Algae’s Mile-High Potential on Parade

Commercialization and research advancements highlighted at the 6th annual Algae Biomass Summit
By Tim Portz | October 30, 2012

Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., opened the Algae Biomass Summit by reminding the nearly 800 attendees that developing domestically produced renewable fuels was a “strategic and tactical necessity.” Udall’s opening remarks were only part of the highlights from the sixth annual event. In addition to an industry update from Mary Rosenthal, Algae Biomass Organization executive director, the event included discussion on the commercialization efforts of the industry’s largest players, sustainability measures, the role of the federal government in the industry’s growth and international efforts to bring algae to commercial relevance.

Conference attendees filled breakout rooms during the four-day summit to hear expert perspective on the year’s developments and advancements in engineering and analysis, biology, scale-up and factors influencing finance and policy. In all, more than 135 oral presentations were available to conference attendees in addition to nearly 120 research-based poster presentations. In addition to the robust offering of oral and poster content, the Algae Biomass Summit’s continued to establish itself as the premier venue to conduct business as 60 vendors staffed booths on a busy trade show floor.

Todd Taylor, energy and corporate attorney with Fredrickson & Byron, and program co-chair, says the event’s opening panel discussion on companies moving towards commercialization, “are on the vanguard, but they are not the exception.” ABO-affiliated companies, Taylor also said, “are aggressively seeking commercialization opportunities in many areas,” and that companies recognize that seeking commercial opportunities means R&D isn't finished, but is instead “an essential and ongoing part of creating a viable and long-lasting industry,” he says.

New to the summit was the addition of the Young Researcher Award Poster Competition. The number of entries for the poster session was up from last year, but this year a jury selected a group of winners. First place recipients included Estaban Hincapie from Colorado State University in the engineering category and Beth Rasala from the University of California San Diego in biology.
The 2013 Algae Biomass Summit will be hosted in Orlando, Fla., Sept. 30-Oct. 3.


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  1. Francisco



    Ouch That is a tough error on a SQL Server community westibe. Glad they got that one fixed. Full recovery model with no log backups??Anyway That session Thursday with you was my first time seeing Buck speak and it definitely was surprisingly motivating for the time of day, jet lag exhaustion and heat in the room. Very informative, enlightening and, well, fun. Made me go see two of his other presentations the next day.I am with you, Buck is a great speaker. The kids he has in his University of Washington class are incredibly blessed to have a teacher who loves his trade, can give a great presentation and can make a topic fun and exciting. Microsoft is fortunate to have him and I am glad that we can steal him at PASS summits.That being said, I would still go to the PASS summit if Bucky Woody wasn't presenting. There are a ton of great presenters. Sure most of them don't pull of the dunk tank clown insult routine like he does and make everyone feel equally welcome at the same time. Sure some of the presenters are dry but I go because of the wealth of knowledge, meeting others in the community and having opportunities to network.I had to go through some hoops to get the company pay for the airfare to a west coast conference, even as a PASS volunteer so Summit cost being essentially negated. I know of other folks who would LOVE to go to a PASS conference but can't do the travel to Seattle for whatever reason.If we could have every 3rd Summit (for example) in CST or EST it would allow us to have it at a different time (it's kind of tough for folks who speak at both PASS and Connections and then fall into the holidays) and it would allow more (and different) faces to be in the audience. Sure we may miss some of the extra MS folks but hopefully MS could foot the bill for at least a couple speakers, we have a community of experts to speak (many pay their own airfare being independent consultants) and it would still be a great time of learning and fun had by all.It would allow more people to get interested in PASS and volunteering. It would get more people hooked (think meth only your teeth don't rot out) on the Summit experience and the budget would increase because attendance could come from more first time attendees.As for me, I'll pay my own airfare and take FTO if I have to but not everyone can make that choice.


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