18 Mar 2010
A conference on Algae & Energy in the Northeast, co-hosted by the University of Vermont and the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, was held at the University of Vermont in Burlington on March 17 & 18, 2010.
Topics covered include:
- Overcoming challenges to algae feedstock production in the Northeast
- Algal harvesting, lipid (oil) extraction, and biofuel conversion
- Uses and markets for algal oil and by-products
- Concurrent poster session featuring algae R&D projects.
Some of the foremost algae researchers and entrepreneurs presented the current state and projected future of algae as a biofuel feedstock, including:
- Conference Objectives & Outcomes: Dr. Anju Dahiya (University of Vermont, Cofounder General Systems Research LLC)
- Development of Microalgal Biofuels: A National Laboratory Perspective:Dr. Al Darzins (Principal Group Manager NREL)
- Pumping Algae! An Alternative Energy Future: Donald Redalje – Univ. of Southern Mississippi Department of Marine Science and Cofounder of HR BioPetroleum Inc.
- Algae Grown on Agricultural Wastewater: Algal Production, Composition and Utilization: Dr. Walter Mulbury (Environmental Management and Byproducts Lab, USDA Beltsville, Maryland)
- Algae Farming for Biofuel Feedstocks: Dr. Ron Putt – Chemical Engineering Department, Auburn University
- Algae to Biofuel: Opportunities and Challenges: Vikram M Pattarkine, PhD – CEO, PEACE USA and formerly CTO/Chief Scientist, OriginOil
- Algae for Biofeeds and Biofuels: Dr. Ira Levine (University of Southern Maine)
- Algae Culture and Biofuels Development in Integrated Systems: Dr. Mary Watzin (University of Vermont)
- Microalgae Production of Biodiesel: Dr. Ihab H. Farag (University of New Hampshire)
- Poster Sessions: The Conference presented concurrent poster sessions featuring regional algae research and demonstration projects.