WASHINGTON, July 19, 2017 - The Energy Department has selected three projects to receive $8 million for discovery of techniques to make algal fuel production cost effective. The research is aimed at delivering biology-focused breakthroughs while enabling accelerated future innovations through data sharing. The Washington state firm Lumen Bioscience will engineer algae strains that grow robustly in seawater, and resist contamination and predation. Global Algae Innovations, of California, will explore tools, data and methods related to pond algae production. In New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory will help the algal research and development community better understand metrics at commercial scales.