Welcome to Sunrise Ridge Algae, Inc.
We are a private Texas corporation engaged in research, development and commercialization of aquatic biomass technology for reduction of water and greenhouse gas pollutants and production of renewable fuel feed stocks.
Sunrise Ridge has more than 5 years experience in algae and other next-generation biofuels systems, and operates a biomass farm and pilot scale conversion facilities near Katy, Texas.
To develop and commercialize algae production systems that are economically successful at commodity scale.
We are targeting large potential markets, including crude petroleum, chemical feedstocks, waste water cleanup (nitrogen, phosphorus) and greenhouse gas emission reduction. Our strategy is to focus on production system scaling and cost reduction while managing the aquatic ecology to enhance the productivity of naturally-occurring aquatic biomass species.
Sunrise Ridge focuses its development activities in two major areas:
Demonstration Farm Operations
Sunrise Ridge Algae has leased a former fish farm facility near Katy, Texas to develop its lemna production technology. The facility includes both indoor and outdoor tanks, and multiple large ponds. Various growth, harvesting and drying technologies are under development at the facility.
Previous Pilot Test Operations
Sunrise Ridge Algae operated a pilot test facility for more than two years at the City of Austin's Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant. Sunrise Ridge funded and built the facility, and used it to test multiple generations of closed algae production, harvesting and wastewater treatment facilities. The City provided space, utilities and feed stocks, including waste water and carbon dioxide.
The work at the pilot plant facility was completed in February 2010, and the equipment was removed to make way for an expansion of the sewage treatment works.
Mr. Norman Whitton is the CEO of Sunrise Ridge Algae Inc. His 26 year career includes more than a decade of experience in the downstream petroleum and chemical industry while at Conoco Inc. and EI Du Pont, followed by more than a decade of experience at management consultancy Arthur D. Little, where he led the Energy Industry practice in Asia. In recent years, Mr. Whitton has collaborated with a major Malaysian investor to develop startups in bitumen refining, oil and gas production, and palm-based biofuels. Mr. Whitton's extensive experience in strategy and operations in the oil industry has provided unique insights for research in key elements required for commercial production of commodity fuels.
Dr. Robert Weber is the Chief Technology Officer of Sunrise Ridge Algae
Inc. Previously, Dr. Weber was a director at TIAX LLC, before which he was
a principal at Arthur D. Little, Inc. and a member of the chemical
engineering faculties at the
Dr. Jerry Brand is Technical Advisor to Sunrise Ridge Algae Inc. His 32 year career includes extensive research into photosynthesis, culturing and characterization of algae. Currently, Dr. Brand is Director of the UTEX algae culture collection at the University of Texas at Austin. The collection is one of the largest in the world, with more than 3,000 species under continuous cultivation or cryo-preserved.
Dr. Brand supervises ongoing research sponsored by Sunrise Ridge for algae species selection in his laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin.
Mr. David Griffith is EVP, Ventures and Licensing, for Sunrise Ridge Algae Inc. In his 35 year career at ConocoPhillips, Mr. Griffith was responsible for major project development and negotiation. He concluded landmark project deals, including the world's first major petroleum coke to electricity venture; one of the major Orinoco tar upgrader projects in Venezuela; and a 400,000 bpd joint venture refinery in Saudi Arabia. Mr. Griffith also managed Conoco Inc.'s technology licensing program, and was responsible for marketing the company's gasification technology suite.
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