Friday, August 7, 2009

General Atomics Taps Algaeventure Systems for Alternative Fuel Research and Development

- Ohio company, Algaeventure Systems, was awarded a purchase order to provide breakthrough algae harvesting technology to General Atomics for researching alternative jet-fuel applications. -

MARYSVILLE, Ohio, Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Algaeventure Systems has been awarded a purchase order by General Atomics (GA) to provide its algae harvesting, dewatering, and drying technology (AVS HDD).
With breakthrough technology and funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), General Atomics is spearheading the efforts of a group of corporate technology developers and universities in the pursuit of evaluating the potential of algae-to-fuel projects. The goal is to develop an environmentally friendly, efficient, and cost-effective process in JP-8 jet fuel that can be derived from algae oil.
The Algaeventure Systems Harvesting, Dewatering, and Drying technology is a breakthrough that allows for a more efficient and cost-effective process to removing water from algae. The AVS HDD presents a significant step in providing algae as an economically feasible alternative fuel source. As a result, the technology has opened new doors of opportunity by proving to be scalable, portable, and effective. Harvesting, dewatering, and drying are critical elements to driving General Atomics' research goals.
"GA welcomes the opportunity to work with and evaluate Algaeventure's dewatering technologies under our DARPA Algae Derived JP-8 program. We believe that Algaeventure's approach holds promise for significantly reducing the cost of drying biomass at large scale thus improving the likelihood of producing cost-competitive, algae-derived fuel products," said David Ordway, Project Manager at General Atomics.
The AVS HDD will be included in the DARPA technical evaluations, providing insight in to new and future possibilities.
More details about the technology can be found at
About Algaeventure Systems, Inc.
Algaeventure Systems, Inc. is a spinoff company from Univenture, Inc., an environmentally conscious plastics packaging manufacturer bringing to market a variety of patented and award-winning molded and converted plastic products that are eco-friendly. Algaeventure Systems, Inc. develops technology and systems for algal production of lipids and biomass, which can be used for fuels, plastics, advanced materials, feeds, foods, and other valuable resources.
For more information on Algaeventure Systems, Inc. or Univenture, visit or or call the corporate headquarters at 937-645-4698.
About General Atomics
General Atomics is a San Diego-based innovation firm with a 50-year history of successful solutions for environmental, energy, and defense challenges. Affiliated manufacturing and commercial service companies include General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., which produces the Predator(R) family of unmanned aircraft systems. General Atomics (GA) was awarded a contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop scalable processes for the cost-effective large-scale production of algae triglyceride oil and an algae-derived JP-8 jet fuel. The contract has a total value of up to $43M if all phases of the development program are completed.


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August 24, 2009 at 9:40 AM  

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