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CSU-ILE faculty part of $44 million consortium on biofuel

January 14, 2010

Separately, Colorado State University and Solix Biofuels Inc., both in Fort Collins, will work as part of a $44 million consortium finding way to make fuel from algae. The algae consortium — led by the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis — is known as the National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts.

CSU and Solix are the only Colorado organizations involved in the algae consortium, CSU spokeswoman Emily Narvaes Wilmsen said.

Solix is an alternative energy technology company working on the large-scale commercialization of microalgae-based fuels and co-products. The company is a spinoff from CSU via its Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory. (Click here for a 2008 DBJ profile of Solix.)

As part of the algae project, CSU researchers Anthony Marchese, Ken Reardon and Shawn Archibeque (an ILE faculty member) “will investigate such issues as reuse of biproducts from the algae-to-oil process and the properties of algae-produced fuels and whether they can easily replace gasoline and petroleum diesel,” the Fort Collins university said.

“Colorado’s New Energy Economy is creating jobs and increasing our energy security by developing domestic fuels and the technologies for cleaner, better transportation,” said Gov. Bill Ritter in a statement. “Congratulations to Solix Biofuels and Colorado State University for being selected to participate in moving algae-to-oil technologies from lab to market.”

Other participants in the National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts are Los Alamos National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, University of Arizona, Brooklyn College, New Mexico State University, Texas AgriLife Research -Texas A&M University System, University of California Los Angeles, University of California San Diego, University of Washington, Washington University in St. Louis, Washington State University, AXI, Catilin, Diversified Energy, Eldorado Biofuels, Genifuel, HR BioPetroleum, Inventure, Kai BioEnergy, Palmer Labs, Targeted Growth, Terrabon and UOP.

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