Siemens joins Algae(at)Work Alliance Network
Siemens Industry, Inc. has joined A2BE Carbon Capture LLC’s "Algae(at)Work Alliance Network," which was formed to develop and deliver turnkey algae production systems.
The Algae(at)Work Alliance Network is made up of corporations, researchers and institutions. The Alliance Network collaborates to develop and commercialize a bio-secure, scalable, climate adaptive and cost effective system to recycle industrial CO2 emissions.
At the core of the technology is A2BE Carbon Capture’s photo-bioreactor (PBR) system for the production of algal biomass. The PBR is designed to capture and recycle CO2 emissions without releasing the gas into the atmosphere. Algae inside the PBR absorb the CO2 and convert it into biomass during photosynthesis. This biomass is then used in the production of fuel, food, fertilizer and other useful products around the world. At commercial scale, each PBR machine will be 350 ft long and 50 ft wide, consisting of twin 20 ft wide x 10-in. deep x 300 ft long, transparent growing tubes.
"Siemens has the well established biofuels automation and control technologies that will be used in the PBR machine," says Jeff Mettais, A2BE Carbon Capture’s vice president of Strategic Business Development. "We expect to move through several pilot scale-ups, to full scale carbon capture and recycle (CC&R) projects within 48 months."
The company, together with other Alliance Network partners, recently received $175,000 in funding from the State of Pennsylvania to evaluate the viability of establishing the nation’s first integrated Coal-Biomass-to-Liquids (CBTL) pilot there using A2BE Carbon Capture’s PBRs.
"A2BE Carbon Capture is a leader in commercializing algae production technologies that will positively impact a range of established industries," says Rich Chmielewski, Siemens chemical and biofuels marketing manager. "By partnering with A2BE and the Algae(at)Work Alliance Network, Siemens is reinforcing its commitment to developing sustainable production solutions that reduce environmental impact."
Siemens automation technologies, including PCS 7 DCS solutions, are currently used by more than 125 U.S. biofuel installations capable of producing more than 7 billion gallons of biofuels annually.
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– Edited by Amanda McLeman, Control Engineering, CFE Media, www.controleng.com