Algae industry closes in on commercial deployment

By Staff | October 30, 2012

Commercialization and scale-up were two primary topics of discussion at the 2012 Algae Biomass Summit, which kicked off Sept. 25 in Denver. The message of the event’s opening session was that algae production is very close to commercial deployment. However, shoring up government support mechanisms for algae-derived products and removing barriers to algae cultivation are issues that must be addressed.

The role of military was also discussed. During his keynote address, Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., stressed that the U.S. Department of Defense is the largest user of fossil fuels in the world. “Developing renewable fuels is a strategic and tactical necessity,” Udall said. “No one understands the true cost of fuel more than our combat personnel on the ground in the darkest corners of the world.”


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