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Solix Biofuels Co-Founder Named to Scientific American’s Top 10 for 2009

Prestigious List Pays Tribute to Select Individuals Including President Barack Obama, Bill Gates and Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Solix Biofuels, an alternative energy technology company for the large-scale commercialization of microalgae-based fuels and co-products, is honored to announce that Dr. Bryan Willson, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Solix, has been named to the recent 2009 list, “Scientific American 10: Guiding Science for Humanity”. This inaugural list acknowledges the 10 most influential people in the nation who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to assuring that the benefits of new technologies and knowledge will better humanity. Dr. Willson was named by the editors of “Scientific American” for the technologies he created that provide affordable, clean energy solutions to the developing world.

This year’s list pays tribute to the accomplishments of many highly esteemed people such as President Barack Obama, Bill Gates and Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “It’s an honor to see Dr. Willson’s work recognized on par with some of the most significant public figures of our time,” stated Douglas Henston, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Solix. He continued, “Dr. Willson’s expertise in alternative fuel technology, microalgae-based biofuels, emissions reduction and mechanical engineering is an enormous asset for Solix.”

As the CTO of Solix, Dr. Willson pioneered the development of technology for the production of microalgae-based biomass that can be refined into alternative forms of biofuel. Solix’s technology is inexpensive, carbon mitigating and massively scalable, making it a superior alternative to traditional methods of biomass production.
Dr. Willson also serves as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University and is founder and Director of its Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory.

About Solix Biofuels

Solix Biofuels, Inc., based in Fort Collins, Colo., is an alternative energy production technology company with emphasis on supplying low-cost, scalable photo-bioreactors that will enable the global production of biofuels using microalgae as a feedstock. Solix is an intellectual descendant of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Aquatic Species Program, which started in 1978 to explore ways to produce biodiesel from algae. In early 2006, Solix was created to continue this work, with a goal of creating a commercially viable biofuel that will help solve climate change and petroleum scarcity without competing with global food supply. Solix began construction of its Coyote Gulch Demonstration Facility, located on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation, on February 18, 2009 and it is expected to be in full-scale commercial production by late summer 2009. For more information visit

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