Sandians Ron Pate (Earth Systems Analysis Dept.), Todd Lane (Systems Biology Dept.), Tricia Gharagozloo (Thermal/Fluid Science and Engineering Dept.), and Tom Reichardt (Remote Sensing and Energetic Materials Dept.) participated in the April 15–18, 2013, National Algae Testbed Public-Private Partnership (ATP3) kick-off meeting at Arizona State University (ASU). Ron is part of the ATP3 executive team (Deputy Director) and is project lead for Sandia.
The project brings together a team of university, industry, and national lab partner organizations that provides technical expertise, capabilities, and a geographically diverse set of existing outdoor facilities for growing and processing autotrophic microalgae in both open ponds and closed photobioreactor (PBR) cultivation systems. The multiple-year project’s purpose is to provide a national test bed capability to support industry and the broader R&D community with objective and standardized testing and evaluation of technologies, processes, and systems being developed to assist in successfully commercializing algae biofuels.
This project is funded by a $15M grant from the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO).