$5M awared to NMSU algal biofuel research
Las Cruces, NM (KTM) — The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a $5 million grant to improve algae-based fuel that is compatible with existing refineries to a multi-institutional team led by New Mexico State University.
The principal investigator of the project, entitled REAP: Realization of Algae Potential, will be Peter Lammers, director of the NMSU Algal Bioenergy team.
Key goals of the 2.5-year project are to improve the of algal biomass and cultivation systems while also improving oil content at harvest.
The project reaches across several NMSU departments, including chemical engineering, plant and environmental sciences, fishery and wildlife sciences and the Bio-Security and Food Safety Laboratory.
The REAP award follows two other federal awards for the NMSU Algal Bioenergy team.