September 29, 2009
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) committee on solid biofuels will convene its second international plenary session in Bellevue, Washington, October 14-16, 2009. The meeting immediately follows Bioenergy Engineering 2009, a first-of-its-kind conference focusing on all aspects of engineering for the bioenergy industry.
The ISO plenary session and associated working group meetings are open to all persons with an interest in the biofuels industry.
ISO Technical Committee 238, Solid Biofuels, was formed to develop international standards that will guide international trade in solid biofuels. At present, nearly 30 nations are collaborating on the work, which currently involves evaluating available national and regional standards as the basis documents for future international standards projects. The EU alone has developed 27 standards in this area that will be considered at the meetings.
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), which serves as the administrator for the US Technical Advisory Group, is coordinating the October meeting of ISO/TC 238. More information can be obtained from Scott Cedarquist, ASABE Director of Standards, at 269/932-7031, or at .