dallas – AECOM, the globally trusted infrastructure consulting firm, today announced that it has signed a strategic agreement with Genifuel Corporation to increase the production of sustainable, carbon-neutral aviation fuel (SAF) and biogas from wild algae and biosolids. The partnership uses a patent-pending process developed by AECOM to harvest wild algae and a patented process developed by Genifuel and the US Department of Energy to convert algae and wastewater biosolids into renewable oil and gas. Together, these technologies provide a truly innovative program to restore nutrient-contaminated waterways and make positive use of wet waste.
“As a leader in environmental, social and governance best practices, today we mark an inflection point that demonstrates our ability to build a better world by helping to create renewable and clean energy for the future,” said said Dan Levy, vice president and director of algae programs with AECOM. “We are proud to pioneer advanced and scalable solutions that address the ecological problems caused by excessive algae growth. This strategic partnership with Genifuel provides a new platform for AECOM to strengthen its position as a pioneer in the positive use of waste. We are excited to work with our customers to implement these technologies.
Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are formed by an overabundance of nutrients in water and can produce toxins that threaten human health, aquatic ecosystems and drinking water, making it one of the most serious environmental problems. scientifically complex and economically challenging challenges facing the world today. AECOM’s patent-pending hydronucleation flotation (HFT) algae harvesting technology physically removes HABs, cyanotoxins, nutrients, and carbon from the water, allowing harvested algae to be converted into commercial products , such as biofuel. Genifuel’s patented Hydrothermal Treatment (HTP) uses heat and pressure to convert algae and biosolids into carbon-neutral biocrude and biogas, the same way fossil fuels are formed, but in minutes instead of millions of hours. years and without adding new carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.
“We are excited about our strategic partnership with AECOM and our ability to help reduce our country’s dependence on fossil fuels,” said James Oyler, President of Genifuel. “Algae and sewage solids have proven to be suitable feedstocks for SAF. Our system allows very fast conversion of wet organic content, reducing conversion to minutes. The output is crude oil or natural gas which is nearly identical to natural fossil equivalents, except that they release no net new carbon dioxide. We look forward to having our hydrothermal treatment units implemented in facilities across the United States in the near future. »
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Genifuel is today the only commercial provider of Hydrothermal Treatment (HTP) of wastewater in the world. Genifuel’s patented technology was sponsored by the US Department of Energy through the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and has been commercialized by Genifuel to convert sewage solids, algae, food waste and other wet organic waste into renewable oil and natural gas, without introducing new carbon into the environment. Genifuel systems have been in operation since 2017 and ongoing projects include a wastewater solids treatment system in Metro Vancouver Canada and a mobile demonstration system currently in Florida to treat multiple waste streams for various industrial and municipal customers. . To follow the Genifuel mobile HTP system, go to www.linkedin.com/company/genifuel-orporation/about/ or contact [email protected].