2nd Algae World Europe
31 May-01 Jun, 2010 - Brussels
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CMT’s Algae World is a dedicated conference series that focuses on the entire algae value chain and its commercial viability. The program takes a holistic approach and offer an exceptional broad view of algae’s diversity and end-products. The topics are carefully selected to give you a deeper understanding of the Biology, Engineering, Marketing and Financial aspects of algae commercialization. Successfully held in Singapore, Rotterdam and Bangkok since 2008, Algae World has been recognized as an important platform for productive exchanges among the Academic, Commercial and Investment community.
As one of the world’s most useful microorganism, algal contains Protein, Lipid, Carbohydrate, Nucleic Acids which can be made into different products, such as Biodiesel, Bioethanol, Bio-jetfuel, Nutritional Supplements, Nutraceuticals, Pharmaceuticals, Aquaculture Feed and Animal Feed, Coatings, Bioplastics, Biochemicals, Fertilizers and Cosmetics. Algae are also extremely efficient at mitigating carbon dioxide (CO2). Up to 2 metric tons of CO2 can be mitigated per acre a day.
The 4th event of the series, 2nd Algae World Europe on 22-23 April in Brussels, addresses 4 key pillars of algae commercialization:
1. System Optimization for Large-scale Algae Production
2. Improving Algae Productivity and Algae Processing Efficiency
3. Development of High Value Co-Products
4. Promise and Reality of Algal Biofuels
The 2-day conference provides the latest market and technology updates, and outline technical and economics from algae production down to algae processing. PLUS, Day 2 program will include a Site Visit to SBAE Industries’ new indoor and outdoor algae cultivation facility
Key issues addressed at 2nd Algae World Europe:
- Advancements in Algae Production Tools - Open ponds, Closed Photobioreactor (PBR)
- Algae Cultivation experience of established algae producers
- Process Integration necessary to bring down production costs
- Keys to up-scaling of algae production
- Algal Biofuels Commercialization – Strategic Pathway of select projects and Technological Progress
- Algae Beyond Biofuels – Markets and Technologies for Algae in Health, Nutrition, Cosmetic, Feed sectors
- Algae's diverse roles in: Wastewater Treatment, Carbon Capture & Recycle
- Algae within the EU Renewable Energy Directive
- Algae Processing – Harvesting, Dewatering, Extraction
- Biotechnology to improve algal productivity
2nd Algae World Europe’s well-rounded program will give you Insights, Intelligence, and Valuable Contacts. Don’t take our word for it; hear what past delegates have to say:
“1st class networking event, with highly relevant insights from leading experts...” Bianca Forte, Renewables East (UK)
“A great point-of-reference to gauge progress and innovations...” Keith Cowan, Rhodes University (South Africa)
“Algae World provided a good range of opportunities and challenges ...” Michael Horner, Blu Bayou Mgmt (Canada)
“An excellent overview of the issues relating to entering the algae industry” Tony Dowd, New Horizon Capital (UK)
“Interesting, Productive and Useful event” Frank Zweerts, Originoil European Office (France)
People You will Meet at 2nd Algae World Europe
• Algal Biofuels Technology Developers • Algae Producers • Algal Research Institutes • Financiers and Investors • Oil & Chemical Companies • Industrial Carbon Generators - Mining Companies, Power Plant Operators, Cement Plant Operators, etc. • Transportation companies • Co-product purchasers – Biodiesel / Bioethanol / Bio-jetfuel Refiners, Fertilizer Manufacturers, Nutraceutical, Pharmaceuticals, Nutritional Supplement, Aquaculture Feed, Animal Feed, Coatings, Bioplastics, Biochemicals, and Cosmetics Companies • Wastewater Treatment Operators, Carbon Capture & Recycle companies • Algae Equipment Suppliers
Algae World Conversations: Seambiotic Chief Scientific Adviser shares a slice of his 30-years of Algae research, & his vision for cost effective Algae.
Posted on : 10 May, 2010
For our most recent Algae Conversation, we sat down with 2nd Algae World Europe speaker Prof. Ami Ben Amotz, one of the foremost Marine Algae Experts in the world. This hardworking phycologist founded Seambiotic Ltd after his retirement from Israel’s National Institute of Oceanography (NIO). Seambiotic is a company devoted to the cultivation of marine microalgae on wastes of electric power plants for the production of feasible bio-fuels and high value products. During our conversation, we asked Prof. Ben-Amotz to share a slice of his experience in the industry, and an update on Seambiotic’s works in progress.
Here is the full transcript of our conversation:
- Prof. Ben Amotz, you are one of the foremost phychologists in the world, and after 30 years of research, what do you think is the most attractive attribute of algae?
Algae by definition are related to the plant order, but in comparison to ‘higher plants’, algae have 11 classes. Nevertheless, we have very little information about these classes relative to the higher plants. In the industry, we refer to it as the “unexploited potential” of Algae.
I believe that Algae can provide many new products spanning medical, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and nutritional applications, over and above Algae and higher plant based products available today.
- In your view, which of the latest innovations and developments in algae sector are exciting and relevant?
In Algae we don’t have such ‘breakthrough developments’, we have grown quite slowly. Algae were grown mainly in the Far East (Japan and Taiwan) in the 50s, and it has been a slow process in development due to the difficulties to grow and harvest.
While innovations have been slow, they have been steady. Almost every year we get some new information or product from Algae, but there is no ‘breakthrough’, like someone finding diamonds in Algae!
- Seambiotic is the first company in the world to use flue gas from coal burning power stations for algae cultivation. Can you please tell us more about the production model?
The cost of producing Algae is quite high mainly because Algae uses carbon dioxide and fresh/sea water, which are quite expensive. After working so many years with Algae production for beta-carotene, we looked for alternatives to reduce the cost of production.
Today, we are able to use the waste of power plants. They include waste seawater used for cooling the turbines, and scrubbed flue gas emissions, which are clean enough for the growth of algae. Our model, which is new, uses the waste of the power plant, namely the seawater and the carbon dioxide to grow algae, thus saving a lot of money.
- Why did Seambiotic choose open-pond cultivation system?
As of today, after 70 years of cultivation of algae, almost 100% of the commercial production of Algae is done in open ponds, and the issue of contamination is simply not true. It is possible to grow very concentrated biomass (clean like any agricultural product), without contamination. If we look at it from an agricultural point of view, the open pond also allows for better cultivation, fertilization, light concentration etc.
Of course, algae cultivation has to use land, but projects are often situated in land, like desert areas and marine areas, which is not used for agriculture, is cheap and found all over the world. That is the reason why almost all commercial Algae plants today use open pond production.
- You have mentioned in a previous article that Israel doesn't have enough land to support truly commercial-scale algae production. Where do you think is ideal?
Well Israel doesn’t have enough land to grow algae for biofuels because then we’ll need a lot of land. But Israel has enough land to grow Algae for high value products, in the order of 10 Ha facilities.
For Biofuels, we need hundreds or thousands of hectares of land, in areas where there is plenty of sun, easy access to seawater and large parcels arid land. Countries like Saudi Arabia, Baja California, Iran, Brazil and Australia come to mind.
- What are other important factors to consider when choosing the location for a project?
The major factor for choosing the location of the site are concentration of Solar Radiation, access to Seawater, and Land availability, which is not used for urban or agricultural use, arid land with very low value and near seawater so it can be used for Algae cultivation.
- We understand Seambiotic and NASA are collaborating in algae research, can you please tell us more about this project, and the progress so far.
NASA’s collaboration with Seambiotic came with the idea to use NASA’s aerodynamic expertise, and convert that to hydrodynamics. With the open pond system, we use water flow, and in principle, the hydrodynamics of water flow is very similar to aerodynamics. So NASA came with the idea that if we improve our hydrodynamics (water movement) we can significantly improve the productivity of our algae.
Preliminary experiments with NASA’s technology and design, I can confirm that it is actually true. The simple idea to improve the flow and mixing, we can increase the productivity of algae quite significantly.
- What are the future plans for Seambiotic?
Seambiotic is constructing a 10 Ha plant in Israel, to produce fine chemicals, not for biofuels. We also recently signed a JV agreement with an electric power plant in China (one of the biggest power producers in the country), and we are currently constructing large-scale facilities for commercial algae cultivation in Yantai, China. This is the first time China & Israel are pursuing a joint venture in Algae production.
- What do you make of the recent spike in interest for algal biofuel? Are there any misconceptions that concern you or even affect your work?
Algae biofuels gained popularity over the past few years because of oil price increases, and the search for green, alternative energy. Since there are concerns over insufficient food, the industry was not able to use higher plants, so the attention moved to Algae. Assuming that Algae does not use agricultural land and fresh water, and delivers the high enough levels of photosynthetic efficiencies, it will be viable to use Algae for biofuels and other uses.
- How soon do you think we will see algae-based fuel in the market? And what are the main challenges that must be overcome for large-scale commercialisation?
It’s quite difficult to say how soon we’re going to see algae from biofuels in the market, but I know what the major limitations are!
The major limitations are actually the costs- both the cost of constructing the facilities, and the cost of production. As of today, the cost of production is quite high, so either the price of oil has to exceed $100/barrel, or the cost of producing algae has to fall below $100/barrel. When this happens, then we have a very good chance of using algae lipids to manufacture biofuels. So in my opinion it is all a matter of economics.
2nd Algae World Europe picks up steam! Participants are coming from 30+ countries spanning Asia, Europe & Americas.
Posted on : 06 May, 2010
Algae Producers, Researchers, Algae Biofuel Technology Developers, End-users and Investors from 30+ countries gather in Brussels-BELGIUM to seek clarity at 2nd Algae World Europe. The May 31- June 1 conference offers a view into 4 essential aspects of the Algal value chain.
Brussels, BELGIUM- 6 May 2010 /Press Release/ -- 2nd Algae World Europe is meeting in Brussels on May 31- June 1, and Algae stakeholders from over 30 countries have already confirmed their participation for the conference.
Big Oil and Chemical companies including Exxon Mobil, Shell, Eni, PTT Public Co, Solvay, Braskem, Evonik Degussa, Kao Chemicals, Glaconchemie and Power Producers Electrabel, GDF Suez, along with other key players and end-users like Roquette, Neste Oil, Unilever, Toyota, Philips Lighting, Cemex are among the many influential companies sending representatives to the conference.
The Algae industry is also hailing 2nd Algae World Europe as Europe’s algae industry networking meet, due to the diverse range of participants spanning all essential Algal industry profiles. According to recently released conference attendee figures:
The 2nd Algae World Europe agenda addresses the 4 key pillars of successful algae commercialization. They include 1-System Optimization for Large-Scale Algae Production; 2-Improving Algal Productivity & Processing Efficiency, 3-Developing High Value Co-products; 4-Promise and Reality of Algae Biofuels in an intensive 2-day session on June 1.
Conference panellists include representatives of the European Commission, Cyanotech (USA), Seambiotic (Israel), Solix Biofuels (USA), IngrePro B.V. (Netherlands), Alpha Biotech (France), SBAE Industries (Belgium), Proviron (Belgium), and many others. Conference participants also have the option to participate in a site visit to SBAE Industries’ Algae production plant.
Those participating in 2nd Algae World Europe are to note that 31 May to 1 June are the new conference dates. The conference was rescheduled due to the volcanic ash cloud situation.
Those who wish to attend the conference and site visit should register and pay online at http://www.cmtevents.com/?ev=100411&pg=Rg immediately due to limited seats availability.
2nd Algae World Europe Rescheduled to 31 May – 1 June! There is still time to register for the event...
Posted on : 19 Apr, 2010
Travel disruptions across Europe due to the volcanic ash cloud have led to the rescheduling of the highly popular, 2nd Algae World Europe!
We are meeting back in Brussels on 31 May to 1 June. All other details remain unchanged.
Mark your calendar on the NEW DATES: 31 May-1 June to join us for the highly anticipated event which is already attracting participations from West & East Europe, Asia, North & South America.
Please help us spread the word to all your industry peers who were unable to attend previously because of schedule clashes.
In the mean time, you can confirm your participation for 2nd Algae World Europe by registering online. Click on the link below to access!
Look forward to meeting you in Brussels.
Algae World Conversations: Solix Biofuels offers a glimpse into their cutting edge Algae Business Model.
Posted on : 10 Apr, 2010
For Episode 2 of Algae World Conversations, we engaged in an interesting email exchange with Solix Biofuels’ Vice President of Business Development, Dr. Joanna K. Money. Dr. Money is instrumental in developing the Company’s long-term business strategy, and has over 20 years of corporate and industry experience in the Biotechnology sector. Dr. Money provided a great preview of what participants can expect to hear from her colleague Dr. Bryan Willson at the 2nd Algae World Europe conference and we are pleased to present the excerpts of our exchange.
Read on to find out more about the latest developments in Solix, an overview of it’s cost-effective AGS™ technology and a round up of the challenges facing Algal Biofuels producers.
Firstly, we wish to congratulate the team at Solix for securing the support of the US Government
to realize the vision of algae biofuels. How is that going?
Thank you. Solix is part of the NAABB consortium that was recently awarded $44M by the DOE. Since that announcement, the consortium has been finalizing the legal requirements with the government and is now ready to begin work. This consortium, which includes government labs, universities and private companies, has the potential to really make a significant impact on overcoming the critical barriers of cost, resource use and efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions, and commercial viability.
The consortium will develop and demonstrate the science and technology necessary to significantly increase production of algal biomass and lipids, efficiently harvest and extract algae and algal products, and establish valuable certified co-products that scale with renewable fuel production.
Can you tell us a bit about Solix’s proprietary AGS™ technology?
Solix’s proprietary Algal Growth System or AGS™ is an integrated system for production of algae that is designed to be massively scalable and cost effective for the production of algae at scales suited for biofuel production. High volumetric growth rates can be obtained in Solix’s proprietary photobioreactors, which are made out of low cost plastic materials. The algae are protected from environmental threats in these reactors thereby minimizing the likelihood of takeover by invasive species as well as bacteria or viruses that are known to plague open pond growth systems.
Why is this a cost-effective option?
Solix has demonstrated continuous production for over two years in its AGS system with no production failures. The AGS is carefully designed to maximize the light exposure for the algae which in addition to our proprietary gas delivery system drives the high growth. The combination of the low cost of the reactors, the high volumetric output and reliability means the overall production system is very cost effective.
Can AGS technology be scaled up and used for large-scale cultivation,
and can it used to cultivate certain algal species?
The AGS is designed to be able to grow a variety of algae species and Solix has tested the system with several different species to date. One of the real advantages of the AGS is that it is ideally suited to grow genetically modified algae that many companies are developing. These species are not only more vulnerable then wild-type species but also there are regulatory concerns, which favor their containment in the closed system that our AGS provides. Many companies that are developing genetically modified algae have contacted Solix as a cultivation solution for their species.
We understand that your pilot project in Colorado uses wastewater from Coal Bed Methane mines?
How does the system work?
At its Coyote Gulch facility, Solix uses CO2 from an adjacent amine scrubbing plant that removes the CO2 from coal bed methane. We believe this facility is the first large-scale algae production facility specifically designed to grow algae in photobioreactor for biofuels that utilizes both industrial CO2 and produced water. The water is tested to make sure there are no contaminants that are detrimental to the algae before it is used. This production facility was not designed as a way to clean up the water but more as a way to demonstrate that Solix’s AGS is able to use industrial inputs.
What is Solix’s Business Model?
Solix‘s strategy is to be the leading supplier of an algal cultivation system that will be valuable to customers looking to produce a broad range of algal products. We are exploring multiple harvesting and extraction options both internally, and with partners in order to be able to provide our customers with the appropriate option suited to the products they are interested in producing.
Solix’s AGS is designed to grow multiple species that have the capability to produce multiple products. While Solix is focused on the development of a production system that will be cost effective for biofuels production, we recognize that algae are valuable for the production of a multitude of products from nutraceuticals to cosmetics to industrial intermediates to and biochemicals to energy.
What would you perceive as problems and challenges that Solix could face in the next 5 years?
Like all of us in the algae biofuels space, the key to success will be the ability to drive down the costs of production of oil to be in the range of current fossil fuel. Solix has a clear roadmap towards achieving that goal and is implementing its R&D strategy to that end.
One of the biggest challenges our industry faces is from entities that create unrealistic expectations around the timelines to commercialization as well as current yields and cost structures. This is an exciting industry with huge potential but it will take time to develop.
Solix is fortunate to have been able to demonstrate significant progress in the development of its AGS and our results speak for themselves. The industry as a whole is starting to mature and that will benefit all players involved.
Thanks Dr. Money and Solix Biofuels!
Algae World Conversations: Inaugural Conversation with Olivier Lépine, GM of Alpha Biotech available for complimentary download.
Posted on : 25 Mar, 2010
Algae World Conversations are downloadable audio recordings of discussion with the industry’s most influential executives and researchers on key issues across the Algal value chain.
The 2nd Algae World Europe team have launched this initiative to give listeners a foretaste of what to expect at the Brussels conference on 22-23 April. >>Find out more about 2nd Algae World Europe here<<
In Episode 1, we talk to Mr. Olivier Lépine, GM and Board Member of Alpha Biotech, a company specialized in production and valorisation of microalgae, which has been producing microalgae in France for 16 years. Alpha Biotech is involved in several research project with academic (Shamash project) and industrial partners (PSA, EADS). Olivier is also Chief Operating Officer for AlgoSource Technologies, an engineering companies dedicated to microalgae process development and integration, which provides consultancy services for micro-algae production projects.
During our conversation, Mr. Lepine touched on the future of Algal Biofuels, pinpointing “scaling-up algal biomass supply” as the major challenge of algal biofuels commercialisation. He also shared views on how the algal industry has changed in the 17 years he’s been involved in it, and what to expect for the future.
You can click on the link belowto get your copy of this conversation, and watch out for more conversation updates coming up shortly.
>>Click Here to Download<<
Is Co-Location the key to affordable Algal Biofuels? Experts at 2nd Algae World Europe share insights...
Posted on : 15 Mar, 2010
As researchers continue to work hard on discovering, and developing strains of algae that yield greater volumes of lipids to process into biofuels, new and established algal biofuel companies are studying methods of scaling up lab processes to commercial levels.
According to a recent editorial in the Scientific American, scientists and engineers in the industry are now discovering that standalone operations alone may not be economically viable.
The solution proposed by the writer? Co-locating algae farms with other industrial facilities!
Co-location is a key issue at the heart of the Algae commercialization process, mainly because algal strains need sunlight, CO2, water and nutrients, and at the industrial scale, large quantities of these substances can add heavily to costs, as purchasing them at market prices would make algal biofuels too expensive.
With Co-location, Algal tap on waste from other industries as a resource, hitting two birds with one stone in terms of acquiring a supply of required resources, and helping the other industry reduce waste. The idea that industries can supply one or more nutrient streams for Algae producers is an idea gaining popularity in the industry.
A good example of this would be 2nd Algae World Europe panelist Seambiotic. Seambiotic’s Algae production facility in Tel Aviv, Israel is co-located next to a coal power plant, and tapping on the flue gas emissions (CO2) for their cultivation purposes. Other types of co-location include situating near wastewater treatment facilities, tapping on the nitrogen & phosphorus rich water for algae cultivation.
Integration can be taken beyond the co-location concept; after harvesting the algae for lipids, the remaining plant matter can be processed into animal feed or used as a source of biomass for and other substanced. Alpha Biotec, another high-level panelist at the 2nd Algae World Europe, will be examining the integration concept at the conference, highlighting how process integration can decrease production cost, produce the right products and bring extra value to project economics.
While the Algal industry races on towards wide-spread commercialization and biofuel production, it seems likely that co-location will definitely contribute towards the 4 key pillars of algae commercialization. To find out more about what these 4 key pillars are, and how innovation across these 4 ‘pillars’ can help your algae business, come to 2nd Algae World Europe in Brussels.
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Solix Biofuels’ Dr. Bryan Willson to share on Low-Cost Photobioreactor-Based Production of Biofuels from Microalgae at 2nd Algae World Europe.
Posted on : 26 Feb, 2010
Dr. Bryan Willson, co-founder and Chief Technology Strategist of Solix Biofuels has just confirmed his participation at the 2nd Algae World Europe conference.
Dr. Willson will be speaking on Solix’s efforts in developing a low cost PBR, touching on the driving biological factors, design rationale, modeling results, and projected product costs. To date, Solix has developed 3 generations of PBRs, each with a successfully higher productivity, lower capital cost, lower operating cost and lower energy utilization.
Dr. Willson will also provide an overview and progress report on the large-scale Algae production facility they recently developed in Southwest Colorado during his presentation.
Dr. Bryan Willson is currently a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University (CSU) and has worked for over 25 years to develop large-scale solutions for global energy needs. He also teaches in the areas of design, energy, and sustainable development.
In June 2009, Scientific American named him to its inaugural list of the “Scientific American 10” – ten individuals who have made significant contributions to “guiding science to serve humanity” on a global basis. In August 2009, he was awarded the Maurice Albertson Medal for Sustainable Development
Dr. Willson is also the Principal or Co-Principal Investigator on over $30 million in funded research. He has funded over 350 graduate and undergraduate students and has authored/co-authored over 200 journal papers, conference proceedings, and technical reports.
Attend 2nd Algae World Europe to hear from Dr. Willson, and other top Algae and Algal Biotechnology experts from around the world. >>Click here to sign up<<
2nd Algae World Europe in Brussels will address algae’s diversity and multiple co-products
Posted on : 11 Feb, 2010
The 2nd Algae World Europe conference in Brussels addresses the 4 key pillars of algae commercialization, and explore the biology, engineering, marketing and financial aspects of the algae value chain. Panel of industry experts will also share their views on Algae for biofuels and high-value co-products like pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, cosmetics, aquaculture feed, bioplastics, coatings, etc. The program includes a site visit to see up-close the running of a fully operational commercial algae production and processing facility.
Brussels, BELGIUM- 10 Feb 2010 -- The 2nd Algae World Europe conference will meet in Brussels on 22-23 April 2010 to shed light on developing a sustainable algae commercialization model. The event is the 4th in the series of Centre for Management Technology’s (CMT) Algae World conferences which provide a vantage view on the entire algae value chain and its commercial viability, as well as spotlight on algae’s diversity and multiple co-products. Successfully held in Singapore, Rotterdam and Bangkok since 2008, Algae World is recognized as an important platform for productive exchanges among the Academic, Commercialand Investment community.
Supported by extensive research with industry stakeholders, the 2nd Algae World Europe has identified and incorporated the 4 key pillars of successful algae commercialization into the conference topics agenda:
1. System Optimization for Large-scale Algae production
2. Improving Algae Productivity and Processing Efficiency
3. Development of High Value Co-products
4. Promise and Reality of Algal Biofuels
Top industry executives from leading algae producers like Cyanotech (USA), Seambiotic (Israel), Alpha Biotech (France), SBAE Industries (Belgium) will be sharing views on algae cultivation and production systems, specifically touching on production economics, cultivation parameters, process integration, carbon capture, recycling of industrial effluents and up-scaling. Speakers representing Proviron (Belgium) and Culturing Solutions Inc. (USA) will offer a glimpse into the breakthroughs they have achieved in their production tools.
The 2nd Algae World Europe also provides an objective review of the conversion technologies for producing high value co-products, touted as the key intermediate step for large-scale algae commercialization. Considered as the ‘factories of the future’, algae contains proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and nucleic acids, which have many applications including Biodiesel, BioEthanol, Bio-jetfuel, Nutritional Supplements, Nutraceuticals, Pharmaceuticals, Aquaculture Feed and Animal Feed, Coatings, Bioplastics, Biochemicals, Fertilizers and Cosmetics.
There is also a one day focus on Algal Bioenergy at the conference, and a key representative of the European Commission will address the regulatory view on Algae as a feedstock of choice for the European Biofuel industry. Capricorn Venture Partners n.v. will also offer pointers on how to raise funds for algal biofuels project. Sessions will also explore the different routes to commercializing algal biofuels.
Other sessions on the agenda will cover advances in biotechnology to improve algal productivity, as well as harvesting and processing efficiency. The program ends with a site visit to SBAE Industries’ new indoor and outdoor algae production and processing facility.
The 2nd Algae World Europe expects to attract an even mix of representatives from the academic, commercial and investment community to build meaningful links and collaborations.
In conjunction with 2nd Algae World Europe, CMT has also launched the Algae World 2010 Industry Survey on where the industry stands and identify critical gaps in knowledge. The survey is the yet another collaboration with Mark R. Edwards, PhD. Professor at Arizona State University who published our first Algae World Survey report in 2008.
All algae industry stakeholders are encouraged to participate and share views. Please click >>here<< to participate & reserve a copy of the Algae World 2010 Industry Survey Report that will be published subsequently.
ABOUT 2nd Algae World Europe
2nd Algae World Europe offers a view into Algae beyond the hype and hyperbole to uncover the facts and hard science behind algae production and commercialization. The interaction of the scientific and business minds at the international conference is aimed at propelling the algae industry to the next level. Those keen on participating in the conference can register at www.cmtevents.com/?ev=100411&pg=Rg. For Sponsorships and Media Partnerships enquiries, please contact Ms. Nadia Al Bahar at 65 63469114 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seambiotic, Algal sector pioneer will share on their groundbreaking algae-based CO2 capture project at 2nd Algae World Europe.
Posted on : 05 Feb, 2010
World-renowned Marine Algae expert Prof. Dr. Ami Ben-Amotz, and Chief Scientific Advisor to Seambiotic technologies, has just confirmed his participation in the 2nd Algae World Europe conference, which meets on 22-23 Apr 2010 in Brussels. Prof. Dr. Ben-Amotz will address the conference on “The State-of-The-Art of Marine Microalgae Production for Bio-Fuel to High Value Products, Health Food and Cosmetics with the Option of Using Electric Power Plant Wastes.”
Seambiotic was founded in 2003, and in the past five years, the company successfully tested a method of producing algae by channeling smokestack carbon dioxide emissions through pools of algae.
The company's prototype algae farm covering about a quarter-acre in Ashkelon has eight shallow algae pools, filled with the same seawater used to cool the nearby coal-burning power plant operated by the Israel Electric Company (IEC). A small percentage of gas is siphoned off from the power plant flue and channeled directly into the algae ponds.
Seambiotic is currently transitioning from pilot plant stage to commercial scale algae cultivation and production, and in December 2009, they signed a Joint Venture with one of China’s largest power companies, China Guodian worth US$10 Million. The joint venture is expected to build its first commercial farm on 12 hectares (30 acres) in Penglai, a city in Shandong Province, and will utilize carbon dioxide from the Penglai power station. The farm is expected to be operational in 2010.
Prof. Dr. Ami Ben-Amotz has researched marine algae for over 30 years, and is a Emeritus Professor of Marine Phycology at the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) in Haifa, Israel. He is one of the world’s foremost experts on the biology, physiology, biochemistry and biotechnology of Dunaliella algae, a saltwater species, which is the richest source of natural beta-carotene in the world.
In his speech at 2nd Algae World Asia, Prof. Dr. Ben-Amotz will discuss Commercial Cultivation of Dunaliella and Nannochloropsis for Feed, Food, Nutraceuticals and Cosmetics. He will also provide insights into large Scale Cultivation of Marine Unicellular algae on Wastes of Electric Power Plants for Bio-Fuel and High Value Products, and Carbon Capture applications of this technology.
Prof. Dr. Ben-Amotz served as Head of the Department of Marine Biology at the NIO and Head of the Dunaliella Section at the WIS, Chief Scientist of Nature Beta Technologies Ltd. (commercial Dunaliella production plant in Eilat) and recently as Chief Scientist of Nikken Sohonsha Co., Japan.
Upon his retirement of NIO, Prof. Ben-Amotz founded Seambiotic Ltd., a company devoted to the cultivation of marine microalgae on wastes of electric power plants for the production of feasible bio-fuels and high value products. Prof. Ben-Amotz has more than 150 publications and supervised dozens of students mostly on aspects related to marine unicellular algae, Dunaliella and natural products.
If you are keen on hearing from Prof. Dr. Ami Ben-Amotz, and the other leading Algae industry experts who will be sharing perspectives at 2nd Algae World Europe, do confirm your attendance for the conference. >>Click here to submit your registrations online.<<
Building a Sustainable Algae Business Model? Get insights at 2nd Algae World Europe.
Posted on : 08 Jan, 2010
Could incorporating low volume, high-value chemical products pave the way to large-scale roll-out of algal biofuels ? Find out what the experts have to say at 2nd Algae World Europe on 22-23 April 2010 in Brussels.
There is growing interest in Algae as a source of energy, and 2009 was a good year for the industry, with high profile investments from oil majors like Exxon and BP, as well as funding from governments around the world. In fact, an unprecedented 7 Algae companies made it to Biofuels’ Digest’s “50 most influential Bioenergy Companies for 2009” list.
Algal biomass contains oils, carbohydrates, proteins and vitamins. Its applications, besides biofuels, ranges from health foods, food supplements, infant food, skin care, animal nutrition, biopolymer, biochemical and so forth. Algae has the potential of being the ‘factories’ for materials of the future.
The US Aquatic Species Program in the 80s, still the most comprehensive study of algae to date, culminated advanced techniques for screening, cultivating and separating the components of algae. This in turn spurred the development of high value proteins and vitamins. Production of Spirulina and Chlorella for the nutraceutical industry have therefore become prevalent around the world, with farms in the US, Taiwan, Israel, Mexico, Sweden, China, Japan and India.
For companies looking into Algae as a fuel source, these high value products and applications could radically enhance the economics of large-scale aquaculture.
2nd Algae World Europe meets in Brussels on 22-23 April 2010, to shed light on how you can turn to Algae’s multiple applications to develop a sustainable Algae business model. Sessions on the agenda will cover:
- Algae's multiple roles & applications in Skin care, Nutraceuticals, Animal Nutrition, Bioremediation (waste water treatment, coastal environment recovery), Carbon Capture & Recycle, Biofuels, Biogas, Biochemicals
- Case studies of successful commercial-scale algae production and processing
- Evaluation of various algae production systems
- R&D on improving algal productivity and lowered cost
This international conference will attract an even mix of Algae industry representatives, including Algae Technology Developers, Cleantech Entrepreneurs, Algal Science Research Institutes, Aquaculturists, Financiers and Investors and Oil Companies/Fuel Distributors.
Industrial Carbon Generators like Mining Companies, Power Plant Operators, Cement Plant Operators and End-users including Biofuels Producers, Animal Feed Companies, Fish, Poultry, Pig and Cattle Farming, Nutraceutical Companies, Fertilizer Manufacturers, Aircraft/Engine Manufacturers are also expected to attend.
In addition, Centrifuge Manufacturers, Oil Extraction Machinery suppliers, Waste Water Processing Equipment providers and Civil Engineering Companies are also encouraged to attend for a through overview of opportunities available.
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2nd Algae World Europe confirmed for 20-21 April 2010 in Brussels. Mark your calendars & hear what past attendees had to share...
Posted on : 20 Dec, 2009
The 2010 edition of the Algae World will kick off with 2nd Algae World Europe in Brussels on April 22-23.This follows on the success of the 2009 Algae World conferences, which saw participation from leading Algae executives and researchers from all over the world.
At the recently concluded 2nd Algae World Asia in Bangkok last September, “Great place to learn”was a common refrain among all conference attendees, while others found it “Enlightening and Eye-Opening”. Representatives from as far as Americas, South Africa, Middle East and those from Asia Pacific convened in Bangkok and fully enjoyed the networking and open exchanges.
John Campbell, CEO of New Horizons Global Ltd.for example, commented that he learnt a lot at the conference. He added, “2nd Algae World Asia was a fantastic conference, bringing together individuals from all parts of the Algae World in an atmosphere of learning and development.”
Others like Joshua Coetzee, CEO of Biofusion added that the conference offered a lot of clarity on some challenges they face in their Algae business. He said, “The conference helped me realise issues at hand and the corrections that needed to be made to rectify these issues.”
Algae World conferences offer a holistic view of the entire Algae value chain, focusing on high value Algae applications, as well as Algal BioEnergy, with insights from both the commercial producers as well as leading scientists. Cameron Howie, a Team Leader at Melbourne Water paid homage to this remarking, “The conference provided a valuable cross-section of views and a range of interesting perspectives on major issues that will impact the future of this industry.”
Included in the program was a site visit to Green Diamond’s Spirulina farm in Chiangmai. The farm owners Mr & Mrs Boonsom were wonderful hosts who welcomed us with great fanfare and treated us to a sumptuous Spirulina infused meal of soup and pasta with spirulina, waffles with Spirulina and even Spirulina ice-cream! Attendees were also taken on a tour of their open pond cultivation system while Mr. & Mrs. Boonsom briefed them about their production experience.
With CMT’s Algae World, you are assured of practical knowledge and realistic insights. As Keith Cowan, Director & Professor at EBRU- Rhodes University summed up, “Technology Exchange, Networking and Opportunity Potential is the hallmark of an Algae World event- a true biotechnology experience.”
Do keep your calendar free on 22-23 Apr 2010 to join us in Brussels for another ‘enlightening and informative’ Algae World conference. Watch this space for more program highlights, and updates on the planned site visit to a commercial-scale algae production facility close to Brussels.
Keen on participating as delegates, media partners, exhibitors and / or sponsors at 2nd Algae World Europe? Submit your enquiries and proposals to Ms. Nadia Albahar at +65 6346 9114 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr. Marc Van Aken ***
Business Development Consultant, SBAE Industries nv/sa
Exploring the Challenges of Scaling Up Algae Production – Lessons Learnt
Day 1 [Mon 31, May], at 11:30 AM
Marc Van Aken has a background in high technology companies, both early and later stage. In the 90s, he was involved in the start-up of Internet Service Provider UUNET in the Benelux, where he held a number of roles in marketing, sales and general management. Later he moved on to become VP Strategic Marketing for UUNET in EMEA.
Day 1 [Mon 31, May], at 02:15 PM
Mr. Mark Michiels
Managing Director, Proviron Functional Chemicals nv
Mass Cultivation of Algae in a Closed Photo Bioreactor: A Dream or Reality?
Day 1 [Mon 31, May], at 12:00 PM
Mark Michiels is managing director at Proviron and is today responsible for innovations.
Proviron is a medium sized chemical company with his research focus on chemical from renewable raw materials. It is in this light that the algae research is started at Proviron.
Mark Michiels is electromechanical engineer from the free universit....
Mr. Dean Tsoupeis
CEO, Culturing Solutions Inc
Production Tools for the Mass Cultivation of Monoculture Micro-Algae and Related Markets
Day 1 [Mon 31, May], at 12:30 PM
With over 8 years experience in the Renewable Energy Sector, Mr. Tsoupeis has become a veteran. His Design, Engineering, and Completion of a pilot plant, to refine waste vegetable oil into ASTM D-6751 approved Biodiesel, was completed in September 2004.
Mr. Tsoupeis has performed several feasibility studies for the Biodiesel and....