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Algae Cultivation Extension Short-course (ACES) Part 2: Microalgae

About ACES Part 2: Microalgae

The Algal Cultivation Extension Short-course (ACES) is the extension/outreach component of the Algae Technology Educational Consortium (ATEC). ACES is divided into two components: macroalgae and microalgae.

This second component covers microalgae cultivation in a short-course based on a real college level course. The original focus of this section of ACES was to assist the algae biomass industry to improve the skill set and techniques required for their industry. This allows those companies to seek people who have some knowledge of aquaculture but need to learn the basics of growing large quantities of microalgae. These techniques are very similar to those needed to grow phytoplankton for shellfish. All shellfish hatcheries rely on unicellular phytoplankton to grow brood-stock and to feed larval and post-set shellfish. All businesses, including research facilities that rear shellfish from the spawning stage to the grow-out stage must have a trained person that can grow phytoplankton. This course can assist in that basic education for both industries. The microalgae component is a shortened on-line version of the ATEC curriculum developed at Santa Fe Community College.

Both sections of ACES are planning on hands-on labs at various times during the year for students to travel to Santa Fe, Maine, or potentially other places to see how this is all done in the real world.

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The Algae Foundation and ATEC would like to thank the ACES development team for their tireless efforts.

Gef Flimlin
Professor Emeritus, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
Director of ACES program

Ondine Frauenglass
Lead Technician: Trades and Advanced Technologies
Santa Fe Community College

Stephen M Gómez, Ph.D.
Chair: Department of Trades, Advanced Technologies and Sustainability
Lead Faculty: Water/Wastewater Operations, Algae Cultivation
Santa Fe Community College

Ira Levine, Ph.D.
Professor, Natural and Applied Sciences
University of Southern Maine.

Luke Spangenburg
Director: Innovation Center, Biofuels Centers of Excellence
Santa Fe Community College

ACES Course Content

Part 2: Microalgae

    • Chapter 1

      Introduction to microalgae

      Chapter 2

      Microalgae introduction and overview: What is microalgae? Why is it important?

      Chapter 3

      Algae cultivation including algae farms and producing food from waste

      Chapter 4

      Cultivation technologies including CO2 capture, biomass production, photobioreactors, and sustainable products

      Chapter 5

      Harvesting technologies including chemical-free and biomass processes, and microalgae separation systems

      Chapter 6

      Microscopy and microscope use

      Chapter 7

      Algae collection and databases including UTEX Culture Collection of Algae, AlgaeBase, and Bigelow National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota

      Chapter 8

      Algae to biofuel processes

      Chapter 9

      Carbon sequestration, microalgae photobioreactor, algae CO2 capture

      Chapter 10

      Wastewater treatment processes, algae to biomass, and algae for biofuel and cleaner water

      Chapter 11

      Food products and the nutritional value of algae

      Chapter 12

      Economically important microalgae species of Spirulina

      Chapter 13

      Interviews with leaders in the algae industry

      Chapter 14

      TED Talks on algae as food and fuel, role of algae, and the importance of microalgae

      Chapter 15

      Supplemental reading on industrial algae measurments

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