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Loula Merkel
Manager of Government Affairs,
Coskata, Inc,
Illinois, USA
Thermal Bio-Syngas to Biofuels
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
11:00 - 11:30 am

Abstract: This presentation will review the unique efficiency, flexibility and affordability of Coskata's syngas-to-biofuels platform, which can convert a variety of renewable feedstocks into ethanol at one of the lowest production costs in the industry. Loula will provide an update on the successful scale-up of Coskata's technology at the company's semi-commercial facility in Madison, PA, which is currently producing ethanol from wood biomass, agricultural waste, sustainable energy crops, and construction waste. Loula will share up-to-date data on the facility's ethanol productivity, demonstrating the platform's industry leading yield per ton.
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Loula Merkel joined Coskata in 2008 as Manager of Government Affairs. She coordinates government relations, including creating and executing Coskata's state and federal engagement strategies and pursuing government funding programs.

Previously, Loula spent 8 years at McKinsey & Company, managing the Biofuel Interest Group comprised of over 170 consultants working on over 60 client projects, and leading a global biofuel research team. While at McKinsey she was also part of the Global Chemicals Practice, serving Fortune 500 clients in the agrochemical industry. Before McKinsey, she was an Associate Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Loula holds a Masters in International Economics from Johns Hopkins University SAIS, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Loyola University Chicago.

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