Midwest Research Institute Advances Algal Biofuels Research Utilizing Open and Closed Bioreactors
Through the Center for Integrated Algal Research, MRI is leveraging the Institute’s expertise in biotechnology, chemistry, systems engineering and bioinformatics to provide government and industry with a broad range of integrated R&D services related to the use of algae in solving energy and environmental challenges. MRI’s algae research and development efforts are focused in two core areas: developing biofuels and related products, and addressing carbon dioxide capture.
“Within the R&D industry, we are seeing the pace of algae research increase at a significant rate as we look for new ways to address energy and environmental challenges,” said
MRI’s open bioreactor system in
“Adding the raceway bioreactor represents a fundamental step in MRI’s effort to establish a renewable fuel production system that integrates and automates algae growth, harvest, and oil extraction,” said
MRI’s closed loop photobioreactor in
By employing both systems, MRI will be better equipped to assist government and industry in maximizing the potential of algae for solving energy and environmental challenges. The Center’s comprehensive focus includes characterization of preferred algal strains, growth optimization, contamination mitigation, harvesting methods, oil extraction, and carbon capture.
To learn more about MRI’s Integrated Algal Research Center please visit the web page on MRI’s web site at http://www.mriresearch.org/ResearchServices/CtrIntgAlgalRes/CtrIntgAlgalRes.html
About Midwest Research Institute
MRI, a not-for-profit scientific research organization with 1,800 employees nationwide, performs contract research and laboratory consulting services for clients in government, industry, and academia. Established in 1944, MRI is one of the nation’s leading independent research institutes conducting research in the areas of national security and defense, energy and environment, life sciences, food and agriculture, and transportation safety. With headquarters in
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