Algae Biomass Summit to feature latest production advances

By Algae Biomass Organization | August 08, 2013

The 7th Annual Algae Biomass Summit, taking place in Orlando, Fla., Sept. 30 through Oct. 3 will showcase the rapid advances in the algae industry during the Innovation on the Road to Commercialization track of the world's largest algae conference. Through more than 30 presentations, algae industry professionals, global business leaders and government officials will inform audiences about the wide variety of commercialization paths for algae-based products such as fuels, animal feed, nutritional products, bioplastics and chemicals.

"An impressive array of companies and researchers will present at this year's summit addressing innovation and advancements to commercialization across the value chain and markets for algae products," said Mark Allen, vice president of integrated carbon solutions at Accelergy and chair of the summit's commercialization track. "Their presentations promise to reveal how algae derived foods, fuels and products can continue to be offered to new customers. Increases in cultivation yields, harvesting techniques and innovative product design are bringing these alternative products to a wide spectrum of customers."

Highlights from the Road to Commercialization presentations include:

Tales from the Other Side: Crossing the Valley of Death in the Algae Industry
Nick Donowitz, Director, Corporate Development, Heliae

Shifting Focus From Fuels to Foods: How to Enter the Food, Feed, and Nutraceutical Markets
Greg Sower, Manager, ENVIRON International Corp

Enhancing the Economic Model of Algal Bio-Products
Dil Vashi, Manager, Corporate Development, Solutions4CO2 Inc.

A Place for Algal Biofuels Within the Energy-Water-Food Nexus
Philip Pienkos, Principal Group Manager, National Bioenergy Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

The Innovation on the Road to Commercialization track is one of three tracks, plus plenary sessions and posters, which comprise the agenda for the Algae Biomass Summit. In total, there are expected to be more than 110 live presentations during the Summit. The 2012 Algae Biomass Summit was attended by more than 800 stakeholders from more than 25 countries across the algae industry. Organizers are expecting an even larger turnout for this year's event.

The summit comes at a time when industry is increasingly looking for new sources of alternative fuels, feed stocks, and consumer products. Products made from algae are the natural solution to the energy, food, economic, and climate challenges facing the world today. This tiny powerful organism has the ability to simultaneously put fuels in vehicles, reuse CO2, provide nutrition for animals and people and create jobs for millions of Americans.