Grant funded the research of new techniques in algaculture (the growing of algae) to generate high oil content and high invasion resistant open pond algae systems, a test method for using Fourier transform near infrared technology to test the biodiesel reaction in-situ for key component concentrations, and to develop the software/hardware infrastructure to automate and link all of the production components together. The anaerobic digestion was hugely successful and was followed up at a prototype scale in a subsequent grant project. The algaculture was shown to produce roughly 5,300 gallons of oil per acre and is still under increasing development by Biodico. The FTNIR method is now being prepared for commercial use in Biodico’s commercial facilities. The MPU automation infrastructure will be used at Biodico’s future commercial facilities.
Biodico worked under a grant from the California Energy Commission from 2010 to 2014 to determine the suitability of the crude glycerin byproduct of biodiesel production in anaerobic digestion to generate biogas.
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