Future Jobs Near Boulder-ConocoPhillips
Written by Michael Hughes December 12, 2009
ConocoPhillips has said that their 20-year plan calls for the employment of more than 7,000 people a workforce that will include current employees and new hires at the site. The center will be looking at the next generation of transportation fuels and they will research, algae, wind power, photo voltaic, clean diesel, biomass and hydrogen fuel cells. There will eventually be a learning center to train employees from more than 40 countries. CP also signed a $5 million, multiyear, sponsored research agreement with a Colorado biofuels center including University of Colorado-Boulder to find new ways to convert biomass into low-carbon transportation fuels. Among the first projects in the renewable energy portfolio will be the research and utilization of converting algae into renewable fuel. This is the separation and purification of lipids that are taken from algae, and can then be sent to oil refineries to be processed into gasoline. Algae have a rapid growth rate, but it doesn’t take food away from people or livestock – which is currently what is being done when farmers sell their corn crops to produce ethanol. The algae could even be grown in hostile environments such as deserts where nothing else will grow.
ConocoPhillips on November 12, 2009 submitted construction plans for its 450 acre campus in Louisville, a bedroom community of Boulder. ConocPhillips plans to build 1.6 million square feet of office, research, support services, food outlets, childcare and hotel space. Some of the buildings will reach 95 feet or around 5 stories. 215 acres will be slated for open space. The initial phase of the construction is scheduled to be ready by 2013.
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