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Mobile Algae Processing System        Demonstration Unit                Robert Pearsall          r.pearsall@cem.utexas.edu...
Industry Need – Why are we doing                this?• Recent boom in algae biofuels industry (in both technology  and fun...
Why CEM?• Experience with process/technology  integration• Experience with multidisciplinary problems• Skilled at bridging...
Examples of other projects
Prior Work• Scaled up growth capability up to 2,500 gal• Built and tested technologies needed for ETE processing   – Conce...
Demonstration Scale Requirements• End-To-End (ETE) processing capability• Capacity – up to several acres / day• Modularity...
Integrated System: Process Map
MAP Unit V1 Images
MAP Unit V1 Images
Contact Information   Mr. Hoyt Thomas   CEO, OpenAlgae   (713) 979-2600   hhthomas@openalgae.com   Mr. Robert Pearsall   U...
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  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. 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
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. Integrated System: Process Map
  8. 8. MAP Unit V1 Images
  9. 9. MAP Unit V1 Images
  10. 10. Contact Information Mr. Hoyt Thomas CEO, OpenAlgae (713) 979-2600 hhthomas@openalgae.com Mr. Robert Pearsall UT Center for Electromechanics Research Engineer (512) 232-1679 r.pearsall@cem.utexas.edu Mr. Mike Werst UT Center for Electromechanics Algae Program Manager (512) 232-1604 m.werst@cem.utexas.edu
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