Algae research budget cuts... what now?
Other than long overdue massive budget cuts, nothing has changed at the Department of Energy Algae Program. NAA has asked the DOE Secretary to review algae technologies giving private industry the opportunity to see if any algae technologies could be used in commercial algae production.
While the DOE conducts advanced algal systems listening sessions, commercial algae producers are in commercial production producing various co-products with samples, COA’s and tonnage available. Algae does not grow in Washington, DC and funding for NREL, PNNL, Sandia Labs and university algae research grants and lobbyist funding for 2018 is on a major decline.