For builders and developers who might be considering using biodiesel as part of a sustainable energy supply chain, an upcoming U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) webinar might be well worth the investigative time. According to AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com, DOE’s Biomass Program will host “The Promise and Challenge of Algae as a Renewable Source of Biofuels,” on Wednesday, September 8, 2010, from 2:00–4:30 p.m. EDT.
The Web conference is the first in the Biomass Program’s Webinar series, which will cover many of the program’s activities and feature “Hot Topics” discussions relevant to the development of renewable fuels, power, and products from biomass resources. This Webinar will focus on the program’s approach to algal biofuels research and development and will include presentations from four of its recently funded consortia, comprised of more than 65 partners across the United States. This session will also discuss highlights from the National Algal Biofuels Technology Roadmap, which was released by DOE in June 2010.
The number of enthusiasts who see algae as a viable sustainable energy solution is growing. According to Oilgae , an international community for algae backers, Algae can be grown photosynthetically (using sunlight) or heterotrophically (using sugars). “Growing algae in the dark offers better control as the feedstock flexible, and results in higher oil yield. Some companies are pursuing the heterotrophic route that uses fermentation, while the majority still follows the photosynthetic route.”
Presenters include Joanne Morello of DOE’s Biomass Program and representatives from the National Alliance For Advanced Biofuels and Bio-Products (NAABB), the Center for Algae Biotechnology Commercialization (CAB-Comm), the Sustainable Algal Biofuels Consortium (SABC), and Cellana, LLC.
The DOE Biomass Program has announced it is seeking interested stakeholders from industry, academia, research institutions, government, non-profits, other organizations, and the general public.This Webinar is free to all participants, but be sure to register in advance to secure your spot. You will receive the URL, password, and phone number via e-mail prior to the Webinar. Attendees will need this information in order to connect, writes AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com ©2010 .