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.
This is our first international conference on MBRE. It will be held in Glasgow.
The MBRE conference is being organised with the following objectives:
To promote the methodologies, exchange of ideas, procedures, and research in the area of marine biomass for renewable energy.
To provide an opportunity to marine experts, marine biologists and researchers, to network and to present, discuss and share information on developments in marine biomass for renewable energy.
Technical papers are invited addressing the following themes:
More than 30 years of experience in marine science, and its application to the assessment of resource development, and environmental risk and impact. Particular interests in the analysis of data and the development of numerical models for a range of marine science applications. Early work focussed on applications to various marine sectors from oil and gas, to fisheries and aggregate extraction. More recently research has focussed on aspects of marine renewable energy development and the related policy and regulatory implications.
Ditipriya graduated with a BSc in Biochemistry and Biotechnology in 2000 and then completed a MSc in Bioengineering in 2002 both from the University of Strathclyde. She has over 11 years of experience within research and industry in various scientific areas. She has worked as a programme manager within LGC, dealing with over 50 academic/industry led biotechnology projects some of which covered the areas of renewable energy. She has also experience working with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) on their environmental projects. She is now working as a marine biotechnology researcher at ASRANet Ltd. The main focus of her work is on marine biomass and its potential as a renewable energy source.
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