TechConnect Innovation Program

MoMeCCA - Moist membranes for the Cultivation and Collection of Algae

Northern Arizona University, Arizona, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

MoMeCCA uses porous inert membranes to support the growth and harvesting of cultivated algal biomass without de-watering. This is a significant time-and cost-savings over current open pond or photobioreactor cultivation methods. Nutrients required for growth can be misted from above, or percolated from below, and algae removed by a “squeegee”.

Primary Application Area: Renewable & Hydrogen Energy

Technology Development Status: Prototype

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 4

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: Outcomes include significant process cost and time savings over conventional methods for the cultivation and collection of algal biomass at commercial scale. Removal of the de-watering process in algae production by this technology can bring algae bio-fuels within price parity of diesel prices from petroleum in a realistic fashion.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab

National Innovation Awardee

Showcase Booth #: 738

Website: www.nau.edu/nauinnovations

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date: This research is supported by the Northern Arizona University's Technology Research Initiative Fund, an intramural competitive research grant program supported by funding from the state of Arizona.

Primary Sources of Funding: University

Looking for: Development / License Partners