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Title: Recovery Act – Integrated Pilot-Scale Biorefinery for Producing Ethanol from Hybrid Algae

Abstract

As a scientific and engineering endeavor, the Algenol IBR Biorefinery project has been a success by almost any measure. The vision for the system evolved significantly over the course of the project, always due to recognized opportunities for improved performance, lower energy consumption, and reduced costs. Our commitment to thorough, realistic, techno-economic and life cycle assessments has been an essential element for system innovation, technology guidance, and change management of the overall facility. The biological tools developed during this program for cyanobacteria are second to none, and are the primary reason for the remarkable improvements in organism performance. The breakthrough was the successful transformation of our most robust wild type organism (AB1) early in 2012. That was followed by a series of improvements over the next several years that produced strains wherein over 80% of the fixed carbon was converted into ethanol. At the same time, our expertise in cultivation, physiology, process engineering, CO2 management, and photobioreactor design and manufacturing grew at a comparable pace. We learned enormous amounts from the various upsets, weather variations, contamination events, and new technology related disappointments. We overcame those challenges to produce fuel grade ethanol with a low carbon footprint, and are within strikingmore » distance of economic viability even with the challenges of low fossil fuel prices.« less

Authors:
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  1. Algenol Biotech LLC, Ft. Myers, FL (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Algenol Biotech LLC, Ft. Myers, FL (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Bioenergy Technologies Office (EE-3B)
Contributing Org.:
National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Georgia Institute of Technology
OSTI Identifier:
1360777
Report Number(s):
DE –-EE0002867
DOE Contract Number:  
EE0002867
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
09 BIOMASS FUELS

Citation Formats

Legere, Ed, Roessler, Paul, Miller, Harlan, Belicka, Laura, Yuan, Yanhui, Chance, Ron, Dalrymple, Kofi, Porubsky, William, Coleman, John, Sweeney, Kevin, Ahlm, Pat, and Ha, Quang. Recovery Act – Integrated Pilot-Scale Biorefinery for Producing Ethanol from Hybrid Algae. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.2172/1360777.
Legere, Ed, Roessler, Paul, Miller, Harlan, Belicka, Laura, Yuan, Yanhui, Chance, Ron, Dalrymple, Kofi, Porubsky, William, Coleman, John, Sweeney, Kevin, Ahlm, Pat, & Ha, Quang. Recovery Act – Integrated Pilot-Scale Biorefinery for Producing Ethanol from Hybrid Algae. United States. doi:10.2172/1360777.
Legere, Ed, Roessler, Paul, Miller, Harlan, Belicka, Laura, Yuan, Yanhui, Chance, Ron, Dalrymple, Kofi, Porubsky, William, Coleman, John, Sweeney, Kevin, Ahlm, Pat, and Ha, Quang. Fri . "Recovery Act – Integrated Pilot-Scale Biorefinery for Producing Ethanol from Hybrid Algae". United States. doi:10.2172/1360777. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1360777.
@article{osti_1360777,
title = {Recovery Act – Integrated Pilot-Scale Biorefinery for Producing Ethanol from Hybrid Algae},
author = {Legere, Ed and Roessler, Paul and Miller, Harlan and Belicka, Laura and Yuan, Yanhui and Chance, Ron and Dalrymple, Kofi and Porubsky, William and Coleman, John and Sweeney, Kevin and Ahlm, Pat and Ha, Quang},
abstractNote = {As a scientific and engineering endeavor, the Algenol IBR Biorefinery project has been a success by almost any measure. The vision for the system evolved significantly over the course of the project, always due to recognized opportunities for improved performance, lower energy consumption, and reduced costs. Our commitment to thorough, realistic, techno-economic and life cycle assessments has been an essential element for system innovation, technology guidance, and change management of the overall facility. The biological tools developed during this program for cyanobacteria are second to none, and are the primary reason for the remarkable improvements in organism performance. The breakthrough was the successful transformation of our most robust wild type organism (AB1) early in 2012. That was followed by a series of improvements over the next several years that produced strains wherein over 80% of the fixed carbon was converted into ethanol. At the same time, our expertise in cultivation, physiology, process engineering, CO2 management, and photobioreactor design and manufacturing grew at a comparable pace. We learned enormous amounts from the various upsets, weather variations, contamination events, and new technology related disappointments. We overcame those challenges to produce fuel grade ethanol with a low carbon footprint, and are within striking distance of economic viability even with the challenges of low fossil fuel prices.},
doi = {10.2172/1360777},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {Fri May 26 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
month = {Fri May 26 00:00:00 EDT 2017}
}

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