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BCSEA Webinar: Algae Biofuels

Jun 11 2013 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Could micro-algae fuel the world ?

Could products made from algae be a solution to the world’s energy, food, economic and climate challenges?  Algae have the power to put fuels in our vehicles, recycle CO2, provide nutrition for animals and people and create jobs for millions.

Join BCSEA and John Benemann for a free Webinar Tuesday June 11, 2013. 

The interest around algae stems from the fact that they can produce between 2,000-5,000 gallons of fuel per acre, far more than any other renewable feedstock, and they can grow on marginal and non-crop land, so they don’t compete with valuable agricultural land. They can also grow in brackish, salty and polluted water, and they consume carbon dioxide as they grow, helping reduce the CO2 in the atmosphere.
Around the world, 10,000 researchers and engineers are working to develop ways to grow algae for biodiesel, green gasoline, aviation fuel, sustainable animal feeds and human health products.
But can the industry live up to the hype? Will we one day see airplanes, trucks and other vehicles being powered by algae, or will it remain a source of phantom hope? 
Note: For a BC perspective, see this 2009 paper by other authors: Microalgae Technologies and Processes for Biofuels / Bioenergy Production in British Columbia
Our 2013 BCSEA Webinars are presented with the generous support of Vancity, Canada's largest Credit Union. 
Dr. John Benemann is co-founder & CEO of MicroBio Engineering, Inc, a wastewater and algal biofuels research-engineering company, and founding Director of the Algae Biomass Organization, a non-profit society that promotes the development of viable technologies and commercial markets for renewable and sustainable products derived from algae.
He has a B.Sc. in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California Berkeley, and he spent three years as postdoctoral fellow at the Dept. of Chemistry at UC San Diego; he then rejoined U.C. Berkeley in the Department of Civil Engineering, where he supervised Ph.D. thesis students in Civil Engineering, Biophysics and Plant Physiology.
In 1980, he started a small microalgae biotechnology company, and for the past 20+ years he has been a part time researcher at the University of California Berkeley, at the University of Hawaii, and a full-time consultant. His current research interests are microalgae products, aquaculture, wastewater treatment, photosynthesis, municipal solid wastes management, biofuels and all aspects of greenhouse gas abatement. He is the author of numerous publications and reports and belongs to a number of professional and trade organizations. 

Pre-registration required for this free Webinar:  https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/118950946