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Sustainable Algal Biofuels Consortium
Biochemical Conversion of Algal Biomass and Fuel Testing


The primary objective is to evaluate biochemical (enzymatic) conversion as a potentially viable strategy for converting algal biomass into lipid-based and carbohydrate-based biofuels. Secondary objective is to test the acceptability of algal biofuels as replacements for petroleum-based fuels.

“Developing the next generation of biofuels is key to our effort to end our dependence on foreign oil and address the climate crisis – while creating millions of new jobs that can’t be outsourced.”

— Dr. Steven Chu, U.S. Secretary of Energy

 SABC Team and Organization

  • The project led by Dr. Gary Dirks and administered by ASU
  • The R&D will be carried out primarily by ASU, NREL and SNL
  • Additional contributions from Georgia Institute of Technology, Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory, Colorado School of Mines, SRS Energy, Lyondell Chemical Company, and Novozymes
  • 24 month scope of work primarily focused on biochemical conversion of algal residuals and whole algal cells

Staff and Partners


  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • Arizona State University
  • NREL
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • Georgia Tech
  • School of Mines Colorado
  • SRS Energy
  • Novozymes


Principal Investigator
Gary Dirks

Project Manager
John McGowen