28 Feb '14, 2pm

Unique Bioreactor Finds Algae's Sweet Spot

Unique Bioreactor Finds Algae's Sweet Spot

A unique bioreactor at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) can help find the ideal locations for farms to produce algae that could someday compete with renewable diesel, cellulosic ethanol, and other petroleum alternatives as transportation fuel. It does so by revealing the intricate biochemical rearrangements that algae undergo when grown in different locations in the United States. The bioreactor has also demonstrated that algae grown in ideal climates and given the optimal amount of nutrients can produce not just lipids, but proteins and carbohydrates that can be turned into diesel, butanol, ethanol, and other fuels useful to industry. Aeration helps algae grow and helps replicate real-life conditions in the Simulated Algal Growth Environment (SAGE) reactor at NREL. The reactor controls light and temperature, helping scientists determine ...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014...

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