News last update:6 Aug 2012

Algae technology short course

Smart Shourt Courses is organising a practical short course on Algae harvesting and processing for value added applications on May 26 and 27 at the Bedford Hotel & Congress Centre in Brussels, Belgium.

With every new technology there are believers and naysayers as it was for the first algae start-ups some ten years back. Most people didn’t fully understand algae and speculation went either way, both diminutive and exaggerated.
Today things stand quite differently. Worldwide industrial algae production plants are fully operational. Next generation algae products have been launched as exclusive cosmetics or animal feed supplements.
Algae, both micro‐algae and seaweed, have moved into the area of scalable industrial activities.
Growth required
To secure the continued success the algae industry needs growth. Obviously, biology and technology will be optimized.
Two issues stand out however. Of the more than 200,000 species only a couple of hundreds has been addressed. Few have reached large scale strain selection and/or breeding of promising species. This is a pre‐requisite to bring algae in to commodity markets.
The second issue concerns money. Large scale production, while maintaining quality standards, is non‐trivial. It requires conditioned facilities and highly qualified staff.
So although ROI is great, the required investments are significant. Yet investments need to expand from R&D, towards building more production facilities, product development, sales and marketing and regulatory affairs.
The global production capacity of algae, must achieve sufficient critical mass to break through to the commodity markets of food and feed.
And to find the right staff for all these new jobs investing in training and education is vital.
The ALGAE Technology Platform 2011 and short course program is organized by Smart Short Courses, a joint operation of ID&A and Filtration and Membrane World, represented by Ignace Debruyne, PhD and Sefa Koseoglu, PhD.
Short courses offer the opportunity for those who are experienced to meet experts in the field to discuss their current problems and enhance their product innovation or plant operation.
The Algae course has been prepared to target companies and decision makers such as entrepreneurs, business executives technicians, product formulators, plant engineers, processors, chemists, sales and marketing specialists, new business development, R&D, and producers making novel products based on Algae.
Twenty two experts from the industry bring presentations covering four main business areas Algae Harvesting and Processing for Value Added Applications:
  • Markets: Trends and Challenges (3 presentations)
  • Market: Applications (5)
  • Technology: Growing for Cell Harvesting (6)
  • Technology: Downstream Processing (8)
For more information and to register go to: www.smartshortcourses.com or www.membraneworld.com.

Dick Ziggers

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