Held in San Antonio, Texas, the 2007 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo was a great success with more than 3,800 in attendance! Once again, the conference proved to be one of the best educational and networking experiences for biodiesel in the country, and many of the leading biodiesel experts were on hand to inform attendees of the latest breakthroughs in the biodiesel field. As in previous years, the event was organized by educational tracks designed to cover the needs of all biodiesel stakeholders. The “Production” track was introduced this year to target companies and individuals interested in building biodiesel production facilities. The expo and tradeshow also grew in size and allowed participants to gain insights into the advances made in the biodiesel field and see the latest biodiesel products and services.
The NAFTC debuted its newest training course, Overview of Biodiesel, at its display booth. The course is endorsed by the National Biodiesel Board and serves to expand upon the information found in the NAFTC’s Overview Manual, introducing alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles. The new biodiesel training course is designed to inform a wide range of audiences, including public interest groups, automotive and truck technicians, employers, fleet operators, training institutions, and private entrepreneurs. The Overview of Biodiesel manual is available for purchase on the NAFTC Web site.
The 2007 National Biodiesel Conference was both educational and entertaining. Attendees were invited to a Super Bowl party and welcome reception featuring the congressional rock band, “Second Amendments.” The famous political couple, James Carville and Mary Matalin, spoke on the importance of political activity in getting public policy turned in your favor. Former Dallas star Larry Hagman joined in on many biodiesel events and discussions and was the chief presenter in a special session devoted to solar energy.
The conference hosted two major musical events as well. Legendary country music star and biodiesel supporter Merle Haggard performed at the “Biodiesel Rocks!” concert at the Municipal Auditorium, and Emily Richards, a talented musician and passionate promoter of biodiesel, performed for the “Let the Good Times Roll!” event at the Sunset Station.
The 2008 National Biodiesel Conference will be held in Orlando, Florida, and is scheduled for February 3-6. For more information on the National Biodiesel Conference, please visit the conference Web site (http://biodieselconference.org/).