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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
Fax +91 11 42404335

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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