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Are you interested in the opportunities presented by algae as a source of biofuel?

The International Conference on Marine Biomass as Renewable Energy, being held on 3-4 March 2016 in Glasgow, has announced an exciting programme of keynote presentations by high profile speakers and six sessions packed with the latest research findings.

Registration is due to close on Tuesday 16th February, so register today to ensure that you don't miss out on this chance to explore the challenges and opportunities in the area of marine algae as a source of biofuel.


Why use microalgae for biofuel?

Many researchers are working on the feasibility of using algae as a feedstock for producing bio-fuels. One example of biofuel from marine algae would be the conversion of marine biomass to methane via anaerobic digestion, which can generate electricity. Another potential for algae is its potential for biodiesel.

One great characteristic of micro-algae is that it doesn’t rely on soil and land. They thrive in water which is salty or dirty and therefore do not need fresh water resources. Algae also have high growth rates, good growth densities which also makes them a good source for biofuels. Algae can be grown in a variety of climates and in different types of production methods. These can be from photo bioreactors, ponds and fermenters.

There are still however challenges to be overcome and new opportunities in this area. This conference is intended to give an overview of the capabilities in this area and aims to explore the challenges and opportunities in the area of marine algae as a source of biofuel. It will highlight the recent developments in research areas such as algal cultivation, conversion technologies, and sustainability.


Keynote presentations

Mr Vitor Verdelho (A4F) - A Review of the European Algal Biomass Sector 
Victor is the Chief Development Officer of AlgaFuel, S.A., dedicated to the development and implementation of microalgae production units in high-emitting industries for CO2 mitigation with production of biomass.

Dr Michele Stanley (SAMS) - Macro verse Micro- which is best and does it really matter?
Michele has over 20 years research experience in the area of biochemistry and molecular biology. Working on applied
phycology projects for more than 17 years. Over the last 6 years, she has initiated and led the development of research investigating marine biomass, both macro- and microalgal, as forms ofbiofuels at SAMS and she is also developing other areas of applied research investigating the biotechnology application of algae.

Dr Ian Watson (University of Glasgow)Developing microalgal derived bio fuel in the shipping industry
Ian is now actively researching the potential of microalgae for biofuel and high value products. This includes each stage of the process from optimising growth, dewatering and product extraction to genetically engineering pathways to improve product yield and development of commercialisation strategies.


Find out more and register

What: International Conference on Marine Biomass as Renewable Energy
When: 3-4 March 2016
Where: Glasgow


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