The First International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts is to be held in St Louis USA, on 17-20 July 2011. The conference will focus on all areas of emerging technologies in algal biology, biomass production, cultivation, harvesting, extraction, bioproducts, and econometrics.
The event is chaired by Dr. Jose A. Olivares, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Dr. Richard Sayre, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. The conference is organized by the science publisher Elsevier. One of the major sponsors includes National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts (NAABB) led by the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.
The conference will be a platform for a new level of direct interaction between the leaders in the scientific field, the strategic partners and the attending delegates. The event will focus on latest unpublished technical and scientific results, discussion and direct interactions with strategic partners and leaders in the field. The conference is designed to facilitate extended discussion periods with dedicated networking sessions.
Some of the renowned speakers include Matthew Posewitz of the Colorado School of Mines, Valerie Sarisky-Reed of U.S. Department of Energy, Mario Tredici, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy, Richard Sayre of Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Brian Goodall, SRS Energy, USA and many others.
Latest technical and unpublished scientific in results in the field are to be discussed and there will be direct interactions with strategic partners and scientific leaders.
For more info, visit http://www.algalbbb.com/index.html
The ASTM International Committee on Petroleum Products and Lubricants for approving a new jet fuel specification that will further enable the use of sustainable alternative fuels in aviation.
According to the Air Transport Association of America, Inc. (ATA), airlines have got approval to use fuel processed from algae and other organic waste and inedible plants for up to 50 per cent of their fuel needs. The preliminary decision by ASTM International is expected to open up the $140 billion a year aviation fuel industry to a host of new biotech and biofuel competitors and suppliers, including several algae start-ups in Australia.
Harry Boyle, an analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance in London, said “The biotech-biofuels business models of Amyris Inc. (AMRS), Codexis Inc. (CDXS), Gevo Inc. and Solazyme Inc. are all making claims to these types of new markets.” Other biofuels companies that may benefit from opening up the $139 billion-a-year aviation fuel market are Neste Oil Oyj (NES1V) of Finland, Spain’s Abengoa SA and Honeywell International Inc. (HON)’s UOP unit, which is developing a fuel-making technology.
According to Barbara Schindler, communications director at ASTM, final approval will be given only by July 1st and Airlines will then be able to begin using bio-derived fuel a week or so thereafter.
Boeing 747-8 freighter is going to be the first commercial jetliner to do a transatlantic flight on biofuels.
Boeing's Keith Otsuka and Rick Braun, along with Sten Rossby of Cargolux, will pilot the new plane to the Paris Air Show on Monday using a 15 percent camelina-based biofuel mix. The remainder of the fuel will be traditional Jet-A kerosene.
Boeing has described in a press release that camelina is a plant grown in Montana and processed by Honeywell, and the jet doesn't require any modifications to fly with the special fuel. The 747-8 freighter will be shown at the Paris Air Show.
Boeing finds competitive advantage in being able to fly with a partly renewable fuel. While 85 percent will still be a standard fuel, even that 15 percent could, in theory, give carriers who fly the freighter the ability to position themselves against what they might say are less environmentally friendly cargo outfits. But of course, this is all experimental for now, and it's not yet known how much such fuels will cost, nor what the carbon impact to produce them will be.
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National
Laboratory found that water use is much less if algae are grown in the
U.S. regions that have the sunniest and most humid climates: the Gulf
Coast, the Southeastern Seaboard and the Great Lakes.
"Algae has been a hot topic of biofuel discussions recently, but no
one has taken such a detailed look at how much America could make - and
how much water and land it would require — until now," said Mark
Wigmosta, lead author and a PNNL hydrologist. "This research provides
the groundwork and initial estimates needed to better inform renewable
Algal biofuel can be made by extracting and refining the oils, called
lipids, that algae produce as they grow. Policy makers and researchers
are interested in developing biofuels because they can create fewer
overall greenhouse gas emissions than fossil fuels. And biofuels can be
made here in the United States. In 2009, slightly more than half of the
petroleum consumed by the U.S. was from foreign oil.
Microalgae absorb sunlight and through photosynthesis can produce hydrogen gas. In theory these microalgae can produce hydrogen, in practice it is much more complicated.
The first barrier to hydrogen production is that the microalgae produce oxygen as part of the photosynthesis process, which inhibits the gene expression required to produce hydrogen.
In on a Webinar hosted by the DOE’s Fuel Cell Technologies Program on “Improving Photosynthesis for Hydrogen and Fuels Production”. Dr. Tasios Melis gave a great presentation about his work in developing microalgae that produce hydrogen, as a renewable fuel source.
The basics of Dr. Melis’ research is that microalgae absorb sunlight and through photosynthesis can produce hydrogen gas.
The webinar is part of a series put on by the Fuel Cell Technologies Program.
When American algae producers, harvesting, extraction technologies, researchers,and engineering companies who agree that algae could be one solution to help get the US off of foreign oil join together in an open collaborative environment, good things happen!
The NAA has challenged the industry to build the first 100 acres, to prove out true costs and economies of scale, and to give algae researchers opportunities, for the first time, to work in commercial-scale settings. Innovative leadership and collaborative efforts have been rewarded with every press release announcing a new JV/partnership, strategic alliance or technology ready to be scaled.
For additional information, contact:
National Algae Association
4747 Research Forest Drive, Suite 180
The Woodlands, TX 77381
HR BioPetroleum Inc. said yesterday it will buy out its partner in an experimental algae-to-energy venture in Kona as it moves closer to commercial production of biofuel.
HR BioPetroleum and Royal Dutch Shell PLC formed the joint venture called Cellana in 2007 to build and operate a demonstration facility to grow marine algae and produce vegetable oil for conversion into biofuel.
When the deal closes at the end of the month, HR BioPetroleum will become the sole owner of Cellana, including its 6-acre demonstration facility in Kona.
"The acquisition of Cellana represents a significant opportunity for HRBP and its corporate and project stakeholders," said Ed Shonsey, chief executive officer. "We will continue to operate Cellana's Kona demonstration facility and to continuously improve the economics for growing marine algae using HRBP's patented process."
Shell will provide short-term funding to HRBP as part of the transition.
Cellana's first commercial project will be a biofuel plant that the company plans to build next to Maui Electric Co.'s Maalaea Power Plant. Biodiesel made from algae at the Cellana facility will be burned at the plant to generate electricity.
Shonsey said the company has received all the permits it needs to build the processing facility, and could begin producing algae-based biofuel in two to three years.
"We've been working with Shell for a while, and we'd like to thank the company for its participation over the last few years and its willingness to enable us to do this," Shonsey said.
Shell's involvement in the joint venture was mainly in developing the technology used to extract the oil from the algae, he said.
HR BioPetroleum plans to build the Maalaea biodiesel facility in two or three phases, Shonsey said. When complete, it should be able to produce about half of the fuel burned at the 212-megawatt power plant, Maui's largest.
million in cost-shared federal funding to support the final design, construction, and start-up of a
pilot-scale Direct to Ethanol® integrated biorefinery (hereafter referred to as biorefinery or
DOE has authorized Algenol Biofuels, Inc. (Algenol) to use a percentage of
its federal funding for pilot-scale activities ($7 million), which include:
research and development related to organism development,
developing the flexible film photobioreactor,
preliminary process engineering,
construction planning, regulatory submissions and approval, a
It isnot just in Australia.
Tax incentives that support biofuels are expiring - or have already expired. Algae, which shows such a promising future, should enjoy the same incentives afforded to other biofuels.
Algae currently doesn't qualify for the same tax incentives as other biofuels. Congress should address that shortcoming this year if they intend to responsibly address this issue.
The United States - although a significant oil producer ourselves - still imports about two-thirds of the oil consumed domestically - about 546 million gallons every day.
All the more reason, why usa should pump more money into algae research.
Plenary Session: Algae and Naval Aviation Fuels
Monday, Dec. 13, 1:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Tapa Ballroom I
Jason Pyle, CEO, Sapphire Energy;
Chris Tindal, Director of Operational Energy, U.S. Navy;
Jonathan Wolfson, CEO, Solazyme.