Colo. governor to deliver keynote address at Algae Biomass Summit

By Algae Biomass Organization | September 13, 2012

The 6th Annual Algae Biomass Summit, the official conference of the Algae Biomass Organization and the world’s largest algae industry gathering, today announced that Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will deliver the opening keynote address when the event convenes in Denver on Sept. 24. Hickenlooper will welcome the industry to Colorado and discuss the importance developing algae-derived fossil fuel replacements and other products for the economy and energy independence. 

The governor’s keynote will kick off a conference which features more than 200 poster and live presentations from industry leaders in algae research, commercialization and policy. Immediately following the governor’s address, executives from some of the top algae companies will discuss their own companies as well as pressing industry issues. Moderated by Biofuels Digest Editor Jim Lane, the session will feature Alex Aravanis, chief science officer of Sapphire Energy Inc.; Tim Burns, CEO of BioProcess Algae LCC; Martin Sabarsky, CEO of Cellana Inc.; Dan Simon, CEO of Heliae Inc.; and Paul Woods, CEO at Algenol Biofuels Inc.  Hailing from Colorado, L. Hunter Lovins, president of Natural Capitalism Solutions will give a keynote address on Sept. 25 that will highlight unique combination of economic and environmental benefits that comes with algae.

“Colorado is home to some of the leading algae research and commercialization efforts and Gov. Hickenlooper has been a strong advocate of clean energy and the benefits it can bring in terms of jobs, energy security and environmental sustainability,” said Mary Rosenthal, executive director of ABO. “The governor’s decision to address the summit is a reflection of how important the expanding algae industry is to finding new sources of renewable fuels, chemicals, feed and food without adverse impacts on water usage or valuable agricultural land.”

The 6th Algae Biomass Summit will be held at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel September 24-27. With an expected 90 live and 120 poster presentations, an expanded exhibition hall and record pre-registrations the 2012 Summit is on track to be the largest since the annual event began. The 2011 Algae Biomass Summit was attended by more than 800 stakeholders from more than 25 countries across the algae industry.

The Summit comes at a time when industry is increasingly looking for new sources of sustainable raw materials—feedstock—for a wide range of end uses. Products made from algae are the natural solution to the energy, food, economic, and climate challenges facing the world today. Algae have the power to simultaneously put fuels in vehicles, recycle CO2, provide nutrition for animals and people and create jobs for millions of Americans.

The Algae Biomass Summit is produced by the ABO, the trade association for the U.Ss algae Industry. More information about the Summit can be found at the ABO website.