County Welcomes ExxonMobil & Synthetic Genomics Project
ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics (SGI) Algae Biofules Program today announced a new phase in their joint algae biofuel research program. With an existing facility already up and operating near the City of Calipatria, it is understood that a good portion of this ongoing research will be conducted herein Imperial County.
The new phase of research includes an outdoor field study that will grow naturally occurring algae in several contained ponds. The research will enable ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics to better understand fundamental engineering parameters including viscosity and flow, which cannot be easily duplicated in a lab.
In their joint press release, Exxon and SGI expressed a shared goal of the project to scale up to 10,000 barrels of biofuel production per day by 2025.
With a readily available workforce, an abundance of sunshine and a secure water supply, Imperial County is a prime location for renewable energy production. Imperial County Supervisor and Board Chairman Ray Castillo says Imperial County "welcomes the project into our region. The potential for new jobs in research, development and eventually commercial production is truly exciting".