Technology Champions Meeting

Technology Champions Meeting 
Friday, February 1, 2008,      
7:15 – 9:00 a.m. 
Followed by a special presentation:
The Vision of Biofuels and Biorefining in the U.S.: Opportunities for Biomass
Al Darzins, Ph.D.
Group Manager/Principal Researcher; Site Director, Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels (C2B2)
National Bioenergy Center ; National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
9:15 - 10:00 a.m.

  Join us to celebrate the first HTC Technology Champions meeting for 2008!

HTC's Technology Champions meetings offer you some of the best networking opportunities in Houston. 

Gathering a community of business leaders who work together to help the growth of technology in our city, these meetings are the best forum to meet those who make a difference and get involved with the various technology sectors in Houston. 

Join us at our upcoming meeting to hear exciting presentations from three of our Client companies discussing innovative technologies. You will also hear an update on latest technology developments in Houston and some of HTC’s upcoming events and initiatives to help you stay up-to-date on what matters to you. 

special presentation:
The Vision of Biofuels and Biorefining in the US: Opportunities for Biomass
Al Darzins, Ph.D.  

The long-term vision for biofuels at DOE involves integrating a number of conversion technologies into a biomass-based refinery, or “biorefinery.” Biorefineries could draw on a variety of biomass feedstocks and employ several conversion technologies to produce fuels, chemicals and other products. The potential volumes of commodity liquid transportation fuels (e.g., ethanol) that can be produced from starch-based feedstocks, however, are rather limited and are not sufficient to have a significant impact on fuel markets. Therefore, expanding the existing sugars platform to include lignocellulosic biomass feedstocks is essential to be able to supply large enough volumes of renewable liquid transportation fuels to substantially lower dependence on imported petroleum. Microalgae have emerged as another possible source of biomass that could increase our nation’s ability to produce domestic biofuels. This talk will outline US DOE goals and strategies for bioethanol production from lignocellulosic feedstocks as well as recent advances. In addition, it will also highlight the potential but also the challenges associated with algae. 

Fees:   FREE for Technology Champions and HTC Tenants 
              $25 all others
              EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Register by January 25, 2008: $20

No refunds will be issued for cancellations  after  Thursday, January 31, 2008, 7:00 AM.

Networking and light breakfast:      7:15 - 8:00 a.m.
Technology Champions Program:     8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Special Presentation:                          9:15 - 10:00 a.m.

Technology Champions meetings are held on the
first Friday of every other month

Special Thanks to the 2007-2008 Educational Seminar Series / Technology Champions Sponsors:


Amegy Bank of Texas
Aquinas & AlphaDev

Aramco Services Company
BMC Software, Inc.
Direct Energy
Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.
Gow & Partners
Haynes and Boone, LLP
Houston Angel Network
Houston Business Journal
Houston Wellness Association
Mayer Brown LLP
Oracle Corporation
PKF Texas
Pierpont Communications, Inc.
180 Connect Inc.






Al Darzins

Group Manager/Principal Researcher; Site Director

Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels (C2B2

Organizer Natalie Padilla


Fri, Feb. 1, 2008
7:15 a.m. - 10 a.m. US/Central


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Houston Technology Center
410 Pierce Street