Algae Biofuels Program

  • Author: ChemistryViews
  • Published: 21 July 2010
  • Copyright: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA
  • Source / Publisher: ExxonMobil/Synthetic Genomics Inc.
  • Associated Suppliers: ExxonMobil, Houston, TX, USA
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To move their algae biofuels project from a laboratory setting to an environment that better reflects real-world conditions for algae production, Exxon Mobil Corporation and Synthetic Genomics Inc. (SGI) opened a new greenhouse facility.

Researchers from both companies will examine different growth systems - such as open ponds and closed photobioreactors -, evaluate various algae - including both natural and engineered strains - in these different growth systems under a wide range of conditions - including varying temperatures, light levels and nutrient concentrations.

They will also conduct research into other aspects of the algae fuel production process, including harvesting and bio-oil recovery operations.

If research and development milestones are successfully met, ExxonMobil expects to spend more than $600 million on the algae biofuels program over the next decade, $300 million of which will be allocated to SGI.

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