Algae: The New Oil

The National Algae Association is pleased to announce that its fifth quarterly conference for commercialization of “Algae: The New Oil” will be held on April 30-May 1, 2009, at the Sheraton North Houston. Algae researchers, algae oil production and equipment companies and algaepreneurs will present leading-edge technologies. In addition to our informative breakout sessions, the preliminary agenda includes presentations from Fluid Imaging Technologies, AlgaeLink, Origin Oil, Guava Technologies, BMP Processors, Femtobeam, BioCentrics, MOR Technology, Aquatic Energy, Cellana, Maria Stockenreiter of the University of Munich, Dr. Louis Landesman of Virginia State University and legislative insight from Steve Traver. Charles Bensinger, NAA Education Committee will discuss the proposed Algae Curriculum and Training Program for college students, and Dr. Peter Kipp, NAA Science and Technology Committee, will discuss algae strains.

Some exciting announcements specifically relating to algae commercialization will be made at this conference. Early registration pricing expires on April 23, 2009. The Sheraton North Houston has again offered reduced room rates for NAA conference attendees through April 23, 2009.

In announcing this conference, NAA Founder and Executive Director Barry Cohen said, “Our fifth and first anniversary conference will be 54 weeks after our first one, and I am pleased to say that the quality and quantity of presentations received in response to our Call for Speakers and Presentations was beyond all expectations. As the first association dedicated to fast-tracking the commercialization of algae as a biofuel and a renewable energy source, I am anxious to share the progress that has been made in the last year. NAA’s mission will be greatly enhanced by a special announcement to be made at the conference, along with a special ‘show-and-tell’ for all attendees.” said Mr. Cohen.

A preliminary agenda for the conference will be available on the Association’s website,, along with registration information.

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