SAIC secures DARPA biofuels contract

  • 27-Jan-2009 02:45 EST

DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) has awarded a prime contract to SAIC (Science Applications International Corp.) for development of biofuels. Under the contract ($25 million if all phases of development are completed), SAIC will lead a team of industrial and academic organizations in development of an integrated process for producing JP-8 from algae at a cost target of $3/gal. The company and its team will develop various technologies and processes, including integrating algae strain selection, water and nutrient sourcing, farming, harvesting, separation, triglyceride purification, algal oil processing, and economic modeling and analysis.

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