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EFI site visit | Flare capture, compression and fuel use | North Dakota

EFI Gas Flare Monetization & Syngas
Conversion Forum

23 - 25 October 2019

Hotel Granduca
Houston, Texas

Produced for the fifth year in a row with the support of the World Bank's Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership (GGFR), the 2019 edition of EFI's Gas Flare Monetization and Syngas Conversion Forum again brings together some of the most dynamic technology and project developers whose work is enabling the distributed production of high-value sustainable fuels and chemicals - including methanol and DME - from natural gas and renewable feedstocks.

Previous Events and Speaking Engagements

32nd World LPG Forum & European Congress
September 2019
RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre

12th International Colloquium Fuels
June 2019
Technische Akademie Eslingen

Vice-Chair of the DIN Workgroup for DME standards Dr. Klaus Lucka of TEC4FUELS briefed delegates on DME standardization efforts now underway in Europe at the prestigious gathering of scientific and technical representatives from engine manufacturers, fuel, and energy producers. The colloquium program focuses on realistic technical solutions involving advanced fuels and alternative energy carriers, to include reverse compatibility approaches for existing vehicle fleets, to support the transition towards sustainable mobility.

Workshop delegates with world's first OEM-built DME passenger vehicle

DME Sustainable Mobility Workshop

May 2019

Landesvertretung NRW

A second edition of the industry workshop took place the day following the final meeting of the xME Project led by Ford with members of Germany's leading engine technology research consortium the FVV, included the display and demonstration of the world's first DME-powered passenger vehicle (Ford Mondeo) built by an OEM. The program included updates from stakeholders representing powertrain, fuel, power and equipment producers, about the collaborative commercial, technical and regulatory efforts underway related to DME fuel applications, along with information about new specifications now being developed.

Content available online to IDA members

International Vienna Motor Symposium | 2018

International Vienna Motor Symposium
May 2019
Hofburg Conference Center

Dr. Werner Willems of Ford gave a presentation on the exciting findings from the just-completed xME Project at this year's sold-out edition of one of the world's most prestigious powertrain events. The annual symposium and technical exhibition, organized by the Austrian Society of Automotive Engineers, attracts more than one thousand decision-makers from the global automotive engineering industry to hear about the latest developments in engine development, renewable fuels, CO2 reduction and new legislation, among many topics covered.

WMI DME-diesel genset demonstration

8th International DME Conference (DME 8)
September 2018
Hyatt Regency Sacramento
Sacramento, California

The eighth international industry conference took place in the California state capital, where legislative and regulatory efforts are facilitating the introduction of sustainable alternative fuels including DME. The event featured an international conference incorporating commercial and technical sessions, with an emphasis on emerging opportunities for DME to address increasing demands - in Europe, California and other major markets - for sustainable, low-carbon, low--emission mobility and power; workshops on DME powertrain, fire code and component standardization initiatives; demonstration of a DME-diesel genset; and recognition of the important work being done by Ford and Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Internal Combustion Engine Research Institute, both honored with the industry's DME Clean Fuel Achievement Award.

Content available online to IDA members

Christopher Kidder addresses CIS delegates

CIS Gas Monetisation Conference
April 2018
Four Seasons Hotel

In a year that saw the inauguration of two DME production plants in the CIS region, DME was represented at the annual conference exploring gas conversion, utilisation and monetisation options, with an emphasis on the regional specifics of the CIS.

The region is anticipated to be home to some of the world's largest gas and petrochemical projects in the coming years, and high-value gas monetisation options, including methanol and derivatives, and the sustainable development of fuel and chemical infrastructure are hot topics.

Global Powertrain R&A Engineering Director Andreas Schamel briefs Workshop guests at Ford's Research & Innovation Center

DME Sustainable Mobility Workshop
March 2018
Ford Research and Innovation Center
Aachen, Germany

Amidst growing calls for government and industry action to tackle poor air quality and GHG emissions, cities and countries around the world are increasingly proposing restrictions or bans on diesel and compression-ignition engines, encouraging a switch to electric vehicles, and emphasizing sustainability as a fundamental requirement for future mobility solutions.

A one-day invitation only workshop at Ford Motor Company's European Research and Innovation Center brought together representatives from across the automotive and fuel industries to speak directly with those stakeholders most involved in mobility-related DME projects worldwide, to share perspectives, and to discuss the opportunities and business case that DME presents for sustainable, ultra-low emission transportation.

Content available online to IDA members

Oberon Fuels President Rebecca Boudreaux

Bloomberg Future of Energy Summit
April 2015
Grand Hyatt New York
New York

Bloomberg New Energy Finance's Summit is an invitation-only gathering of 1,000 senior executives, investors, and policy makers from a diverse range of sectors who are driving the transition to cleaner energy.  Among the more than 100 speakers and panel members on the program at the sold-out 2015 event were UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, former US Vice President Al Gore, UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change Michael Bloomberg, and Canadian Minister of Natural Resources Greg Rickford.

DME was a topic featured on the program agenda, with both Rebecca Boudreaux of Oberon Fuels and Frank Bio of Volvo participating on a panel at the event.

Moderator Dan Reicher with panel members Stefan Heck,
David Danielson, Theo Fleisch and Denny Slagle

Vail Global Energy Forum

March 2014
Vilar Performing Arts Center
Beaver Creek, Colorado

The Vail Global Energy Forum included presentations on DME by IDA members including Dennis Slagle, Volvo Group Executive Vice President Trucks Sales & Marketing Americas, IDA Chairman Emeritus Theo Fleisch, and Oberon Fuels President Rebecca Boudreaux.

Organized by Stanford's Precourt Institute for Energy in conjuction with the Vail Valley Foundation, the Forum brings influential leaders from government, academia and industry together to discuss important developments, technology, policy, and enabling factors related to increasingly green, secure and affordable ways to meet global energy needs.

Speakers at the event included:

- Arun Majumdar, Google's VP Energy & founding director of ARPA-E 
John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado

- George Schultz, former US Secretary of State

- Dennis Beal, Vice President Global Vehicles, FedEx Express
Jeffrey Bingaman, former chairman, US Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee
- Jim Brown, President, Western Hemisphere, Halliburton






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