‘Weird’ algae green tech at OSU workshop next week

Is there greener green in green?

Representatives of three Ohio businesses that turn algae, a form of plant life, into clean, sellable fuels will speak at Ohio State University’s 2010 Renewable Energy Workshop next week.

Organizers of the Nov. 18 program say algae fuels could cut our reliance on overseas petroleum, while a recent Newsweek article includes algae fuels among a dozen of “The Weirdest Green Technology Innovations.”

Speaking during an afternoon session on the topic will be Jeff Bargiel, Phycal, Highland Heights, “An Integrated Algae Production System”; Drew Spradling, Touchstone Research Laboratory, Wooster, “Using a Phase Change Material for Algae Production”; and David Cohio, Algaeventure Systems, Marysville, “New Technologies for Algae Production and Harvesting.”

Workshop hours are 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m. at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) (the research arm of our college,) 1680 Madison Ave., in Wooster. Check-in starts at 8:30 a.m., the algae talks at 1 p.m.

For program details, registration fees, and a registration form, click here.

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