The goal of this research is to develop salt-loving algae as alternative biofuel feedstocks. Nevada researchers and producers are uniquely enabled to leverage the geothermal, high solar radiation, ample land area, and salt basins to produce algea in a scalable and economically viable manner.
The research rationale is to identify the algal strains that have the greatest economic potential for biofuel production. Our goal is to identify key components of the biosynthetic pathway to learn how to improve oil production and alter desirable oil characteristics with immediate and significant impact on the emerging algal feedstock biofuels industry.
In addition, we are working on a room-size "demonstration" scale production facility to educate scientists, investors, and the lay public about the potential feasibility of the algae-to-biodiesel conversion process and related technologies. Systems will be readily scalable with a minimum of capital investment in contrast to closed bioreactor systems that are capital intensive and not readily scalable.