NAABB's next objectives will focus on the performance of the third year, including the production of a closeout report for the current NAABB efforts and development of the vision for NAABB beyond 2013.
The National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts (NAABB) was created through the association academic institutions, industry, and national laboratories, to develop innovative technologies that will help bring biofuels to a commercial reality.
One of the innovative technologies developed by NAABB researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory, with additional support from Solix BioSystems, is a small device with a big name: the ultrasonic algal biofuel harvester.
NAABB researchers are currently working on the final stage of the harvester technology: separating and purifying (fractionating) the released intracellular matter of the algae after lysis.
NAABB researchers anticipate using the harvester at the site of algae growth, enabling on-site harvesting of the valuable algal components and immediate recycling of reclaimed water.
"Our Guava flow cytometer is really versatile," notes Mark Clark of Solix Biofuels in Fort Collins, Colo., a leader in production technology used to grow algae at large scales and partner in the NAABB
. "We use it to monitor for contamination and to get cell counts that tell us the biomass.