Algae Biofuel Production Scales Up In Iowa

Commence Phase II, all systems go: Green Plains Renewable Energy and CLARCOR have announced that their joint venture, BioProcess Algae, has now completed construction of Phase II of its commercial scale Grower Harvester bioreactors in Shenandoah, Iowa.

The company built out its first such bioreactors in October of 2009, which exceeded productivity targets at varying harvest intervals during testing. The new, Phase II reactors at the 4,00 square foot BioProcess facility in Iowa are 20 times larger than the Phase I bioreactors and will begin the process of algae production at a commercial scale.

BioProcess Algae bioreactor

image via BioProcess Algae

Todd Becker, President and Chief Executive Officer of Green Plains Renewable Energy, said in a statement. “As we have successfully moved from the lab beaker to the commercial scale bioreactors deployed at the project site, our focus has remained on efficiently and effectively growing and harvesting algae with little to no manual intervention, all while utilizing the carbon dioxide from our ethanol production process.”

The algae produced from these reactors have potential uses in nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, biofuels and animal feed.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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