Efficient Extraction of Oil from Microalgae
Microalgae are a promising feedstock for biofuels because of their high oil content, excellent CO2 capture, and ability to use brackish water and non-arable land. The extraction of oil from algae represents a challenging cost barrier to commercial biofuel production. Conventional technologies for algal oil extraction are energy-inefficient, cost-intensive, or non scalable, leading to barriers for their commercial deployment. TIAX, LLC proposes to demonstrate an innovative extractor that can address the cost barrier for biofuels by efficiently and economically releasing oil from algae. The Phase I effort will establish the feasibility and initial design of a hydrodynamic algal oil extractor, and provide a foundation to reduce the risks for Phase II development. In Phase II, we will refine the extractor design, fabricate a prototype, and demonstrate the technical and economic benefits of the algal oil extractor. After successful technology development, we will engage manufacturing and commercialization partners for pilot-scale demonstration
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