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Acoustic Methods to Support Biofuels Production 

Los Alamos is interested in partnering with companies to develop its ultrasonic capabilities for biofuels production applications. Los Alamos has developed ultrasonic methods for processes such as algae separation and concentration. A principal challenge in algal biofuel production is separating the hydrocarbon-bearing algae from the growth media in a cost-effective, energy efficient fashion. Current methods such as centrifugal methods are expensive and inefficient. Los Alamos has developed methods based on generation of ultrasonic standing waves that enable lower-energy separations. These acoustic methods can be used both to separate biological particles (algae) from a liquid suspension and to isolate lipids from the algae.

Building on this technology, Los Alamos is seeking partners to mature these ultrasonic methods for algal biofuels applications.

Contact: For more information, contact Donald Hickmott at dhickmott@lanl.gov.

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