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Integrated Pilot-
Scale Biorefinery for
Producing Ethanol
from Hybrid Algae
Algenol Biofuels Inc.,
together with its partners,
will construct an integrated
pilot-scale biorefinery that
will convert carbon dioxide
into ethanol using Algenols
proprietary DIRECT TO
The integrated pilot-scale biorefinery
will be located in Fort Myers, Florida,
and will consume two dry tons of Sunrise at Algenols integrated biorefinery.
carbon dioxide per day. This biorefinery
will have the capacity to produce more productivity of these algae is currently reduce its dependence on imported oil.
than 100,000 gallons of fuel ethanol per being evaluated in 1000-liter laboratory The process is scalable and does not
year. The project will also create or flexible-film bioreactors and in 4500- require farmland or freshwater.
save more than 300 well-paying high- liter outdoor flexible-film bioreactors
tech jobs in Florida, and validate the under field conditions. The proposed Other Participants
commercial viability of a breakthrough pilot-scale biorefinery will consist of Algenol has collaborative agreements
green energy technology that could approximately 17 acres of plastic, fully- with the National Renewable Energy
eventually create billions of dollars of enclosed 4500-liter proprietary Laboratory; Membrane Technology &
economic value and thousands of new photobioreactors, and supporting areas Research, Inc.; The Georgia Institute of
jobs. for office space, testing, distillation, and Technology; and The University of
storage. Colorado. Algenol has also received
Project Description financial support from Lee County,
DIRECT TO ETHANOL technology Potential Impacts Florida.
is based on overexpressing the genes in Once the Algenol process has been
blue-green algae for certain enzymes demonstrated at the pilot scale, it can be
found widely in nature. The resulting expanded to produce enough ethanol to
metabolically-enhanced hybrid algae allow the United States to
actively carry out photosynthesis and
utilize carbon dioxide to make ethanol
inside each algal cell. The ethanol Prime Algenol Biofuels, Inc.
diffuses through the cell wall into the
culture medium and then evaporates, Location Fort Myers, Florida
along with water, into the headspace of Feedstock (s) Carbon dioxide, algae, seawater
a patented photobioreactor. The
ethanol-water vapor condenses on the Size Two dry tons of carbon dioxide per day
inner surface of the photobioreactor and Primary Products Ethanol
is collected as a liquid. The condensate
is then further concentrated into fuel Capacity Greater than 100,000 gallons of ethanol per year
Award Date January 29, 2010
Algenol is targeting the development of GHG Reduction 80% reduction versus gasoline
hybrid algae that produce 6,000 gallons
Anticipated Job
of ethanol per acre per year. The Creation
300 or more high-technology jobs in Florida

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