2009 Awards

Algae Downstream Processes Automated for Commercialization - Cape Fear Resource Conservation and Development

Funding recipient: Cape Fear Resource Conservation & Development, Wilmington

Award amount:  $108,800

Cape Fear Resource Conservation and Development (CFRC&D) works cooperatively with individuals and groups to improve social, economic and environmental conditions, thereby enhancing the quality of life. CFRC&D is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit corporation serving Brunswick, Bladen, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender Counties, and is made possible by a partnership with the USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service. CFRC&D is partnering with Alganomics, LLC, an upstart entrepreneurial business focused on algae culturing and environmental remediation. The project centers on a pilot algae culturing plant, a tubular photobioreactor, which is located at the Oak Island Wastewater Treatment Facility (Oak Island, NC). The project is designed to further develop algae downstream processes through incorporation of cell disruption and filtration technologies, as well as system automation. The fundamental goal is to demonstrate a sustainable and practical algal propagation system and quantify algal oil and biomass harvest suitable for biofuels production

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