Algae for Bioremediation and Biopolymers
Cleaner water by developing technologies for bioremediation of polluted rivers, agricultural wastewater and other impaired bodies of water.
Efficient agricultural land management practices
Development of biopolymers to replace current plastics to reduce non-degradable consumer packaging waste
Development of other economically viable high value algae derivatives and by-products
As one of the most efficient converters of solar energy to biomass, algae grows quickly. Algae is an organism which consumes organic waste, absorbs inorganic elements, and is a well documented natural detoxifier that is extremely well suited for bioremediation of agricultural runoff waters.
Research organizations like the San Diego Center for Algae Biotechnology have already selected the Imperial Valley as an ideal place for algae production and research.
The climate, the proximity to research centers, the geography, and the incredible challenges presented in this region make it an ideal starting point.