Arizona State University has been awarded a $15 million grant to lead the Algae Testbed Public-Private Partnership alongside national labs and academic and industrial partners.
The grant from the U.S. Department of Energy will help fund the collection of data from algae testbeds with a goal of creating advanced biofuels.
At ASU, the partnership will be led by the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI) at ASU’s Polytechnic campus in Mesa. Other testbed facilities will be located in Hawaii, California, Ohio, and Georgia.
“It puts Arizona in the research and early-development stage as a leader in the U.S., if not the world,” said Gary Dirks, director of ASU’s LightWorks, in the Phoenix Business Journal.
Science Foundation Arizona is a major funder of AzCATI, which opened earlier this year.
For more information:
”ASU to lead first-ever national algae testbed,” ASU News release, 9/12/2012
”ASU lands $15M DOE grant for algae test bed project,” Phoenix Business Journal, 9/11/2012