Algae Biomass Organization Applauds Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Brian Schatz For Including Carbon Utilization in Climate Legislation

November, 19 / 2014

Technology to Convert Greenhouse Gases Into Products Gains Support on Capitol Hill 

WASHINGTON, DC (November 19, 2014) The Algae Biomass Organization, the trade association for the algae industry, applauded Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) for including provisions to encourage carbon utilization technology in climate change legislation they proposed today. The bill calls for greenhouse gas regulations that would promote the use of carbon dioxide as a feedstock for plastics, biofuels, chemicals and other products.

“We need creative solutions to the climate problem, and by including carbon utilization in this bill Senators Whitehouse and Schatz are leading a growing number of legislators that see the value in making products from carbon-containing waste gases,” said Matt Carr, Executive Director of the Algae Biomass Organization. “This is a great first step in providing carbon utilization technology the policy support it deserves.”

A number of new technologies are being brought to market that consume carbon dioxide as a feedstock, making this approach a unique opportunity to reduce overall emissions. In contrast to current CO2 disposal options, known as carbon capture and sequestration which aim to bury emissions, carbon utilization technologies convert those emissions into valuable products that can have economic and environmental benefits.

Algae technology developers are developing a wide range of platforms to convert concentrated sources of CO2 to renewable fuels, chemicals, fertilizer, plastics and feed ingredients, as well as high-value products such as nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.  By converting waste gases into products, emitters can not only comply with EPA regulations — they can offset their cost or even profit from them.

The Algae Biomass Organization has called on the Environmental Protection Agency to explicitly recognize that carbon utilization technologies are acceptable methods for states to achieve emissions reductions under the agency’s Clean Power Plan. Failing to do so will be a missed opportunity to encourage investments in an approach that could deliver positive environmental results along with economic growth, jobs and improved energy security.

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

Algae Biomass Organization Expands Carbon Utilization Campaign

November, 10 / 2014

Offers Education and Advocacy Tools for All Carbon Utilization Stakeholders 

WASHINGTON, DC (November 10, 2014) The Algae Biomass Organization, the trade association for the algae industry, today unveiled a new website – www.recyclecarbon.org — as part of its ongoing campaign to persuade the EPA explicitly recognize Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) technologies as approved emissions reduction strategies under its new power plant regulations. ABO believes such recognition would encourage the development of innovative technologies that can use greenhouse gases to make valuable products while simultaneously reducing emissions.

Earlier this fall, ABO launched a “We the People” White House petition to drive awareness and support of Carbon Capture and Utilization. Nearly 350 respondents from 45 states and 215 cities signed the petition, demonstrating broad enthusiasm across the political spectrum.

The new website will serve as a clearing house for information about Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) technologies, news articles, videos, published and peer reviewed scientific research. It will also provide tools for supporters to take action of their own to promote commonsense regulations and markets for carbon dioxide.

One such tool on the new website provides an easy way for supporters to send a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy advocating for CCU. The letter makes the case for CCU and offers supporters a chance to share with the EPA their own perspectives and experience with this promising technology. ABO Executive Director Matt Carr will exhort attendees at the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference today to sign the letter and consider joining the coalition.

“We invite all stakeholders with an interest in the market for carbon dioxide as a feedstock to join us as we build technologies that beat back the buildup of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere,” said Matt Carr, executive director of the Algae Biomass Organization. “Innovation in many promising new technologies enables us to bring the practice of ‘reduce, reuse, and recycle’ to CO2 emissions, unlocking new opportunities and turning a global problem into a global opportunity.”

A number of new technologies are being brought to market that consume carbon dioxide as a feedstock, making this approach a potent weapon in the fight against climate change. In contrast to CO2 disposal options like carbon capture and sequestration, CCU flips the challenge of complying with emissions regulations into an opportunity that can have economic and environmental benefits.

Algae technology developers, for example, are developing a wide range of platforms to convert concentrated sources of CO2 to renewable fuels, chemicals, fertilizer, plastics and feed ingredients, as well as high-value products such as nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. Dozens of other technologies can use catalysts or biological processes to transform CO2 into products and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Fuels are one such product derived from carbon dioxide that can lead to meaningful emissions reductions.  Peer reviewed lifecycle analyses of two of the largest commercial demonstration algae production facilities show CO2 reductions of 68 to 80 percent.  Every barrel of biofuel produced through carbon capture replaces a barrel of petroleum that would otherwise have been extracted and combusted.

In the United States, the first regulations that will determine the framework of a CCU market will come when the EPA releases its final rules for its proposed Clean Power Plan. ABO and its allies are encouraging the EPA to clarify in that rule that CCU will be an acceptable method for states to meet their emissions targets. Failing to do so will be a missed opportunity to encourage investments in an approach that could deliver positive environmental results along with economic growth, jobs and improved energy security.

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.

Dispatch from the Algae Biomass Summit

October, 2 / 2014
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The second full day of the 2014 Algae Biomass Summit featured presentations on the potential of algae to utilize captured carbon emissions, commitments from the Navy to use biofuels, standards for industry measurements, and more.

Some of the highlights from yesterday: 
 
Sign the petition  Summit in San Diego
Carbon utilization has been a hot topic at almost every session at the Summit. In one panel exclusively devoted to the topic industry leaders remarked that despite the policy paralysis in the United States on carbon emissions, the skepticism that surrounds the costs of carbon capture technologies and their success, there are still several approaches that can work in the near term. Resources are being devoted to those approaches outside the United States, many of which include algae cultivation. 

Advancing those technologies in the U.S. would be accelerated by establishing a few large demonstrations–similar to those employed by utilities in the past for next generation energy production technologies, only much less expensive. 
 
You can help develop these technologies by signing ABO’s petition asking the White House to ensure the EPA allows states to pursue algae and carbon utilization technologies for emissions reductions. Sign here today!
 
Algae in the Navy
Dennis McGinn, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Energy, Installations & Environment addressed attendees of the Summit with one simple message from the Navy for algae biofuel producers:
 
If you make algae-based fuels, the Navy will buy them.
 
McGinn’s speech cemented the undisputed national security advantage that comes from renewable, domestically produced algae-based fuels. The Department of Defense continues a long tradition of leadership in energy transitions, being among the first institutions to adopt steam power in ships, then coal and oil, nuclear power, and now biofuels. 
 
Young Algae Researcher and Travel Grant Awards
ABO announced the winners of the third annual Young Algae Researcher Awardsat the Summit. The awards are presented to winners for research conducted in two subject areas: biology and engineering. 
The Algae Foundation, ABOs sister organization that supports algae education also announced the winners of this year’s travel grant awards that allow young graduate students to attend professional conferences such as the Summit.


Congratulations to the next generation of algae leaders!
 
Industry and Regulatory Standards
Algae industry leaders deploying a wide range of technologies heard from Lieve Laurens, Senior Scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on ABO’s latest efforts to establish a common language for the algae industry with Algae Industry Measurements 6.0
 
Algae-derived food and nutritional product producers were treated to insights on FDA approvals and regulations from Daniel Fabricant, CEO & Executive Director, Natural Products Association. Mr. Fabricant discussed regional differences in the FDA and state approval processes, approaches to genetic modification and gave a preview of the vital issues that the FDA will be concerned with in 2015 and beyond. 
Media Coverage
 
An op-ed by ABO’s Executive Director Matt Carr and Cleantech San Diego’s President Jason Anderson
 
Algae as biofuels focus of summit in the U-T San Diego
by Bradley Fikes, biotechnology reporter
 
By Jim Lane
 
Onward to 2015

The Algae Biomass Summit concludes today. Next year the world’s largest algae conference will be in Washington, DC, September 30 – October 2, 2015. 
 
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Dispatch from the Algae Biomass Summit

October, 1 / 2014
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Dispatch from the Algae Biomass Summit 
 

The 2014 Algae Biomass Summit opened today with more than 600 industry leaders who gathered to hear presentations by top officials from the Department of Energy, CEO’s of leading algae companies, and experts in national security, technology development and research.   

Some of the days highlights: 
Matt Carr at the Summit
Matt Carr kicks off the Summit
 
“There’s an algae for that”
Matt Carr, executive director of the Algae Biomass Organization greeted Summit attendees with a presentation that reminded the industry of the great potential algae has to tackle problems such as climate change, food supplies, as well as energy and water shortages.
Algae’s potential is so great that almost regardless of the problem, “there’s an algae for that,” said Matt as he listed the innovations and solutions that will be discussed this week at the Summit.
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Sign the carbon utilization petition

Matt also announced that ABO has initiated a “We the People” petition 

petition encouraging the White House to encourage the EPA to allow states to meet CO2 reduction goals by recycling CO2 with carbon capture & utilization (CCU) technology. 
 
Virtually every speaker at the opening sessions acknowledged that algae’s need for CO2 is an unprecedented opportunity for utilities and other carbon dioxide emitters to think of CO2 as an opportunity rather than a problem.

You can contribute to this effort! Support common sense, market-driven, job-creating and emissions-reducing technologies by signing the petition here.


Department of Energy Announces Up to $25 Million to Reduce Costs of Algal Biofuels
During his opening keynote address David Danielson, Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy announced up $25 million in funding that will be targeted toward reducing the cost of algal biofuels to less than $5 per gasoline gallon equivalent by 2019. 
 
 

Updates from Industry Leaders

Biofuels Digest editor and publisher Jim Lane commented that the industry is indeed evolving when he finds himself moderating two panels on commercialization progress instead of the single panels on the topic at previous Summits. 
 
Mr. Lane guided updates, discussion and questions from a packed auditorium with executives from Algenol, BioProcess Algae, Heliae, Matrix Genetics, Sapphire Energy, ALGIX, LLC, Cellana, Earthrise Nutritionals, Synthetic Genomics and Muradel. 
 
The one word theme? Products. Each company reported new moves to commercialize a wide range of algae-derived products in markets with trillion dollar potentials.
 
Saving Lives – Algae and National Security
Mike Breen at the Summit
Mike Breen

Mike Breen, Executive Director of the Truman National Security Project provided attendees with an inspiring talk about the importance of developing renewable and domestic supplies of fuels to improve our national security.

 
Noting his own experience in the military protecting fuel convoys from attack, Mr. Breen told the hundreds of algae industry entrepreneurs and scientists gathered in San Diego that they have full support from his organization’s clean energy campaign Operation Free:
 
“Challenges of this magnitude can only be confronted with enormous innovative effort. Some might find the size of this challenge paralyzing when compared to the size of this room. But you have a duty to succeed. And I’m here to tell you that you’re not in it alone. The thousands of veterans and supporters of Operation Free are standing with you.”
 
SCHOTT and Algatechnologies Announce R&D Partnership 
Natural-astaxanthin supplier Algatechnologies plans to boost algae production in a big way with new, thin-walled glass tubes developed in partnership with SCHOTT AG.


Media Coverage
An op-ed by ABO’s Executive Director Matt Carr and Cleantech San Diego’s President Jason Anderson
 
Algae as biofuels focus of summit in the U-T San Diego
by Bradley Fikes, biotechnology reporter
 
By Jim Lane
 
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New Speakers Confirmed for the Algae Biomass Summit

September, 15 / 2014
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Check out the latest speakers that will be 
in San Diego at the Algae Biomass Summit 
Hear the latest on algae’s potential in energy, food & agriculturenational security and sustainability.
Join hundreds of industry insiders at the largest algae conference in the world!
 
 
Energy Speakers Include:

David Danielson, Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

Jonathan Male, Director, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy

Neil P. Rossmeissl, Algal Program Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
 
Food & Agriculture Speakers Include:

Daniel Fabricant, CEO & Executive Director, Natural Products Association

Chris Cassidy, 
Renewable Energy Advisor, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Steven Scott Nicholls, USDA Rural Development, Business & Energy Programs Specialist
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
National Security Speakers Include:

Dennis McGinn, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Energy, Installations & Environment

Mike Breen, Executive Director, Truman National Security Project
 

Sustainability Speakers Include:

Ana Zacapa, Director, Ceres California

Matt Rudolf, Business Development & Americas Director, Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials
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Last Chance to Save Hundreds on Your Room!

September, 4 / 2014
Each day more leaders from the global algae industry are signing up for the premier algae industry event! Don’t miss out on your chance to see, hear and meet the industry’s best and brightest at the Algae Biomass SummitFriday is the last day that attendees can receive a guaranteed discount to save hundreds on rooms at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina
 

 
This must-attend event is packed with presentations, posters, networking and exclusive-access tours that you won’t find anywhere else.


Reserve your room today and get the special discounted rate.
 
New Tour Added
The Summit includes exciting tours to see the algae industry in action. Visit facilities in the Imperial Valley or the famous La Jolla Biotech Mesa, and check out this latest addition! 
 
Diversity and Commercial Potential of Algae – Lectures & Lab Tours at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Monday, September 29, 2014


For this lecture series and short tours Summit attendees will take a quick bus ride from the conference hotel to the world famous Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) located on beautiful La Jolla Bay. We’ll have coffee and tea, then attend morning lectures in Sumner Auditorium delivered by Scripps algae faculty and prominent guest scientists in town for the Summit. Lecture topics will focus on the “Diversity and Commercial Potential of Algae” theme, including organisms from marine, freshwater and waste water systems, macroalgae (seaweeds) and a whirlwind lecture on “Commercialization of Algae – Around the World in 30 minutes..!” 
 
After the lectures enjoy a catered lunch and refreshments on the patio overlooking the Blue Pacific, explore posters that summarize the diverse research of UCSD and SIO students and postdoctoral scientists, and network with fellow participants and SIO algae researchers. Then, follow SIO graduate student docents on tours of algae research laboratories, culture collections, analytical laboratories and a “Walk-about” leisure tour of the SIO campus. We will board the bus at 3:00-3:15 pm to return to the hotel by about 3:30-4:00 pm in time for the opening events of the Algae Biomass Summit.
Register for the Summit today and add the Lectures & Lab Tours at Scripps Institution of Oceanography to your itinerary!
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Assistant Secretary of the Navy Dennis McGinn to Keynote Algae Biomass Summit

July, 23 / 2014
Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment) Dennis McGinn has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the 8th Annual Algae Biomass Summit in San Diego! 
 
Register today! Early-bird rates expire on August 1st!
 
Dennis McGinn is leading the Department of the Navy’s search for advanced biofuels that can provide sustainable and independent sources of energy for Navy operations. 
 
Come to the Algae Biomass Summit to hear how algae-based fuels are on track to help improve national and economic security!
 
Check out the latest additions to the Summit’s exciting agendafor everything in algae research, commercialization and policy.
 
For a first-hand look at algae cultivation and research Summit attendees will also have the chance to sign up for recently added tours of the Imperial Valley’s Algae Facilities and La Jolla’s Famous Biotech Mesa
 
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See the Algae Industry In Action! New Tours Added to the Algae Biomass Summit

July, 17 / 2014
See the Algae Industry In Action!
New Tours Added to the Algae Biomass Summit 
 
Exciting new tours have just been added to the agenda of the Algae Biomass Summit in San Diego! Register today and sign up for a first-hand look at algae cultivation and research in the Imperial Valley’s Algae Facilities and La Jolla’s Famous Biotech Mesa
 
Summit registration buttonAct soon! We expect these tours to sell out. When you register for the Summit you will be able to add one, or both, of these new tours to your itinerary. Tours offer great networking opportunities! Read on for more details.
 
Imperial Valley Algae Facilities and Renewable Energy Tour 
Monday, September 29, 2014 

8:00AM – 5:00PM 

Price: $175


Earthrise Nutritionals

Visit the Imperial Valley, home of Algae Biomass Organization member companiesEarthrise Nutritionals and Hyperlight Energy and major renewable energy projects including the Hudson Power geothermal facility. This tour is hosted by the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation (IVEDC) and San Diego State University (SDSU) Brawley Campus. During the tour you will visit Earthrise Nutritionals, the largest algae farm in the United States, the innovative combined power and algae biomass demonstration facility of Hyperlight Energy, located on the SDSU Brawley Campus and, pending final confirmation, the 50 MW power plant operated by Hudson Ranch Power. IVEDC will coordinate an informative tour guide for each bus including presentations and video documentaries. A box breakfast and lunch will be included along with beverages. Dress for the desert heat!

Buses will depart from the Marriott on Monday, September 29 at 8:00 AM and return at 5:00 PM in time for the Algae Biomass Summit Opening Reception.


Register for the Summit today and the Imperial Valley Tour!

La Jolla’s Famous Biotech Mesa and Green Flash 
Reception Tour
Thursday, October 2, 2014 

1:00PM – 8:00PM 

Price $150


California Center for Algae Biotechnology. Photo: Eric Jepson, UC San Diego Publications

The California Center for Algae Biotechnology (CalCAB) hosts this tour of the famous La Jolla Biotech Mesa complex, home of ABO member companies Sapphire Energy and SGI-DNA, Inc. a Synthetic Genomics Company. The world-renown cluster of biotech excellence is directly related to the exceptional quality of research that has spun out of University of California San Diego (UCSD) where CalCAB, an academic/private consortium is located. On this tour you will visit the SGI-DNA DNA Assembly Facility. SGI-DNA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Synthetic Genomics providing large and complex DNA synthesis and assembly services to customers around the world. 

You will also visit the UCSD Biological Field Station where UCSD and Sapphire scientists and staff will review their close private sector and academic collaborations that resulted in being ranked the number one algae biofuels consortium funded by the Department of Energy.


A Green Flash Sunset

After the tour the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, a Department of UCSD and academic home of five of the CalCAB scientists, will host a Green Flash reception with food and libations. On a first come first served basis, up to 75 attendees can join a guided tour of the original equipment used by Charles David Keeling to create the “Keeling Curve” of atmospheric CO2 at Mauna Loa – the pulse of climate change. 

Sunset is at 6:32 pm and if the sky conditions cooperate, we guarantee a Green Flash! Attendees will get a scientific explanation of the phenomenon and provide instructions on viewing the Green Flash, let’s hope for a clear horizon over the ocean! Buses leave the Marriott Thursday, October 2 at 1:00 PM and return at 8:00 PM. 


Register for the Summit today and add the Biotech Mesa Tour and Green Flash Reception! 

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Preliminary Agenda Published

June, 26 / 2014
Regular updates expected
 
The Algae Biomass Organization has published the first agenda and speakers to present at the  2014 Algae Biomass Summit, to be held in sunny San Diego, California September 29 – October 2, 2014.
 
The agenda is already filled with presentations on fuels, feeds, nutritional supplements and more–the full range of products made possible with algae. 
 
More speakers, tours and other exciting updates are expected in the weeks to come!
 
Get the early bird registration rate today! ABO members qualify for additional savings!
 
San Diego is a major hub for algae research, commercialization and entrepreneurial activity. At the Summit you will be able to meet with those making the latest breakthroughs, meeting commercial milestones and hear the insights of major players in the algae industry.
 
The agenda features exciting updates in each of the Summit’s tracks:
  • Biology
  • Commercialization
  • Engineering and Analysis
  • Finance and Policy
Don’t miss this chance to network with hundreds of algae industry decision makers, suppliers and other leaders!
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Registration is now open for the 2014 Algae Biomass Summit! Register before August 1st to qualify for the early-bird rate. ABO members qualify for additional savings. If you are not an ABO member make sure to fill out an application today!

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Algae Biofuel Can Cut CO2 Emissions by up to 68 Percent Compared to Petroleum Fuels Finds New Peer Reviewed Study

October, 8 / 2013

Algae fuel will have a significant energy return on investment, consume waste CO2 and can be grown in saltwater on marginal lands

MINNEAPOLIS (September 19, 2013) –Algae-derived biofuel can reduce life cycle CO2 emissions by 50 to 70 percent compared to petroleum fuels, and is approaching a similar Energy Return on Investment (EROI) as conventional petroleum according to a new peer-reviewed paper published in Bioresource Technology. The study, which is the first to analyze real-world data from an existing algae-to-energy demonstration scale farm, shows that the environmental and energy benefits of algae biofuel are at least on par, and likely better, than first generation biofuels.

“This study affirms that algae-based fuels provide results without compromise,” said Mary Rosenthal, ABO’s executive director. “With significant emissions reductions, a positive energy balance, nutrient recycling and CO2 reuse, algae-based fuels will be a long-term, sustainable source of fuels for our nation.”

The study, “Pilot-scale data provide enhanced estimates of the life cycle energy and emissions profile of algae biofuels produced via hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL),” is a life cycle analysis of an algae cultivation and fuel production process currently employed at pre-commercial scales. The authors examined field data from two facilities operated by Sapphire Energy in Las Cruces and Columbus, New Mexico that grow and process algae into Green Crude oil. Sapphire Energy’s Green Crude can be refined into drop-in fuels such as gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.

The study concluded that algae technologies at commercial scale are projected to produce biofuels with lower greenhouse gas emissions and EROI values that are comparable to first generation biofuels. Additionally, algae based biofuels produced through this pathway at commercial scale will have a significant energy return on investment (EROI), close to petroleum and three times higher than cellulosic ethanol. The system that was evaluated recycles nutrients, can accept an algae feed that is up to 90 percent water in the processing phase, and the final product can be blended with refinery intermediates for refining into finished gasoline or diesel product, resulting in significant energy savings throughout the process.

“These real-world data from demonstration scale facilities gave us new insight and allowed us to understand how scale will impact the benefits and costs of algae-to-energy deployment.” said lead author Andres F. Clarens, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. “These results suggest that algae-based fuels made using HTL have an environmental profile that is comparable to conventional biofuels.”

The authors also write that expected improvements in the industry mean that algae-based biofuels are set to surpass advanced biofuels such as cellulosic ethanol in terms of both energy returns and greenhouse gas emissions. 

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.

Contacts:
Nate Kommers, Scoville Public Relations for ABO
206-625-0075 x2, nate.kommers@scovillepr.com