Research Objective: Performing research to develop and demonstrate a scalable capability to remove algae, algae-entrained nutrients and potential algal toxins from large bodies of water; and develop resource recovery methods that enable efficient management of the resulting biomass while destroying any potential toxins.
Vision: A rapidly deployable system for mitigating large harmful algal blooms in an economically viable and sustainable manner.
2020 Pilot Scale Demonstration Milestones:
- Optimize and validate deployable on-shore system for intercepting algae upstream of a spillway.
- Develop, optimize and validate a mobile shipboard system for removing algae on the open water.
- Deploy a pilot scale system that generates biocrude oil from natural algae using hydrothermal liquefaction and confirm hydrothermal destruction of microcystin toxin in transformed biosolids (at bench scale).
- Improve fuel production yields through incorporation of organic coagulants for water clarification and a high throughput press for biomass dewatering.
- Perform on-shore HABITATS demonstration in Florida (July/August 2020)
- Perform mobile shipboard HABITATS demonstration in New York (August/September 2020)