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Material to Efficiently and Economically Obtain Microorganism and Microalgae

Ames Laboratory

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Technology Marketing SummaryTechnology provides an economical and efficient process to harvest microorganisms like microalgae from its growth media.Description

The interest in using algae as feedstock for biofuel production has steadily increased in recent years. In addition to biofuel applications, algae also provide valuable materials for nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, and food industry. However, methods to obtain concentrated volumes of algae from the growth media are expensive, energy intensive and inefficient.

Researchers at The Ames Laboratory have developed a material for separating microorganism from the media and subsequently allow reuse of the material and growth media once the microorganism are easily recovered. The material provides benefits and advantages over other currently known methods by avoiding addition of soluble chemicals which have the potential to interfere with sequestration, high energy demand of filtration methods, and loss of flocculation compounds.

Benefits
  • High yields of microorganisms/microalgae
  • Re-use of material for continuous microorganism harvest
  • Simple and fast microorganism removal
  • No Impact on growth media
Applications and IndustriesSequestration of microorganisms from growth media for use in biofuel production, nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, and food industry.More Information

Samples are available for testing.

Technology Status
Technology IDDevelopment StageAvailabilityPublishedLast Updated
03784DevelopmentAvailable12/06/201212/06/2012

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To: Stacy Joiner<joiner@ameslab.gov>