OriginOil Appoints Dr. Brian Goodall as CTO

OriginOil, Inc. (OOIL) has announced that it has appointed Brian Goodall, Ph.D. to the position of Chief Technology Officer of the Los Angeles-based algae production technology company…

AIM Interview: Senator Tom Udall

AIM Interview: Senator Tom Udall

New Mexico Senator Tom Udall has on his desk a couple of objects he likes to share with young student leaders who tour the Senate offices in Washington, D.C. He says to them, “I want to show you what your future is about,” and then hands them a little solar panel…

DOE Announces $24 Million for Algal Biofuels Research

DOE Announces $24 Million for Algal Biofuels Research

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the investment of up to $24 million for three research groups to tackle key hurdles in the commercialization of algae-based biofuels. The selections will support the…

U. of Toledo Receives Grant to Build Algae Biofuels Research Facility

U. of Toledo Receives Grant to Build Algae Biofuels Research Facility

A research and development facility for algae biofuels will soon be built on The University of Toledo Scott Park Campus for Energy and Innovation. The pilot-scale facility…

FAA’s CLEEN Program Envisions Greener Airspace

FAA’s CLEEN Program Envisions Greener Airspace

The Federal Aviation Administration has announced $125 million in new contracts in its latest effort to make air travel cleaner and greener, in support of technologies to reduce commercial jet fuel consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and noise…

Algae 101 Part Six: Algal Classification

Algae 101 Part Six: Algal Classification

Algae are living plants that break the rules for plant classification because they evolved in many different forms—cells, multicellular plants, bacteria and in nearly infinite combinations. While the various species…

NAA Announces Next Certification, Conference

In the National Algae Association’s ongoing efforts to continue the pressure to fast-track commercialization of algae, they will be hosting a repeat of their highly popular Algae Production Certification Program…

Oil Spill Growth Leads to Algae Rush

In a race against time, marine researchers are hurrying to collect underwater marine algae samples in the Florida Keys while an ever-growing Gulf oil spill steadily migrates toward Florida…

NASA Chief in Potential Conflict Over OMEGA Project

While NASA scientists have been working on a $10 million ocean-based algal biofuels development, called Project OMEGA, that could revolutionize clean-energy production at sea and treat wastewater…

AIM Interview: NREL’s Al Darzins

AIM Interview: NREL’s Al Darzins

Dr. Al Darzins joined the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL, www.nrel.gov) in the fall of 2005. As a principal group manager he leads the research of the Applied Sciences Group in the National Bioenergy Center (NBC), a multidisciplinary research…

Algae BioReactor Project Wins National K-12 School Science Competition

Richard Ira and Brian Niguidula, sixth grade students at Scofield Magnet Middle School, in Stamford, CT, won the National Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Award, for their original science project…

Algae 101 Part Five: Why Have Algae Remained Largely Undiscovered?

Algae 101 Part Five: Why Have Algae Remained Largely Undiscovered?

Algae remain the most undiscovered and underdeveloped organism on Earth. A common algae question is: If algae have so much potential, why has less than 1% of its potential been realized?

EADS Debuts First Algae-Powered Aircraft

The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company N.V. (EADS) flew the first aircraft powered solely by algae-based biofuel today at the ILA Airshow in Berlin as part of the daily flying display…

Leveling the Playing Field for Algae

Leveling the Playing Field for Algae

As an oilman, I’ve been talking about America’s energy future with folks for more than 30 years. And I’ve continued that conversation since I was sworn into Congress. But the more people I talked to about solutions for America’s energy future…

Patrick Foose Named President and GM at Harvel

Harvel® Plastics, Inc., a leading U.S. manufacturer of high-quality PVC and CPVC industrial piping, duct systems, and other thermoplastic extrusions, has appointed Patrick M. Foose as its president…

DOE Announces Three New Funding Opportunities

DOE Announces Three New Funding Opportunities

The Department of Energy has announced three new programs to provide financial assistance for developers of biofuels and clean energy solutions. 1. $11 Million for Biofuels Technology Development. This program…

AIM Interview: Solazyme’s Harrison Dillon

AIM Interview: Solazyme’s Harrison Dillon

Seven years ago two former college roommates set up shop in a Palo Alto garage, with the mission of becoming the first company to develop commercial algae-based fuel. They built their business…

Phycal and SSOE to Build DOE-Funded Pilot Algae Farm in Hawaii

Phycal LLC, an algae fuel company, recently announced that SSOE Group has been hired to perform preliminary engineering design for the company’s new 40-acre pilot algae farm in Central Oahu, Hawaii…