2nd Algae Biofuel Summit 2009 takes place in India in September

by Antonio Pasolini on July 20, 2009

Between 08th and 10th of September, the algae biofuel industry will be focused on the summit that takes place in New Delhi, India. Algae have emerged as one of the most promising sources for biodiesel production thanks to their non-food nature, capability to grow on waste land with sea water and highest oil yield per acre.

As a technology it still is in its infancy. Therefore this event will be a great opportunity to learn more about next generation feedstocks and technologies in this up and coming industry. Topics include recent research and development activities in the field of algae, mass production systems and photobioreactor technologies, among others.

Like corn, soybeans, sugar cane, jatropha, and other plants, algae use photosynthesis to convert solar energy into chemical energy. They store this energy in the form of oils, carbohydrates, and proteins. The plant oil can be converted to biodiesel. The more efficient a particular plant is at converting that solar energy into chemical energy, the better it is from a biodiesel perspective, and algae are among the most photosynthetically efficient plants on earth.

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