Aquatic Energy envisions a world that thrives on energy, food and healthy substances that conserve the environment at the same time they satisfy human needs. And the Lake Charles-based company is working to create this world today. Thursday at 1:30 p.m., the company will explain its commitment to offering what it calls “industry-leading, affordable algae biotechnology” at a free lecture hosted by the Acadiana Alternative Energy Committee.

Company officials will discuss current technologies and projects that cost-effectively harness algae. Algae fuel, which is still being studied for its commercial viability because the carbon dioxide it releases when burned is taken out of the atmosphere by the growing algae, is a potential alternative to fossil fuels.

The event will be held at the LEDA Resource Center, 211 E. Devalcourt St., and will last approximately an hour.

The AAEC was established in early 2009 in response to what it says is the growing national commitment to clean and renewable energy and to "maintain Acadiana’s place as a leader in energy production and services."

Chad Hanks, president of the Louisiana Farm Bureau and a commissioner at LEDA, is co-chair of the AAEC. Hanks believes local farmers could benefit from this lecture and encourages anyone interested in alternative energies to attend.

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