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Algae Biofuel Project @ New Mexico State University (NMSU) Artesia Facility

January 9th, 2007 | 1 Comment | Posted in Algae-Biodiesel, Algae-Fuel-Research

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Biofuel bonanza may lie in algae tanks
NMSU scientists in on the hunt for algae-based biodiesel at Artesia facility
By New Mexico State University, says this Jan 2007 article from LAS CRUCES SUN-NEWS


1. The NMSU science center is serving as the location of research led by the Center of Excellence for Hazardous Materials Management (CEHMM), based in Carlsbad. The research is focused on developing the potential of growing algae as an oil-producing feedstock for biodiesel production.
2. The project is investigating the best ways to grow and harvest certain species of algae, which produce a much higher level of oil than more traditional crops like soybeans or canola.
3. The project hopes to grow algae on the reserves of brackish water – which, along with mild climate and abundant sunshine are available in New Mexico
4. While one tank’s water is agitated with a paddlewheel, researchers tried a system of pipes to circulate the water in a second tank. The results were less successful than with the paddlewheel, and the second tank is not growing algae anymore.
5. A densometer is used to determine the density of algae in the water.
6. The next step is to establish a larger demonstration pond at the Artesia center, about one-quarter of an acre in size. A much larger demonstration project to be started in 2008 eventually will cover about 100 acres, Lynn said.

Personalities and companies mentioned: Matt Mathis, left, and Roger Simmons, New Mexico State University (NMSU); Doug Lynn, CEHMM interim executive director; Steve Castillo – on the CEHMM Board of Directors and Technical Advisory Council; Artesia Science Center; Steve Loring, assistant director of NMSU’s Agricultural Experiment Station; Extension agronomist Robert Flynn

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