Thursday, October 18th, 2012
By Guest Author Mary Rosenthal Executive Director, Algae Biomass Organization
It’s been just two weeks since the conclusion of the 6th Annual Algae Biomass Summit. And what an event it was! More than 800 experts from around the world. More than 200 combined poster and oral presentations. Networking events. Pre-conference tours. It was great.
That said, I must admit that one of my favorite parts of the event was the last day, during which we presented the first ever Young Algae Researcher Awards to six of the brightest up-and-coming minds in our industry. Together in the same room was the present – and future – of our industry. It couldn’t be more exciting!
This year’s summit featured industry accomplishments that demonstrate progress from lab to commercialization. On the research front we had a record number of poster sessions, and sold-out attendance at the pre-conference tour of The National Bioenergy Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), a leader in state-of-the-art algae research in the United States.
On the commercial side, attendees in Denver heard details about impressive projects like Sapphire Energy’s integrated biorefinery in New Mexico – more than 300 acres and 600 jobs that will soon be producing 100 barrels a day.
Algenol’s incredible announcement, heard first by Summit attendees, that it is producing 7,000 gallons of ethanol per acre was a potent reminder of the incredible potential that algae have to produce a variety of fuels in great quantities with high efficiency.
The focus was not on fuels alone, however. We heard from corporate giants like Kimberly Clark about its use of algae to replace plant fiber in tissues and paper, as well as fibers used in carpets.
We heard from the Scoular Company, a century-old agribusiness company buying, selling, storing, handling and transporting grain and food and feed ingredients worldwide, about their use of algae in the animal feed and food markets.
Captivating photos of algae projects in Europe, shown by Vitor Verdelho Vieira, Chief Development Officer at A4F-AlgaFuel, reminded everyone that efforts in the U.S. are not alone and that we should not be complacent. Major government and private investment in India, China, and almost every OECD country (even Iceland) means many more companies are entering than exiting the space–the first signs of a possible global boom (or should I say bloom?).
Each year the industry promises to show its best at the Algae Biomass Summit, and each year it does not disappoint.
The excitement was so great this year that nearly 100 people approached the ABO booth to become new members. That’s the most successful Summit membership drive we have ever had! Summit attendees can still sign up for a discounted membership, read the details below to learn how.
If you missed out on some of the developments in Denver you can read more in the updates below. If you weren’t able to make it this year, and don’t want to miss out on the networking and excitement you get from attending, I urge you to mark your calendars for September 30 – October 3 next year, when we will be in Orlando, Florida at the Hilton Orlando. In the meantime, we will all be working on another impressive year of milestones!
|Special Membership Offer for Summit Attendees Still Available|
|The Algae Biomass Organization has established a special $100 membership fee for 2013 for our individual, academic and government members which is available to all attendees of the Algae Biomass Summit this year. This special promotional rate will be available until close of business of November 1st, 2012. After November 1st, the individual, academic and government membership fees rise to $200 for academic/government members and to $300 for individual members. A new Student rate for all students including Post Doc Graduates has been set at $50 per year and includes all membership benefits with the exception of voting privileges for the Board of Directors. To take advantage of these special membership rates send email to Barb Scheevel at: email@example.com or by mail to: ABO, P.O. Box 369, Preston, MN 55965.|