NMC’s Los Alamos greenhouse where algae for biofuels is researched. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
An open house event featuring New Mexico Consortium’s (NMC) Biofuel Exhibit is scheduled 5-8 p.m. Friday, July 26, with a brief presentation at 6 p.m. by Bioscience Division Leader Dr. Jose Olivares. Light refreshments will be served.
“Algae to Biofuels: Squeezing Power from Pond Scum” is brainchild of Dr. Olivares of Los Alamos National Laboratory and Dr. Richard Sayre of NMC and LANL. The exhibits highlight the work of the NMC and algae researchers at LANL, the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University to create an informative, educational, interactive exhibit to display at the Bradbury Museum. The NMC plans to develop the exhibit for a broad audience to take it “on the road” as part of the NMC’s educational outreach program.
Why algae? Some experts believe that algae is set to eclipse all other biofuel feed stocks as the cheapest, easiest, and most environmentally friendly way to produce liquid fuel. Learn why it’s easy to get excited by algae, how fast they grow, how they can help humanity and the environment.
The exhibit talks about the 8,000 kinds of algae and how we find the strains with the potential to replace fossil fuels. Learn about the latest research on algae to produce high value products and how it is harvested and processed.
For additional information, visit http://www.newmexicoconsortium.org/Plant-Biology.