National Algae Association Algae Commercialization, Research and Business Networking Forum
The National Algae Association will hold its fifth algae biofuels commercialization, research and development conference on January 29-30, 2009 in Houston. The event will start with presentations from algae producers and technology providers Sapphire Energy, BioCentric Energy, Kai BioEnergy, Guava Technologies, Rosetta Genomics, Bard LLC, REG, and AlgaeLink. The conference will also feature break-out sessions for innovations and scientific advancements in algae research and development.
The National Algae Association is the first national trade association for the algae biofuels industry in the United States. Algae is a source of biomass that can produce many types of biofuels, including biodiesel, ethanol, biocrude, jet fuel, and renewable diesel. Algae is a renewable fuel feedstock, does not affect the food channel and consumes C02. The byproduct biomass is used in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, bio-plastics, and organic fertilizer. The NAA brings algae researchers and companies together to share ideas and exchange information to overcome technological hurdles.
"The prospect of producing billions of gallons of clean fuels from algae holds enormous appeal," said NAA founder Barry Cohen. "Algae will play an increasingly significant role in helping the US achieve energy security, create new green jobs, and environmentally sustainable biofuels." Massive algae production plants will be required to produce economically continuous quantities of algae biofuels for the automotive, trucking and airline industries.
"Recent breakthroughs in synthetic biology, closed-end loop photobioreactor systems, and raceway pond developments are helping to accelerate the advancement of commercialization of algae biofuels," said Will Thurmond, Chairman of R&D for the NAA and author of Algae 2020. "In this effort, the National Algae Association is uniquely dedicated in providing quarterly forums to showcase and support the advancement of these endeavors," said Thurmond.
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