Interest in DOE Algae Biomass Program/BETO technologies diminishes because they have proven to not be scalable outside the lab in demonstration or pilot tests.
After over 10 years of attempts at collaboration between the DOE Algae Biomass Program/BETO, university algae researchers and commercial algae producers over highly advertised pay-to-play taxpayer funded technologies, NAA and its algaepreneurs have no further interest. Why? On information and belief, many of these hyped technologies have not been able to be proven outside the lab in demo and pilot scale projects, and it is known that others won’t scale. Unless an algae technology has been proven outside the lab to be scalable and has a low CAPEX, we are not interested in wasting any more time, and the DOE will not pay for someone to do what they should have done years ago. The reason inquiries are not responded to from the DOE and the grant-recipients is painfully apparent – they don’t have anything that will scale and they didn’t want that to be publicized.