Energy Research Initiative
"The Challenge of Commercializing Renewable Fuels"
Dr. George Philippidis is Director of the Alternative Energy Research Center and Associate Professor of Biofuel Engineering at the University of South Florida Polytechnic (USFP). He is the founder of the consulting firm Advanced Biofuels Corporation and has over 20 years of experience in leading strategic business units in advanced biofuels and renewable energy.
In 1989 Dr. Philippidis joined the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) of the Department of Energy, where he directed a joint venture with Amoco Corporation in biofuels development. In 1996 he became Business Director at a subsidiary of Thermo Fisher Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, where he commercialized composite products. In 2002 he joined the Applied Research Center at Florida International University, where he created and directed the Center’s energy business.
Dr. Philippidis leads the development and commercialization of cellulosic and algal biofuels, drop-in fuels, and value-added chemicals, as well as the integration and deployment of renewable energy systems. He works closely with the private sector, venture capital firms, and equity investors to bring clean technologies to the market place. He advises US and international companies and governments on biofuels and renewable power technologies, energy policy and trade, public-private partnerships, market development, intellectual property management, and project financing.
Dr. Philippidis holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and an MBA. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters, has given several presentations and media interviews, and holds 11 US and world patents in cleantech.