Mr. Masters has over 20 years of experience in oceanography and renewable energy. He is an expert in carbon dioxide chemistry and algae primary productivity. Mr. Masters was an officer and scientist with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration for over 8 years. He was an oceanographic researcher with the University of Miami, University of Washington and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. Mr. Masters transferred to the Department of Energy, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Division in 2010 where he held the position of Energy Project Specialist. He moved back into the private sector operating as Chief Technology Officer for a private algae production company before leaving to continue in his consulting company, Gaiergy Corp. Currently, Gaiergy is a consultation firm that focuses on applied renewable energy, energy efficiency, aquaculture and oceanographic logistics.
Mr. Masters has a Masters of Science in Marine Chemistry and an MBA in Strategy, Finance and International Business. While completing his studies, Mr. Masters was also a business plan winner for Entrepreneurship in Alternative Energy.
Developing integrated solutions for renewable energy, aquaculture and climate change mitigation.
As our population continues to grow, we will need to find more sustainable ways of providing protein to our society. Fish and fish products are the primary source for proteins surpassing that derived from cattle, goat, sheep, pork and chicken combined. But the world's wild fisheries have reached their maximum catch limit. We cannot pull more wild fish out of the ocean without causing their populations to crash or go extinct. Aquaculture is our only answer to supply the world's growing demand for fish. Instead of focusing on algae as a potential source for biofuel, we should be focusing on algae as a fish-feed because the algae are already the base of the fishery food-web. Fish-feeds made from terrestrial vegetation source like corn, rice or soybean still entrap our protein production potential on the fate of fossil fuels. Our future focus should be on creating species specific algal-based fish feeds.
Renewable energy, energy efficiency, biofuels, aquaculture, algae, fish, fisheries
Designing the financial models that support renewable energy or aquaculture projects.
The prospect for Algal-based aquaculture feeds is more profitable than algae-based fuels because the price per pound for an aquaculture feed is not only 4 times greater than the equivalent crude oil price, but the profitability is also increasing at a faster rate than petroleum due to dwindling fish stocks. With new petroleum production measures driving down the cost of petroleum production, the prospect of algal-based liquid fuels even less profitable. We should be focusing on developing low-cost, high-protein algal-based aquaculture feeds in a decentralized manner. If indigenous fish are to have the best chance to be fed a diet most-akin to their natural diet, then they need to be fed from the algae that propagate their local food-web. How to best develop a business around this is what I have been working on for over 5 years now. The plan is ready to be released and this is what I talk about in national conferences.
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