[China] The 1st China Algae Expo was held successfully in the Grand Regency Hotel, Qingdao on 20th to 21st of August 2015. On behalf of the organizing committee, the chairperson, Prof. Dr. Song Qin of Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, expressed their warmest welcome to all delegates.
The expo is jointly hosted by Chinese Microalgae Industry Alliance, Chinese Algae Industry Association, and Qingdao Association of Science and Technology. The event attracted more than 400 participants and 50 exhibitors. Speaker of the event included Prof. Michael A. Borowitzka, Dr. John R. Benemann, Dr. Amha Belay, Dr. Yoshihiro Shiraiwa, and Dr. John P. van der Meer.
Several well-known phycologists from China also attended this meaningful event. To name a few, Prof. Dr. Yuzao Qi (red tide), Dr. Yongding Liu (water treatment and algae removal), Dr. Qingyu Wu (algae biofuel), and Dr. Jianguo Liu (seaweed hydrocolloid and natural products), were the distinguish speakers of the event.
China is the largest algae biomass exporter in the world since the last decade. However, this was the first time in China to organize an international expo for the local algae industry.
More than half of the exhibitors who participated in the expo were producers of Spirulina. Varieties of Spirulina products were exhibited in exhibition. However, it is concerned that the oversupply of Spirulina biomass may crash the Spirulina market.
As China’s first and only expo focused on algae industrial development activities, Prof. Dr. Qin stated that the expo aimed to lead the development of the algae industry by pioneering new technologies, developing new products and new applications for algae biomass. Algae industry has the greatest potential to help the growth of China’s economic and green technology development.
Algae World News took this opportunity to conduct a survey with 12 Spirulina producers from China. It was estimated that the current dried Spirulina production capacity within China to be more than 8,000 tons per year.
The Inner Mongolia province alone produced 4,500 tons of dried Spirulina last year, according to Chen, the manager of Inner Mongolia Wushengzhao Ecological Development Co.
The average ex-farm price of Spirulina biomass varied around USD 6,310.00 to 7,888.00 per ton.
The 1st China’s Algae Expo ended with a glee feast. The expo took place concurrently with the 3rd International Coastal Conference of Biotechnology.
Lead by Prof. Hongnong Chou of National Taiwan University, Taiwan’s Phycological Society sent a team of 12 representatives to attend the expo. The organizing committee expressed their intention to held the next expo in Taiwan.
Exclusively reported by Algae World News