This month the federal Biomass Research and Development (BR&D) Board unveiled a multi-agency strategy to accelerate innovative biomass technologies for affordable biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. Algae cultivation is prominently featured among the suite of technologies the effort is harnessing.
The B&RD Board is an interagency collaborative which is co-chaired by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The new strategy document lays out a plan to address challenges in technology uncertainty; leverage government, academic, and industrial resources and capabilities; stimulate public-private partnerships; and generate new and useful technical information.
The report identifies a number of areas specific to algae that can be addressed with improved R&D efforts, including:
- Growing and harvesting highly productive algae at large scale
- Fractionation and conversion of algae into fuels and products
- Addressing the resources needed for the distribution and utilization of a national algal industry
- Analytical assessments that can provide information on the improved sustainability profile of algae-based products
ABO members are working closely with the new interagency group to ensure that they are able to coordinate with the industry’s leading research and commercialization efforts.