Washington DC (February 6, 2013) The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), the trade association for the algae industry, announced the publication of "Industrial Algae Measurements, Version 6.0" (IAM 6.0), a significant update to the common standards established by the organization for measuring and comparing algae industry operations. As more companies develop and improve new technologies to create fuels, feeds, nutritional supplements, biochemicals and other products from algae, this document will be a vital tool for researchers calculating and comparing disparate methods. It is available for download for free at http://www.algaebiomass.org/resource-center/technical-standards/introduction/.
Algae operations vary widely in size and in the technologies used, making performance comparisons across the industry difficult. The lack of a common language to describe the economic and environmental impact of an algae production facility, including all inputs and outputs, has been a challenge for anyone seeking to evaluate a specific process. The IAM 6.0 establishes a methodology and common descriptive language that can be applied across a variety of algae operations, regardless of size, technology or end products.
"The fast pace of development in the algae industry makes a standard-setting document like this absolutely necessary," said Dr. Lieve Laurens, Chair of the ABO's Technical Standards Committee and Senior Scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. "The descriptive language established by the ABO will help compare and quantify how diverse algae technologies are performing, and how they measure up at commercial production scale. This can help give information to commercial and industrial groups and could be considered an operator's manual for building the algae industry. The document provides references and resources for anyone loo
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