Rear Admiral Philip Cullom to Keynote 2010 Algae Biomass Summit

Director of U.S. Navy’s Energy and Environmental Readiness Division to discuss the role of next generation biofuels in U.S. Navy’s energy strategy


PHOENIX – September 10, 2010 – The 2010 Algae Biomass Summit, the official conference of the Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) and the algae industry’s premier event, today announced Rear Admiral Philip Cullom as a keynote speaker.  The Director of the U.S. Navy’s Energy and Environmental Readiness Division as well as the Navy’s Task Force Energy, Admiral Cullom will discuss the growing importance of next-generation biofuels such as those derived from algae to the Navy’s energy strategy.

Admiral Cullom’s remarks at the 4th annual Algae Biomass Summit come as a growing number of policy makers, investors, entrepreneurs and researchers recognize the potential of algae to serve as a source for renewable, domestically produced fuels that reduce carbon emissions and enhance America’s energy security.

“As Director of the Navy’s Task Force Energy, Admiral Cullom is one of our nation’s leading experts on the military’s support of, and demand for, new forms of renewable energy,” said Mary Rosenthal, Executive Director of ABO. “We look forward to hearing his insight on the role that sources of renewable energy like algae can play in the Navy’s efforts to reduce its carbon emissions and develop more secure sources of energy. He is an exciting addition to our conference.”

Speakers and attendees at the Algae Biomass Summit, which will be held September 28-30 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix, Arizona, will include national and international technologists, producers, scientists, investors, and policymakers. During the course of the event, leaders and attendees will discuss issues of critical importance to the emerging algae industry, including the commercial viability of algal production, current government and private initiatives, evolving technologies, processing concepts, lifecycle analysis and venture/project finance.

The full agenda, including a list of current speakers, is available at: Last year’s Algae Biomass Summit, held in San Diego, California, was attended by more than 700 stakeholders from across the algae industry.

A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the Harvard Business School, Admiral Cullom has served in a wide range of position at sea and ashore in his distinguished 30-year career with the U.S. Navy. His experience includes commanding the USS Mitscher during the Kosovo crisis, Task Force 151 in the Arabian Gulf during operation Iraqi Freedom, Carrier Strike Group command, and as Director for Defense Policy and Arms Control at the National Security Council.  In September 2008, Admiral Cullom assumed duties as Director, Fleet Readiness Division from which grew his current assignment as Director, Energy and Environmental Readiness Division for the Navy Staff. Admiral Cullom has also received several military decorations, including two Defense Superior Service Medals, five Legions of Merit, a sundry of lesser personal awards, and numerous campaign medals.

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