Disinfection capabilities provided in the form of OriginOil’s Electro Water Separation technology (EWS) may help to create giant open-air ponds for large-scale algal biofuels production.
EWS is a high speed, chemical-free process that has been developed by the company to clean up large quantities of water. OriginOil and INL have submitted a proposal, in response to a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), entitled “Targeted Algal Biofuels and Bioproducts” (TABB) which seeks alternative approaches to solving two of the key problems facing the commercialisation of algal biofuels – high cost of production and low yield.
“The proposed work scope complements current Department-funded work at INL, which focuses on the development of productive, stable polycultures” said Deborah T Newby, Ph.D., INL Senior Staff Scientist and Algal Biofuels Lead. “Specifically, this proposed research will facilitate testing to advance the understanding of using algae in developing sustainable fuels.”