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One source of biofuels has been identified as marine biomass or marine algae. Many researchers are working on the feasibility of using algae as a feedstock for producing bio-fuels. One example of biofuel from marine algae would be the conversion of Marine biomass to methane via anaerobic digestion, which can generate electricity. Another potential for algae is its potential for biodiesel.

One great characteristic of micro-algae is that it doesn’t rely on soil and land. They thrive in water which is salty or dirty. Therefore, they do not need fresh water resources. Algae also have high growth rates, good growth densities which also makes them a good source for biofuels. Algae can be grown in a variety of climates and in different types of production methods. These can be from photo bioreactors, ponds and fermenters.

There are still however challenges to be overcome and new opportunities in this area. This conference is intended to give an overview of the capabilities in this area.

The conference aims to explore the challenges and opportunities in the area of marine algae as a source of biofuel. It will highlight the recent developments in research areas such as algal cultivation, conversion technologies, and sustainability.

Conference Topics

Technical papers are invited addressing the following themes:

  • Current status and potential for algal biofuels production
  • Methods of Cultivating Marine Algae
  • R&D of algal-biofuel production
  • Anaerobic digestion of micro algae-the optimum conditions for an anaerobic digester pilot plan
  • Investment activity in Marine algae Technology
  • Challenges for cost effective microalgae anaerobic digestion
  • Algal-biofuel in the near future
  • Latest scientific developments in algae research
  • New methods of converting marine algae to methane
  • Macro algae derived biofuel
  • Technologies for large scale farming of macro algae

Advisory Committee

  • R. Blanchard, Loughborough, UK
  • C. Chuck, University of Bath, UK
  • G. Caldwell, Newcastle University, UK
  • C. Llewellyn, Swansea University, UK
  • J. Love, University of Exeter, UK
  • J. Milledge, University of Greenwich, UK
  • S. Mohan, IICT, India
  • J. Napier, Rothemsted, UK
  • S. Purton, UCL, UK
  • I. Rae, UHI, UK
  • P Ripplinger, Subitec, Germany
  • M Stanley, SAMS, UK
  • S. Switzer, University of Strathclyde, UK
  • R Vaidyanathan, University of Sheffield, UK
  • I. Watson, University of Glasgow, UK

Key Dates

  • Deadline for abstracts

    30th November 2015

  • Notification of Acceptance

    30th December 2015

  • Early Bird Registration

    31st December 2015

  • Submission of Full paper

    31st January 2016

  • Registration Close

    16th February 2016