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Title: Sapphire Energy - Integrated Algal Biorefinery

Abstract

Sapphire Energy, Inc. (SEI) is a leader in large-scale photosynthetic algal biomass production, with a strongly cohesive research, development, and operations program. SEI takes a multidiscipline approach to integrate lab-based strain selection, cultivation and harvest and production scale, and extraction for the production of Green Crude oil, a drop in replacement for traditional crude oil.. SEI’s technical accomplishments since 2007 have produced a multifunctional platform that can address needs for fuel, feed, and other higher value products. Figure 1 outlines SEI’s commercialization process, including Green Crude production and refinement to drop in fuel replacements. The large scale algal biomass production facility, the SEI Integrated Algal Biorefinery (IABR), was built in Luna County near Columbus, New Mexico (see fig 2). The extraction unit was located at the existing SEI facility in Las Cruces, New Mexico, approximately 95 miles from the IABR. The IABR facility was constructed on time and on budget, and the extraction unit expansion to accommodate the biomass output from the IABR was completed in October 2012. The IABR facility uses open pond cultivation with a proprietary harvesting method to produce algal biomass; this biomass is then shipped to the extraction facility for conversion to Green Crude. The operationmore » of the IABR and the extraction facilities has demonstrated the critical integration of traditional agricultural techniques with algae cultivation knowledge for algal biomass production, and the successful conversion of the biomass to Green Crude. All primary unit operations are de-risked, and at a scale suitable for process demonstration. The results are stable, reliable, and long-term cultivation of strains for year round algal biomass production. From June 2012 to November 2014, the IABR and extraction facilities produced 524 metric tons (MT) of biomass (on a dry weight basis), and 2,587 gallons of Green Crude. Additionally, the IABR demonstrated significant year over year yield improvements (2013 to 2014), and reduction in the cost of biomass production. Therefore, the IABR fulfills a number of critical functions in SEI’s integrated development pipeline. These functions are critical in general for the commercialization of algal biomass production and production of biofuels from algal biomass.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. Sapphire Energy, Inc., Columbus, NM (United States). Columbus Algal Biomass Farm
  2. Sapphire Energy, Inc., San Diego, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Sapphire Energy, Inc., San Diego, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Bioenergy Technologies Office (EE-3B)
OSTI Identifier:
1343302
Report Number(s):
DOE-SAPPHIRE-02884
DOE Contract Number:  
EE0002884
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
09 BIOMASS FUELS

Citation Formats

White, Rebecca L., and Tyler, Mike. Sapphire Energy - Integrated Algal Biorefinery. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.2172/1343302.
White, Rebecca L., & Tyler, Mike. Sapphire Energy - Integrated Algal Biorefinery. United States. doi:10.2172/1343302.
White, Rebecca L., and Tyler, Mike. Wed . "Sapphire Energy - Integrated Algal Biorefinery". United States. doi:10.2172/1343302. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1343302.
@article{osti_1343302,
title = {Sapphire Energy - Integrated Algal Biorefinery},
author = {White, Rebecca L. and Tyler, Mike},
abstractNote = {Sapphire Energy, Inc. (SEI) is a leader in large-scale photosynthetic algal biomass production, with a strongly cohesive research, development, and operations program. SEI takes a multidiscipline approach to integrate lab-based strain selection, cultivation and harvest and production scale, and extraction for the production of Green Crude oil, a drop in replacement for traditional crude oil.. SEI’s technical accomplishments since 2007 have produced a multifunctional platform that can address needs for fuel, feed, and other higher value products. Figure 1 outlines SEI’s commercialization process, including Green Crude production and refinement to drop in fuel replacements. The large scale algal biomass production facility, the SEI Integrated Algal Biorefinery (IABR), was built in Luna County near Columbus, New Mexico (see fig 2). The extraction unit was located at the existing SEI facility in Las Cruces, New Mexico, approximately 95 miles from the IABR. The IABR facility was constructed on time and on budget, and the extraction unit expansion to accommodate the biomass output from the IABR was completed in October 2012. The IABR facility uses open pond cultivation with a proprietary harvesting method to produce algal biomass; this biomass is then shipped to the extraction facility for conversion to Green Crude. The operation of the IABR and the extraction facilities has demonstrated the critical integration of traditional agricultural techniques with algae cultivation knowledge for algal biomass production, and the successful conversion of the biomass to Green Crude. All primary unit operations are de-risked, and at a scale suitable for process demonstration. The results are stable, reliable, and long-term cultivation of strains for year round algal biomass production. From June 2012 to November 2014, the IABR and extraction facilities produced 524 metric tons (MT) of biomass (on a dry weight basis), and 2,587 gallons of Green Crude. Additionally, the IABR demonstrated significant year over year yield improvements (2013 to 2014), and reduction in the cost of biomass production. Therefore, the IABR fulfills a number of critical functions in SEI’s integrated development pipeline. These functions are critical in general for the commercialization of algal biomass production and production of biofuels from algal biomass.},
doi = {10.2172/1343302},
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place = {United States},
year = {Wed Jul 22 00:00:00 EDT 2015},
month = {Wed Jul 22 00:00:00 EDT 2015}
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