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The United States and the world are facing real pressures to find sustainable ways to create feedstock for many of our daily needs, most notably food and fuel. Algae is the best alternative candidate for meeting global needs.

Algae can be produced with non-potable water sources on land that is not suitable for other agricultural uses such as urban industrial sites or desolate rural areas. Co-generation projects using waste streams to produce algae for fuel can have economic and environmental benefits.

A variety of oils, fuels, plastics, vaccines, nutraceuticals, human, animal and fish feedstocks are produced from the many strains of algae available. Development of cost-effective algae growing systems is the key to guiding this developing industry to wide-scale implementation.

We are New Solutions Energy

NSE Inc. is headquartered in Santa Fe, New Mexico. NSE has distilled the knowledge gained in previous growing efforts combined with modern material science manufacturing and controls to develop the first commercially available photo-bioreactors (PBR).


Luke Spangenberg

As founder of NSE, Luke oversees the development of strategic relationships with industry members and the larger community. He has been instrumental in growing the company’s value and forging relationships with the academic and corporate partners. Luke also serves as Co-Director of the Biofuels Center of Excellence and lead algae instructor at the Santa Fe Community College which showcases one of NSE’s state of the art Algae Base Station systems.


Chuck Call

Dr. Charles Call, a serial entrepreneur and systems engineer with 20 years of experience in new product development and technology commercialization. Chuck brings experience in government contracts management, having helped capture and lead $50m in government programs associated with new technology development.


Steve Hansen

Mr. Steve Hanson has an engineering role for New Solutions Energy, Inc. Mr. Hanson has over 39 years of experience in the water/wastewater treatment industry, the most recent being a process engineer and manager at the Radioactive Liquid Waste Treatment Facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Mr. Hanson has designed and operated as well as trained operations personnel for municipal and industrial applications using processes such as: Anaerobic Digestion, Chemical Precipitation/Separation, Disinfection Systems, Electrodialysis Reversal, Evaporation, Ion Exchange, Microfiltration, Nanofiltration, Reverse Osmosis, and Ultrafiltration. Mr. Hanson has a BS in Chemical Engineering, and is currently an instructor at the Santa Fe Community College, in Water Technology.


Stephen Gómez

Dr. Stephen Gómez has worked on a wide range of biochemical projects in academia and industry covering topics from agriculture to medicine including; cancer biology, asthma/COPD research, mass spectrometry, membrane biochemistry, photosynthesis, plant-nutrition stress, controlled-environment agriculture and most recently biofuels research. Dr. Gómez is currently involved in research collaborations with Sandia National Laboratory in reclamation of produced water from the oil and gas industry, Los Alamos National Laboratory in harvesting algal biomass for fuel production, and as a member of NM-EPSCoR is developing a citizen-scientist program with the Girl Scouts to introduce middle school girls to STEM educational and career pathways. He developed a curriculum in Green Energy as part of the engineering program at Central New Mexico Community College. Dr. Gómez is Chair, Department of Sustainable Trades and Technologies at Santa Fe Community College where he teaches Biology.


Kevin Divine

Dr. Kevin Devin has a diverse research history: the majority has involved investigating questions at the chemistry / biology interface. With 18 years of professional experience, Dr. Divine has worked most recently with Sandia National Labs on a variety of projects, primarily involving algal nutrient reclamation and alternative fuels; he is currently expanding this scope of his research to include digesters and water quality. Dr. Divine has also been involved with the South Valley Agricultural Services development of a Biofuels testbed facility; he has also been Lab Director of an Independent Drug Testing and Forensic Services, CLIA and DEA certified laboratory. Dr. Divine is Assistant Professor of Chemistry at CNM and with the Department of Sustainable Trades and Technologies at Santa Fe Community College.

Agronomy and Telecommunications

William Torres-Longo

William Torres-Longo is an Agronomist, Telecommunications professional and Environmental Bioenergy specialist. Mr. Torres-Longo provides consulting in re-engineering areas of Information Technology, Geographic Information Systems and Customer Relations Management. He has designed projects to promote and encourage the transfer of technology, and comprehensive practices in the operation and management of Biofuel and algae production, waste water technology, sustainable agriculture techniques and research & development projects with selected Universities and National Laboratories. A native of Puerto Rico, he has over 24 years of experience running project operations throughout the Americas. He is currently conducting research for New Mexico EPSCoR Grant Programs for the National Science Foundation in Algae Photo-bioreactors and designing projects of renewable energy, water reclamation processes, algae biomass production, biological gas enhancement and agriculture production.

Process Management

Ondine Frauenglass

Ondine Frauenglass is a project manager with a background in the planning, development and implementation of programs within a broad range of organizations and institutions. Ms. Frauenglass combines experience in business, education and laboratory analytics with a knowledge of the production processes for biomass energy. Most recently she has contributed to the startup and initial safety planning for the New Mexico Consortium Biological Laboratory in Los Alamos and the creation of the Biofuels Center of Excellence at Santa Fe Community College, a state of the art biomass energy production and teaching facility.

With a consulting team of chemical, mechanical & electrical engineers and biology & chemistry PhDs, New Solutions Energy Inc can help you with problems large and small.

Strain Selection

NSE will assist in analyzing which algae strain is best for your water and environmental conditions. If your goal is to refine growing parameters for a specific strain before committing to a growing facility, our staff and Algae Base Station are available on a contract basis to grow your strain and tune in key growing inputs. Please use our contact form to enquire further about leasing options.

Growing System Design Overview

NSE with join with your engineers in reviewing growing system design parameters given your algae strain and production goals.

Integration and Cogeneration Projects

NSE will design and provide integration and commissioning of multiple technologies. Our engineering team can take you from conceptual to reality.

Contract Training Program

NSE has led a number of algae and alternative fuels training programs. We will assist or lead in creating and teaching algae growing programs at your facility or ours. NSE will provide curriculum that has been approved for credit and certificate programs.

Validating Your Growing System

NSE will assist in verifying your growing, nutritional and general growing system parameters.

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