Advanced biofuels derived from microalgae at the commercial scale could meet, depending on productivity, the transportation fuel needs of the entire United States using a relatively small land area as compared to that required by lignocellulosic fuels. Microalgae consume CO2 as a nutrient, can be grown with impaired (e.g., brackish) water sources on land that does not compete with food, and have been calculated to produce much higher fuel yields than other terrestrial biomass feedstocks. Sandia is focused on:

  • Production and conversion of whole turf algae polycutures that maximize fuels, chemicals and other nutrients.
  • Real time diagnostics and monitoring of pathogens and predators to mitigate crop losses from pond crashes.
  • Efficient and economical methods to remove water from algal ponds.
  • Nutrient recycle.