AECOM Partners with Genifuel to Transform Algae and Wastewater Solids into Sustainable Aviation Fuel

March 24, 2022

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AECOM Partners with Genifuel to Transform Algae and Wastewater Solids into Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Dallas  — AECOM, the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, today announced it has signed a strategic agreement with Genifuel Corporation to scale production of carbon neutral sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and biogas from wild algae and biosolids. The partnership employs a patent-pending process developed by AECOM to harvest wild algae and a patented process developed by Genifuel and the U.S. Department of Energy to convert algae and wastewater biosolids into renewable oil and gas. Together, these technologies provide a truly innovative program to restore nutrient impacted waterways and make positive use of wet waste material.

“As a leader in environmental, social, and governance best practices, today marks an inflection point that demonstrates our ability to build a better world by helping to create renewable, clean energy for the future,” said Dan Levy, vice president and director of algae programs with AECOM. “We’re proud to pioneer advanced and scalable solutions that address the ecological issues caused by excessive algae growth. This strategic partnership with Genifuel provides a new platform for AECOM to advance its position as a trailblazer in the positive use of waste material. We’re thrilled to work with our clients to implement these technologies.”

Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are formed by an overabundance of nutrients in water and can produce toxins that threaten human health, aquatic ecosystems, and drinking water, making them one of the most scientifically complex and economically difficult environmental issues facing the world today. AECOM’s patent-pending Algae Harvesting Hydronucleation Flotation Technology (HFT) physically removes HABs, cyanotoxins, nutrients, and carbon from water, allowing recovered algae to be converted into commercial products, such as biofuel. Genifuel’s patented Hydrothermal Processing (HTP) uses heat and pressure to convert algae and biosolids into carbon neutral biocrude and biogas, similar to the way fossil fuels are formed, but in minutes as opposed to millions of years and without adding new carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.

“We’re excited about our strategic partnership with AECOM and our ability to help reduce our nation’s dependence on fossil fuels,” said James Oyler, president of Genifuel. “Both algae and wastewater solids have been proven as suitable feedstocks for SAF. Our system allows for very fast conversion of the wet organic content, compressing the conversion to a matter of minutes. The output is biocrude oil or natural gas that is nearly identical to natural fossil equivalents, except they release no net new carbon dioxide. We look forward to our hydrothermal processing units being implemented at facilities across the U.S. in the near future.”

About AECOM 

AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy, and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical expertise and innovation, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $13.3 billion in fiscal year 2021. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at and @AECOM.

About Genifuel

Genifuel is the only commercial supplier of Hydrothermal Processing (HTP) for wastewater in the world today. Genifuel’s patented technology was sponsored by the US Department of Energy through the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and has been commercialized by Genifuel to convert wastewater solids, algae, food waste, and other organic wet wastes into renewable oil and natural gas, without introducing new carbon into the environment. Genifuel systems have been running since 2017, and current projects include a system to treat wastewater solids at Metro Vancouver in Canada and a mobile demonstration system currently in Florida to treat multiple waste streams for various industrial and municipal customers. To follow the Genifuel mobile HTP system go to or contact [email protected].

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