Highlights of the AquaFUELs Roundtable
(IEA Bioenergy Task 39) The EU project AquaFUELs intends to establish the state of the art on research, technological development and demonstration activities relevant to producing 2nd generation biofuels from non-food aquatic biomass, including algae. More information on the project is available at www.aquafuels.eu.
The AquaFUELs Roundtable was held on 21st and 22nd of October 2010 in Brussels and was a milestone in the project. The select panel of experts composing the Roundtable identified future research needs and potential industrial developments, with a careful eye to sustainability and social implications. The panel of experts invited to contribute to the presentations and following discussions of the Roundtable was composed of the leading experts in the field of algae biomass as well as from the biofuels community, while the chair was the Secretary-General of the European Biodiesel Board and Executive Director of the European Algae Biomass Association, Mr. Raffaello Garofalo. The outcome of the Roundtable was a realistic perspective on algae use for biofuels production – a necessary step towards future developments.