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Dispatch from the 2014 Algae Biomass Summit

Thursday, October 02, 2014  
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The second full day of the 2014 Algae Biomass Summit featured presentations on the potential of algae to utilize captured carbon emissions, commitments from the Navy to use biofuels, standards for industry measurements, and more.
Some of the highlights from yesterday: 
Sign the petition  Summit in San Diego
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. 
You can help develop these technologies by signing ABO's petition asking the White House to ensure the EPA allows states to pursue algae and carbon utilization technologies for emissions reductions. Sign here today!
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. 
Young Algae Researcher and Travel Grant Awards
ABO announced the winners of the third annual Young Algae Researcher Awards at the Summit. The awards are presented to winners for research conducted in two subject areas: biology and engineering. 
The Algae Foundation, ABOs sister organization that supports algae education also announced the winners of this year's travel grant awards that allow young graduate students to attend professional conferences such as the Summit.
Congratulations to the next generation of algae leaders!
Industry and Regulatory Standards
Algae industry leaders deploying a wide range of technologies heard from Lieve Laurens, Senior Scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on ABO's latest efforts to establish a common language for the algae industry with Algae Industry Measurements 6.0
Algae-derived food and nutritional product producers were treated to insights on FDA approvals and regulations from Daniel Fabricant, CEO & Executive Director, Natural Products Association. Mr. Fabricant discussed regional differences in the FDA and state approval processes, approaches to genetic modification and gave a preview of the vital issues that the FDA will be concerned with in 2015 and beyond. 

Media Coverage
An op-ed by ABO's Executive Director Matt Carr and Cleantech San Diego's President Jason Anderson
Algae as biofuels focus of summit in the U-T San Diego
by Bradley Fikes, biotechnology reporter
By Jim Lane
Onward to 2015
The Algae Biomass Summit concludes today. Next year the world's largest algae conference will be in Washington, DC, September 30 - October 2, 2015. 
See you there!

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