Biotechnology

Renewable energy is growing quickly in Imperial Valley.  With its rich and fruitful tradition in agriculture, the region is becoming fertile ground for the location of bio-fuel companies that recognize the advantages of locating here:

  • Proximity to biotechnology firms and research
     
  • Optimal climate for year-round growing season
     
  • Publicly owned water and energy delivered at an affordable cost
     
  • Wide variety of available commodities
     
  • Availability of an affordable and youthful workforce
     
  • Available land zoned for agricultural and commercial use
     
  • Access to three international ports
     
  • Central location to major southwest markets
2013-2014 Summary          2014 Agricultural Production Gross Value
        
Source: Imperial County Agricultural Crop and Livestock Report. 
To view the full report click here.
                   

Opportunities with Bio-Fuels:

Algae

The Imperial Valley is working with San Diego to develop a regional model centered on the research and commercial production of algae.  Algae can be used as a bio-mass for bio-fuel production.

Bio-Diesel
The Imperial Valley is a prime location for the production of bio-diesel from algae and manure.

Ethanol
Sugarcane for ethanol is already being grown in the Imperial Valley.  There are also opportunities with sweet sorghum, sugar beets,  switchgrass, and other plant varieties.

Bio-Mass
With the wide variety of crops grown in the Imperial Valley, many different types of organic matter can be used for bio-mass, which can be converted into bio-diesel.

Imperial Valley is the global leader in Algae Bio-Crude Production.

Additional Resources:

Imperial County Agricultural Commissioners Office
 
Imperial County Farm Bureau
 
Imperial Valley Vegetable Growers Association

University of California Agricultural Extension Center - Imperial County

For the Imperial County Profile from the 2007 Census of Agriculture, click here.

For information on opportunities with bio-fuels in the Imperial Valley, contact Timothy E. Kelley at tim@ivedc.com or Sean Wilcock at sean@ivedc.com.


Printable Biotechnology/Imperial Valley Fact Sheet


 

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