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Proposed Algae Training Program Charles Bensingerfor Sam

Proposed Algae Training Program Charles Bensingerfor Sam



New algae learning center at the College of Sant Fe, New Mexico

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    • A Proposed Algae IndustryTraining Program
      Presented to the National Algae Association
      April 30, 2009
      by Charles Bensinger
      NAA Education Director
      Director, Alternative Fuels Program for SFCC
      VP, Eldorado Biofuels
    • We Need An Algae Education Program to Accelerate our Domestic Algae Industry
      To diversify our energy supply
      To ensure U.S. economic health and security
      To address critical environmental concerns
      To foster innovative approaches to algae production
      To generate public support for new algae industry
      To create significant numbers of new “green jobs”
    • Critical Educational and Training Components
      Basic math and biochemistry with emphasis on biology of algae
      Understanding of key process technologies: i.e. open reactor, closed bioreactor and hybrid systems
      Understanding of mechanical (pumps and valves) and AC/DC systems
      Lab and systems safety training
      Water and Waste Management
      Analytics training for monitoring and data gathering
      Management and operational knowledge of systems
      In-field, hands-on experience
      Webcasts, virtual tours and DVD instructional media
    • Employment Opportunities
      Plant Technician
      Plant Manager
      Laboratory Technician
      Sales Manager
      Public Relations and Outreach
      Process Coordinator
      Business Owner
    • Program Dissemination Concepts – Possible Delivery Systems
      Short courses and workshops: 1 to 2 weeks at various locations, perhaps sponsored by NAA
      Central training facilities with on-going programs, perhaps located at one or more sites. Certificate, Associate or science degree programs could be offered through Community and State Colleges. Use mobile lab.
      Development of National Certification Program
      Development of process workbook/handbook
      Distance Learning Training with webcasts and DVDs
    • Possible components of an algae education programThree Concepts:
      Create a centralized organizing entity to help develop an efficient educational delivery system and provide informational and human resources to those in need of such resources.
      Create a decentralized network of partner “nodes” that receive and actively gather information resources and share it with the partners who then redistribute it out to the public and the network.
      A hybrid of the two
    • Step 1: Research Existing Models
      Research biofuels curriculum in other colleges and visit programs if possible
      Try to ascertain student qualifications, interest levels and individual goals
      Use as much existing curriculum as possible, but new courses will need to be created, i.e. courses focused on the biochemistry of algae and the systems needed to grow and process algae.
    • Step 2:Find an appropriate physical site to host a carefully designed educational program
    • One example:
      The Santa Fe Community CollegeAlternative Fuels Program to begin in the Fall of 2009
      To train students to develop the knowledge and skills to work in the algae biofuels industry or create their own biofuels businesses.
      How funded: One-year $110,000 NM Dept of Workplace Solutions “green jobs” creation grant.
      Core Requirements (18 hours)
      ENVR 112 Introduction to Sustainable Technologies(3)
      ALTF 111 Intro to AltFuels and Advanced Vehicle Technologies (3)
      BIOL 111 Intro to Biology
      BIOL 111L Intro to Biology Lab
      ALTF 121 Biofuels I L: Survey of Biofuels and their Manufacture (4)
      ALTF 221 Biofuels II L: Biofuels Production; the Biology of Algae (4)
      Related Requirements (8 hours)
      CHEM 111 Introduction to Chemistry (3)
      CHEM 111L Introduction to Chemistry Lab (1)
      MATH 114 Electrical and Mechanical Fundamentals (4)
      BSAD 119 Planning the Entrepreneurial Venture (3)
    • Aerial View of SFCC Campus: 577,000 sq. ft.
    • New $11 M Sustainable Technology Center to begin construction in 2009, ready by Fall Semester of 2010
    • Step 3:Try to find local algae and biofuel business partners willing to provide students with hands-on learning opportunities and hopefully near-term job prospects
      An example in New Mexico ----
    • Current partners helping to develop Training Programs
      Santa Fe Community College (New Mexico):Received $110,000 WIRED grant from NM Dept of Workforce Solutions to create Alternative Fuels training program.
      Eldorado Biofuels (New Mexico): Has goal of providing operations training for future industry workers
      Center for Excellence in Hazardous Materials Management (CHEMM), (New Mexico): Has open ponds and lab technicians available to provide tech assistance and short-term workshops.
      Sapphire Energy (New Mexico): has voiced support for training program and will need workers.
      Origin Oil (Los Angeles): Has expressed support for training program.
    • New Mexico Algae Partners:VM Technology, Santa Fe
      Algae Production Field
    • Eldorado Biofuels LLC of Santa Fe
      Algae Production in Lab
      Local Algae Strains
    • Eldorado Biofuels’ Missionis to prepare algae industry workers for employment by providing technician & operator training.
      Eldorado Biofuels is currently building oil-and gas-field produced water clean-up and purification technologies to enable saline strains of algae to grow in produced water.
      Initial trials have demonstrated that algae will grow rapidly in water processed by UVOX-type reactor.
      UVOX Reactor
    • The Center for Excellence in Hazardous Materials Management (CEHMM), Carlsbad/Artesia, NM
      Original Aquatic Species Algae Incubator from Roswell, NM located at CEHMM algae facility at Artesia, NM
    • Algae Incubation Tanks and Greenhouse
    • 1/8th acre, 25,000 gallon Algae Pond
      Algae Raceway
    • Algae Paste
      CEHMM has constructed ponds filled with mixture of brine and freshwater to optimize environment for selected saline algae species.
      High levels of lipids have been extracted from its algae paste.
    • Renewable Energy Partners –A non-profit retail biofuels provider
      Dispensers designed and operated by Renewable Energy Partners of New Mexico
      REP Created First Triple-Biofuels Pump in US
    • Promote the local use of biofuels:The NM RailRunner, Albuquerque to Santa Fe, isthefirst US Commuter Train to use Biodiesel B20
    • Your Help is Needed to Create a Successful National Training Program
      Critical Tasks:
      Create organizational structure
      Develop teams of instructors
      Identify basic equipment packages
      Acquire equipment for training courses
      Determine necessary levels of math, biology and chemistry skills
      Identify industry partners willing to provide on-site experience for future operators, technicians and managers
      Create video documentation material for workshops
    • Next Steps
      Expand collaborative of educational and industry partners
      Develop curriculum for possible national certification program
      Identify best training practices for students. Develop teacher training programs and course handbook.
      Develop and provide standard algae cultivation and processing equipment package for schools.
      Secure funding for instructional materials and programs
    • Contact Info:
      Charles Bensinger
      NAADirector of Education
      Director, Alternative Fuels, SFCC
      Vice President, Eldorado Biofuels LLC
      505-466-4259 Office
      505-670-2474 Cell