San Diego’s Carbon Capture Pulls Out as Synthetic Genomics Moves In

5/30/12Follow @bvbigelow

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greenhouse gas emissions, research next-generation feedstock for fuel production, and produce sustainable feed.

So the company appears to be winding down at least some of its operations. Carbon Capture’s founding CEO, Paul Engh, did not return my call yesterday seeking information about the company’s status.

“Carbon Capture is really Paul Engh,” says Stephen Mayfield, director of the San Diego Center for Algae Biotechnology (SD-CAB). “He’s got a couple of people working for him, but he’s basically a single guy.”

The company first listed its Calipatria property for sale roughly a year ago, Mayfield says.

Meanwhile, Synthetic Genomics says it is renovating the desert site, and plans to begin algae production there within the next 60 days. In addition to the algal ponds, Synthetic Genomics says it also plans to design and build some photobioreactors that will be used to test and scale up production of engineered strains of algae.

“Over the last year [Silicon Genomics] has been making steady progress in identifying and modifying a variety of strains capable of producing a broad range of products for all of our algae programs, including our food and nutritional products program,” Synthetic Genomics’ founding CEO J. Craig Venter, says in the company’s statement. “The new facility will help us test these strains and production processes in a larger and more real world setting.”

Bruce V. Bigelow is the editor of Xconomy San Diego. You can e-mail him at bbigelow@xconomy.com or call (619) 669-8788 Follow @bvbigelow

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  • fatalgae

    Genetically modified algae will never be allowed in raceway ponds by the environmentalists.  Every pond in New Mexico crashed last summer or had serious contamination issues. 

    • Guest

      Many of those seft-appointed environmentalists drink and eat products derived from genetically modified crops probably everyday.

    • Smayfield

       Fatalgae,
        Why do you continue to make stuff up like “every pond in Mew Mexico crashed last summer or had serious contamination issues” this is completely false and shows that you have some agenda that has nothing to do with the industry.  You need to concentrate on running your for profit national algae association and stop trashing the algae community with false statements.  This is going to come back to bite you.

  • fatalgae

    Heard Exxon pulled out of Synthetic Genomics.  Is it true?