Aurora Algae meets LEED requirements $2 million grant

Aurora Algae meets LEED requirements for $2 million grant

11:09 AM, 9th October 2012
Aurora Algae meets LEED requirements for $2 million grant

HAYWARD, US: Aurora Algae announced the successful completion of requirements for a two million dollar low emissions energy development (LEED) grant, which has been used to advance the company’s algae-based biomass production at its demonstration facility in Karratha, Western Australia. Full payment of the Australian State Government-sponsored grant has enabled Aurora Algae to develop a pilot production facility that consistently produces between 12-15 metric tonne of algal biomass per month, within six 4,000 square metre ponds.

Through the grant, Aurora Algae has developed cost-effective and resource-efficient methods for growing, harvesting, extracting and producing high-quality, algae-derived products. With the project now complete, biomass produced by Aurora Algae can be used to develop products across a number of markets including nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, aquaculture and renewable energy.

Unlike algae grown in fermentation tanks, Aurora Algae uses CO2 as a feedstock, rather than a volatile agricultural commodity like sugar or corn. Fortunately, CO2 is readily available from industrial producers in the region who are eager to reduce their carbon emissions. The next phase of the programme will be to expand Aurora Algae’s facilities and produce biomass on a commercial scale.

“Aurora Algae plans to break ground in Maitland in 2014 for an expanded commercial facility consisting of 100 hectares of algae ponds, capable of producing up to 600 metric tonne of biomass per month, and scalable to 2,000 hectares. LEED funding for the pilot programme has been critical to the success of the project and our ability to expand in Western Australia,” said Matthew Caspari, Managing Director, Aurora Algae.

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