Algae Biofuels

Algae biofuels update

Posted: April 21, 2011 by Emil Jacobs

In the nearly two years since we first announced our alliance with Synthetic Genomics Inc. (SGI), we’ve made good progress in our research aimed at developing next-generation biofuels from photosynthetic algae. Basically, we are working to identify and develop strains of algae that could produce refinery feedstocks for the production of transportation fuels. We also need to design and engineer the systems to do this at scale. It’s a big program, and it will take time.

When we made the announcement last year that we had teamed with Synthetic Genomics Inc. to research biofuels from algae, we raised a lot of eyebrows. Many applauded our investment. Some were skeptical about our commitment. One year has passed, and I’m excited to say we’re entering the next phase of our program. Today, we announced the opening of a new state-of-the art greenhouse facility at the SGI headquarters in La Jolla, Calif.



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