Energy leaders examine feedstocks, pathways for production

By | January 01, 2009
Milking oil from algae might sound farfetched, yet its promise as an energy source is the type of research that prompted Richard Sayre to move to St. Louis to be director of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels. He leads a team of 10 researchers who focus on using algae to produce next-generation biofuels that someday could be used on a large scale to power cars, trucks and aircraft. This complements the larger body of biofuels research underway at the Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis.

To examine the pathway to reach future sustainable biodiesel goals, energy leaders in research, industry and policy gathered in November in the first symposium hosted by the Center for Evergreen Energy at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. Keynote speakers and breakout group discussions featured experts such as Donald Danforth Plant Science Center president, Roger Beachy; Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels director, Richard Sayre; Monsanto Co.'s Ethanol and Quality Traits technical lead, Mike Edgerton; and Robert Hendricks, NASA Glenn Research Center senior technologist.

"The Center for Evergreen Energy is excited to convene this important dialogue as the biofuels industry makes decisions on how it will sustainably fulfill the demand for alternative energy," said Jay DeLong of the Center for Evergreen Energy. "The outcome of this symposium is to offer industry recommendations that will help fulfill future biodiesel goals."

The National Biodiesel Board, headquartered in Jefferson City, Mo., has multiple initiatives to advance the production options of sustainably produced biodiesel. "The National Biodiesel Board is committed to ongoing efforts to ensure our feedstock supply meets the growing demand for high quality biodiesel in environmentally sustainable ways," said NBB Chief Executive Officer Joe Jobe.

High Yield Pathways for Production was hosted by the Center for Evergreen Energy and supported by the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association. The symposium also received support from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Biobased Transportation Research Program.

The Center for Evergreen Energy is a national center linking global research, business and policy issues to improve products, processes, environmental acceptance and public adoption of sustainable energy solutions. Learn more about The Center for Evergreen Energy at
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