The Summer of Algae, Part II
by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Launching today – and stretching into early Fall – the Algae Biomass Organization is coordinating a series of events billed as “The “Summer of Algae II” to raise awareness about the promise of the algae industry to create jobs, domestic fuels, and other food and feed products.
Through open-house style events, local and national officials will experience the research, products and jobs being created by some of the algae industry’s leading companies and research institutions. – with events already scheduled in Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio and Tennessee.
Campaign events range from small briefings with local officials to larger tours of laboratories and commercial facilities that include panel discussions among several regional algae companies and research groups to announcements about new technologies.
… They have now been bred to grow fast enough that the algae industry is expected to sustainably provide — when systems reach industrial scale — cattle feed supplements that offset the impact of drought, as well as producing biofuels and chemicals for the sectors traditionally served with petroleum. Bringing down the capital costs of the systems, extracting the algae from the water, and keeping ponds producing over the long term – these are issues which the industry is tackling now. READ MORE includes links to video