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The Fuel for Thought Podcast

The world’s first podcast about renewables for the refinery industry.
Sylvain Verdier and Mikala Grubb from Topsoe, look into some of the most pressing topics in renewables and the refining industry, including new legislation and its impact, emerging technologies and current market drivers and trends.

Together with a series of key industry players, experts, and influencers, they discuss some of the challenges facing refineries, so you can benchmark your business, learn more about what is driving our industry, and where it is heading.

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Episode 1:

Key issues in renewables today

Processing renewable feedstocks is complex. The range of feedstocks is extremely wide. And each feedstock can be processed in different ways. So, as you can imagine, unit design, and selecting and loading the right catalysts, is crucial.

In the first episode of The Fuel for Thought Podcast, Sylvain and Mikala discuss the issues driving the changes to the refineries industry. Our aim is to show you the map of the territory, so you can find the best direction for your business.

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Episode 2:

Perspective on market drivers for transport fuels

Due to legislation aimed at reducing carbon emissions, the demand for fuel processed from renewables is growing significantly. But, can the world’s refineries meet growing demand? And is the current supply of renewable feedstocks reliable or large enough?

In this episode of The Fuel for Thought Podcast, Sylvain talks with the CEO of Future Fuel Strategies Tammy Klein on the many factors driving growth in the market for renewable fuels.
After the interview, Sylvain and Mikala discuss the progress of new technologies for processing diverse feedstocks and ask, ‘Can the refinery industry meet growing global demand for renewable fuels?’

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Episode 3:

How to make a business out of sustainable aviation fuel

The climate debate is changing our travel behaviour, making more and more people choosing to travel by train to their summer holiday destinations.

In this episode of The Fuel for Thought Podcast, Sylvain talks with the CEO and cofounder of SkyNRG, Maarten van Dijk, on renewable jet fuel, government incentives, and the challenges of scaling up production to meet growing global demand. After the interview, Sylvain and Mikala discuss the ‘CORSIA effect’, take a look at the technologies on offer and ask who will pay for the shift to renewable jet fuel?

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Episode 4:

How the refinery industry is adjusting to the world’s fast-changing transportation infrastructure

In this episode of The Fuel for Thought Podcast, Sylvain discusses the commercialization of renewable technologies with the CEO of Future Fuel Strategies Tammy Klein. She believes that, as the world’s corporations and governments look to reduce carbon emissions, policy is both the cornerstone and the main driver of change. After the interview, Sylvain and Mikala discuss some of the more promising technologies and ask, how can the industry meet the growing demand for renewables?

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Episode 5:

The impact of emissions reduction legislation and standards on North American refineries, big and small

The legislation in the US aimed at reducing emissions and pollution from fuel production, differs from state to state. And in Canada, it’s different again. How can refineries navigate this complexity, stay within the bounds of the rules and still turn a profit?

In this episode of The Fuel for Thought Podcast, Sylvain talks to Don O’Connor, owner of S&T Squared Consultants in Canada about the impact of emissions reduction legislation and standards on North American refineries, big and small.

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Episode 6:

Emerging technologies in the refining industry

One way to future-proof your refinery against legislative demands is to expand your capabilities, so your plant can process any type of feedstock to produce on-spec transport fuel. But how mature is the technology for processing alternatives to fossil feedstocks? And, more pressing still, can it turn a profit?

In this episode of The Fuel for Thought Podcast, Sylvain talks to Lasse Rosendahl about his team’s research into hydrothermal liquefaction as a means to process fuel from biomass.
After the discussion, Sylvain and Mikala share their views on the technologies and discuss realistic timeframes for their commercialization.

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