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Title: Advancing the State of Technology thru DOE funded algae cultivation R&D at the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation

Abstract

The Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has a long and successful history of funding an algae R&D portfolio driving progress towards affordable and renewable energy and co-products from algae biomass. A core capability established by BETO was the support of testbed facilities including those established under the Algae Testbed Public Private Partnership (ATP3) led by Arizona State University (ASU) and its Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI). ATP3 established the experimental and operational framework to carry out long term cultivation trials to assess the State of Technology (SOT) for algal biomass productivity and conducted such trails thru the ending of the six year program in Spring 2018, and demonstrated steady progress increasing annual average biomass yields from 8.5 to 11.7 g/m2-day - a 38% increase from 2015 to 2018. Since the summer of 2018, the SOT framework established under ATP3 continues under another BETO funded lab-led consortium called DISCOVR "Development of Integrated Screening, Cultivar Optimization, and Verification Research." The DISCOVR team constitutes a powerful partnership among four of the DOE’s seventeen national laboratories: Los Alamos National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (DISCOVR lead institution), and Sandia National Laboratories. With ASU’s AzCATI, theymore » have joined forces to investigate algae strains that could lead to sustainable and clean algal biofuel and continue to generate open and transparent cultivation data sets for use by the algae biotechnology R&D community. In this talk, we will revisit the SOT results from ATP3, the SOT framework transition to DISCOVR with recent results from first full year of SOT cultivation under DISCOVR. With our recent advancements utilizing better cultivars verified thru DISCOVR’s pipeline, better crop protection and improved operational conditions, the combined effect was a further improvement in annual average productivity and reliability, leading to a year over year improvement in annual productivity from the 2018 baseline of 11.7 g/m2-day (generated across a total of 219 cultivation days) to 15.9 g/m2-day (326 cultivation days) – a 36% improvement for 2019! We will discuss these results in detail and highlight where AzCATI and the DISCOVR SOT is headed in 2020 and beyond.« less

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  1. Arizona State Univ., Tempe, AZ (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Arizona State Univ., Tempe, AZ (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Bioenergy Technologies Office (EE-3B)
OSTI Identifier:
1569648
DOE Contract Number:  
EE0005996
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Algae Biomass Summit, Orlando, FL, September 2019
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
09 BIOMASS FUELS; Algae, state of technology, cultivation, productivity

Citation Formats

McGowen, John Andrew. Advancing the State of Technology thru DOE funded algae cultivation R&D at the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation. United States: N. p., 2019. Web.
McGowen, John Andrew. Advancing the State of Technology thru DOE funded algae cultivation R&D at the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation. United States.
McGowen, John Andrew. Thu . "Advancing the State of Technology thru DOE funded algae cultivation R&D at the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1569648.
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abstractNote = {The Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has a long and successful history of funding an algae R&D portfolio driving progress towards affordable and renewable energy and co-products from algae biomass. A core capability established by BETO was the support of testbed facilities including those established under the Algae Testbed Public Private Partnership (ATP3) led by Arizona State University (ASU) and its Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI). ATP3 established the experimental and operational framework to carry out long term cultivation trials to assess the State of Technology (SOT) for algal biomass productivity and conducted such trails thru the ending of the six year program in Spring 2018, and demonstrated steady progress increasing annual average biomass yields from 8.5 to 11.7 g/m2-day - a 38% increase from 2015 to 2018. Since the summer of 2018, the SOT framework established under ATP3 continues under another BETO funded lab-led consortium called DISCOVR "Development of Integrated Screening, Cultivar Optimization, and Verification Research." The DISCOVR team constitutes a powerful partnership among four of the DOE’s seventeen national laboratories: Los Alamos National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (DISCOVR lead institution), and Sandia National Laboratories. With ASU’s AzCATI, they have joined forces to investigate algae strains that could lead to sustainable and clean algal biofuel and continue to generate open and transparent cultivation data sets for use by the algae biotechnology R&D community. In this talk, we will revisit the SOT results from ATP3, the SOT framework transition to DISCOVR with recent results from first full year of SOT cultivation under DISCOVR. With our recent advancements utilizing better cultivars verified thru DISCOVR’s pipeline, better crop protection and improved operational conditions, the combined effect was a further improvement in annual average productivity and reliability, leading to a year over year improvement in annual productivity from the 2018 baseline of 11.7 g/m2-day (generated across a total of 219 cultivation days) to 15.9 g/m2-day (326 cultivation days) – a 36% improvement for 2019! We will discuss these results in detail and highlight where AzCATI and the DISCOVR SOT is headed in 2020 and beyond.},
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