Algae Biomass Summit to Reveal Latest Engineering Advances For Commercial Production of Domestic, Low-carbon, Renewable Fuels Made from Algae

Engineering and Analysis Track Showcases Top Research Scientists from Around the World

Denver, CO (August 1, 2012) The 6th Annual Algae Biomass Summit, taking place in Denver, Co. September 24-27 will showcase in its Engineering and Analysis track nearly 30 presentations by leading research scientists from national and corporate laboratories. The sessions will inform technical audiences about the latest in algae growing methodologies, biofuel and oil analysis, and similar developments related to growing and harvesting algae for fuels, food and other products. Advances in engineering are key to wide-scale commercial production of algae-based products.

“These are among the top researchers in the world developing technologies for algae production systems at commercial scale,” said Phil Pienkos, Principal Group Manager, Applied Sciences for the National Bioenergy Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Chair of the Algae Biomass Summit. “Combined with the incredible advances in algae biology, we’re seeing significant opportunities to increase yields, while reducing energy and water requirements and maximizing co-product potential.”

Highlights among the Engineering and Analysis presentations include:

  • Ryan Davis, Process Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratories will present
    Integrated Algal Biofuel Baseline Analysis: Techno-Economics from a Harmonized Model.
  • Michael Huesemann, Staff Research Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will present A Screening Model to Predict Microalgae Biomass Growth in Bioreactors and Raceway Ponds.
  • James Oyler, President, Genifuel Corporation will present Hydrothermal Processing: Efficient Production of High-Quality Fuels from Algae.
  • Kiran Kadam, Director of Technology, SRS Energy will present Production of Fuel-Grade or Food-Grade Products from Algae using Wet Fractionation: Process Development.
  • Mark Wigmosta, Chief Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will present Integrated Algal Biofuel Baseline Analysis: Resource Potential from a Harmonized Model.
  • Ed Frank, Principal Energy Systems Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory will present
    Integrated Algal Biofuel Baseline Analysis: Emissions and Energy Consumption from a Harmonized Model.

The Engineering and Analysis track is one of four tracks, plus plenary sessions and posters, which comprise the agenda for the Algae Biomass Summit. In total, there are expected to be more than 90 live and 120 poster presentations during the Summit. The 2011 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 sustainable raw materials—feedstock—for a wide range of end uses. Products made from algae are the natural solution to the energy, food, economic, and climate challenges facing the world today. Algae have the power to simultaneously put fuels in vehicles, recycle CO2, provide nutrition for animals and people and create jobs for millions of Americans. More information can be found at

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 can be found at

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