosmo Biofuels Group, Malaysia 

Prof. Ruan Wenquan
Vice Dean and Professor, School of Environmental and Civil Engineering, Jiangnan University, China 

Assoc/Prof Wang Jing-Yuan
Co-Director, Residues & Resource Reclamation Centre, Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Nanyang Technological University


Mr. Toh Tai San
General Manager, Lipochem Pte Ltd

Mr. Allan Lim
CEO, Alpha Biofuels Pte. Ltd. 




Registration fee for the conference is S$45. This also entitles you to join as an ordinary/associate member of BESS for 2010. Please download the application form here, and send the filled form together with a cheque payable to Ngee Ann Polytechnic, mail to the following address:

BioEnergy Society of Singapore
c/o School of Life Sciences and Chemical Technology,
Ngee Ann Polytechnic
Block 83, #05-00, 535 Clementi Road, Singapore 599489

Deadline of registration: 25 Nov 2009

Sponsorship Opportunities:
Singapore BioEnergy Conference 2009 will attract a range of participants including influential executives, stakeholders and researchers. Take this opportunity to showcase your product, innovations and service excellence! There are three categories of sponsorship:



 Gold     (S$1500):

1 year free corporate membership
An exhibition booth at conference
Display of company logo on brochures
Presentation on any one of the four session topics at conference


Silver   (S$1000):

1 year free corporate membership
An exhibition booth at conference
Display of company logo on brochures


Bronze ( S$500):

1 year free corporate membership
Display of company logo on brochures

For additional information on sponsorship, please contact Dr New Jen Yan at +65-64608620 or

So come, hear from the experts on bioenergy, and let us hear from you too!


Organized by  
BioEnergy Society of Singapore
Ngee Ann Polytechnic
Supported by  
Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore
Singapore Business Federation
Sponsored by
Van der Horst Energy Limited  
Cosmo Biofuels Group
Agilent TechnologiesShimadzu (Aisa Pacific) Pte Ltd
Sartorius Stedim

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