National Algae Association Names Scholarship Recipient and Presenters at Algae Commercialization Conference
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Algae: The New Oil September 17-18, 2009
THE WOODLANDS, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–National Algae Association is pleased to announce that it has awarded the first scholarship from its scholarship fund to Waldemar Juschin, a student at Delta State University. We hope to present the check at our next conference, which will focus on commercialization of “Algae: The New Oil” on September 17-18, 2009, at the Sheraton North Houston.
Topics and presentations from the companies and people who have diligently worked towards commercialization include:
GROWING: XL Renewables, BARD, LLC and VERSATILE (Village-Energy-Reactor-Solar-Algae-Technology-Integrated-Life-Enhancement), the first prize winner of the international Invent Your World contest sponsored by the Lemelson Foundation;
PROCESS: process engineering as applicable to algae utilization for biofuels (Jacobs Engineering), vision image analysis system for bubble analysis and optimization of algal production processes, EnviroCam™ (Sheffield Forgemasters), high-throughput bulk lipid content analysis in algae using TD-NMR technology without using chemicals (Bruker Optics), an economical solution to water analysis control and monitoring requirements as well as alarming and data logging in a single, user-friendly control package (Iwakiamerica), and photobioreactors using Makrolon Polycarbonate (Bayer Material Science);
HARVESTING: Algae Venture Systems;
SEPARATION/EXTRACTION: break-through extraction technology (OriginOil) and algae/water separability tests using different centrifuge test units (Alfa Laval);
NEW ADVANCEMENTS: will include an all-fuel, earth-friendly engine (Cyclone Power Technologies), industrial applications for carbon capture and conversion (Schaefer Bio-Engineering), and HydroMentia, the future multi-use algal turf scrubber;
RESEARCH: will cover screening of strains of algae from South Florida to find potential for diesel production (Florida International University), uses of algae that grows in the Gulf of Mexico (University of Louisiana), the effect of environmental conditions on lipid production of a Louisiana native microalgae strain (Louisiana State University), conversion of algal biomass growth from polluted water systems into biofuels and other co-products (Smithsonian Science Institute), and how to enhance microalgae (Marine Science Research Center at Yeungnam University & EcoPhyco Tech Ltd., Korea), and;
FINANCING THE INDUSTRY will be aided by project financing (Stoel Rives LLP) and grant writing (Westar Trade Resources).
Registration information is available at NAA’s website, www.nationalalgaeassociation.com.
National Algae Association
B. Cohen, 936-321-1125