The Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI) serves as a national testbed for research, testing, and commercialization of algae-based products such as biofuels, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, and other algae biomass co-products. AzCATI provides open test and evaluation facilities for the algae industry and research community. As a part of the LightWorks initiative, AzCATI is embedded within the Polytechnic School at Arizona State University.

Since its inception in 2010 with a grant form Science Foundation Arizona, AzCATI has grown a research portfolio of more than $22 million. AzCATI currently leads the following sponsored projects:

  • US Department of Energy Algae Testbed Public-Private Partnership (ATP³)
  • US Department of Agriculuture best management practices for algal crop protection
  • Salt River Project microalgae carbon capture at Navajo Generating Station
  • Arizona Board of Regents algae and wastewater

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  • Connect - Serve as an intellectual and physical hub to foster local, state, national and international research and education on algae-based solutions for a sustainable environment
  • Advance - Enable development of innovative and sustainable technologies for production of microalgae feedstocks for biofuels and bioproducts
  • Collaborate - Facilitate collaborations among universities, national laboratories, and industry to accelerate technology development and commercialization
  • Educate - Provide innovative learning and educational environments and opportunities for training next generation scientists and engineers for the biotechnology workforce
  • Launch - Serve as a national test bed to accelerate the advancement of algae technology development and commercialization