Algae and second-generation biofuels hold a lot of promise to getting the U.S. off of petroleum-based fuels. This certainly isn't a secret to anyone - if you need some background, you can check out our coverage of the Jan Kreider's talk at the recent Sustainable Mobility Seminar - but algae are not a huge part of the national energy dialogue.
The National Algae Association would like to change this, and I'm sure at least a few news stories will be coming out in the next few days featuring our little photosynthetic friends. The NAA's two-day Algae Commercialization Business Roundtable, Research and Networking Forum starts tomorrow in The Woodlands, Texas and features groups we've mentioned before, like Sapphire Energy, as well as some we'd like to learn more about.

The National Algae Association says it is the first algae trade association in the world with a "mission is to fast track algae commercialization in the US and around the world." At the very least, we should be talking about algae more. See more details after the jump.

[Source: National Algae Association]

Announcement:

National Algae Association Conference
October 23-24, 2008
The Woodlands, Texas

Most Exciting Event of the Year

Algae Commercialization Business Roundtable, Research and Networking Forum will be held October 23-24, 2008 at The Woodlands Conference Center and Resort in The Woodlands, Texas. Due to its fast-growing nature, algae is quickly attracting interest and investment in the United States and around the world. Algae is renewable, does not affect the food channel and eats C02. It can be converted into fuels such as jet fuel, biodiesel, ethanol, biogasoline and biomass that can be used in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, bio-plastics and organic fertilizer.

The National Algae Association is the first algae trade association in the world. Its mission is to fast track algae commercialization in the US and around the world. The US needs to get off of foreign oil and become energy independent. The algae industry is creating new green jobs and opportunities for algae producers, researchers and students.

Proposed presenting Algae Companies and Algae Researchers

Vertigro Algae Technologies
Sapphire Energy
Vertigro Algae Technologies
Green Gold Algae and Seaweed Sciences, Israel
Enhanced Biofuels & Technologies India Ltd.
Algae Production Systems
Scipio Biofuels, Inc
Algaewheel
Air Transportation Association
University of Austin
University of Arizona
University of Louisiana
Myongji University, Korea
Phyco2
Fluid Imaging Technologies
Cauffiel Technologies
R.C. Costello
Oilgae
Biofuel Digest
Emerging Markets Online
Risk Group
Raceway Ponds and Closed Loop Photobioreactor - Problems and Solutions
Algae Production - Financial Modeling
Potential algae investment and financing options

To attend the October 23-24th event or to become a member, please visit the NAA website: www.nationalalgaeassociation.com.

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