Utah State University Collaborators
The Center is distributed across two colleges, Engineering and Science, and has three locations that include on-campus, Innovation Park, and the Logan Water Reclamation Facility. The Center addresses the utilization of algae, in single culture and mixed culture approaches that includes both enclosed and open pond systems, for the production of biofuels including biodiesel and biomethane. Both temporal (mixing) and spatial (fiber optic) distribution of light are evaluated with regard to productivity of biomass and lipid content.
Research activities include design, modeling, construction, monitoring, and testing of algal-based bioreactors that include suspended growth and biofilm architectures for biofuels. The Algae Test and Evaluation Facility is part of the Center.
H. Scott Hinton
Dean’s Office ENGR 413
The SBC is distributed across two colleges, Engineering and Science, and four laboratories, and uses the inherent chemical machinery present in single-cell organisms, both prokaryotic and eukaryotic, to transform raw materials into usable low cost bio-products. The goal of the center are to adapt single-cell organisms through synthetic biology approaches and tools to become small solar or chemically powered factories, which may use CO2 as their primary carbon source, and that will secrete useful and natural biomaterials and energy. The center will also develop the downstream bioprocessing techniques necessary to collect, separate, purify, concentrate, and prepare the new biomaterials for commercial products.
UWRL 103 or ENGR 232
The Utah Water Research Laboratory (UWRL) is a stand-alone facility located at Utah State University on the Logan River, Logan, Utah. The UWRL operates within an academic environment and collaborates with government and private sectors to address technical ans societal aspects of water-related issues, including quality, quantity, distribution, and conjunctive use. This is accomplished through providing more than 100,000 square feet of state-of-the-art laboratory, computer, and office space.
Global and Local Partnerships
Carollo Engineers is an environmental engineering firm that specializes in the planning, design, and construction of water and wastewater facilities.
The Environmental Department operates a regional wastewater treatment plant which consists of 460 acres of lagoons, and 240 acres of wetlands to treat and polish the wastewater. The annual average flow through the headworks is approximately 14 million gallons per day. Currently, Logan City is working on plans to install a mechanical treatment plant to replace our lagoon system. The Purpose of the Environmental Compliance Division is to protect the environment, particularly our water resources, by making sure citizens follow the regulations set up by local, state, and federal governments. They are able to adhere to the state and federal standards by promoting reduction of chemical usage, recycling of industrial chemicals, public education, permits, sampling, and inspections of water usage.
The U.S. Department of Energy supported USU’s project on a worldwide microalgae productivity assessment in the May 26, 2014 online Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
WesTech is a global supplier of process solutions and associated equipment for drinking water, wastewater and industrial applications.
Huntsman Environmental Research Center (HERC)