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Singapore at heart of clean energy debate in coming months

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Clean energy experts are meeting this week in Singapore to discuss how to step up efforts to grow renewable energy sources in Asia. Meanwhile, top-notch algae multinationals will be heading to Singapore again in November to lead the dialogue on opportunities and challenges for algae biofuels in Asia as the region looks for new ways to meet its burgeoning demand for energy.
Singapore at heart of clean energy debate in coming months

The Pew Charitable Trusts revealed earlier this year that the clean energy market in Asia/Oceania saw $75 billion in investments in 2011. Asia Pacific has a huge and growing demand for energy, and governments across the region are stepping up efforts to grow their renewable energy sources to reduce reliance on depleting fossil fuel sources.

To drive the momentum in clean energy adoption and policy implementation, Clean Energy Expo Asia returns for its fourth edition this year, with a stronger focus on renewable energy innovations and project development.

Building blocks for the future of clean energy

In his opening keynote, S. Chander, Director General, Regional and Sustainable Development Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB), will discuss how to build a low carbon future in Asia and the Pacific by bridging the gaps in financing, energy regulation, tariff design and integration of renewable energy.

“ADB believes in a clean energy future for Asia and the Pacific. Clean energy technologies can help pave the road to low carbon development. It enables developing Asia to decouple its economic growth from increased greenhouse gas emissions,” Chander comments.

Chander will be joined by Gwen Andrews, Vice President, Environmental Policies & Global Advocacy, Alstom, Daniel Gaefke, Managing Director, Annex Power Ltd and Dr. Chris Hartshorn, Vice President, Lux Research, in the opening plenary session, Shaping a Game Changing Business: The Future of Clean Energy in Asia. The session will address high-level issues affecting the future of clean energy adoption and innovation, as well as the challenges that Asia faces in developing a viable strategy to realize its sustainable energy vision.

Over the next three days, close to 100 thought leaders and game changers in renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable mobility will share insights with key innovators, entrepreneurs and investors on the latest developments and issues in these sectors. Smart grid and the integration of renewables remains a highlight as Asia devises a strategy for sustainable energy distribution.

"Investments in clean energy have been growing steadily in the region over the years. As Asia’s energy demand persists, there is an urgent need for the industry to take active steps to accelerate the progress of clean energy innovation to ensure its place as a viable alternative energy source. At the same time, governments need to look into sustainable policies that will integrate renewable energy into its infrastructure,” says Mr. Michael Dreyer, Vice President, Asia Pacific, Koelnmesse.

Algae giants to appraise future of algae

Later on this year (7-9 November), clean energy experts will once again convene I Singapore to attend the 5th Algae World Asia conference, joining among others: Daniel Simon, President & CEO of Heliae Development;  Dr. Jeff Obbard, Scientific Advisor at Cellana; and Assoc Prof. Lee Yuan Kun from the Department of Microbiology, National University of Singapore.

As attention to sustainability and bioenergy escalates among governments and corporations, algae has made its way into the spotlight with the promise of a wide variety of applications ranging from a source of food to feeds, fertilizers and fuel. Algae research has opened doors to diverse possibilities and means to harness the true potential of algae on a commercial scale. Research and development of algae and its supporting technology have come a long way, creating significant changes in the industry, along with an upswing in demand for algaebased products such as astaxanthin.

With that in mind, Conference organizer CMT has drawn up a 2.5 day program agenda that will showcase the advancements in the algae sector, strain collection and maintenance of marine macroalgae, tissue seaweed culture techniques using photobioreactors, biofuel production, and emerging biofertilizer applications in Asia, chiefly Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Thailand, Vietnam, and China.

Adding value to the versatile sessions on commercial production, usage and applications of algae at the 5th Algae World Asia is a separately bookable workshop entitled “Algae Harvesting & Extraction of Bio-Compounds For Production of High Value Ingredients” which runs on 7 November 2012 from 14:00 to 17:00 hrs. The workshop will be conducted by Dr. Chen Shulin, Professor, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Washington State University.

[Inset: Sky Park Marina Bay Sands in Singapore]

For additional information:

Clean Energy Expo Asia

5th Algae World Asia

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