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…

DOE to Host Algae Webinar Sept. 8

The U.S.D.O.E.’s Biomass Program is hosting a Webinar on Wednesday, September 8, 2010, from 2:00–4:30 p.m. EDT entitled “The Promise and Challenge of Algae as a Renewable Source of Biofuels.”

Biodiesel Industries Wins Algae Grant

California-based Biodiesel Industries, a privately held company that builds, owns and operates biodiesel production facilities, has announced the company’s selection by the California Energy Commission…

Syracuse U. Researchers Accelerate Algae Growth

Syracuse University researchers, Sureshkumar and Wani, have discovered a method to make algae grow faster by manipulating light particles through the use of nanobiotechnology…

ABO in Final Preparation of “Minimum Descriptive Language” Document

The Technical Standards Committee of the Algal Biomass Organization (ABO) is currently in late stage review of its Algal Industry Minimum Descriptive Language Document…

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…

Green Star Negotiates to Build World’s Largest Algae Bioreactor

Utah-based Green Star Products has entered into final negotiations to build the largest closed vertical algae bioreactor in the world, according to its president, Joseph LaStella…

A European Perspective on Algal Biofuel Scaleup

An article by Rene H. Wijffels and Maria J. Barbosa, of Wageningen University in the Netherlands, published in the current edition of Science Journal, details the challenges and opportunities of algal…

Algasol Receives Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation Award

Based on its recent analysis of the algae biofuels market, global market research firm Frost & Sullivan has recognized Algasol Renewables, of Baleares, Spain, with the 2010 Global Algae Biofuels…

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…

NAA Announces Presenters for September Conference

Carrying the message to be a part of a group that is committed to collaboration and sharing technologies so the algae industry can move forward towards full scale production, harvesting and extraction…

Cyanotech Reports 9.2% Annual Revenue Growth

Cyanotech Corporation of Kailua Kona, Hawaii, a world leader in microalgae-based, high-value nutrition and health products, announced financial results for the first quarter…

BioCentric Signs Contract with Biocen Natural Products

BioCentric Energy Holdings, Inc. has announced that a multi-million dollar contract was signed between Daniel Kennedy, CEO and President of Biocen Natural Development Group, a Nevada health drink…

LakeMaster Building Algae-to-Biofuel System from Coal-Fired Power Plants

LakeMaster Building Algae-to-Biofuel System from Coal-Fired Power Plants

LakeMaster Corporation, a clean energy technology company headquartered in Rochester, New York, is engaged in the development and commercialization of a proprietary algal to biofuel system that captures…

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…

Gulf Spill Renews Interest in Florida’s Biofuels Capability

A story in Florida Today, by Patrick Peterson, examines the effect of the Gulf Spill on Florida’s biofuels industry and observes that, even as the BP oil spilled on the Gulf Coast dissipates…

Trade Associations Support Legislation for Advanced Biofuels Tax Policy

As Congress takes action on critical tax incentive packages, leading advanced biofuel trade associations reemphasized the importance of advanced biofuels as promising opportunities for the United States…

Algae Biofuels World Market Study Now Available

A new algae biofuel research report is available that states that involvement in the algae biofuels industry shot up by companies 550% between 2005 and 2007, driven by environmental concerns and high…

NSF Grant to NC State U. for Algae Biofuel from Dunaliella

Dr. William L. Roberts, a professor in the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering at North Carolina State University, and his colleagues, four biologists and three engineers, are working…

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…

Pennsylvania Pursues Alternative Fuel JV

Pennsylvania Pursues Alternative Fuel JV

The Raytheon Co., Accelergy Corp. of Houston, TX, and A2BE Carbon Capture LLC/Algae at Work, of Boulder, CO have formed a joint venture to develop a technology to gasify algae mixed with coal and/or coal waste into a cleaner…

NAA to Launch Algae Farming Co-Op

Algae producers interested in starting a commercial-scale algae farm will soon have an opportunity to join the algae production incubator co-op, to be launched by the NAA on October 1, 2010. “Algaepreneurs”…