October 10, 2008
News for Faculty, Staff, Students & Friends
Volume 38, No. 4



Cutting the ribbon at Algal Farms are (left to right): Board of Visitors Rector Ross Mugler; state Delegate Riley Ingram of Hopewell; state Sen. Frederick Quayle, whose 13th District extends from Chesapeake to Prince George County; acting President John Broderick; Gov. Timothy Kaine; Patrick Hatcher, Batten Endowed Chair in Physical Sciences and executive director of the Virginia Coastal Energy Research Consortium; and Jes Sprouse, the Spring Grove contractor and entrepreneur who founded Algal Farms together with the university. At left is a container of algae-rich water used to “seed” the algal pond.

ODU algae-to-biodiesel facility opens near Hopewell
Gov. Timothy Kaine on Sept. 23 helped cut the ribbon formally opening Old Dominion’s pilot facility for algae farming and biodiesel production near Hopewell. He praised the facility, saying it fulfills the main tenets of a Virginia energy plan that strives for reliable new sources of energy while also protecting the environment. Full story

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