National Algae Association Has Solutions to Algae Production Facility Engineering Issues!
September 14, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Business NewsIn support of Arizona State University Senior Vice President Rick Shangraw's belief that, although solar energy and hydrogen power hold great promise, algae will "deliver soon" because, in the past few years, "most of the hard science problems regarding algae have been solved…[and] [N]ow…it's largely an engineering problem", the NAA Engineering Consortium has developed preliminary design specs for a 100-acre commercial scale algae production facility build-out, identifying and resolving many of the scale-up issues that will be encountered as we move the industry out of the lab and into commercialization. These plans, along with the CAPEX and OPEX financial models and detailed 'algaenomics' developed on behalf of NAA, will be reviewed and discussed in great detail at the next NAA conference, September 23-24, 2010, in Houston, Texas.
Also on hand to discuss new and innovative ways to help get algae out of the lab and into commercial-scale production will be Dr. Brian Hampson of CalPoly, Marco Brocken of Evodos, Joseph Holroyd of LakeMaster Corp, Victoria Kurtz of Fluid Imaging Technologies, Surijit Khanna of BARD Holding, OriginOil, Phykos, Dave Philbrook of Water Management Solutions, LLC, Dr. Matt Prufert of DRS Technologies, Mark Hanson of Stoel Rives, Serge Randhava of United Technologies, Inc., Bill Ramey of Novak Druce + Quigg, Sebastian Thomas of Parry Nutraceuticals, Bob Vitale of Waterwheel Factory, Bob Weber of Sunrise Ridge Algae, and Will Thurmond of Emerging Markets Online. Hank Gilbert will discuss his Fields to Pump Biofuels Initiative, an initiative that can be implemented throughout the country. We will conclude with field trips to a commercial-scale demo PBR that is in production which was constructed with donated time and equipment, based on the years of research behind us, without any expensive patents or licensing fees.
Commercial-scale algae growing, harvesting and extraction equipment have already been built using off-the-shelf, proven technologies. Algaepreneurs will be on hand to discuss their progress towards fast-tracking commercialization of the algae production industry for fuel and numerous co-product markets. We will be able to provide you with first-hand answers to questions about potential financing opportunities.