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A Look Back at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Aquatic Species Program: Biodiesel from Algae

From 1978 to 1996, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fuels Development funded a program to
develop renewable transportation fuels from algae. The main focus of the program, know as the Aquatic
Species Program (or ASP) was the production of biodiesel from high lipid-content algae grown in ponds,
utilizing waste CO2 from coal fired power plants. Over the almost two decades of this program,
tremendous advances were made in the science of manipulating the metabolism of algae and the
engineering of microalgae algae production systems.

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Date Of Record Release 2009-10-22 12:59:07
Description From 1978 to 1996, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fuels Development funded a program to
develop renewable transportation fuels from algae. The main focus of the program, know as the Aquatic
Species Program (or ASP) was the production of biodiesel from high lipid-content algae grown in ponds,
utilizing waste CO2 from coal fired power plants. Over the almost two decades of this program,
tremendous advances were made in the science of manipulating the metabolism of algae and the
engineering of microalgae algae production systems.
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Resource Type
Format
Subject
Source Biodiesel Sustainability
Keyword Biofuels, Algae
Selector Offley
Date Of Record Creation 2009-10-22 12:53:33
Education Level
Date Last Modified 2010-08-24 16:38:35
Creator John Sheehan, Terri Dunahay, John Benemann, Paul Roessler
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2009-10-22 00:00:00 (W3C-DTF)

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