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Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Energy Indaba 2011 has concluded an agreement with the EU African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Science and Technology Programme to hold a workshop on Sustainable Non-Food Sources of Bio-Fuels alongside this year’s conference and exhibition to be held in March.

The EU ACP Programme has initiated a Science and Technology project to build sustainable, non-food, renewable biofuel supply chains for providing Combined Heat and Power (CHP), or cogeneration electricity, and identify future feed stocks needed to replace fossil fuels in South Africa, Namibia and Ghana.

The programme aims to bring together academics, professionals, decision-makers and support scheme managers from these African countries and Italy and the UK in a series of workshops to build capacity and identify and stimulate funding for the biofuels industry.

Our Government’s commitment to renewable energy has facilitated several opportunities for the biofuels market in South Africa, giving the ACP
programme and interested stakeholders a strong platform for furthering developments in this industry
,” says Energy Indaba MD, Liz Hart.

The workshop will host a number of local and international industry and research experts in the field of renewable energy and non-food energy sources. The workshop will go further in identifying viable and sustainable renewable energy sources and establishing training programmes in South Africa, to provide a framework for what the organisers hope will accommodate many future projects and programmes in the growing biofuels industry in South Africa.

Non-food biofuels include those based on jatropha plants, which thrive in the African environment, as well as micro-algae and bio-gas from agro-and food wastes. ACP hopes to foster partnerships between energy businesses and farming supply chains, transferring know-how from experienced teams toothers and providing capacity-building for the ACP programme at universities that will train up a new workforce and offer technical expertise, training and research.

“One of the objectives of the programme is to address ACP in-country state-of-preparedness and the ability to respond to new technologies emerging from Europe,” says Professor Patricia Harvey. “Energy Indabais the ideal forum to raise awareness of second-generation renewable biofuels for meeting energy requirements in local communities, and to expand the renewable biofuels debate in Africa.”

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As power prices in Africa rise, grid expansion stalls and as grid power availability is constrained, consumers and communities increasingly have to take electricity production into their own hands. In the long term, this is a good thing, and having a portion of electricity coming from decentralised sources is healthy for any grid.


Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

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The Annual Energy Indaba has again secured the support of the World Energy Council (WEC) through the hosting of the Africa Regional Meeting as a side event of the main forum. The World Energy Council, formed in 1923, is the only truly global and inclusive forum for thought-leadership and tangible engagement committed to our sustainable energy future. The Council comprises a network of 93 national committees represents over 3000 member organizations including governments, industry and expert institutions across the globe.

The Africa Regional Meeting will bring a host of African participants from across the continent to debate and discuss issues pertinent to development of the continent, including issues relating to energy poverty and access to funding, as examples. Liz Hart, Managing Director of the Energy Indaba, added, “We are delighted to once again host the World Energy Council Africa Regional Meeting, which we believe adds impetus to the work and outcomes we are aiming to achieve for Africa. Our ultimate aim is to find solutions to Africa’s energy challenges and to address energy poverty for the people of Africa.”

The Meeting will be hosted on the 3rd March at the Sandton Convention Centre and will focus on the Africa Work programme of WEC for 2011. The Energy Indaba will be chaired by Brian Statham, SANEA Chairman and Chairman of Global Studies at the World Energy Council. Statham commented that SANEA and the WEC are pleased to be associated with the Energy Indaba because of its focus on finding solutions and mechanisms for successful implementation. The structured programme and resulting dialogue creates the platform for real progress towards realizing Africa’s vast potential.


November 9 2010

About the Energy Indaba: Energy Indaba 2011 will be held from the 1 to 3 March 2011, at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa. The conference continues to grow and has become the foremost forumfor debating Africa’s energy solutions and focuses on: African power suppliers; alternative and renewable energies; oil and gas; the legal and regulatory framework, and investment opportunities in African energy projects. The exhibition has become a significant market-place for African and international stakeholders doing business in Africa’s energy sector.


Press Release prepared by:

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Liz Hart
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Energy Indaba 2011: Small Scale Solutions offer Hope for Africa

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Africa needs to look for home-grown solutions to the challenges of energy poverty, rather than relying on conventional models that respond to conditions in developed countries. So says Brian Statham, the Chairman of the South African National Energy Association (SANEA) and Chairman of the Energy Access Partnership (EAP).

Millions of Africans are trapped in a situation of energy poverty, with only about 5% of rural Africans having access to some form of commercial energy. But while large-scale energy infrastructure development is often regarded as the ideal model, connecting millions of rural and urban poor consumers to the main electricity grids that power Africa’s major cities and industries is unrealistic in the short to medium term.

The EAP was launched at this year’s Africa World Economic Forum, to define a successful model for addressing chronic energy poverty in developing countries. Together with SANEA, the partnership is piloting various power supply models in rural communities in South Africa and Lesotho.

The rural population especially is sparsely distributed with large distances between villages. This requires long transmission lines or pipelines with relatively small energy markets at the end of the line, which is generally not a viable investment.

“We need to look seriously at distributed generation to solve this problem,” says Statham. “Wind and solar power options, perhaps with some LPG or micro-hydro back-up, could provide elegant solutions for rural applications. Power for telecommunication and television will immediately help with distance education and commercial communication, as well as basic health services.”

Statham says the equipment for such a distributed generation scheme must be easy to install, operate and maintain, so that the local community is able to take ownership, taking into account the skills, spare parts and other goods and services available in remote areas.

He acknowledges that it will be a challenge to change mind-sets, so that communities accept small-scale solutions and so that manufacturers and finance institutions see the value in providing them. “Bigger has always been better in the field of energy provision, so this will involve a paradigm shift towards downsizing the technology and funding, instead of upscaling them.”

This presents engineers and financial institutions with a unique creative challenge – to find energy solutions that are appropriate to remote rural applications, requiring downscaled technology, restructured financing and public-private partnerships to provide for subsidisation of the infrastructure component, while the users pay for services, usage and maintenance.

“This has the potential to literally give millions of people the “power” to change their lives, and could ensure opportunities for social, economic and environmental sustainability on an unprecedented scale,” says Statham.

He says that the model could also help address the need for regional rather than national solutions to energy poverty, incorporating South Africa’s SADC neighbors.

We have had tremendous support from the relevant Governments, which are willing to create enabling policy and regulatory environments, and expect to roll out the project pipeline to several other countries in time,” he says.


About the Energy Indaba: Energy Indaba 2011 will be held from the 1 to 3 March, at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.  The conference continues to grow and has become the foremost forum for debating Africa’s energy solutions and focuses on: African power suppliers; alternative and renewable energies; oil and gas; the legal and regulatory framework, and investment opportunities in African energy projects. The exhibition has become a significant market-place for African and international stakeholders doing business in Africa’s energy sector.


Press Release prepared by:

Siyenza Management(Pty) Ltd

Lunice Johnston

011 463 9184

12th Small Fuel Cells – Portable & Micro Fuel Cells & Hybrid Devices for Commercial & Military Applications

Friday, February 12th, 2010

BOSTON, MA – The Knowledge Foundation has announced the complete Program for the 12th Small Fuel Cells conference which will be held in Cambridge, MA from April 12-13, 2010. In its 12th year, Small Fuel Cells & Hybrid Devices for Commercial & Military Applications is the primary source of information for end users, developers and manufacturers of portable fuel cell powered devices.

This year, Dr. Peter Podesser, CEO of SFC Smart Fuel Cell AG, will deliver the opening presentation. SFC Smart Fuel Cell has shipped more than 15,000 commercial products in the past five years, and Dr. Podesser will provide insight into the growing number of commercial and defense applications for fuel cells, including new products and markets as well as other latest developments.

Topics to be addressed at the conference include:
Commercial success of small fuel cells: DMFC, PEM, SOFC, and direct borohydride
Advances in fuel development
Portable fuel cells for military & commercial applications
Micro fuel cells for mobile electronics
Hybrid portable power systems
System integration & balance of plant engineering
Materials challenges and use of materials-by-design approach
Role of nanotechnology & nanomaterials
End-user and OEM perspective on manufacturing & applications
Safety, durability & reliability

Distinguished Faculty
George C. Bandlamudi, PhD, University of Duisburg-Essen
Daniel A. Betts, PhD, EnerFuel
Hyuk Chang, PhD, Samsung Electronics
Horacio R. Corti, PhD, National Atomic Energy Commission of Argentina
James C. Cross III, Nuvera Fuel Cells
Tsali Cross, PhD, Neah Power Systems, Inc.
Ravindra Datta, PhD, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Emory S. De Castro, PhD, BASF Fuel Cell Inc.
Paolo Fracas, Genport Power Solutions
William Gleason, PhD, Montana Tech – The University of Montana
Robert Hahn, PhD, Fraunhofer IZM
Christopher Hebling, PhD, Fraunhofer ISE
Anders Lundblad, PhD, CTO, myFC AB
Audrey Martinent-Beaumont, PhD, CEA – French Atomic Energy Commission
Madeleine Odgaard, IRD Fuel Cells LLC
Peter Podesser, PhD, SFC Smart Fuel Cell AG
Jim Prueitt, MTI MicroFuel Cells, Inc.
Shriram Ramanathan, PhD, Harvard University
Mareike Schneider, PhD, Fraunhofer IKTS
Eugene S. Smotkin, PhD, NuVant Systems and Northeastern University
Andrew P. Wallace, SiGNa Chemistry, Inc.
Shijie Wu, PhD, Agilent Technologies, Inc.

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A Report on 2nd Algae Biofuel Summit 2009

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

2nd Biofuel Conference

The 2nd Algae Biofuel Summit 2009 was a grand success. It was attended by Researchers, Scientists, entrepreneurs and industry delegates from over 20 Indian states and 12 countries across the globe. Indian Agriculture Research Institute was co-organizer of Algae Biofuel Summit 2009. The summit got video support from Defence Research & Development Organization, Department of Biotechnology, Indian Council of Medical Research, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Govt of India, Indo-EU Chambers and large number of other global organizations. The speakers and delegates included national and international industry experts, technologists, biofuel companies, scientists, investors, oil companies, policy-makers etc. Over 50 speakers deliberated on all issues encompassing this futuristic emerging industry. It was anonymously concluded by all the global experts that algae can be the best source of biofuels on the planet that we know till date. Algae farming for oil is the next biggest opportunity for the Biofuel industry.

Algae, like corn, soybeans, sugar cane, Jatropha, and other plants, 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; hence biodiesel is a form of solar energy. 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.

One hectare algae farm on wasteland can produce over 10 to 100 times of oil as compared to any other known source of oil-crops. While a crop cycle may take from three months to three years for production, algae can start producing oil within 3-5 days & thereafter oil can be harvested on daily basis (just like milk). Algae can be grown using sea water & non-potable water on wastelands where nothing else grows. It is firmly reinforced that algae farming for biofuels is expected to provide a conclusive solution to food vs. fuel debate.

Growdiesel Climate Care Council has NOW announced the 3rd edition of its landmark event Algae Biofuel Summit 2010�. It is now accepting papers from researchers and industry experts. The summit is scheduled to be held from 15th to 17th Sept. 2010 in India.

As per Mr. Atul Saxena, CEO & Founder Growdiesel Mission, the organizers of Algae Biofuel Summit 2010, this year we expect over 1,000 delegates consisting of industry experts, scientists, innovators, investors and policy makers from across the world.

Call for Abstracts for 3rd Algae Biofuel summit 2010 is NOW open. Anchor discounted registration for speakers and industry delegates shall open shortly. In line with its policy to support small & medium entrepreneurs, Growdiesel shall be providing special discounted registration opportunities for them.

As per Mr. Saxena, we are currently working on various innovative projects in this sector. One full session at the summit is devoted to discuss the technology to convert CO2 emission to fuel using algae, non-potable water & sunlight. This session shall be extremely useful for large CO2 emitters who are also large consumer of fuel. Algae farming provide them an interesting option to recycle CO2 back to fuel & help conserve nature as well as precious money.

Another important area is treatment of waste water using algae. It is now possible to link the production of algae-based fuel with an inexpensive method of sewage treatment. Innovative projects can now be designed with three major goals: Produce large quantity of biofuels with few resources even on wasteland in a confined area, help cleanse municipal/industrial wastewater, and sequester emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.

Establishing an algae farm by integrating it with other energy farming technologies is the theme of this year’s summit. As per Mr. Saxena, companies all over the world are talking of commercialization of algae biofuels within five to ten years. However we are working with a different approach & wish to commercialize this important technology within this year. Growdiesel Mission is establishing world’s first commercial scale Integrated Biofuel Farm in India with the support of Ministry of New & Renewable Energy Govt. of India.

List of topics and latest info about this exciting must attend event shall be shortly available on Speakers & delegates can also reserve their seats by requesting a pre-registration form by writing to summit secretariat at For questions or clarifications, please contact:

B-196, Surajmal Vihar,
Delhi-110092, India.
Tel. +91 11 65803335
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2nd Algae Biofuel Summit 2009 – Discounted registration-Last date:August 102009

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009



What is the common among Tata Chemicals, Alexandria Carbon Black Company, Aditya Birla Nuvo, Hi-Tech Carbon, Gridpariti Foundation, Lanka Gasifiers, SDSU, Abellon Clean Energy, Nav Bharat Ventures Limited, K.K.Nag Limited, SJK Biotech Pharma Limited and many others?  They are all participating to Discover the greatest idea of this century How to convert CO2 emissions to Biofuels using sunlight, water and Algae at 2nd Algae Biofuel Summit 2009.

 Limited seats available (due to fixed Seating auditorium), Reserve Your Seat NOW, Discounted registration closes on 10th August 2009

For more info & online Registration, please click here

 Discover the greatest idea of this century

How to convert CO2 emissions to biofuels using sunlight, water and Algae�

Ever rising prices of liquid fuels like diesel are posing serious threat to the bottom line of large energy users. Establishing a project to create a captive source of Biodiesel using CO2 emission, sunlight & water is the wisest strategy for industries!

Algae farming for oil is the biggest opportunity of this decade

Billions of years ago the earth atmosphere was filled with CO2. Thus there was no life on earth. Life on earth started with Cyanobacterium & algae. These humble photosynthetic organisms sucked the atmospheric CO2 and started releasing oxygen. As a result, the levels of CO2 started decreasing to such an extent that life evolved on earth. Once again these smallest organisms are poised to save us from the threat of global warming.


Algae, like corn, soybeans, sugar cane, Jatropha, and other plants, 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; hence biodiesel is a form of solar energy. 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.


Growdiesel Consortium, is engaged in development of a technology that could allow companies to recycle emitted CO2 from flue gases to convert it to “Biofuel and also earn Carbon Credits. It is a golden opportunity for companies to kill two birds with one stone! Growdiesel technology will allow the capture and recycling of CO2 from smokestacks, fermentations and any other emission. The best part of the technology is that industrial facilities do not need large modifications to host a Growdiesel algae farm.

In order to facilitate an understanding of benefits of establishing an Algae Biofuel project, Growdiesel Climate Care Council is hosting “2 nd Algae Biofuel Summit 2009 from 8th to 10th September 2009 in India.



Key topics to be covered at 2nd Algae Biofuel Summit 2009


An introduction to Biofuels

  An introduction to First Generation Biofuels

  Current Status of global biofuel industry

An introduction to Algae Biofuel The next Generation Biofuel

Advantages of Algae over first generation biofuels

  Current status of global algae biofuel industry.

Pros & Cons sustainability factors in technological, economical , social & regulatory environments. Do Algae Biofuels provide solutions to the fuel vs. food debate?

  An introduction to An introduction to Algae Growing Systems

Studying the technological options for algae farming systems-Open Ponds or Enclosed Ponds

Enclosed Photobioreactor Systems

Hybrid systems using Enclosed Ponds & Enclosed Photobioreactor Systems

Enclosed Photobioreactors vs. open ponds – which is the right technology for commercial Algae Biofuel projects?

Studying the capacity options for energy farming systems. Small vs. large: What is the right size of an energy farm?

§  Lipid Production from microalgae, strain selection, induction of lipid synthesis and outdoor growth- Algal Strain Selection and development of Algae Mass Culture Techniques for Biofuel Production

§  Maximising solar conversion efficiency in mass culture

  Achieving both high oil content and high productivity in mass culture

Opportunities in Algae Biofuel Sector for corporate

§  Using Algae as a tool for CO2 mitigation and driving the Carbon Capture and Recycling process for reversal of global warming

  Developing a process for Production of algae from industrial plant flue gases – An approach toward Emission to Biofuel

Opportunities in Algae Biofuel Sector for SME-small & medium entrepreneurs

  Financial Modelling and feasibility assessment for decentralized Bioenergy farm Project

  Developing a process to purify, compress and bottle algae biogas as compressed methane gas for using as motor fuel and cooking gas

  Establishing a marketing network to sell environmental friendly bioenergy products

Opportunities in Algae Biofuel Sector for Rural Entrepreneurs

Sustained algae cultivation in open ponds

Developing a process for integrating Algae Biofuel projects with dairy, piggery, poultry and aquaculture farms

Developing natural milk with high percentage of good cholesterol

Developing eggs and poultry products with high percentage of good cholesterol

Opportunities in Algae Biofuel Sector for Public Bodies/ESCO companies

Developing a process to utilize Algae for treatment of liquid waste/effluent waste water & using the resultant algal biomass for Bioenergy production

§  Developing a process for extracting nutrients from municipal waste water before safe discharge in river streams & using the resultant algal biomass for Bioenergy production

  One to one meeting of Biofuel producers with biofuel product traders to discuss opportunities for mutual tie-up

Road Map to enter the trillion dollars next generation Biofuel Industry by Thinking BIG & starting small

  Developing a CDM project for obtaining Carbon credits for Algae Biofuel projects

Tapping innovative Financing options for Integrated Bioenergy Projects

Attendee Profile

A Select Gathering of Senior Level Representatives, CEO’s, Presidents/Executive Vice Presidents/Directors & Business Unit Heads


Covering Key Functional Areas
- Business Strategy and Alliance Management
- Business Development/Marketing
- Research and Development/ Product development
- Product/Project Management and Supply Chain Management


Across the Value Chain

Commercial Diesel Users, Corporate & Industrial Diesel Users

  Energy producers & oil companies

  Transport industries, including shipping, port trust and Airline representatives

Hotel & hospitality industry representatives

Educational institutes

Biofuel and Renewable energy project developers & equipment manufacturers

UN agencies, global agencies, consulates, foreign missions

Local & global government agencies

Research institutes & R&D centers

  Industrial associations, bodies, environmental support agencies, carbon mitigation and trading companies

  Angel investors, entrepreneurs, venture capital companies, private equity companies, banks, financial institutions, commodity traders,

 Partial List of major presenting & participating organizations at Algae Biofuel Summit 2009

Indian Agriculture Research Institute, Swinburne University Australia, University of Cambridge, National Centre for Aquatic Animal Health, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Centre for Algal Biotechnology, Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies, University of Madras, Central Institute of Agriculture Engineering, Tamilnadu Agricultural University, The University of Georgia, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel University of Agriculture & Technology, Tata Chemicals Limited, Gridpariti Foundation, Lanka Gasifiers Pvt.Ltd., SDSU, Abellon Clean Energy Limited, Nav Bharat Ventures Limited, Alexandria Carbon Black Company, Aditya Birla Nuvo Limited, Hi-Tech Carbon, K.K.Nag Limited, SJK Biotech Pharma Limited etc..

Reserve Your Seat Today, Discounted Registration closes on 10th August 2009

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Why attend Algae Biofuel Summit 2009

  • Listen & learn from leading experts from all over the world
  • Find out what policies the government is implementing to support market growth and future industry development
  • Benefit from practical case studies
  • Learn, network and debate with industry experts
  • Be updated on advances in Biofuel farming, production and optimization technologies
  • Understand the latest developments in creating cost competitive, commercially viable algae biofuels
  • Examine the latest developments in next generation feedstocks, including algae & waste
  • Plus, learn about the tremendous opportunities for algae as a feedstock in a special three days workshop. Leading experts will provide the full feasibility of cultivation, investment, refining and other areas of this interesting project for prospective entrepreneurs


Over the past few years, 5000+ delegates have attended our biofuels programs. Here is what some of them had to say:

 Excellent program with good speakers. Prof. Mohamed Shariff, Professor & Director, Innovation & Commercialization Center, Malaysia.

 Really it’s a great effort by Growdiesel for such a successful conference in India. Mr. Shovon Mandal, Indian Institute Technology, India

 The Summit was well organized and managed & the facilities were good. Mr. Jalal Al Muhtaseb, Pertech,Jordan.

Well managed conference excellent conference/good interaction. Mr. Karl Heinz Riedel, Chief Scientist, Sasol Technology , Sasolburg.

Congratulation for organizing a wonderful biofuel summit. Ms.Noor Ezleema M.Jalal, Environmental Manager, Petronas Gas BHD. , Malaysia

 Wonderful job done good effort to put people interested in algal technology together Dr. Dolly Dhar, Head of Microbiology Department, Indian Agriculture Research Institute, India

Very useful programme. Will help me to formulate on future R&D projects, Mr. H. C. Das, Head (R&D) Oil India Limited,India

Hope with the efforts of Growdiesel, one day we will be able to provide practically viable alternative energy resource as algae & cyanobacteria. Dr.Tasneem Fatma, Professor, Jamia Milia Islamia, India

Great Program & Great Country. I have visited many countries all over the world where I met so nice people. But this in the first time for me to visit India. It is my pleasure to state that in India I met so nice, so simple and kind hearts. Dr.Mohd. I.Abdel Hamid,Professor, University of Mansoura, Egypt

An excellent effort to bring together researchers, scientist, academicians, social organizations and industrial associates together on one platform to discuss. Dr.R.B.Srivastava, Director, Defense Research Laboratory, Ministry of Defense, Govt. of India, India

Very good initiative of Growdiesel to gather worldwide experts around such a challenging and up to date topic. Ms. Marcia Leite Drachmann,Business Advisor, Petrobras, Brazil


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