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Tours to highlight Algae Biomass Summit

September 24, 2018
AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com

This year’s Algae Biomass Summit is offering tours and demonstrations of algae research and cutting-edge technology demonstrations in the Summit itinerary. Attendees can spend the day prior to the conference exploring the burgeoning Texas algae ecosystem – and visit the home of an infamous pirate and the most deadly natural disaster in American history — on a day trip to legendary Galveston.

On the trek to the Texas coast, the tour starts with an introduction to the largest algae collection in the world, as experts from the UTEX Culture Collection offer a taste of our taxa’s astonishing diversity.

UTEX Culture Collection

In Galveston, the tour will visit Texas A&M University’s Sea Life Facility for an inside look at the university’s algae research program and the rich biodiversity and exceptional seafood production of Galveston Bay and adjacent Gulf of Mexico. Next, attendees will learn about one of the world’s largest macroalgae phenomena as they explore the role of sargassum in the region’s ecosystem and economy on a beach walk with a leading expert.

Texas A&M University’s Sea Life Facility

The Sunday tour ends with a stroll through historic Galveston and time to explore the Historic Strand District for a souvenir and viewing of the documentary presentations of The Great Storm and The Pirate Island of Jean Laffite, both directed and produced by the brother of an algae industry legend.

On Wednesday, the last day of the Summit, attendees can visit NRG’s Petra Nova’s coal-fired power plant near Houston, one of only two power plants in the world that are capturing carbon emissions for beneficial use and sequestration.

Algae are voracious consumers of carbon dioxide, and their potential to play a role in recycling greenhouse gases has not gone unnoticed. This tour will provide a first-hand look at technologies being deployed now at scale to capture CO2 from power production for Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU).

Scaling up the cultivation of algae requires a lot of CO2 and algae can play an important role as the “U” in CCU. View technologies in operation, consult with plant operators and hear what lessons have been learned since the plant began capturing post-combustion CO2 in January 2017.

NRG’s Petra Nova’s coal-fired power plant near Houston

The tour to Petra Nova is part of New Carbon Economy Day at the Summit, a special day of programming coordinated by the Algae Biomass Organization and The Center for Carbon Removal.

For reservations or more information, contact Barb Scheevel at bscheevel@algaebiomass.org

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