Algenol Biofuels plans to build a pilot-scale integrated bio-refinery adjacent to its laboratories in Lee County, Florida, that will use the company's Direct To Ethanol technology to produce ethanol directly from carbon dioxide using blue-green algae.

The 36-acre facility will bring together Algenol’s capabilities in molecular biology, aquaculture, green chemistry, carbon capture and engineering for the development and commercialization of technologies for biofuels and green chemical production.

By building the integrated bio-refinery, Algenol expects to reduce the costs and accelerate commercialization of advanced biofuels technology with support from the US Department of Energy, the Lee County Commission and Algenol’s strategic partners.

Algenol founder and CEO Paul Woods said that the company is excited to build and operate its integrated bio-refinery in Lee County and looks forward to demonstrating technology that will enhance the energy security of Florida and the US.