U.S. DoE - $8 million for microalgae projects

The projects are to be carried out by three organisations:

Lumen Bioscience
This Seattle, Washington based company will work with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to engineer microalgae than can grow in seawater, resist contamination and predation, and accumulate energy-rich compounds.

Global Algae Innovations
This company, based in El Cajon, California, will work with Sandia National Laboratories, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the J. Craig Venter Institute. The project is intended to deliver a tool for the low cost and rapid analysis of raceway pond microbiota. It will also gather information on the impacts of pond ecology and use this information to develop new methods to produce greater yields of microalgae biomass.

Los Alamos National Laboratory
This National Laboratory, based in Los Alamos, New Mexico, will work with Sapphire Energy at its field site in Cruces, New Mexico. The purpose of the project is to evaluate pond cultures containing multiple species of microalgae, as well as beneficial bacteria, to produce high yields of biomass with a consistent composition.

The results of these three projects will produce high-quality information that will hopefully lead towards the commercial production of biofuels at a more affordable cost.