Settimo Summit delle Biomasse Algali, 2013 Florida.

Track 1: Progress in Algal Biology Research
Track Chair: Al Darzins, Gas Technology Institute

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1
Physiological Regulation of Carbon Partitioning
This panel will examine the factors that control carbon flux to lipids, carbohydrates and other products in diatoms and green algal systems. Approaches to be discussed include the targeted metabolic manipulation of pathways to increase lipid production and the overall study of material fluxes as cells transition from heterotrophic to mixotrophic and photoautotrophic growth conditions.

  • Panel Chair: Qiang Hu, Professor, Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Emily Trentacoste, Ph.D. Candidate, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC-San Diego
    Increased Lipid Accumulation without Compromising Growth: Metabolic Engineering of Lipid Catabolism in Thalassiosira pseudonana
  • Yanming Wang, Research Scientist & Ph. D. Candidate, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
    Mixotrophic Continuous Cultivation of Chlorella protothecoides for Sustainable Lipid Production
  • Egan Lohman, Ph.D. Candidate, Chemical & Biological Engineering, Montana State University
    Lipid Profiling, Carbon Partitioning, and Inorganic Carbon Optimization to Enhance Growth and Lipid Accumulation in Green Microalgae
  • Danxiang Han, Assistant Research Professor, Arizona State University
    Lipidome Analysis of the Oleaginous Microalga Nannochloropsis oceanica IMET1 during Oil Accumulation
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1
Molecular Biology and Genetics
This panel will examine new strategies aimed at identifying critical global regulatory and network signaling systems of the lipid and isoprenoid pathways in a variety of algal model hosts. Additionally, new genome engineering tools that lead to more efficient gene transfer between algal species and novel heterologous gene expression strategies will be discussed.

  • Panel Chair: Al Darzins, R&D Director – Infrastructure Sector, Gas Technology Institute
  • Sarah Smith, Ph.D. Candidate, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC-San Diego
    A Global Regulatory Mechanism Integrates Carbon and Energy Metabolism in the Diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana
  • Beth Rasala, Senior Scientist, Triton Algae Innovations Inc.
    Genetic Tools for Microalgal Research and Biotechnology
  • Michael Guarnieri, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    Identification of Novel Cell Signaling Systems in Chlorella vulgaris
  • David Fox, LANL – Los Alamos National Laboratory
    Maximization of Isoprenoid Production and Extraction in a Model Organism
8:30 am – 10:30 am WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2
Cultivation Ecology
This panel will examine the general ecosystem approach of managing large scale algal cultivation systems. Understanding the complex cellular populations and their interactions within a culture system will be necessary to optimize productivity and culture stability. Specific topics to be discussed include the effect of cell populations on flocculation ability, the potential impact and fate of genetically modified (GM) algae, and culture contamination and its subsequent management through robust crop protection practices.

  • Panel Chair: Todd Lane, Principal Member, Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Marian Vermuë , Assistant Professor, Bioprocess Engineering, Wageningen University
    Harvesting Microalgae for Biodiesel Production
  • Robert McBride, Sapphire Energy Inc.
    Open Algae Pond Ecology
  • William Henley, Professor, Botany, Oklahoma State University
    Initial Risk Assessment of Genetically Modified (GM) Microalgae for Commodity-Scale Biofuel Cultivation
  • Val Smith, University of Kansas
    Ecological Principles of Algal Crop Protection
  • Joe Weismann, Exxon Mobil
    Algae Biofuels Program: Towards Improved Photosynthetic Efficiency
11:00 am – 12:30 pm WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2
Photosynthesis and CO2 Fixation
This panel will examine the important implications of cellular light absorption and utilization of CO2 on algal growth and biofuels productivity. Specific topics to be discussed will include the de-regulation of the photo acclimation response and the effect of photon energy on the photosynthetic pigment pool. Photosynthesis and CO2 fixation in algal biofilms as well as the utilization of CO2 from landfill-derived flue gas will also be presented.

  • Panel Chair: John Benemann, Chief Executive Officer, MicroBio Engineering Inc.
  • Shaun Bailey, Director, Photosynthesis Research, Synthetic Genomics International
    Global Transcriptional Regulators of the Photo-Acclimation Response to Irradiance
  • Greg Mitchell, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC-San Diego
    Pigment Packaging Effects in Thalassiosira pseudonana Under Light Regulated Steady-State Growth
  • Robert Gardner, Montana State University
    Characterization of Active Photosynthesis Zones iInside Biofuel Producing and Waste-Water Remediating Algal Biofilms
  • Joshua Wilkenfeld, Algae Cultivation Specialist
    Use of Flue Gas From Combustion of Landfill Gas (LFG) as the CO2 Source for Algae Biomass Production with Scenedesmus obliquus: Growth, FAME’s, and Heavy Metals
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2
Algal Strain Development
This panel will examine the engineering and characterization of improved microalgal strains for the production of biofuels and specialty chemicals. Both evolutionary (non-GM) and targeted approaches via direct genetic manipulation will be presented. Furthermore, data from systems biology (-omics) studies are beginning to offer a better understanding of how algal biochemical pathways are regulated and how this information can be used in the development of improved strain engineering strategies.

  • Panel Chair: Jianping Yu, Senior Scientist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Matthew Saunders, Group Leader, Evolutionary Engineering, Sapphire Energy Inc.
    Microalgae Strain-Improvement by Evolutionary Engineering for Superior Biofuels Production
  • Mark Hildebrand, Research Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC-San Diego
    Improvement of Lipid Accumulation in Microalgae by Mutagenesis and Metabolic Engineering
  • Herminia Rodriguez, Institute of Plant Biochemistry, University of Seville Spain
    Metabolic Engineering of the Carotenogenic and Triacylglycerides Pathways in Microalgae
  • Natarajan Velmurugan, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, KAIST
    Adaptive Evolution of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii Strains Resulting in High Lipid Content Cells
  • Jianping Yu, Senior Scientist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    Development of Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 for the Bioconversion of Pentose Sugars to Value-Added Products
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2
Physiological Response to Cultivation Conditions
This panel will examine the biological response of various alga to different environmental stimuli. These include the ability to predict cell adhesion and bioflocculation, the use of a novel photobioreactor for a multi-parameter screen of environmental conditions, the demonstration of enhanced algal yields and flocculation by modulating flue gas inputs, growth characteristics of thermotolerant, acidophilic red algae and the demonstration of enhanced growth rates of algae from the residual phosphate recovered from oil extracted algal biomass.

  • Panel Chair: Shulin Chen, Professor/Scientist, Biological Systems Engineering, Washington State University
  • Halil Berberoglu, University of Texas at Austin
    Physico-chemical Surface Properties of Algae and Cell-Surface Interactions
  • Jennifer Stewart, University of Delaware
    Growth and Flocculation of Heterosigma akashiwo on Industrial Emissions
  • Rebecca Knight, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Texas – Austin
    The Design of a Low-Cost Photobioreactor for High Throughput Metabolomics Screening and Next Generation RNA-seq Transcriptomics Analysis in a Thermophilic Cyanobacterium, BP-1
  • Todd Lane, Principal Member, Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories
    Nutrient Recycling for Sustainable Algal Mass Culture
  • Pete Lammers, Professor, New Mexico State University
    Some Like it Hot: Outdoor Cultivation of Miotrophic, Thermo-Tolerant Galdieria sulfuraria in Closed Photobioreactors for Waste Water Treatment and Biofuel Applications

Track 2: Engineering & Analysis
Track Chair: Ron Chance, Algenol

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1
Economic Analysis of Algae-to-Biofuel Systems 
This session will focus on various aspects of economic analysis and modeling for biofuel production systems. These calculations are critical in that they both set the value proposition of different approaches and provide research guidance by identifying game changing research opportunities and potential economic showstoppers in the envisioned processes.

  • Panel Chair: Ben McCool, Vice President, Engineering, Algenol Biofuels
  • James Richardson, Regents Professor & Senior Faculty Fellow,Texas A&M University
    A Comparison of Two Cultivation Systems: Open Pond and Algae Raceway Integrated Design (ARID)
  • Erik Venteris, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
    A National-Scale Comparison of Resource and Nutrient Demands for Algae Based Biofuel Production by Lipid Extraction and Hydrothermal Liquefaction
  • Jeffrey Moody, Utah State University
    Microalgae Scalability: A Global Assessment of Productivity Potential and Resource Availability
  • Lieve Laurens, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    Composition of Algal Biomass for Biofuels and Bioproducts: High Impact Data and Method Harmonization
  • Cara Meghan Downes, New Mexico State University
    Formulation and Estimation of a Production Function Model of Biofuels from Microalgae
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1
Cultivation I
This double session starts off with an overview of the AlgaePARC biorefinery in The Netherlands, presented by the leader of that effort. Subsequent talks in this session will focus on the key issue of nutrient supply and management.

  • Panel Chair: John Benemann, Chief Executive Officer, MicroBio Engineering Inc.
  • Rene Wijffels, Professor, Bioprocess Engineering, Wageningen University and Research Center
    AlgaePARC Biorefinery
  • Tryg Lundquist, California Polytechnic
    Influence of Wastes on Seasonal Nutrient Transformations and Harvesting Efficiency for Raceway Pond Cultures
  • Terence Smith, Research Assistant, Utah State University
    Rotating Algal Biofilm Reactor for Nutrient Removal and Biomass Production
  • John Hewson, Principal Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories
    Recovery of nutrients from biomass for nutrient recycling
  • Trina Halfhide, Ph.D. Candidate, University of South Florida (USF)
    Effect of Indigenous Microbes on Algae Biomass Production and Nutrient Removal
8:30 am – 10:30 am WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2
Cultivation II
A number of issues related to cultivation of open pond systems will be examined: CO2 supply via flue gas from coal fired plants; indoor simulation of outdoor production systems; monitoring of algae growth and productivity; and design of low cost pond systems.

  • Panel Chair: Harlan (Lanny) Miller, Director of Aquaculture, Algenol Biofuels
  • Michael Huesemann, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
    Simulation of Outdoor Pond Cultures Using Indoor LED-lighted and Temperature-Controlled Raceway Ponds
  • Michael Wilson, Research Engineer, Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky
    From Flue Gas to Fungible Fuels -Demonstration of an Algae-based System for CO2 Mitigation From Coal Fired Power Plants
  • Halil Berberoglu, University of Texas at Austin
    A Novel Multispectral Imaging Method for Real-time Algal Culture Monitoring
  • Ian Woertz, Engineer, MicroBio Engineering Inc.
    Design and Construction of Low-Cost Algae Production Pond Systems
  • Jose Sanchez Piña, General Manager, Algae Division, OriginOil Inc.
    Algae Appliance™: A Breakthrough in Harvesting and Microbiological Control for Commercial Algae Systems
11:00 am – 12:30 pm WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2
Biomass Harvesting and Extraction
This session continues the examination of fuel production from biomass with a series of talks addressing various aspects of harvesting and oil extraction. The discussion will include cell disruption methods, oil extraction methods, membrane/sorbent separations, and dewatering.

  • Panel Chair: Philip Pienkos, Prinicipal Group Manager, National Bioenergy Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Joel Krehbiel, Ph.D. Candidate, Mechanical Sciences & Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign
    Efficient Disruption of Algal Cells with Ultrasound and Microbubbles
  • Jason Quinn, Utah State University
    Low Energy, Wet Solvent Extraction
  • Martin Poenie, University of Texas at Austin
    One Step Processing of Algae to Biofuel
  • Jordan Smith, Engineering Director, Aurora Algae
    Engineering Economics of Dewatering of Nannochloropsis
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2
Cultivation in closed systems, via photobioreactors, provide an alternative to open pond systems. The first talk (invited) will provide broad perspective of the area and an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of photobioreactors for algae production. The subsequent talks will provide analyses of specific systems as well as a description of a real-time monitoring systems that can be applied to productivity assessments for other photobioreactor and open pond systems.

  • Panel Chair: Ron Chance, Senior Scientific Advisor, Physical Sciences, Algenol Biofuels
  • Pete Lammers, Professor, New Mexico State University
    Bounded Opportunities: Physical, Biological, Material and Economic Constraints on Photobioreactor Design
  • Yuanguang Li, Professor, East China University of Science and Technology
    Key Parameters for the Performance of Photobioreactor
  • Lawrence Walmsley, CEO, Culture Fuels Inc.
    Highly-Productive, Low-Cost Floating Cultivation Platform
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2
Conversion of Whole Algal Biomass into Liquid Fuels via Hydrothermal Processes
Hydrothermal liquefaction of whole algal biomass into liquid biocrude oil represents a potentially viable alternative to the more traditional routes of conversion of extracted algal lipids to methyl esters or synthetic paraffinic diesel/jet fuel. Because it converts whole wet biomass into liquid fuel, this process circumvents some of the major technoeconomic challenges in algal biofuels value chain such as harvesting, drying, lipid extraction and the need to cultivate high lipid accumulating monocultures. PNNL, one of the leaders in that area, will provide an invited talk to lead off this session. Subsequent talks will provide wide ranging aspects of HTL from fundamentals of the chemistry to the practicality of the application.

  • Panel Chair: Anthony Marchese, Associate Professor, Colorado State University
  • John Holladay, Manager, Biomass Sector, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
    Technical and Economic Aspects for Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Algae
  • Neil Osterwalder, Process Engineer & Group Leader, Sapphire Energy Inc.
    Production and Upgrading of Renewable Bio-Crude from Large Scale Algae Ponds
  • David Lewis, Chief Technology Officer, Muradel Pty Ltd
    Biomass to Biofuel: Is Hydrothermal Liquefaction the Answer?
  • Klaus Hellgardt, Reader in Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London
    Hydrothermal Upgrading of Algae Paste: Application of 31P-NMR

Track 3: Innovation on the Road to Commercialization
Track Chair: Mark Allen, Accelergy

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1
Fuel Production Innovation 
This panel examines the RFS drivers behind fuel production, successful large-scale cultivation, harvesting, and processing for fuel production, and several technologies for processing algae oil and algae biomass to fuels.

  • Panel Chair: Michael Lakeman, Regional Director, Biofuel Strategy, The Boeing Company
  • Mary Solecki, Clean Fuels Program Director, E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs)
    How the Low Carbon Fuel Standard is driving growth in algal fuels
  • Rebecca White, Director of Cultivation & Site Manager< Green Crude Farm, Sapphire Energy Inc.
    Sapphire Energy’s Green Crude Farm – Year in Review
  • Lee Tonkovich, Vice President, Research & Development, Heliae
    Good Science = Scale: Leveraging innovation for commercial algae production
  • Hoyt Thomas, OpenAlgae
    Integrated Algae Growth with PCM and Solventless Oil Recovery Process Demonstrated
  • Pat Leung, CRI Catalyst Co.
    Advances in Algal Biomass Conversion Technologies
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1
Biomass Production Innovation
This panel examines innovation in biomass production from the pilot-scale through large-scale cultivation including various approaches to cultivation, economic modeling, and some international perspective.

  • Panel Chair: Philip Pienkos, Principal Group Manager, National Bioenergy Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Schonna Manning, The Culture Collection of Algae (UTEX)
    Managing Microalgae at the Pilot-Scale
  • Amit Vasavada, General Atomics
    Large-scale Algae Cultivation for Protein Production
  • Adrian Galvez, Vice President, Operations, Heliae
    Achieving Commercial Viability with Mixotrophy: Proving Scalability and Economics in Gilbert, AZ
  • Dil Vashi, Manager, Corporate Development, Solutions4CO2 Inc.
    Enhancing the Economic Model of Algal Bio-Products
  • Ji-Won Yang, Professor & Executive Director, KAIST & Advanced Biomass R&D Center
    The National Policy, Investment, and Directions of Microalgae-Based Biofuels and Bioproducts Research and Development in Korea
8:30 am – 10:30 am WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2
Public Policy and Commercialization
This panel examines current thinking about the energy-water-food nexus, the scalable production of fuels, sustainability, and regulatory implications as the industry rapidly advances commercialization.

  • Panel Chair: David Schwartz, Editor/Publisher, Algae Industry Magazine
  • Matthew Rudolf, RSB Services Foundation
    Emerging Sustainable Markets
  • Philip Pienkos, Prinicipal Group Manager, National Bioenergy Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    A Place for Algal Biofuels Within the Energy-Water-Food Nexus
  • Greg Sower, ENVIRON International Corp
    Production of Food Ingredients and Chemicals: Regulatory Considerations for Parallel Production and Dual Channel Substances
  • Alice Chen, Scientist, Keller and Heckman LLP
    Chemical and Taxonomic Identity Hurdles in Regulatory Applications
  • Pat Ahlm, Assistant Director, Government & Regulatory Affairs, Algenol Biofuels
    A View of Regulatory Affairs in the Algae Industry
11:00 am – 12:30 pm WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2
Commercializing Commodity Products
This panel examines industry developments in deploying algae as a platform for high-value commodity products, the use of different feedstocks, end products, and technology innovations.

  • Panel Chair: Toby Ahrens, Senior Scientist, BioProcess Algae
  • Pradeep Sharma, Senior Research Engineer, Algenol Biofuels
    Anthropogenic CO2 as a Feedstock for Cyanobacteria-Based Biofuels
  • Ryan Hunt, Chief Technical Officer, Algix LLC
    Commercialization of Algae-blended Thermoplastics and Feedstock Supply Chain
  • Pieter Boelens, Chief Operating Officer, Evodos
    Evodos@work: High Quality Output of Algae Paste Makes the Difference
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2
Commercializing Specialty Products
This panel examines industry developments in deploying algae as a platform for high-value specialty products, emerging opportunities in agriculture, market dynamics, and sustainable operations.

  • Panel Chair: Mark Allen, Vice President, Integrated Carbon Solutions, Accelergy Corporation & Founding Board Member/Past Chairman, ABO
  • Emily Trentacoste, Ph.D. Candidate, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC-San Diego
    The Place of Algae in Agriculture: Where It Is, Where It Should Be, and How to Get There
  • Greg Sower, Manager, ENVIRON International Corp
    Shifting Focus from Fuels to Foods: How to Enter the Food, Feed, and Nutraceutical Markets
  • Emilie Slaby, Market Manager, The Scoular Company
    Protein Feed Market Dynamics and What They Mean for the Algae Meal Producer
  • Brian Goodall, Vice President, Business Development, Valicor Renewables
    Commercialization of New Algae-based Omega-3 Supplements with High Bioavailability
  • Wenguang Zhou, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, University of Minnesota
    Innovative Waste-to-Algae Technologies for Sustainable and Environment-enhancing Biofuel and Biobased Byproduct Production
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2
Production Process Innovation
This panel examines how process innovation is helping companies cross the “valley of death” to commercialization by achieving higher yields, using different technology platforms, systems integration, and operational strategies.

  • Panel Chair: Iain McNerlin, Business Development Manager, AMEC
  • Nick Donowitz, Director, Corporate Development, Heliae
    Tales from the Other Side: Crossing the Valley of Death in the Algae Industry
  • Xuemei Bai, Principal Scientist, Cellana LLC
    Advancing Commercialization of Algal Biofuels Through Increased Biomass Productivity and Technology Integration
  • Philippe Bois, Director & Chief Scientific Officer, AlgaStar Inc.
    Commercial High Yield Continuous Algal Biomass Production Using a Breakthrough Bioreactor that Combines Light and Electromagnetic Energy Stimulation
  • Bryan Degnan, King Worldwide
    Commercial Algae Production in Photo-Bioreactors
  • George Philippidis, Associate Professor, Sustainable Energy, University of South Florida
    Addressing the Challenges in the Commercial Cultivation of Algae

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