Unique Solid-Liquid Separation Lab Equipment Introduced by AlterE Technolgies

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Today AlterE Technologies (a DBA of Algaeventure Systems) introduced commercial lab equipment for separating microscopic solids from dilute liquids based on technology funded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency of the Department of Energy at the Algae Biomass Organization’s annual conference.

AlterE Technologies SLS Lab Model

“Our SLS technology opens the door to a wide range of low-energy solid-liquid separation applications with industrial potential." Ross Youngs, Founder & CEO

AlterE Technologies' new Solid-Liquid Separation (SLS) Lab Model will provide researchers with a tool to evaluate processing possibilities for separation of materials into valuable products and by-products. This advancement is important to researchers in the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, algal, food, waste, and chemical processing industries. Large-scale SLS processing equipment is scheduled to be introduced by AlterE Technologies by June 2011.

The SLS equipment uses minimal pressure differentials (low-energy) by utilizing multiple belts to facilitate separation using adhesion and cohesion to contacted materials and liquids. Utilizing lower energy for concentration or separation can protect valuable constituents otherwise destroyed by harsher separation technologies. “Our SLS technology opens the door to a wide range of low-energy solid-liquid separation applications with industrial potential. We have developed the SLS Lab Model for researchers in all fields, allowing the identification of new methods and processes in the lab that lead to greater success in production environments,” said AlterE Founder and CEO Ross Youngs.

Orders for the SLS Lab Model are now being taken with delivery beginning November 2010. The base price of the unit starts at less than $50,000 and fits on a bench top. The SLS Lab Model has available an array of options, accessories and a portfolio of engineered belts that make the unit ideal for controlled solid-liquid separation in a laboratory setting. The SLS Lab Model is semi-automated in an enclosure permitting large prototype volumes to be processed and evaluated. Lab Model capability includes separation from dilute liquids to 18-45% solids without any forced drying at a capacity range into the dozens of grams per hour. Application specific options include wet material removal system, moisture sensing equipment and a dehumidification module.

AlterE’s Solid Liquid Separation (SLS) technology received a merit award through the Department of Energy’s highly competitive ARPA-E program. The SLS Lab Model is one of the project’s milestone achievements in development of the low energy materials processing. “ARPA-E was created specifically to foster research and development (R&D) of really high-risk, high-reward, disruptive technologies,” stated Dr. Arun Majumdar, Director ARPA-E, DOE.

About AlterE Technologies: AlterE is the commercialization arm of Algaeventure Systems. Algaeventure Systems, Inc. was established in 2008 to focus on technologies applicable to the emerging algal industry and related biotechnology applications and separated from Univenture, Inc. in 2009. Currently in the pipeline of product commercialization are concentration and remediation technologies. http://www.AlterE.com

About ARPA-E: The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), an organization within the U.S. Department of Energy, is the country’s first organization dedicated exclusively to supporting high risk, high reward energy research projects. ARPA-E’s mission is to support nimble and inventive technological approaches that can deliver transformative new solutions for climate change and energy security while advancing America’s technology leadership. http://www.arpa-e.energy.gov

About Stimulus Funding Award Background: The purpose of this award is to establish a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy and Univenture, Inc. / Algaeventure Systems (Marysville, OH) to develop a harvesting system that dramatically reduces the energy cost necessary to harvest, dewater, and dry algae by using a novel absorbent moving belt harvester. The technology offers the potential to transform the economics of algae-based biofuel production by removing a major barrier to large scale commercialization. http://www.recovery.gov

Editorial contacts:
David Coho, AlterE: dcoho(at)AlterE(dot)com
Ross Youngs, AlterE: ryoungs(at)AlterE(dot)com

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