360º NREL Algae Lab Tour

Explore the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s algae lab as researcher Nick Sweeney takes you on a 360-degree tour of the algal biofuels research facility. Discover how NREL is growing algae to learn how it can be used as a renewable source of food, fuels, and other products…

NREL and high school team for algal space project

Almost two years ago, on June 28, 2015, the rocket carrying experiments from Chatfield High School to the International Space Station disintegrated 139 seconds into its flight. That could have put an end to the collaboration between the students and researchers from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy…

Algae Fuels boosted by NREL process

A new biorefinery process developed by scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has proven to be significantly more effective at producing ethanol from algae than previous research. The process, dubbed Combined Algal Processing (CAP), is detailed in a new paper by NREL’s…

A.I.M. Interview: Algenol’s CEO Paul Woods

“The conclusions from the Aquatic Species Program are not correct,” says Algenol CEO Paul Woods, taking issue with the 1980’s assessment that photobioreactors cannot be a cost effective means…

Predicting Algal Lipid Content using NIR Spectroscopy

At NREL’s National Bioenergy Center, we are working towards developing a new method for estimating the oil or lipid content and chemical composition in a wide range of algal strains…