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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 suspensions 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. A short term opportunity in this area focuses on the recent Department of Energy (DOE) Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) proposal call (see http://www.cleantechalliance.org/news/320238/DOE-Seeks-Technology-Commer...), which has a proposal deadline of February 12, 2017. Los Alamos seeks expressions of interest in partnering with Los Alamos either in response to the TCF call or through other partnership vehicles.
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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 suspensions 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. A short term opportunity in this area focuses on the recent Department of Energy (DOE) Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) proposal call (see http://www.cleantechalliance.org/news/320238/DOE-Seeks-Technology-Commer...), which has a proposal deadline of February 12, 2017. Los Alamos seeks expressions of interest in partnering with Los Alamos either in response ´╗┐to the TCF call or through other partnership vehicles.
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