Algae program robert pearsall - june 2011

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Algae program robert pearsall - june 2011

  1. 1. Mobile Algae Processing System Demonstration Unit Robert Pearsall r.pearsall@cem.utexas.edu April 27, 2011
  2. 2. Industry Need – Why are we doing this? •  Recent boom in algae biofuels industry (in both technology and funding) •  Industry is currently stifled by fragmented and unproven processing technologies that only address one part of the overall processing chain
  3. 3. Why CEM? •  Experience with process/technology integration •  Experience with multidisciplinary problems •  Skilled at bridging the gap between fundamental research and technology commercialization
  4. 4. Examples of other projects
  5. 5. “Valley of Death”
  6. 6. Prior Work •  Scaled up growth capability up to 2,500 gal •  Built and tested technologies needed for ETE processing –  Concentration, lysing, separation and extraction –  Developed measurement and quantification techniques and procedures •  Spent over 2 years processing batches of algae between 1000 – 3000 gal/batch ETE –  Compiled mass / energy balance performed on ETE processing NEXT STEP  Integrate all technologies
  7. 7. Demonstration Scale Requirements •  End-To-End (ETE) processing capability •  Capacity – up to several acres / day •  Modularity – Each module can be stand-alone or integrated •  Can process all variations of growth media •  Can process any growth method •  Allow grower to produce/see oil at the end of the day •  Mobility •  Demonstrate scalability •  Demonstrate economics
  8. 8. Integrated System: Process Map
  9. 9. MAP Unit V1 Images
  10. 10. MAP Unit V1 Images
  11. 11. “Valley of Death”
  12. 12. Contact Information Mr. Robert Pearsall Center for Electromechanics Research Engineer (512) 232-1679 r.pearsall@cem.utexas.edu Mr. Mike Werst Center for Electromechanics Algae Program Manager (512) 232-1604 m.werst@cem.utexas.edu

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