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ABO updates standards for measuring algae industry operations
Date:2/6/2014

king into regulatory, characterization, and certification routes for biofuels and bioproducts."

The IAM 6.0 recommends the methodologies that can characterize economic and environmental inputs of almost any algae biomass operation. These operations include heterotrophic, autotrophic, open pond, photobioreactor and open water algae production as well as harvest and conversion processes for microalgae, macro algae and cyanobacteria. The inputs considered by the standards include the carbon, water, energy and nutrients required by the algae as well as land requirements, process consumables and manpower requirements used during production. Outputs measured by the standards include the different classes of algal products as well as industrial waste emissions such as gas, liquid, and solid discharges.

The ABO published the first edition of this reference document in 2010 (originally titled "Algal Industry Minimum Descriptive Language"). It was the first time the notion of a common language in the algae industry had been articulated for measuring algae industry inputs and outputs.

Since then, algae technology and commercial development have undergone dramatic changes that only enhance the need to apply standards that can compare efforts among researchers, producers and suppliers. In 2013, Sapphire Energy began producing renewable crude oil at the world's first algae-to-energy farm in New Mexico. In Florida, Algenol's algae-to-ethanol technology achieved annual production yields nearing 10,000 gallons per acre. And in Arizona, Heliae commissioned its first commercial facility producing algae-derived nutraceutical and personal care products. Fortune 500 companies have made large investments in the technology around the world and several governments are racing to adjust policies that can accelerate the industry's growth.

"The critical standards found in this document are the result of the hard work, foresight and expertise of the ABO's Te
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