OPEN 2009
Marysville, Ohio
Project Term:
01/15/2010 - 01/31/2012

Technology Description:

Led by CEO Ross Youngs, Algaeventure Systems (AVS) has patented a cost-effective dewatering technology that separates micro-solids (algae) from water. Separating micro-solids from water traditionally requires a centrifuge, which uses significant energy to spin the water mass and force materials of different densities to separate from one another. In a comparative analysis, dewatering 1 ton of algae in a centrifuge costs around $3,400. AVS's Solid-Liquid Separation (SLS) system is less energy-intensive and less expensive, costing $1.92 to process 1 ton of algae. The SLS technology uses capillary dewatering with filter media to gently facilitate water separation, leaving behind dewatered algae which can then be used as a source for biofuels and bio-products. The biomimicry of the SLS technology emulates the way plants absorb and spread water to their capillaries.

Potential Impact:

If successful, AVS would significantly decrease the production cost of biofuels made from algae.


Increasing production of domestic biofuels could help the U.S. cut foreign oil imports by 33% in 15 years.


Widespread use of biofuels, biopower, and other bio-based products has the potential to conserve 1.26 billion barrels of oil, 58 million tons of coal, and 682 million tons of carbon dioxide from 2020-2030.


Widespread use of biofuels would help reduce and stabilize gas prices for consumers.


ARPA-E Program Director:
Dr. Jonathan Burbaum
Project Contact:
Mr. Ross Youngs
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