University of Nevada completes algae biofuels project using cold weather, salt tolerant species

January 29 2009 / by Garry Golden
Category: Environment   Year: 2018   Rating: 2

algae pond flickrResearchers at the University of Nevada, Reno have completed their first demonstration-scale project using an open pound algae to biofuel system.

Unlike most algae biofuels startups which use closed 'bioreactors', the Nevada-Enegis LLC project (not shown) is designed for open ponds that use a species of algae tolerant to cold-weather and salt basin environments.

The team announced the successful harvest of two 5,000-gallon ponds, and will continue to expand their test selection of algae species and engineering to improve performance.

Open pond systems are generally seen as a lower cost, low maintenance production platform, but have their own set of problems related to optimizing growing conditions.

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