Engine Technology Experts Set to Address the 8th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit and Trade Show

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Chrysler, Ricardo to Highlight How Renewable Fuels Will Shape Future Engine Designs

 JOHNSTON, IOWA – The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) today announced the speakers that will address how renewable fuels are impacting future engine designs at the 8th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit and Trade Show taking place at The Meadows Conference Center at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa, on January 28, 2014.

The “Future Engine Technology Enhanced by Ethanol and Biodiesel” panel will feature two experts on future engine designs and auto manufacturing. The panel includes Thomas Apostolos, who is President of Ricardo, Inc., a world-leading engine design, technology, and innovation company. Joining Apostolos will be Reginald Modlin, Director of Regulatory Affairs for Chrysler Group LLC, a leading automobile manufacturer.

“Summit attendees will hear how higher blends of renewable fuels like ethanol and biodiesel will shape the engine designs of the future with the potential to maximize performance while lowering environmental impacts,” stated IRFA Managing Director Lucy Norton. “This panel will be an excellent compliment to previously announced speakers including Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and representatives of the Renewable Fuels Association, the National Renewable Energy Lab, and Love’s Travel Stops.”

Attend the 2014 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit and Trade Show and enter to win a new John Deere Flex-Fuel Lawnmower capable of running on E85. You must be a registered attendee, submit a “Don’t Mess With the RFS” comment to the EPA at the Summit and be present to win.

The Summit is free and open to the public. To register and learn more, please visit:https://iowarfa.org/2014Summit.php.

Iowa is the leader in renewable fuels production. Iowa has 42 ethanol refineries capable of producing over 3.8 billion gallons annually, with three cellulosic ethanol facilities currently under construction. In addition, Iowa has 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce nearly 315 million gallons annually.

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association was formed in 2002 to represent the state’s liquid renewable fuels industry. The trade group fosters the development and growth of the renewable fuels industry in Iowa through education, promotion, legislation and infrastructure development.