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Los Alamos Biofuels Work Featured in Biorefining Magazine

Water is the largest quantity resource other than land that will be needed for algal biofuel production. An estimated 50,000 acre-feet per year are projected to be needed for large (1000 acre) growth facilities depending upon local climate. Meeting this need will require new approaches to water use and recycling. In 2011, Los Alamos in collaboration with the National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bio-products (NAABB) and Texas Agrilife Research facility at Pecos, Texas, conducted the first ever pilot-scale test of algae growth using water from an oil production well in Jal, New Mexico.

Read about this effort in a recent article in Biorefining magazine.

Algae growing in mixed media with Produced Water. Photo courtesy of Paul Laur.

Algae growing in mixed media with Produced Water. Photo courtesy of Paul Laur.

October 2011

 

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