What is new about the Algae Biomass Summit 2015?

[USA] Last week, Algae World News attended the Algae Biomass Summit 2015 held in Marriott Washington DC. The event attracted more than 600 delegates, with 150 presentations and 40 exhibitors showcased variety of algae products and services.

Highlights of the event included the demonstration of innovative commercial algae products. To name a few, the culinary algae oil, skincare cream consists of microalgae oil, and bioplastics materials made of pond scum algae. Here are some of the photographs of the exhibition and algae products.

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The active ingredient of skincare product “Moina” is extracted from lipid-producing microalgae Botryococcus braunii. The company who invented this product is a member of Algae Industry Incubation Consortium of Japan.
Fully automated 1,000 L photobioreactor fabricated by Industrial plankton Inc. of Canada.
Fully automated 1,000 L photobioreactor fabricated by Industrial plankton Inc. of Canada.
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Environmentally friendly bioplastics raw materials are made primarily of pond scum algae.
Microbio Engineering Inc., led by Dr. John Benemann, is one of the regular exhibitor of the event.
Microbio Engineering Inc., led by Dr. John Benemann, is one of the regular exhibitor of the event.
Cyantific moisturizer cream contains active ingredient derived from wild blue-green algae harvested from natural algae bloom.
Beagle Bioproducts Inc., demonstrated their Cyantific moisturizer cream which contains active ingredient derived from blue-green algae harvested from natural ponds with algae bloom.
3D-printing bioplastic materials made of algae.
3D-printing bioplastic materials made of algae.
Downstream algae processing equipment such as oil press machines are also demonstrated in the exhibition.
Downstream algae processing equipment such as oil press machines were demonstrated during the exhibition.
Non-profit organization and government institution such as the NREL also participated in the exhibition.
Non-profit organization and government institution such as the NREL participated in the exhibition.

Although algae industry has received huge amount of money and investment to develop algae biofuel products,  non of the company demonstrated commercial algae biofuel at the moment. Moreover, the crude oil price has dropped down to $40-50 per barrel, the algae industry would rather produce something more profitable at smaller scale.

Despite the failure to demonstrate algae biofuel products, almost all of the plenary speaker talk about carbon capture and utilization during their discussion. During the conference, XPRIZE even made an exciting announcement – a $20 Million Carbon XPRIZE competition to find breakthrough solution on converting CO2 into assets.

The exhibition and conference ended on the 2nd of October, 2015. The organizer have not made any announcement on the next meeting. We look forward to seeing more interesting products and presentations in the future event.

 

Exclusively reported by Algae World News

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