Fundamentals of Biofuels (VIRTUAL CLASSROOM) - BF1V 

CPE Credits Awarded: 5
Categories: Biofuels/Ethanol, Other Energy Resources, Virtual Classroom Courses

Course Date Duration Venue Price Registration Deadline Register
12 Sep 2022 2 Days Globally Online - New York City & London Time Country: us
$ (USD)1,045.00
5 Aug 2022


12-13 September 2022  New York City Timing  London Timing
Session 1: 12 September 2022
 10:00am - 12:30pm EDT  15:00 - 17:30 BST
Session 2: 13 September 2022
 10:00am - 12:30pm EDT  15:00 - 17:30 BST


Fundamentals of Biofuels is a VIRTUAL classroom course presented by the energy training experts at Mennta Energy Solutions.

This workshop provides an introduction to biofuels, including ethanol, biodiesel, biogas and sustainable aviation fuels.  

Topics explored during the course include an overview of different types of biofuels, and biofuel mandates around the world.  You will learn how biofuels are produced, global production, consumption and transportation trends,  and how the quality of biofuels compare to conventional fuels.

A key element of the course is that you get the chance to put the knowledge learned into practice through a series of educational and enjoyable class exercises.  These exercises are designed to reinforce and extend your learning from the class.

This virtual solution is comprised of two live instructor-led sessions hosted on state-of-the-art training software with video, audio, chat, live polls, breakout sessions and much more!


This course is designed for anyone with an interest in biofuels, which could include people working in energy trading, refining, power generation, and fuels marketing and retail.  The course assumes no prior knowledge in the subject.


Overview of biofuels

  • What are biofuels
  • Different types of biofuels including ethanol, biodiesel, biogas and sustainable aviation fuels
  • How biofuels are being used around the world
  • Biofuel mandates and regulations
  • Sustainability of biofuels

Production of biofuels

  • How are biofuels produced?
  • Different types of feedstocks
  • Key technologies
  • Biorefineries
  • Costs of producing biofuels

Supply and demand

  • Global production and consumption of biofuels
  • Main industry participants
  • Transportation of biofuels
  • The outlook for biofuels & key trends

Quality considerations

  • How the quality of biofuels compares to conventional fuels
  • Their advantages and disadvantages
  • Blending considerations
  • Major specifications


Mary Jackson has over twenty-five years’ experience in the energy industry. After university she began her career at BP, working in the information management group, before joining the Manufacturing, Supply and Trading department. She subsequently worked at Saladin as a consultant, working closely with clients throughout the world and providing consultancy advice on energy market analysis, trading and risk management. In several senior roles at Saladin, she managed the energy consulting team, ran the energy market information service and directed strategy for new software and information product development.

Since 2000, Mary has worked as an independent energy market consultant and she formed Kingston Energy Consulting with Nigel Harris in 2002. Kingston Energy provides consultancy services to companies involved in energy markets and trading. A key area of work has been the European natural gas market - Kingston Energy has researched and authored a well-respected report on European natural gas trading which has been published annually since 2004.

Mary has lectured regularly for Mennta Energy Solutions on energy markets, trading and risk management and is also a regular speaker and panel member at public conferences. She has written articles for industry publications including Harts Energy Markets, Energy Risk, Global Energy Business and Petroleum Review.

Nigel Harris is a director and principal consultant at Kingston Energy Consulting, which he founded with Mary Jackson in 2002. He has been helping energy traders to analyse and understand the markets for over 25 years, initially as a developer of market analysis software systems, and more recently as a consultant. At Kingston Energy Consulting, his main focus is on providing education and information transfer to participants in the energy trading business, through instructor-led classroom training, web-based training development, research projects, workshops, briefings and research-based report writing. In his work with Mennta Energy Solutions, he has created a library of new instructor-led and web-based courses on European gas and power markets and trading. In 2005, he worked with Mary Jackson to develop the popular Oil Trading Orientation course, which has since been presented at venues all over the world. He has also extensively revised and updated many existing courses on derivatives, hedging and risk management.  He regularly presents this material both at public venues and as in-house, often customised, courses. He is co-author of a series of highly regarded reports on European natural gas trading and has also contributed to reports on power markets and oil trading. In previous roles, he was a key member of the team that initially designed and developed Saladin’s innovative Petroleum Analysis Workstation, a system that became an industry standard for historical price analysis during the 1990s and remained in use in the industry for two decades. During this period, he worked closely and extensively with oil and gas traders around the world to understand their information and analytical requirements. He also spent some years as an independent consultant, working mainly with software and information providers to help them better understand the oil and gas trading sectors.

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