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The Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) Advanced Algal Systems program supports research and development (R&D) to lower the costs of producing algal biofuels and bioproducts.

The program works with public and private partners to develop innovative technologies and conduct crosscutting analyses that can sustainably expand algal biomass resource potential in the United States.

This work will help researchers realize the potential of an algal biofuel industry capable of producing billions of gallons per year of renewable diesel, gasoline, and jet fuels.

Advanced Algal Systems Portfolio

A field of algae raceway ponds.

Algal production research and development (R&D) explores resource use and availability, algal biomass development and improvements, characterizing algal biomass components, and the ecology and engineering of cultivation systems.

Dewatered algal paste.

Algal logistics involve harvesting algae from the cultivation system and then dewatering and concentrating the harvested biomass so that it's suitable for preprocessing into a product that can then be refined and upgraded into a biofuel.