Meeting Planned on Algae as an Alternative Energy Source

July 21, 2008 at 3:58 pm 7 comments


Cladophora "bushy" alga; Source: Public domain

The seminar will be held at Vantage Career Center located at 818 N. Franklin St. in Van Wert, Ohio on Thursday, July 24 from 10 a.m. to noon with a boxed lunch immediately following.

The seminar will feature a presentation by Ross O. Youngs on “Algae Initiative: Growing Fuel, Technology & Jobs in Ohio”. Ross Youngs is an inventor and serial entrepreneur as well as former SBA National Business Person of the Year and CEO of the five-time Inc 500 Fastest Growing Company, Univenture, Inc. The presentation will describe how Ohio can effectively commercialize algae-based technologies that can be rapidly brought to market to add jobs, reduce petroleum dependency and increase economic activity. In addition to Mr. Youngs, Dr. Joseph Hager of The Edison Materials Technology Center (EMTEC) and Ron Erd, of Independence Bio Products, have been asked to speak about the science and application of algae energy and the economic impact it is expected to have. Following the presentations, there will be a Q&A and opportunity to network over lunch.

The Van Wert County OSU Extension Economic Development Group is excited to be working with Univenture, The Green Belt Coalition, EMTEC, and others to encourage the development and commercialization of algae-based technologies that will help to grow and diversify economies in our region. The seminar is free, however to get an accurate count for lunch, reservations are requested. Contact the OSU Extension Economic Development Office at 419-238-2999 to register, or register by e-mailing to: The deadline to register is Tuesday, July 22.

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  • 1. apoptotic  |  July 21, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    Thought you might be interested in an article i have written about algae as a biofuels crop. I would appreciate any comments.

  • 2. andykleinschmidt  |  July 21, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    Sure! Email a copy to me at or post the URL of the article.


  • 3. Dagny  |  July 22, 2008 at 11:55 am

    I heard they are also testing kudzu for energy. So many sources that could reduce our dependency on fossil fuels and food sources.

    Dagny McKinley
    bamboo and organic clothing

  • 4. andykleinschmidt  |  July 22, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    Great to hear from you Dagny. Cool website and products too!

    In addition to algae and kudzu, you can add jatropha and camelina to the list of alternative energy crops.

    I’ll be making a post about an upcoming wind meeting too.


  • 5. Erik Malm  |  August 7, 2008 at 8:57 am

    andy, do you have any news on the progress of the seminar, or information related to this? This topic seems to be attracting a lot of attention, but what’s the opinion of the industry at the moment?

  • 6. Erik Malm  |  August 7, 2008 at 8:57 am

    Feel free to mail me at

  • 7. andykleinschmidt  |  August 7, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    Hi Erik,

    I’m working on getting the video of the meeting posted on my account. As soon as I get that done I’ll post the details on this blog.



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