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 Every year the Summit features exciting tours of local interests, algae research and cutting-edge technology demonstrations. We are still planning our 2019 tours, but feel free to read about last year's tours below.


Algae in Texas: In the Lab and on the Beach

Sunday, October 14, 2018

8:00am – 6:00pm

Galveston beachMembers: $200

Non-members: $250

Photo ID will be required to attend this tour.

Buses will depart from The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center.


Even the algae are bigger in Texas!  Spend the day immersed in the burgeoning Texas algae ecosystem – and visit the home of an infamous pirate and the most deadly natural disaster in American history – on a day trip to legendary Galveston. As we make the trek to the Texas coast, start with an introduction to the largest algae collection in the world as experts from the UTEX Culture Collection join us to offer a taste of our taxa’s astonishing diversity.


In Galveston the group will be treated to a gourmet brunch at the historic Hotel Galvez & Spa. Visit Texas A&M University’s Sea Life Facility for an inside look at the university’s algae research program and the rich biodiversity and exceptional seafood production of Galveston Bay and adjacent Gulf of Mexico. Then learn about one of the world’s largest macroalgae phenomena as we explore the role of sargassum in the region’s ecosystem and economy on a beach walk with a leading expert.


We’ll end with a stroll through historic Galveston and time to explore the Historic Strand District for a souvenir, ice cream or the documentary presentations of The Great Storm and The Pirate Island of Jean Laffite, both directed and produced by the brother of an algae industry legend!


Carbon Capture and Storage Tour: The Petra Nova Power Plant
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Members: $150
Non-members: $175
Busses will depart from The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center


On the last day of the Summit visit NRG’s Petra Nova’s coal-fired power plant near Houston, one of only two power plants in the world that are capturing carbon emissions for beneficial use and sequestration.


Algae are voracious consumers of carbon dioxide, and their potential to play a role in recycling greenhouse gases has not gone unnoticed. This tour will provide a first-hand look at technologies being deployed now at scale to capture CO2 from power production for Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU). Scaling up the cultivation of algae requires a lot of CO2 and algae can play an important role as the “U” in CCU.


View technologies in operation, consult with plant operators and hear what lessons have been learned since the plant began capturing post-combustion CO2 in January 2017. Limited space available!


The tour to Petra Nova is part of New Carbon Economy Day at the Summit, as special day of programming coordinated by the Algae Biomass Organization and the The Center for Carbon RemovalIn addition to the afternoon tour, the final day of the Summit will focus on cutting-edge research results, the latest in commercial developments, and a series of conversations about applications of algae in carbon capture, manufacturing and energy. See below for more agenda details. 


Algae Biomass Summit

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