Algae Biomass Summit to Feature Latest Advances in Commercial Algae Production

Industry leaders to highlight pathways to commercial production of algae-derived fuel, feed and other valuable products

Orlando, FL (August 8, 2013) —The 7th Annual Algae Biomass Summit, taking place in Orlando, Florida, September 30-October 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. More information can be found at www.allaboutalgae.com.

The Algae Biomass Summit is produced by the Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), the trade association for the US algae Industry. More information about the Summit, including early bird registration rates that expire August 19th, can be found at www.algaebiomasssummit.org.

About the Algae Biomass Organization

The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) is a 501 c(6) non-profit whose mission is to promote the development of viable commercial markets for renewable and sustainable commodities derived from algae. Its membership is comprised of people, companies and organizations across the value chain. More information about ABO, including its leadership, membership, costs, benefits and members and their affiliations, is available at the website: www.algaebiomass.org.