Sorting Algal Strains for High Lipid Content Using NIR

A recent post in Forbes by Chris Rhodes currently buzzing talks about a new method for identifying high lipid content strains of algae based on Near Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy…

A.I.M. Interview: CleanTECH San Diego’s Lisa Bicker

A.I.M. Interview: CleanTECH San Diego’s Lisa Bicker

For a local market with over 30 companies, 400+ direct jobs, $56 million in direct economic activity and $108 million in total economic activity annually being generated by algal development…

Waterwheel Factory’s Robert Vitale Reinvents the Paddlewheel

Waterwheel Factory’s Robert Vitale Reinvents the Paddlewheel

Reinventing the wheel is usually frowned upon, but in the case of the Waterwheel Factory’s development of high-tech paddlewheels for open pond raceways, it is paying off nicely in terms of better efficiencies for…

Algae 101 Part 10: Minimizing Algal Cultivation Input Costs

Algae 101 Part 10: Minimizing Algal Cultivation Input Costs

The 2009 ABO Algal Industry Survey provided valuable insight about our emerging algal industry. The 222 respondents, about half of whom were scientists, were positive about the industry’s future and optimistic…

A.I.M. Interview: OriginOil’s Brian Goodall

A.I.M. Interview: OriginOil’s Brian Goodall

When senior executives move from the petroleum industry into the biofuels sector, there is a certain satisfaction that comes with them into this new field. Their satisfaction, because they are…

Solazyme Raises >$50 Million in Series D Financing Round

Solazyme, Inc., the South San Francisco-based renewable oil and bioproducts company and leader in algal biotechnology, has announced that it has raised $52 million in its Series D financing round…

Algae 101 Part Nine: Algal Cultivation

Algae 101 Part Nine: Algal Cultivation

Algae grow in open, closed or semi-closed systems in round, long or tubular tanks that maximize access of the entire biomass to sunlight. Growth occurs only in the top layer, about two inches, of the growing medium unless mixing occurs…