SOURCE: Algal Biomass Organization

Algal Biomass Organization

September 15, 2010 09:00 ET

Retired Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn to Keynote 2010 Algae Biomass Summit

National Security Expert to Discuss Links Between Energy and International Security

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - September 15, 2010) -  The 2010 Algae Biomass Summit, the official conference of the Algal Biomass Organization (ABO) and the algae industry's premier event, today announced Retired Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn as a keynote speaker. Admiral McGinn will speak on "Energy, Climate Change and National Security: Challenges and Opportunities for America." Policy makers, investors, entrepreneurs and researchers are increasingly recognizing the potential of algae to serve as a source for renewable, domestically produced transportation fuels that reduce carbon emissions and strengthen energy security.

"In his distinguished career with the U.S. Navy and in the private and non-profit sectors, Admiral McGinn has been a national expert on the close links between national security and the need for government policies that enhance our country's energy security," said Mary Rosenthal, Executive Director of ABO. "We look forward to his insight on how bourgeoning sources of renewable energy such as algae can play an important role in creating a sustainable global environment."

Speakers and attendees at the Algae Biomass Summit, which will be held September 28-30 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix, Arizona, will include national and international technologists, producers, scientists, investors, and policy makers. During the course of the event, leaders and attendees will discuss issues of critical importance to the emerging algae industry, including the commercial viability of algal production, current government and private initiatives, evolving technologies, processing concepts, lifecycle analysis and venture/project finance.

The full agenda, including a list of current speakers, is available at: http://www.algalbiomass.org/events/2010-algae-biomass-summit/agenda/. Last year's Algae Biomass Summit, held in San Diego, California, was attended by more than 700 stakeholders from across the algae industry.

A leading expert on the link between energy and international security, Admiral McGinn served 35 years with the U.S. Navy as a naval aviator, test pilot, aircraft carrier commanding officer and national security. After retiring from military service, McGinn spent five years with Battelle Memorial Institute, the world's largest nonprofit independent research and development organization, where he was a corporate officer and led the energy, transportation and environment division. He is currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of RemoteReality, a designer and manufacturer of next-generation intelligent-omni-video systems.

Admiral McGinn also serves as a senior policy advisor to the American Council on Renewable Energy and is an international security senior fellow at the Rocky Mountain Institute. He is actively engaged in national forums to highlight the close link between energy and international security and the imperative need for innovative government policies and focused investment.

About the ABO
The Algal Biomass Organization (ABO) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the development of viable commercial markets for renewable and sustainable commodities derived from algae. Its membership is comprised of people, companies and organizations across the value chain. More information about ABO, including its leadership, membership, costs, benefits and members and their affiliations, is available at the website: www.algalbiomass.org.

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