BETO releases new algal biofuels technology review

By Jodi Delapaz

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WASHINGTON, July 14, 2016 - The Energy Department's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) released the 2016 National Algal Biofuels Technology Review, which highlights major advancements in R&D and identifies new challenges for algal biofuels.

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The Advanced Algal Systems team at BETO hosted public workshops, worked with research partners and received review and comment from some 76 independent subject matter experts to ensure that the content of the report is “an accurate snapshot of the state of the emerging algal biofuels industry.” 

The document is also intended to serve as a key reference for BETO in strategic planning efforts relating to Advanced Algal Systems research and development.

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“While BETO is still working to bring down the costs of algae-based biofuels, we are also investigating strategies to improve the value-added properties of algae,” says Alison Goss Eng, program manager at BETO. “For example, algae production can support ecosystem services such as remediation of polluted waterways, replace petroleum-derived products and chemicals and capture carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants… Our hope is that 2016 National Algal Biofuels Technology Review will inform the public about how far algae-based biofuel research and development has come, and inspire a new generation of students and educators to pursue the challenges ahead.” To view the 2016 National Algal Biofuels Technology Review, click here.

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