[author: Matt Bingham]
On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Energy announced a $15 million grant to the Algae Testbed Public-Private Partnership (ATP3) led by ASU. $8 million will cover the first two years of the program and, if certain benchmarks are met, the remaining $7 million will be disbursed. The ATP3 partnership is led by the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI) housed at ASU’s Polytechnic campus with support from national labs and academic and industrial partners, including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, Cellana LLC, Touchstone Research Laboratory, SRS Energy, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Texas at Austin, and Commercial Algae Management. Gary Dirks, director of ASU’s LightWorks, said that the grant "puts Arizona in the research and early-development stage as a leader in the U.S., if not the world."