Kaptur: University of Toledo to receive nearly $2.4 million for algae derived fuel research

September 11, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Ranking Member of the Energy and Subcommittee on Appropriations, today announced nearly $2.4 million in Department of Energy funding to The University of Toledo for a three-year research initiative on algae derived fuel research.

“This funding puts Northwest Ohio at the forefront of a national effort to create new technologies and methods for biofuels,” said Kaptur. “These types of programs can lead to breakthroughs that will create American jobs and enhance our energy security, which is why I remain committed to renewable energy and advanced research from my role overseeing Department of Energy funding on the Appropriations Committee. Congratulations to the researchers at the University of Toledo for receiving this award.”

Dr. Sridhar Viamajala, associate professor of chemical engineering at The University of Toledo, calls this three-year project to help algal fuels replace fossil fuels a continuation of his previous work in partnership with Montana State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Arizona State University.

“We are trying to speed up the growth of algae by providing a very high pH environment that allows algae to take up carbon dioxide gas from the atmosphere more efficiently and prevent unwanted contamination,” Viamajala said. “Since it grows in water, algae doesn’t have as much carbon dioxide available. We are trying to improve the cleaner fuel potential.”

More about the award from the Department of Energy:

These projects will deliver high-impact tools and techniques for increasing the productivity of algae organisms in order to reduce the costs of producing algal biofuels and bioproducts. The funding for this initiative supports the development of a U.S. economy that can help create jobs, spur innovation, improve quality of life, and achieve national energy security.