15 AlgaePrize Finalists Announced in 2023-2025 Competition

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AlgaePrize Finalists

An NREL researcher pulls samples from a Simulated Algal Growth Environment reactor in the Algal Biofuel Research Lab. Student finalist teams will learn about this equipment and other algal research during the AlgaePrize Competition Weekend, April 11-13, 2025, at NREL in Golden, Colorado. Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL

Finalists have been announced in the 2023-2025 AlgaePrize Competition. Initially launched in January 2022, the AlgaePrize is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) / Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) national competition, in partnership with the Algae Foundation and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. These organizations have joined together to encourage students to pursue innovative ideas for the development, design, and invention of technologies within the commercial algae value chain.

The Finalist teams were selected by a panel of judges who reviewed and scored the required 10-page research synopsis that described each team’s research plan for their proposed project within the AlgaePrize’s areas of interest.

Each team’s research synopsis:

  1. Described how the team’s proposed research compares to and will advance the current state of technology
  2. Displayed a sound understanding of algae systems whether in production; downstream processing; or new product, analytical tool or ecosystem services development, and the impact of their research
  3. Included how diversity, equity, and inclusion will be included and addressed within their proposed effort.

Each finalist team will receive $10,000 in funding to support their research projects. Over the next few months, teams will conduct their proposed research and will provide research updates at regular intervals, including presenting their research synopsis to AlgaePrize organizers and completing an Introduction to Algae Massive Open Online Course.

Teams will then present their projects to a panel of judges during the AlgaePrize Competition Weekend, April 11–13, 2025, at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. The judges will select five teams as the AlgaePrize winners, and each winning team will receive a $10,000 prize. From those five, one Grand Champion will be selected that will receive an additional $15,000 prize.

The 2023-2025 AlgaePrize Finalists

AlgaeNano+ University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus San Juan, PR  
AlgaeUnlocked Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale, IL  
Algators Livingston High School Livingston, NJ  
Aloha Limu University of Hawaii at Hilo Hilo, HI  
BlazerBloom Hood College Frederick, MD  
Blue Genes Solano Community College Fairfield, CA  
Clean Green Feed University of Connecticut Storrs, CT  
Green Skies The Blake School Minneapolis, MN  
Green Thumbs Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO  
JCCC Chlorella Cavaliers Johnson County Community College Overland Park, KS  
Just AD Algae Santa Fe Community College Santa Fe, NM  
KelBerry University of Connecticut Storrs, CT  
Parachlorella Plastic Pals University of California, San Diego La Jolla, CA  
Team ASAP Camas High School
Belmont High School
Irvine High School
Camas, WA
Los Angeles, CA
Irvine, CA
The Algenius Thinkers University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX  

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