Carbon utilization has been a hot topic at almost every session at the Summit. In one panel exclusively devoted to the topic industry leaders remarked that despite the policy paralysis in the United States on carbon emissions, the skepticism that surrounds the costs of carbon capture technologies and their success, there are still several approaches that can work in the near term. Resources are being devoted to those approaches outside the United States, many of which include algae cultivation.
Advancing those technologies in the U.S. would be accelerated by establishing a few large demonstrations--similar to those employed by utilities in the past for next generation energy production technologies, only much less expensive.
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Algae in the Navy
Dennis McGinn, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Energy, Installations & Environment addressed attendees of the Summit with one simple message from the Navy for algae biofuel producers:
If you make algae-based fuels, the Navy will buy them.
McGinn's speech cemented the undisputed national security advantage that comes from renewable, domestically produced algae-based fuels. The Department of Defense continues a long tradition of leadership in energy transitions, being among the first institutions to adopt steam power in ships, then coal and oil, nuclear power, and now biofuels.