New Mexico State University Advances their Algae Test Bed Research
(Algae Industry Magazine) Since early October, New Mexico State University’s Institute for Energy & the Environment (IEE) researchers have been transitioning from algae operations in the IEE water and energy lab to the Algae Test Bed Facility located at ‘A’ Mountain. They have been building up to the desired algae content in 10- and 100-liter bags, preparing to inoculate the facility’s indoor raceways—large algae holding tanks—with a strain of algae that is expected to produce cost-efficient biofuel. The effort is part of IEE’s algal biofuel program—an initiative to develop a cost-effective, efficient, and renewable source of biofuel.
The initiative is currently led by a team of scientists, engineers, and students. The Algae Test Bed Facility (ATBF) is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technologies Laboratory (NETL) and by the State of New Mexico. The site is envisioned as an integrated center, a test bed for water and energy. The concept aims to have each element of the site provide energy and water for another element, by using a combination of energy and water technologies with performance and functionality comparable, if not superior, to traditional sources of water and energy. Although still in conceptual stages, the implications of a realized version of the project are vast. READ MORE