ABS tours feature lab-to-commercial developments

Bookending the upcoming Algae Biomass Summit, Sept. 29-Oct.2 in San Diego, will be industry tours to give attendees a first-hand look at the latest progress in technical and commercial developments, as well as valuable… networking opportunities with industry colleagues.

The first tour, 8:00AM – 5:00PM Monday, Sept. 29, will highlight the Imperial Valley and Algae Biomass Organization member companies Earthrise Nutritionals and Hyperlight Energy, as well as major renewable energy projects including the Hudson Power geothermal facility.

The tour will visit Earthrise Nutritionals, the largest algae farm in the United States; the innovative combined power and algae biomass demonstration facility of Hyperlight Energy, located on the SDSU Brawley Campus; and the 50 MW power plant operated by Hudson Ranch Power.

This tour will be hosted by the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation (IVEDC) and San Diego State University (SDSU) Brawley Campus. IVEDC will coordinate an informative tour guide for each bus including presentations and video documentaries. A box breakfast and lunch will be included along with beverages.

California Center for Algae Biotechnology. Photo: Eric Jepson, UC San Diego Publications
California Center for Algae Biotechnology. Photo: Eric Jepson, UC San Diego Publications

On Thursday, October 2, from 1:00PM – 8:00PM,
the California Center for Algae Biotechnology (CalCAB) hosts a tour of the famous La Jolla Biotech Mesa complex, home of ABO member companies Sapphire Energy and SGI-DNA, Inc. The world-renown cluster of biotech excellence is directly related to the exceptional quality of research that has spun out of University of California San Diego (UCSD) where CalCAB, an academic/private consortium is located.

This tour will visit the SGI-DNA DNA Assembly Facility. SGI-DNA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Synthetic Genomics providing large and complex DNA synthesis and assembly services to customers around the world. The tour will also visit the UCSD Biological Field Station where UCSD and Sapphire scientists and staff will review their close private sector and academic collaborations that resulted in being ranked the number one algae biofuels consortium funded by the Department of Energy.

After the tour the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, a Department of UCSD and academic home of five of the CalCAB scientists, will host a Green Flash reception. On a first come first served basis, up to 75 attendees can join a guided tour of the original equipment used by Charles David Keeling to create the “Keeling Curve” of atmospheric CO2 at Mauna Loa – the pulse of climate change.

Sunset is at 6:32 PM and, if the sky conditions cooperate, the Scripps’ surfing professionals guarantee a Green Flash.

For more information on both of these tours: algaebiomasssummit.org

 

Photo caption: Earthrise Nutritionals

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