The Spring 2016 ATP3 (Algae Testbed Public-Private Partnership) workshop will occur May 16th-20th at Santa Fe Community College, Los Alamos National Lab, and the New Mexico Consortium. Focusing on the algae value chain and the food, energy and water nexus, lectures will cover the fundamentals of managing microalgal cultures, culturing techniques, measuring biomass, harvesting and processing technologies, as well as life cycle analysis and operations at the production scale. Participants will have opportunities to work in the laboratory and learn how to measure culture density (cell counting and optical density), use a light and fluorescence microscope, use flow cytometry, perform gravimetric analyses (dry weight and ash-free dry weight), and techniques to analyze biomass compounds.
This video from 2013 discusses the ATP3 learning environment and its resources to help accelerate the research and development of algae-based technologies. ATP3 is funded through a $15 million grant from the US Department of Energy. The partnership is led by the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation, housed at Arizona State University’s Polytechnic Campus, with support from industry, academic, and national laboratory partners.