July 30, 2009

Pilot facility to create fuel from algae opens

The Coyote Gulch algae-to-biofuels pilot facility — a first-of-its-kind project by Solix Biofuels Inc. and Southern Ute Alternative Energy — opened Wednesday outside of Durango.

Founded in 2006, Solix is a spin-off from research at Colorado State University seeking to create a commercially viable fuel from a bioreactor that grows algae in plastic bags.

The Coyote Gulch Demonstration Facility is slated to produce the equivalent of 3,000 gallons per acre per year of algal oil by late this year. The facility is located on two acres of Southern Ute tribal land.

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