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Technical Standards Committee
December 2010 | Version 3.0 for Stakeholder Comment

Draft Guidance Document: Algal Industry Minimum Descriptive Language

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About the Algal Biomass Organization
Founded in 2008, the Algal Biomass Organization (ABO) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the development of viable commercial markets forrenewable and sustainable products derived from algae. Our membership is comprised of people, companies, and organizations across the value chain. More information about the ABO, including membership, costs, benefits, members and their affiliations, is available at our website: www. algalbiomass.org.

About the Technical Standards Committee
The Technical Standards Committee of the ABO is dedicated tothe following functions: • • • • Developing and advocating algal industry standards and best practices Liaising with ABO Members, other standards organizations and government Facilitating information flow between industry stakeholders Reviewing ABO technical positions and recommendations

Staff
Executive Director - Mary Rosenthal General Counsel - Andrew Braff, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich &Rosati Administrative Coordinator - Alexis Klassen Administrative Coordinator - Barb Scheevel

Committees
Events Committee Chair - Philip Pienkos, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Vice Chair - John Pierce, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Member Development Committee Chair - Elizabeth Willett, Mars Symbioscience Vice Chair - Mark Allen, A2BE Carbon Capture Bylaw & Governance Committee Chair -Mark Allen, A2BE Carbon Capture Vice Chair - Joel Murdock, FedEx Express Government & Public Relations Committee Chair - Tim Zenk, Sapphire Energy Co-Chair - Gary Hopper, General Atomics Co-Chair - Frank Prautzsch, Velocity Technology Partners Technical Standards Committee Chair - Jim Sears, A2BE Carbon Capture Committee Administrator - Barb Scheevel Director Recruitment Committee Chair - HarrisonDillon, Solazyme Vice Chair - Herminia Rodriguez, University of Sevilla CSIC, Spain Peer Review Commitee Chair - Keith Cooksey, Montana State University Vice Chair - John Benemann, Benemann Associates

Board of Directors
Chair - Margaret McCormick, Targeted Growth Vice Chair - Mark Allen, A2BE Carbon Capture Secretary - Thomas Byrne, Byrne & Company John Benemann, Benemann Associates KeithCooksey, Montana State University Harrison Dillon, Solazyme Bill Glover, The Boeing Company Ira “Ike” Levine, University of Southern Maine B. Greg Mitchell, Scripps Institution of Oceanography Joel Murdock, FedEx Express Philip Pienkos, National Renewable Energy Laboratory John Pierce, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Frank Prautzsch, Velocity Technology Partners Herminia Rodriguez, University ofSevilla CSIC, Spain Elizabeth Willett, Mars Symbioscience

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About This Document
This Draft Guidance Document recommends the Minimum Descriptive Language required for characterizing the economic and environmental inputs and outputs of an aquatic biomass operation. Voluntary adoption of uniform descriptive language will accelerate industry growth and unify research.The Minimum Descriptive Language Scope of recommendations within this document are intended to be useful in characterizing a broad range of aquatic production operations. The Algal Biomass Organization (ABO) is primarily focused on the production of eukaryotic algae (both macro and micro) and cyanobacteria (blue-green algae); however, photosynthetic aquatic cultivation of crops such as duckweedand others will also benefit because many of the inputs and outputs will be common to all. The Minimum Descriptive Language in this document will equally serve heterotrophic algal cultivation, algae-bacteria binary systems and multi-trophic systems that employ higher organisms to harvest or otherwise enhance value.

ABO Technical Standards Committee Authors:
Jim Sears - Committee Chair,...
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