NREL's Capabilities in Algae-Based Chemicals, Polymers, and Fuels

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NREL is advancing research and development (R&D) to maximize photosynthetic carbon capture into biomass for conversion to a broad portfolio of valuable products. Areas of focus include: (1) Carbon capture improvement through photosynthesis engineering; (2) Biotechnology and genetic toolbox development for broad species portfolio; (3) Conversion and fractionation of algal biomass to create high-value products and fuels; (4) Biological seaweed conversion to volatile fatty acids as fuel and product feedstocks; (5) Novel polyurethane production synthesis from fully renewable algae-based feedstocks; (6) Advanced analytical characterization of biomass feedstocks; and (7) Process techno-economic and life cycle modeling.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages2
StatePublished - 2020

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-5100-75883


  • algae
  • biomass
  • carbon capture


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