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EPA recognizes Kuehnle AgroSystems for algae biofuel work

By U.S. EPA | August 17, 2012

U.S. EPA Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld has recognized Kuehnle AgroSystems for the company’s innovative work in producing algae for use in biofuels as part of the Pacific Southwest region’s environmental awards program.

“EPA is pleased to recognize Kuehnle AgroSystems for its innovative techniques that can turn a tank of algae into a tank of gas,” Blumenfeld said. “This clean-tech company’s work on renewable biofuels will help make Hawaii energy self-sufficient, and it protects the quality of our air, water and land.”

The EPA Pacific Southwest region’s Environmental Awards program acknowledges commitment and significant contributions to the environment in California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, Pacific Islands and tribal lands. Groups and individuals were selected from nominees received this year from businesses, local, government officials, tribes, media, environmental organizations and community activists.

Most biofuels used as replacements for oil are grown on large tracts of agricultural land, but algae has the potential to produce a high density, efficient biofuel feedstock on industrial land. Kuehnle AgroSystems, a Hawaii-based company, has built a system to continuously produce algae for biofuel.

Their system pipes carbon dioxide and wastewater from an oil refinery into tanks that accelerate algae growth, and demonstrate emission reductions. In November 2011 their project, constructed at Chevron’s Hawaii oil refinery, successfully achieved the nation’s first connection of industrial CO2 from an oil refinery with a working algae production site.

In addition, to demonstrating its technology in partnership with Chevron, the company also has done significant work with the U.S. military to grow algae for biofuels. Kuehnle also works on overseas biofuels operations, aquaculture farms for shrimp and fish, and companies such as General Atomics, which operates a large algae production facility on the island of Kauai using algae sourced from Kuehnle.


 

 

 

1 Responses

  1. Joseph DuPOnt

    2012-08-20

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    Dear Editor, I just finished listening to Jack Spirko’s “thesurvivalpodcast.com” regarding 16 year old Josh Wolf of Elk River, Mn producing biofuel from Algae for less than 2-3 dollars a gallon. President Obama is still insisting on forcing $26.00+ a gallon algae biofuel to the US Navy. And that price does not even take into consideration the development costs we paid for. Is this going to be another cash cow like ethanol production was for Archer Daniels Midland? More BTU’s was used to produce the alcohol than it produced in our car engines? Will one Congressman or US Senator propose that we make a deal with this kid who apparently will not bankrupt this country as Obama’s plans call for? I know that according to our president that Josh did not create this process on his own and that we should take it away from him. After all without the rest of us , Josh would be nothing! Right? Good for you Josh!

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