Algenol Biofuels has recently opened up its biofuel and green chemistry laboratory and R&D center in Fort Myers, Florida. The high-tech facility, occupying about 40,000 square foot area, will feature a sophisticated algae biology lab, engineering laboratory, carbon dioxide and green chemical lab.
This facility is formed as a division of the Lee integrated biorefinery. Lee County Board of commissioners has sanctioned an incentive grant worth $10 million to install the facility.
The newly constructed facility will accommodate the company’s advanced biology and engineering laboratories and its other functioning. Its outdoor R&D facility will be located in an adjacent area measuring 4 acres. Its trade marked photo-bioreactors that produce ethanol from algae, and its patented Direct to Ethanol technology that utilizes saltwater and CO2 will be located in an abutting outdoor commercialization area that is spread over 36 acres. The company will commence its working on the associated projects such as deploying green chemicals and ethanol in place of petroleum in plastic and other chemical construction blocks shortly. The company in association with the Florida Gulf Coast University is also trying to create programs for the benefit of university students who want to continue their careers in biofuel and green chemistry industries.
The company currently has a sophisticated and latest biofuel technology. It prepares low cost ethanol straight away from seawater and carbon dioxide by utilizing the hybrid algae placed in secured clean plastic photo-bioreactors and by incorporating an exclusive registered Direct to Ethanol technology that utilizes solar power.