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Al Costa

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Speaker and Expert on Biofuels

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Al Costa has a lot of expertise in regards to the biofuels market on both sides of the Atlantic and can therefore be a valuable tool for your organization. Biofuels are still the only solution to the diminishing of oil reserves and through his work as CEO at Alkol, Costa has written 3 books on the subject. He has delivered keynote speeches all around the world.

Al Costa is the Chief Executive Officer at Alkol, a leading research company focused on the development of new plant varieties adapted to the needs of specific biofuel markets. The company adapts plant varieties to grow in colder and dryer climates, offering better resistance to pests and diseases, and higher productivities. By doing so they are promoting the development of healthy biofuel markets in countries, which would otherwise have to import biomass in order to produce biofuels sustainably. The company’s first crop is a sugarcane hybrid focused on the European market for cellulosic ethanol production.

Mr. Costa also consults for private equities, venture capitals, and Fortune 500 companies which need to know market drives and new technologies involved in the biofuels and bio plastics industry. He writes about biofuel market and trends for several leading publications such as Global Bio business, Biofuels Digest, Biofuels International, FUEL, etc. He has been a keynote speaker about biofuels and ethanol industry in leading venues in Tel-Aviv, Rotterdam, Madrid, London, Abu Dhabi, Denver, Lisbon, etc. His latest keynote speaker event was at the Bloomberg Fuel Choices Summit, where the Government of Israel had invited him.

Al Costa has written 3 books, the last in which he studies how Brazil was able to pay its external debt largely through its successful ethanol model. The book explains the bioethanol model in Brazil and shows how it can be replicated in Europe and how other countries also can attain their energy independence.

Costa holds a BA in Biology from Saint Leo University and a Master studies in Computer Engineering from University of South Florida.

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    Speaker Al Costa Keynote Topics

    • Biofuels (bioethanol, biodiesel, butanol)
    • Bio plastics and renewable chemicals
    • Renewable energy policy
    • Bioelectricity
    • Feedstock’s (sugarcane, corn, palm, cellulosic, algae)

Interview with Al Costa

Why are biofuels of great importance?

Because they are the only ones capable of producing materials. That being said, solar, wind, waves etc. can produce electricity, but who will produce plastic, paints, lubricants, chemicals, etc. that are the basis of our production methods? Only biofuels. In fact, it will be biofuels, which will build those very same wind, solar, etc. devices that many think can be compared to biofuels.

What type of audiences benefit most from your keynotes?

I have noticed that the lack of understanding about biofuels seems to reach every segment of society: even in its own market I have seen questions and affirmations, which were rather puzzling. However, given the power they have, I believe politicians and general leaders are the ones who seem to benefit more from the views and facts they are offered in my keynotes.

How can you help organizations understand the new technologies involved in the biofuel industry?

I can make them understand that the benefits from biofuels reach much farther than just having something to burn in your engine. For example, recently a large biofuels company announced it was selling tiny oil balls, which ease the curve involved in horizontal drilling of oil. That shows biofuels and oil industry are not enemies but can even be partners and that the benefits from biofuels reach areas many would not even dream of. And that all means savings opportunities (such as drills in the example), or a progress in sales of new products.

How do audiences generally describe your talks?

Extremely puzzling. They always come to me at the end with words such as “you opened up my eyes”, “I never imagined biofuels were that important” etc., which is rather humbling. I believe it may be because my talks offer angles and facts, which are unheard of in this market. I start with the very basis of the oil industry and its history and move all the way to the present and what the future holds. That explains to them how we reached were we are and why biofuels can change that.

Do you have a favourite experience from your speaking career?

Once a gentleman asked what is bioethanol. I asked him if he just had a beer at the reception, to which he said yes. I then answered, “Well, you just drank bioethanol!” to which the audience laughed and later told me that they had never actually thought it that way: that “bioethanol” is just a fancy name for “alcohol”. In fact, the biofuels market is easier to understand than many want to make it, and I try to make sure people leave with the impression that they are not in front of rocket science, but with proven and known technologies which can indeed change the status quo.

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