Open house: Algal Production Facility

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Date/Time:Thursday, 16 May 2013 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location:1327 U Ave., Boone
Channel:College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Categories:Meetings, receptions
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The BioCentury Research Farm will host an open house to showcase its new Algal Production Facility, ISU's first pilot-scale facility that is equipped to grow large amounts of algae biomass.

The open house will feature tours of the facility and Iowa State students will present posters on their algae biomass research projects. At 4 p.m., Martin Gross, an Iowa State graduate student, will give a presentation about his work on increasing the efficiency of growing algal biomass. He will also discuss other algal research being conducted at Iowa State. Following this presentation there will an open-ended conversation regarding university and industry collaboration to utilize this unique facility.

The Algal Production Facility features various production systems that are being used to grow algae, including flat panel bioreactors, two raceway pond systems, a novel revolving biofilm reactor and various lab-scale reactors. The facility has the ability to produce 1.3-4.5 kilograms of dried algae biomass per week.